Finance Service Partner

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Finance Service Partner

University of Alberta

This competition will be used to fill multiple positions.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found on our Benefits Overview page and annual salary range of $67,159 - $111,927.

Location - This role is hybrid with a mix of remote and in-person. Work primarily takes place at North Campus Edmonton.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Metis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is a community of knowledge seekers, change makers and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 14,000 faculty and staff, over 40,000 students and 260,000 alumni worldwide.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross-section of people — from our students and community members, to our renowned researchers and innovators, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger and more just. Learn more.


Are you an ambitious, collaborative and service-focused professional who loves to work in a dynamic and challenging environment? Someone who is excited by change and new challenges? We are looking for highly motivated and experienced individuals to join our Finance Partnership team. Under the leadership of a Senior Finance Partner, the Finance Service Partners are responsible for the delivery of strategic financial solutions and advice to the leaders, faculty and staff within their client portfolios across the faculties and service units.

As a Finance Service Partner, you will act as a strategic professional advisor to various stakeholders across the University including senior leadership within your portfolio. You will collaborate with your fellow service partners, the Centres of Expertise (COE's) within Finance, Procurement & Planning and the Shared Services Centre to foster collaborative relationships, leading and delivering on strategic initiatives while managing a large breadth of client services.


  • Provide professional financial advice to senior leadership, general managers, chief of staff, directors, managers, and supervisors on financial matters including interpretation of University financial policies and procedures
  • Participate in the strategic planning process in the assigned area(s)
  • Provide and support the training on financial policies, procedures, and processes
  • Monitor key financial data and analytics for assigned areas and alert the Senior Finance Partner of potential issues
  • Develop regular financial reporting and ad hoc reporting to assist senior management in the strategic decision-making process; financial reporting to include high-level variance analysis and forecasting to highlight issues
  • Work with academic and senior leadership to set the financial plan and budget for the area
  • Coordinate the annual budget planning and allocation process for assigned area(s) ensuring alignment with short-term and long-term priorities
  • Support the preparation and incorporation of budgeting assumptions, targets, contingency plans and risk mitigation
  • Coordinate the area's year-end processes including accurate accruals, performance of variance analysis and maintenance of appropriate documentation and audit trail
  • Maintain productive relationships with colleagues in the Service Centre/Processing Hub, Finance Centres of Expertise, and across the Partnership team including continuous collaboration with the Senior Finance Partners
  • Support with the development of processes and internal controls for the area(s), based on University-wide practices, to ensure that all financial transactions are subject to appropriate review and oversight
  • Provide cost estimates for new activities or changes to programs or services
  • Work closely with the Finance Centres of Expertise to ensure consistency and implementation of organizational initiatives
  • Financial reporting for external sponsors for grants
  • Ad hoc reporting as required


  • Degree in business or related field with a professional accounting designation (CA, CMA, CGA, CPA). Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.
  • 3-5 years of related experience
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work both independently as well as play a role within a cohesive team of professionals
  • Extensive knowledge of financial reporting and budgeting especially as it pertains to financial performance measurement
  • Ability to perform financial functions within an organization subject to various internal and external policies, procedures, and regulations
  • The ability to communicate fluently in French and English is an asset
  • Experience in building financial models would be considered an asset
  • Experience in project cost analysis would be considered an asset

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The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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