Financial Officer

by Western University

Reference #: 27331
Position Type: Full-time
Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Jun 23, 2022
Western University

Job Description

Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 35

Salary Grade: 16

About Western

With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses.

About Us

Financial Services provides financial leadership, services, information and stewardship in support of the academic, research and service activities of Western’s community.
Research Finance provides exemplary financial management to our research community.


In support of Western’s strategic research plan, the Financial Officer provides effective management and accounting support to faculties and researchers to enable them to fulfil their stewardship and accountability responsibilities with respect to research funding held in trust by the University.  As a designated financial expert, the role is accountable for the financial management of research funds for several Faculties.  This includes financial reporting and analysis, forecasting, expenditure monitoring, compliance oversight, cash flow management and audit facilitation. The funding is from external agencies, foundations, research institutes, donations and private sector companies. The scope of this position also includes complex projects that are cross-disciplinary and multi-institutional, and can involve foreign funding or activities based in foreign countries.


-    University degree in business or a related field
-    Professional accounting designation (e.g. CPA – CGA, CMA, CA )

-    5 years of financial accounting experience including financial report preparation is required
-    Experience in a public sector and/or Not-For-Profit sector is preferred
-    Experience with Government reporting is preferred
-    Experience at a research-intensive institution would be an asset
-    Previous experience working with PeopleSoft Financials would be an asset

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
-    Demonstrated analytical ability with a sound knowledge of accounting principles
-    Strong financial systems (e.g. PeopleSoft) knowledge, advanced MS Excel skills with basic knowledge of Word and Powerpoint
-    Ability to establish and build healthy working relations and partnerships with clients, peers and external stakeholders
-    Ability to multi-task and maintain an organized and effective personal work environment
-    Judgment, analytical and problem-solving skills with a consultative and collaborative approach to addressing issues and opportunities
-    Ability to work well under pressure and apply good judgment in assessing difficult situations
-    Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
-    Strong client focus and a desire to achieve results is essential
-    Excellent communication skills with a demonstrated ability to complete details analytics and reports
-    Ability to process information with high levels of accuracy
-    Ability to work in a fluid and challenging work environment with changing deadlines
-    Strong presentation skills

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:

Interested applicants are asked to visit: for further information and to apply online referencing job #27331 by 11:59PM on July 13, 2022.

Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to campus are required to comply with Western's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.