Business Administrator B, Chemistry Business Office

Business Administrator B, Chemistry Business Office

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The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title
Business Administrator B, Chemistry Business Office

Job Profile Title
Business Administrator B

Job Description Summary
SAS Finance is seeking a Business Administrator B. The Business Administrator B will report to the Chemistry Regional Business Office Manager (RBO). This position is an integral member of the Chemistry RBO within the School of Arts Sciences. The Chemistry RBO supports the unique business needs of multiple departments, programs and centers. SAS Finance staff is committed to supporting the academic mission of the School and the University by adding value through our work, finding solutions to operational challenges, and helping to prepare the School for tomorrow.

Job Description

The SAS Fiscal Operations staff is committed to supporting the academic mission of the School and the University by adding value through our work, finding solutions to operational challenges, and helping to prepare the School for tomorrow.

The Business Administrator B will review and approve all transactions, process weekly and monthly payroll, reconcile accounts and run and prepare reports on a monthly basis. Assist in Grants Management as needed. The successful candidate for the Business Administrator B position will have the ability to work with, and the desire to learn from management and experienced colleagues across SAS.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Review and approve all transactions related to the RBO's financial activities. This includes procurement (Ben Financials), reimbursements (Concur), payment requests (Penn Marketplace), Service Provider Classification requests, Procards, journal entries, and contract invoicing.
  • Manage, process and ensure the timely completion of a wide-range of HR and payroll activities. This includes processing weekly payroll and one-time payments in Workday, running reports, creating job requisitions and completing the onboarding process for new hires. Provide backup to Graduate Student Funding process and monthly payroll.
  • Identify, address, and remedy Financial and HR-related issues, with a focus on compliance, continuous improvement, and client satisfaction.
  • Financial analysis which includes account reconciliation (endowments, gifts, operating and discretionary funds) and preparing and reviewing reports for Faculty and Dept/Program/Centers.
  • Assist in grants management. This includes preparing and entering budget journals upon receipt of the AIS. Monitoring and reviewing expenses and running financial reports.
  • Participates in School-wide and University initiatives.

  • Bachelor's Degree required plus 2-3 years' related experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience required.
  • Excellent critical thinking, analytical, verbal and written communication is required.
  • Ability to apply solid organizational and time management to a deadline driven, multiple priority work environment is required.
  • Familiarity with UPENN financial and HCM systems (BEN Financials, Business Objects, Concur and Workday) is preferred.
  • Must demonstrate strong customer service skills with the ability to clearly communicate policies to faculty, staff and students.
  • Ability to work in a frequently changing environment and to function as part of a team.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Adobe applications and able to quickly learn new software applications is required.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $66,183.00
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

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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