Business Manager, Synergy Evaluation Institute - ORIED at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Knoxville, Tennessee

Posted in Other 19 days ago.

Job Description:


Business Manager, Synergy Evaluation Institute - ORIED

Market Range 10, DOE&Q, exempt, full-time


The Synergy Evaluation Institute (Synergy) Business Manager performs diverse activities requiring analysis and judgment in alignment with broad principles, practices, and professional standards. The Business Manager’s work is guided by objectives and expected outcomes with limited direction. The Business Manager analyzes and interprets data, identifies areas of concern, and recognizes when there is a problem. The Synergy Business Manager performs work independently under limited supervision and takes the lead to ensure policy, procedure, and legal compliance in financial, Human Resources, and project operations.



Financial Management

•Oversight and management of business operations and data entry activities (accounts payable, accounts receivable, procurement cards, internal transfers, petty cash reimbursements, inventory)

•Executes electronic approval authority working in conjunction with Director on financial, budget, and administrative duties

•Responsible for monthly ledger reconciliation, including tracking expenses, entering corrections

•Ensures financial operations are compliant with UT Fiscal Policies and Procedures

Pre-Award Administration

•Assists and provides direction to the Director in budget development, planning and submission of external sponsored research proposals

•Assists and provides direction to the Principal Investigators on grant and contract policies

Post-Award Research Administration

•Ensures cost accounting principles on sponsored research agreements are compliant with Federal Office of managements' Uniform Guidance Budget Circular

•Works with Office of Sponsored Programs and Sponsored Projects Accounting Office to process award documents and establish new accounts on awarded sponsored projects

•Ensures expenditures on sponsored research accounts, grants, and contracts comply with OMB Uniform Guidance Circular, individual agreement terms and agency budgets

•Monitors and manages financial activity and budget on awarded sponsored research agreements

•Tracks and maintains salary expenditures and benefits costs for employees paid from awarded sponsored research accounts and ensures timely execution of required changes or transfer in order to comply with UT cost transfer policies

•Provides information to Principal Investigators regarding funded research projects

•Identifies need for budget revisions and initiates requests for revisions on research accounts as need in consultation with the Principal Investigators and Institute Director

•Ensures F&A returns to Institute are correct and distributed as required

Human Resources, Personnel and Payroll Management:

•Executes approval authority as appropriate in conjunction with the Director on HR, personnel and payroll related business activities

•Reviews and oversees HR, personnel and payroll actions affecting Institute; can include position creation and management, new hires, pay changes, terminations, additional payments, salary transfer vouchers, and employee Visa related activities.

•Ensures the Institute is compliant with UT Human Resource Policies and Procedures

•Manages all aspects of Institute HR functions

Education and Experience:

Required:  Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Finance with five years’ fiscal management experience in large system.

Preferred:  Master’s Degree in Accounting with five years’ fiscal management experience in large university system.

Minimum Required Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge and ability to implement standard accounting practices, post-award management of grants and contracts, forecasting, budgeting, planning,

•Ability to develop and implement financial accounting systems and solutions for a high-volume of complex projects using the UT Financial accounting systems (IRIS/SAP/Cayuse/Market Place/Contract Management System)

•Ability to use standard office technologies (MS Office products)

•Excellent problem-solving, analytical and interpersonal skills and ability to prioritize, organize, manage, multi-task, work with minimal supervision

•Excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization

•Dependable and able to work in a team/diverse environment.

•Knowledge of financial, operational, and administrative policies, procedures, and regulations.

•Ability to align administrative, financial, human resources, and operations of a department, with overarching goals and vision.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

UT policy/procedures and Uniform Guidance

•Knowledge of UTK fiscal and human resources policies and procedures

•Knowledge of Office of Management and Budget cost principal circulars


Additional Information

Please attach the following electronic documents to the application:  Cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses (postal and electronic), and telephone numbers of at least three references.


Job: Other Professional

Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville

Organization: Office Of Research Innov & Econ Develop

Schedule: Full-time

Job Posting: Jan 12, 2024, 1:09:53 PM
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