Senior Accountant, Controller (Grant Position)

Reports to: Director, Grant’s Accounting

Purpose: Under general direction, the job holder is responsible for maintaining a portfolio of grants that consists of a number of federally funded grants besides international and private organizations and foundations funded grants.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for posting all relevant journal entries, transactions, and corrections in the project/financial module of the SAP accounting software
  • Issues disbursements charged to grants and contracts after checking the costs allowability, allocability, and reasonableness, necessity for the grants program and activities, budget availability and ensure the disbursement request is sufficiently documented and properly approved
  • Ensures accurate and timely postings of costs and revenues associated with externally funded grants and integrity of data in AUC accounting system
  • Reviews and validates requests for charges to be disbursed from human resource, travel office and supply chain development management to ensure expenses compliance with sponsors' requirements and AUC policies and procedures and the use of proper accounting assignment
  • Develops financial reports and prepares standard forms (required by federal grants) or other standard forms required by other sponsors
  • Prepares journal entries and offsets forwarded by grant recipient departments after checking the costs compliance with the sponsor requirements and AUC regulations
  • Post incoming funds to sponsor accounts in SAP
  • Assists with time and effort reporting system, ensuring it is complete and in compliance with applicable regulations
  • Carries out any other tasks assigned by the grants accounting manager


Minimum Education Requirement(s):  

  • Bachelor degree in accounting, business, finance or other related fields
  • Training on federal cost principles is preferable


  • Seven to ten years of experience in accounting
  • Previous experience with the externally funded projects is preferable


  • Excellent command of the English language
  • Accounting and bookkeeping skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to design, analyze and prepare financial reports
  • Ability to monitor expenditures and maintain data


This position is open until October 16, 2019


Placement is based on the candidate’s experience and skills. Only candidates who make it to the shortlist will be contacted. If interested, send an updated and detailed resume to, stating Senior Accountant – Controller” in the subject line.


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