Team-oriented Accountant adept at creating clear and comprehensive financial reports to present to senior management. Enjoys being part of a dynamic team.
Accounting operations professional
Cash flow analysis
Strong communication skills
Superior attention to detail
Account reconciliation specialist
Hyperion Enterprise Performance
Management System (EPM11)
Training and exposure to Peoplesoft
Saga, Homere (Accounting and HR software)
MS Office Suite
Advanced bookkeeping skills
Accounting Officer Senior, 07/2015 to Current Metropolitan State University – St Paul, MN
Responsible for directing and managing the accounting and reconciliation processes for all university-wide revenue resources and disbursements entered into the State of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) accounting and procurement systems.
Responsible for developing and implementing procedures to ensure efficient operations in these areas and in compliance with all governing entities procedures and regulations, direct and manage the university's cash flow process ensuring efficient management of the university's cash resources and maximum utilization of funds.
Oversee and provide training and assistance for employees within the Financial Management office.
Provide lead work functions for Accounts Payable, Financial Aid Accounting, and Reconciliation Accounting sections in the manger's absence.
Reconcile complementary systems, review, analyze, and prepare journal entries, and test, verify and/or record accruals to meet MNSCU-directed deadlines.
Assist preparing financial statements, schedules and worksheets and maintain back-up that would be provided to audit teams/legislative auditors.
Monitor banking activities, handle recurring wire transfer students overage payments and upload check disbursements.
Maintain integrity of general ledger, including the chart of accounts.
File tax returns and prepare governmental reports in compliance with strict standards.
Assist and facilitate generating financial statements and account closing procedures each month.
Analyze year end financial reporting.
Compile general ledger entries on a short schedule with nearly 100% accuracy.
Analyze and research reporting issues to improve accounting operations procedures.
Create periodic reports comparing budgeted costs to actual costs.
Suggested budgetary changes to increase company profits.
Facilitate and assist internal and external audits.
Financial Aid Accountant, 01/2012 to 07/2015 Metropolitan State University – St. Paul, MN
Served as accountant for financial aid, auxiliary, enterprise and agency activities and is responsible for analyzing and reconciling all transactions within this group of accounts.
Created accounting entries for transactions initiated by external sources, assist in identifying proper accounting codes, initiated the billing process to scholarship grantors, and draw down funds from federal and state sources to cover financial aid awards.
Prepared auxiliary and enterprise summary financial statements annually and on request.
Ensured all activity within the position responsibility occur according to state and federal laws and Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB), MN State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) and University policies and procedures while working closely with the Financial Aid and Foundation staff to ensure the quality and integrity of fiscal data is maintained.
Monitored and maintained all financial aid accounts to ensure disbursements match receipts.
Completed federal and state funds draw down and fund returns; initiated invoices to Foundation; researched and resolved inconsistencies; prepared deposit entries; prepared correcting entries.
Planned for cash flows to ensure that sufficient cash exists to cover major financial aid outlays.
Prepared accounting entries in compliance with Fiscal Operation Report and Application to Participate (FISAP) in U.S Department of Education fund for the three Campus-Based Program.
Reconciled G5 (Fed government web based system) to MnSCU ISRS systems to ensure federal authorizations and disbursements match.
Conducted inquires as requested and reported results in an accurate & timely manner.
Provided supporting documentation for legislative, internal and independent auditors as assigned.
Maintained control over student charges related to bookstore credit program and Post-Secondary Education Opportunity (PSEO) to ensure payment to Metropolitan State Bookstore is timely and correct.
Maintained control over PSEO charge backs to MN Department of Education and contractual PSEO programs to ensure all earned revenue is collected.
Provided information and assistance to various constituencies with respect to Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing Specialties Program (WebWOC), bookstore credit program, PSEO, states' reciprocity and financial aid reporting to enhance complete exchange of information and to ensure compliance and full recovery revenue.
Prepared MN State University Student Association (MSUSA) remittances timely and correctly.
Monitored bank collateral coverage in accordance with MnSCU requirements and maintained collateral file.
Reviewed and reconciled auxiliary, enterprise, and agency accounts to ensure complete and proper accounting.
Prepared and disseminated summary statements based on ISRS data semi-annually and upon request.
Monitored commissions per statements provided by bookstore, food service and vending contractors and reported results to management.
Prepared documents supporting fund transfers and accounting corrections.
Prepared and maintained up-to-date procedures manual relating to all activities performed by this position so that tasks can be correctly performed in the absence of the incumbent.
Recommended, documented and assisted in implementing new or improved processes and procedures to promote operational efficiencies.
Performed other duties as assigned to ensure the smooth functioning of the department and maintained the reputation of the organization as a viable business partner.
