Higher Education Finance Solution Architect
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People in our Client & Market career track drive profitable growth by developing market-relevant insights to increase market share or create new markets. They progress through required promotion into market-facing roles that have a direct impact on sales.
Management Consulting professionals design and implement process and change interventions that integrate strategy, technology and people to enable process improvements that create value for clients.
The Management Consulting Manager designs and implements business changes that drive industry-specific, function and digital operating model transformation, focusing on task relating to people and process.
A professional at this position level within Accenture has the following responsibilities:
Identifies, assesses and solves complex business problems for area of responsibility, where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors.
Closely follows the strategic direction set by senior management when establishing near term goals.
Interacts with senior management at a client and/or within Accenture on matters where they may need to gain acceptance on an alternate approach.
Has some latitude in decision-making. Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new assignments.
Decisions have a major day to day impact on area of responsibility.
Manages large - medium sized teams and/or work efforts (if in an individual contributor role) at a client or within Accenture.
Responsibilities of the Higher Education Finance Solution Architect may include:
- Join Accenture's growing Education practice, helping to transform leading institutions across the country. The sheer scale of our capabilities and client engagements and the way we collaborate, operate and deliver value provides an unparalleled opportunity to grow and advance. Choose Accenture and make delivering innovative work part of your extraordinary career.
- Focus on Finance Transformation delivery for education clients.
- Lead transformation programs at major education institutions focusing on implementing process and organizational change.
- Education institutions are under increasing pressure to reduce operating costs while also enabling their back-office functions to achieve industry best practices.
- Our consulting professionals partner with Institution finance leadership to achieve their desired business outcomes of implementations from best in class technology by also transforming their processes and organizational structure.
- Provide thought leadership and guidance in the role of finance organization for our education clients.
- Apply leading practice finance and accounting processes in one or more core finance areas:
- Record to Report (RtR), ProcuretoPay (PtP), Order to Cash (OtC)
- Work collaboratively with client team lead counterpart to plan and deliver operating model changes.
- Lead the definition of operational reports, service level agreements, and process-related KPIs.
- Manage transitions of multiple processes from sending organization to target organization including transition management, knowledge transfer, and process reengineering.
- Lead team through business case development for transformation programs.
- Partner with technology teams to implement finance technology solutions such as Workday and Oracle Cloud products.
- Develop detailed work plans, direct project teams, deliver status, meet deadlines, manage to budget, and meet or exceed quality standards.
- Provides solutions to complex business problems for areas of responsibility where analysis of situations requires an in-depth knowledge of organizational objectives.
- Interacts with senior management levels, including CFOs and direct reports, negotiating or influencing on significant matters.
- It is our intention for our people to live where they work and work where they live. However, in the context of our profession and serving our clients there may be times when travel is required. Travel may be weekly.
+ Basic qualifications
- Bachelor's degree
- Minimum 5 Higher Education experience
- Minimum 3 years project experience leading education Finance Transformation projects
- Minimum of 1 year of experience in cross functional touchpoints areas of Finance: functional touchpoints Accounting, Procurement, AP, Grants Management
- Minimum of 1 year of experience in processes and organizational design, project activity sequencing and change management
Professional Skill Requirements
- Proven ability to build, manage and foster a team-oriented environment
- Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment
- Desire to work in an information systems environment
- Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills
- Excellent leadership and management skills
Applicants for employment in the US must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States and with Accenture.
Candidates who are currently employed by a client of Accenture or an affiliated Accenture business may not be eligible for consideration.
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