Senior Cost Accountant

February 25, 2019


University of California, Los Angeles


Education and Nonprofit




Los Angeles, CA


Another Source’s client, UCLA, is recruiting an Accountant III to join their team. The innovation, the complexity, the diversity, and the opportunity for impact and learning are endless at UCLA. When you join the University you are expanding your career beyond a team to an economic engine with a world of opportunity. The innovation, the complexity, the diversity, and the opportunity for impact and learning are endless at UCLA. When you join the University you are expanding your career beyond a team to an economic engine with a world of opportunity.

Here's a little about UCLA and the position they are seeking to fill: 

As one of Southern California’s top five employers, UCLA is the workplace of more than 42,000 people and contributes $12.7 billion to the economy. Innovation at UCLA has produced an active portfolio of almost 3,000 inventions. More than 140 companies have been created based on technology developed here. Under the direction of the Senior Director, incumbent substantially contributes to the development of the University's Facilities and Administrative (F&A) rate proposal for contracts and grants (cost accounting overhead requirement). Incumbent supports the accounting, review, and analysis of service center rates, and researches federal costing regulations and practices. Incumbent performs specialized and complex accounting reconciliations requiring extensive knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and cost accounting standards. Incumbent performs other functions as assigned and supports the activities of Corporate Financial Services and the campus.


Required Qualifications:

  • Strong demonstrated detailed working knowledge of accounting principles sufficient to make the correct budget and financial journals to achieve desired results.
  • Strong demonstrated detailed working knowledge of fund accounting to be able to review the general ledger, input documents, and recognize errors.
  • Strong skills in analyzing information, problems, practices, or procedures to:
    • Identify the problem or objectives.
    • Identify patterns, tendencies, trends, and relationships.
    • Formulate logical and objective conclusions.
    • Recognize alternatives and their implications.
  • Ability to evaluate impact on workload or upcoming and proposed changes in policies and procedures.
  • Creativity and initiative to develop workable solutions to problems when answers are not readily apparent.
  • Strong ability to understand, research, and maintain a current understanding of relevant policies and procedures of UCLA Corporate Financial Services, UCLA and the UC Office of the President as well as relevant regulatory and accounting promulgations (e.g., GAAP, GASB, CAS, and FASB) and State Support activities.
  • Skill in analyzing departmental accounting systems and recommending necessary changes consistent with sound accounting practice.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial computer systems sufficient to understand flow of transaction data and recommend enhancements.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand relational data bases and to perform complex queries utilizing technology tools such as GQL, Access, Excel or Focus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Strong proficiency in using personal computer spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation applications (e.g., MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) to prepare reports and presentations and to analyze financial data.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with personnel throughout UCLA Corporate Financial Services, the University, other campuses, the Office of the President at Oakland, third-parties conducting business with the UC System, and the public.
  • Ability to work independently in setting priorities, including adapting to dynamic changes in priorities, to meet deadlines with due propriety to accuracy and quality requirements.
  • Ability to adjust working hours and if necessary, work overtime to meet the needs of the organization.
  • Skill in performing efficiently amid frequent interruptions and/or distractions; ability to work efficiently and effectively in the midst of diversified responsibilities and changing priorities.
  • Equivalent to a bachelor degree (with a major in accounting, business administration, economic or other related field) or equivalent work experience.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the principles of accounting for educational institutions to be able to correctly assign coding to meet reporting requirements.
  • Working knowledge of the organizational hierarchy to be able to accurately assign coding to obtain correct reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare financial reports for a large complex organization in accordance with policies and accounting principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and deal with sensitive issues and work with due propriety on such issues and confidential information.
  • Ability to provide professional, courteous, timely, and effective customer service.
  • Demonstrated position-relevant ability to use financial systems, related applications, and reporting tools.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong ability to understand, research, and maintain a current understanding of federal costing principles including Code of Federal Regulations, 2 CFR Part 200 - UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS, COST PRINCIPLES, AND AUDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AWARDS.
  • Working knowledge of the UC system.
  • Working knowledge of the UCLA financial systems and chart of accounts structure.

This is full time, career position within UCLA.
UCLA has incredible benefits - competitive pay that reflects market trends, and additional benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives.

UCLA offers an exceptional setting for professionals to gain exposure throughout the University and advance their careers accordingly. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy UCLA is a Tobacco-Free environment. For more information, please view the policy at:

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Staff accountant, senior accountant, pricing analyst, cost accounting, accountant, accounting, general ledger, reconciliations, , financial statements, nonprofit, GASB, cost accounting, GL, costing models.

Job Type

Full Time

Career Level

SVP, EVP, VP, Tax Director, Internal Audit Director, Control

Travel Requirements

Not Specified

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