Financial Reporting/Projects Manager

University of Southern California
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Executive / senior industry position

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The University of Southern California (USC) Finance DivisionOffice of the Comptroller is seeking an experienced and team-oriented Financial Reporting/Projects Manager with demonstrated interpersonal savviness and solid financial & accounting acumen to join its team!

About the Opportunity

Reporting to the Assistant Comptroller, the Financial Reporting / Projects Manager is accountable for managing complex financial reporting and analyses used by University leadership in financial short and long-term planning. Works as a part of the Comptroller’s team accountable for preparing the University's annual financial report, quarterly reporting to the CFO and finance committee. Plans and develops all phases of a variety of strategic and complex short and long-term projects of a financial or business nature. Advises on complex or technical financial issues. Has responsibility for financial reporting and analyses, financial and business research, project management, planning and scheduling, policy development and implementation.

Candidates for the position of Financial Reporting/Projects Manager will meet the following criteria:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business or closely related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • At least 5 years of experience; 7 years preferred
  • Expert knowledge of and experience in accounting & financial analysis and reporting; knowledge of computer simulation and forecasting techniques, including proficiency with related software/systems/applications
  • Public accounting experience of at least 3 years
  • Previous work experience at a Big 4 accounting firm is desired
  • Directly related management experience
  • Values diversity and thrives in a diverse environment 
  • Has a robust work ethic, proactively jumps-in to help; flexible
  • Demonstrates learning agility

The Financial Reporting/Projects Manager:

  • Manages complex financial reporting and analyses to assist a large school or division or the Board of Trustees and other areas of the organization in business and financial short and long-term planning. Plans, designs, develops and implements strategic and complex short and long-term projects of a financial or business nature requiring identification, research, extraction of data, interpretation, analysis, evaluation and summation of findings. Plans, coordinates, schedules and organizes project activities to meet objectives. Presents results formally to senior management.


  • Produces regular and ad-hoc or complex financial and operating reports. Evaluates and analyzes a variety of complex financial reports and data. Determines accuracy of financial data submitted. May reconcile financial data from multiple sources and make correcting adjustments. May develop forecasts, projections and recommend strategies. Develops conclusions and recommendations and communicates orally or in writing to management.



  • Collaborates with external Resources to manage and facilitate our Enhanced Business Practices (EBP) project to develop documentation, enhance current controls and remediate control deficiencies across the University’s business processes and information technology general controls over financial reporting.



  • Directly or indirectly manages all staff assigned. Oversees performance appraisal process for staff and remains informed of any disciplinary actions required.



  • Sets and communicates priorities and performance standards and assesses operations using these criteria. Provides for quality assurance reviews and addresses areas in need of attention.



  • Researches and provides  advice on complex or technical financial issues. Serves as key resource on financial projects. Interfaces with the university community, staff and external and internal auditors  necessary to complete assignments. Resolves problems or questions referred by project staff or administrators.



  • Develops financial operating and administrative policies and procedures. Directs the dissemination, interpretation and application of financial or administrative policies and procedures. Interprets applicable laws, rules and regulations, as well as university financial policies and procedures.



  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.  The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.


About Us

The USC Office of the Comptroller handles various accounting & financial processes for the University, including the establishment, implementation, and administration of university accounting principles, practices, and procedures, systems for the maintenance of its fiscal records, and preparation of financial reports. The Comptroller’s Office manages Fringe Benefits Accounting, Financial Systems Administration, Financial System Access & Support, and University Payroll Services. Learn more about the Office of the Comptroller at:

The USC Finance Division – Office of the Comptroller values accountability, teamwork, open communication, integrity, and opportunities for growth & professional development.

Join us – apply today!

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree Minimum Experience: 3 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Business education or closely related field. Experience in financial analysis and reporting with knowledge of computer simulation and forecasting techniques.

REQ20090417 Posted Date: 07/06/2020Apply

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