Finance Process and Systems Specialist

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Details: Posted on: 7th August 2018

  • Company Name: University of Sharjah
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Monthly Salary: Unspecified
  • Minimum Work Experience: 2-5 Years
  • Minimum Education Level: Bachelors Degree
  • Listed By: Employer
  • Career Level: Mid-level


The Finance Process & Systems Specialist (FPSS) will be responsible to:

Provide strategic advice and recommendations about developments and enhancements to the Financial Management Information System to support the University and the Department's goals.
Initiate and deliver projects to continually improve the effectiveness and efficiency of business processes and systems.
Perform multi-functional duties that involve high level of accounting related computing skills.
Work with minimal supervision, the FPSS is expected to provide clear, accurate and concise information that ensures processes are done in accordance to University Bylaws, Policy and operational expectations.
Follow-through and complete the processes including all forms and information, to enable resolution of Finance Staff issues within the team environment.
Deliver thought and practical leadership around effective use of systems to enhance processes and meet the broader needs of the University and to be a champion of process improvement and Finance business intelligence systems.

Main accountabilities & expectations

Although not exclusively, the duties of the Finance Process & Systems Specialist include:

Managing, developing and improving Banner, including providing advice and recommendations about enhancements and new functionality.
Work closely with the Information Technology Directorate on enhancing and improving the Banner, including providing advice and recommendations about enhancements of new modules and functionality. In the short term, the FPSS should oversee and assist in Banner upgrades and in the ongoing development and implementation of the Finance Systems Roadmap.
Direct and manage relationships with external vendors and the University's Information Technology Directorate to ensure infrastructure, data interfaces and feeds operate effectively and efficiently. This also includes the oversight of the integration between Banner Finance and other systems to ensure data exchange is complete, timely and accurate.
Plan and deliver system upgrades, including testing and issue resolution.
Delivering thought leadership around effective use of systems to enhance processes and meet the broader needs of the University (for example, Automation of accounts receivable matching process).
Mapping and analysis of businesses processes, including preparation of gap analysis and business needs and requirement documents.
Act as the Finance project manager for finance system implementations, including development of documentation, development of project plans, monitoring progress against milestones and coordination of resources where appropriate
Manage the assessment of alternative software solutions and drive the process of selection and acquisition as necessary.
Being a functional and technology expert in the use of finance systems.
Streamlining all processes, procedures, and schedule the daily, monthly, quarterly, and annual tasks and duties to meet the end of fiscal year closure on time.
Write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Also be responsible for the creation/maintenance of system functional test plans relating to the Department.

Job Specific Accountabilities


Required Skills


Preferred Qualification & Experience


Appropriate qualifications in finance or information management with extensive current experience/expertise in financial information management systems.
A demonstrated ability to manage a diverse range of specialized tasks to meet deadlines, whilst exercising sound judgement and initiative with attention to detail.
Demonstrated minimum of 4 years of experience leading system implementation projects and contributing to a team environment.
Extensive experience in preparing business case and requirements analysis documents.
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement programs which involve change, contribute new ideas, critically evaluate current systems and processes and to contribute to ongoing improvements.
Advanced Excel skills and experience with preferred reporting tools (such as Argos/Oracle), or the proven ability to quickly gain these.
A strong understanding of database concepts and experience in writing and executing SQL queries.
Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skills, including the proven ability to liaise effectively with internal and external stakeholders.


Experience in or knowledge of the delivery of management information in the higher education sector.
Experience in system implementation projects.
Experience with Banner Finance Module and Banner Workflow development and analysis and expense management systems.
Experience with financial reporting (specifically, Argos reporting tool).
Experience with functional administration on mobile apps.
Ability to generate, modify and version database object scripts (DML/DDL)

Job Location

University of Sharjah (Main)


Excellent writing and communication skills. These may include writing technical reports and proposals containing statistical analysis.
Computer Competency - excellent experience in contemporary accounting systems.
Insight - A good practical understanding of Finance/Accounting processes and disciplines.
Collaborating effectively between the Finance Department and other cross-functional teams and Departments especially Information Technology.
Proven ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
Responsibility - take responsibility for accuracy and completeness of work.

Job Criteria


Male or Female


Bachelor's degree/higher diploma

Relevant Experience

4 or more

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