Senior Finance Manager (Cancer Center)

Senior Finance Manager (Cancer Center)

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Posted Job Title
Senior Finance Manager (Cancer Center)

Job Profile Title
Manager E

Job Description Summary
The Senior Finance Manager (SFM) is responsible for the financial strategy and oversight of a portfolio of oncology disease programs/divisions within the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC). The SFM oversees financial reporting activities as well as the internal control environment. The SFM is accountable for both administrative and financial management operations, including the development of financial metrics and the ongoing development and monitoring of systems designed to report accurate financial results. The position requires strong leadership over fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities and works in collaboration with faculty, administrators, and ACC leadership. The SFM reports directly to the ACC Executive Director of Administration.


Job Description

The SFM will be responsible for managing and maintaining a growing research portfolio which includes industry, federal, and foundation sponsors for $12M per annum with over 100 awards and will also be responsible for developing and managing a team that consists of financial and administrative staff who will assist in pre- and post-award financial processes. The SFM will have oversight of proposal submissions, budget development, and contract negotiations (finance) through study initiation as well as post-award financial management and reporting and will also ensure that the following are done effectively and efficiently:
  • Establish internal family accounts for study-related expenses.
  • Review complex contract information and invoice sponsors for study payments based on milestones and activity.
  • Process study payments through the University's financial systems and budget funds based on initial study proposal.
  • Oversee the payroll process for the assigned oncology disease programs/divisions.
  • Develop, analyze, and submit routine financial reports to Principal Investigators.
  • Coordinate with Program Managers and Physician Leaders (and CRU Director and Associate Directors) to ensure financial compliance and provide financial information for resource planning allocations.
  • Prepare other internal reports and respond to inquiries from University administration concerning specific grant and contract information.

Provide financial analysis across research portfolio and submit findings to the Executive Director of Administration


Bachelor's in Accounting or Finance and 7-10 years' experience in fiscal operations or clinical research contract and subcontract administration experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated knowledge of project budgeting and fiscal management. Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of clinical research contracts and subcontracts preferred. Working knowledge of CMS policy as it relates to coverage for participants enrolled in clinical trials. Strong financial, analytical, and modeling skills. Experience with University of Pennsylvania financial systems preferred. Advanced user skills with Excel and other Microsoft programs and computer systems. Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability to be detail-oriented and accurate. Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Demonstrated organizational and prioritization skills, along with the ability to work within tight and often conflicting deadlines. Must be flexible. Must also be discreet and have the ability to handle confidential financial matters.


Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$72,837.00 - $116,539.66

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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