Cal Poly Pomona — Accounts Payable Manager

Accounts Payable Manager

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Accounts Payable Manager

Type of Appointment: Full-time, Management Personnel Plan (MPP I)

Salary Range: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Recruitment Closing Date: Open Until Filled

First Review: June 7, 2022

REQUIRED- All candidates must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Three References

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Financial Services department provides the following services to the University: general accounting and financial reporting, disbursements, third party billing/accounts receivable, external audit coordination, tax compliance, student aid accounting, cash receipts/cashiering, cash flow and investment management, PeopleSoft Finance, Procurement, Graphic Communications Services, Bronco Copy n' Mail, asset management, distribution services and license of facilities. The Accounts Payable department is an organizational unit within University Accounting Services. The department is responsible for ensuring that disbursements are made in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and policies set forth by the State Controller's Office, CSU Chancellor's Office, and other state and federal agencies. The department must comply with appropriate state and federal tax reporting requirements. The Accounts Payable department works closely with General Accounting and Procurement Services. The department also communicates with on campus personnel and outside vendors on a regular basis to ensure payment processing is accurately performed and in alignment with all applicable policies and procedures. The Accounts Payable department plays a key role in the operations, enhancement, and upgrades to the campus PeopleSoft and Concur systems.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for managing and overseeing the day-to-day operations of Accounts Payable and travel; including payment processing to ensure that expenditure authority, purchasing, travel and hospitality policies are enforced. Review and manage the workload of six (6) Accounts Payable staff, including recruiting, developing, and retaining individual staff members, ensuring adequate coverage is maintained to meet payment terms and customer expectations. Responsible for providing assistance, policy interpretation, and training to Accounts Payable staff and campus end users on areas including, but not limited to, payment processing, travel procedures, hospitality, and moving and relocation. Provide active leadership and strategic oversight to foster a customer-focused environment interacting with a variety of sources including departments, suppliers, peers, Accounts Payable staff, and management. Ensure customer requirements and expectations are executed timely and accurately, along with verifying that issues are resolved. Promote positive department morale by interacting with the team in a consistently professional manner.
  • Responsible for identifying regulations and other fiscal compliance requirements in the area of Accounts Payable and travel that must be adhered to and implement policies and procedures to ensure campus compliance. Document business processes for reference and consistent practice. Actively collaborates on strategic planning and procedural implementations for system upgrades/changes and process workflow. Develop reporting mechanisms and procedures and recommend improvements where necessary. Generate a variety of reports for analysis of data and/or distribution to management; receives and analyzes various reports and acts upon the data as appropriate.
  • Responsible for planning, program management and coordination of the university travel program, including developing and updating policies and procedures, campus user guides, training programs, oversight of the Corporate Travel Credit Card Program, identify opportunities to realize cost savings and ensure compliance with all CSU, campus, state, and federal legal requirements. System administrator and point of contact for the Concur eTravel system, including coordinating system upgrades and new module implementation, maintenance of audit rules, account maintenance, approval workflow, reporting and campus functional support.
  • Provide adequate back-up support for processes such as, pay cycle processing and approval, 1099 processing and reporting, and processing voids/stop payments when needed. Review and audit a high volume of complex invoices for appropriateness of payment, interpretation and application of accounting policies and procedures, internal controls, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Oversight of campus vendor management processing, including review for proper withholding and vendor profile approvals. Review and approve wire transfer payments within the campus banking institution.
  • Participates in the preparation of year-end closing procedures for both Legal and GAAP, including financial and operational audits, etc. Oversee and review the compilation of year-end expenditure accruals and preparation of audit working papers. Assist with external audit firm inquiries and locate supporting documentation, as requested.
  • Ensure compliance with all state and federal rules, tax regulations and guidelines as they relate to Accounts Payable. Collaborate with campus Accounting Manager and Tax Specialist regarding sales/use tax interpretation and application, 1099, non-California resident and foreign national withholding requirements.
  • Aid in the continual monitoring of the PeopleSoft finance system to ensure conformity with Legal, FIRMS, GAAP and GASB requirements; including oversight of the PeopleSoft Accounts Payable module, ensuring that functionality is fully tested and that all implementation and upgrade projects remain on target. Assist in the design, development, update, and maintenance of all applicable procedure manuals, including any campus level desk procedures manuals. Provide OnBase support for University Accounting Services to aid in maintaining compliance with the CSU and campus record retention policies. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of University Accounting Services and/or by the Associate Vice President of Financial Services to meet the operational needs of University Accounting Services and the University; which may entail research, documentation of department and university procedures to ensure proper internal controls are in place, additional account analysis and reconciliations, implementation of various systems to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of department operations, draft and facilitate campuswide training over various subjects maintained by University Accounting Services, and aid in the update of the department website.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with a major in accounting, business administration, finance or closely related field.
  • Two years of professional accounting experience required; including at least one year of experience in a supervisory role.
  • Extensive knowledge of public accounting industry standards, Legal, FIRMS, GAAP and GASB standards and basis of accounting. PeopleSoft queries and demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office programs. Must possess strong problem solving, analytical, organizational and communication skills

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must possess excellent communication (verbal/written), interpersonal, problem solving, and customer service skills.
  • Experience in a university/non-profit setting using PeopleSoft applications
  • MBA is strongly desired.

APPOINTMENT AND SALARY

Salary is competitive and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a Management Personnel Plan Level II position with an attractive benefits package, which includes a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month, an excellent choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance, long term disability coverage, life insurance and retirement benefits.

COVID-19 Vaccination

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who physically access campus facilities or programs to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes obtaining a COVID-19 booster dose, or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. See policy at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/11030468/latest.

Out of State Work

The California State University (CSU) system is a network of twenty-three public universities providing access to a quality education through the support of California taxpayers. Part of CSU's mission is to prepare educated, responsible individuals to contribute to California's schools, economy, culture, and future. As an agency of the State of California, the CSU's business operations almost exclusively reside within California. The CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California. See policy at https://calstate.policystat.com/v2/policy/10899725/latest/.

Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. Cal Poly Pomona will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current Cal Poly Pomona employee who was conditionally offered the position. See policy at https://www.cpp.edu/eoda/employee-labor//documents/employment-policies/hr2017-17.pdf.

I-9

Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. See Form I-9 Acceptable Documents at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents.

Outside Employment Disclosure

Prospective Executive and Management Plan Personnel employees must disclose all current outside employment at the time of hire as a precondition of hire and at the following times after hire: annually in July, within 30 days of accepting outside employment, and upon their manager's request. See policy at https://www.cpp.edu/eoda/employee-labor//documents/employment-policies/hr2016-06.pdf.

Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA)

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. See policy at https://calstate.policystat.com/v2/policy/10927154/latest/.

Smoking

Cal Poly Pomona is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. See policy at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/6591951/latest/.

Clery Act

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal Poly Pomona Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at: https://www.cpp.edu/campus-safety-plan.shtml.

Reasonable Accommodation

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact the ADA Coordinator by email at ADACoordinator@cpp.edu. More information is available at: https://www.cpp.edu/eoda/employee-labor//access-accommodations/index.shtml.

EEO

Cal Poly Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university subscribes to the pay transparency nondiscrimination provision and all state and federal regulations that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. More information is available at: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/OFCCP/pdf/pay-transp_%20English_formattedESQA508c.pdf and at https://www.cpp.edu/eoda/employee-labor/documents/aa-eeo-doc/policy-statement_2022-aap-for-california-state-polytechnic-university-pomona_confidential_20220127.pdf.

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