Finance and Human Resources Coordinator, 01/2009 to 02/2011 Doctors without Borders MSF Spain-Zambia & South Sudan missions; MSF Swiss-Kyrgyzstan Mission – New York, NY
Responsible for the Financial/Human Resources management of the project in the program countries, reviewed and coordinated the daily activities (financial, admin & HR) in accordance with the guidelines of the Projects' Finance/HR Unit in Headquarters.
Managed 1.5 million Euro budget including preparing yearly budget forecast and conducting monthly/quarterly budget review.
Supervised national staff, advised budget control to the project management team and the Head Office and prepared periodic financial & HR reports for the Head Office, and donors.
Financial Reviewed:validated the preparation and payment of salaries, taxes and social security in accordance with the terms of employment and the countries' labor law.
Supervised, validated and controlled disbursement of all project expenses through follow up of expenses, cost analysis and appropriate measures for savings & improvements.
Assessed and mitigated the financial risks on the mission, ensured financial ethics were respected within the mission and reliable internal control systems were in place.
Set up a bank account for the project which was out of the capital city ensuring immediate availability of funds for the project via wire transfer, eliminated the need for physical cash transfers which depended on expats' movements, flights and other unforeseen circumstances, and mitigated the safety risks of the expats and secured cash.
Redrafted the existing money security rules and cash basis purchase circuit to enhance control, documentation and audit trail. This involved working with the regional supply manager and the local purchasing/logistics department.
Assisted internal and external audits.
Human Resource: Ensured HR policies and procedures were respected by both national and international staff.
Administered the Human Resource Management planning and reporting data.
Coordinated all movements of personnel from/to mission/project/home (briefing, ticketing, visa, accommodation, trail period, holidays, & extension of mission).
Managed rentals, insurances and services contracts and leases.
Ensured proper accommodation, facilities, maintenance and related services for international staff.
Initiated and established a direct deposit payment plan for national staff salary payment that involved workshop facilitation, interaction/negation with national staff, bank and the head of the mission. This led to efficiency in administering the biweekly payroll process
and greatly minimized the risks of physical cash movement and keeping
large amounts of cash on site.
Audited the HR system and identified major problems behind the inaccuracy/discrepancies of the national staff vacation balances. This led to corrective action.
Provided training and increased the capacity of the national staff.
Senior Accountant, 01/2008 to 07/2008 University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, MN
Responsible for reviewing & approving financial documents, reconciling discrepancies, monitor and reporting the various financial activities of three departments within the college of liberal arts (CLA) while working closely with academic and unit staff.
Created monthly financial reports of sponsored grants in order for faculties and sponsors to make informed financial decisions.
Verified and approved financial transactions, ensuring accuracy and compliance to University and CLA financial policies and procedures.
Reviewed/interpreted data, identified issues, and reconciled financial documents.
Coordinated and provided oversight for the payroll document process and conducted payroll abstract reconciliation.
Communicated changes and resolved issues and concerns, coordinated solutions with the HR/Payroll department.
Served as a point of contact person and effort coordinator for designated units.
Sales and Use Tax Auditor, 01/2006 to 03/2008 Minnesota Department of Revenue – St Paul, MN
Performed on-site Sales and Use tax audits of C-corporations, S-corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorship, individuals and various civic, charitable nonprofit and other tax-exempt organizations, subjected
to in-progress review and involved various computerized financial transactions/accounting systems such as Peachtree, Great Plains, QuickBooks, and Microsoft Excel.
Completed 38-50 audits/year which resulted in additional net tax assessments that were resolved with 84%-100% tax payers' consent to pay.
Communicated effectively with tax payers to answer questions and resolve issues during, and post audit.
Researched assigned audit cases using in-house data bases/systems to understand the nature of the business and plan the scope of the audit.
Reviewed and analyzed various financial documents such as charts of accounts, sales/purchase invoices, fixed assets, purchase order, depreciation schedule, and contract/lease agreement to determine if sales tax was accurately charged, collected and reported.
Reconciled discrepancies to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
Identified and corrected errors and computed and assessed tax owed ensuring compliance with payment, reporting or other tax requirements by utilizing different sampling methods that included simple average, block sampling or error method, random sampling and statistical sampling method.
Prepared audit log, audit work papers, and audit report to withstand administrative and judicial review by utilizing access data base template computer application.
Provided primary job training to new auditor-developed and implemented the training.
Provided technical feedback to other auditors through the unit's peer review process.
Finance Para-Professional Senior , 06/2005 to 12/2005 Minnesota Department Of Transportation – St. Paul, MN
Created and maintained an access database, where data on
construction projects were uploaded from Federal (FHWA's) fiscal system &
MN database and discrepancies reconciled.
Ensured FHWA's system to MN/DOT's
database had the same projects listed as active and all data fields were up to
Processed and closed out all completed construction projects by applying
to appropriate accounts.
Performed other duties as assigned.
Account Clerck, 05/2001 to 06/2002 Deparment Of Transportation – St. Paul, MN
Verified invoices for
correct pricing and mathematical accuracy, account coded invoices with the
Prepared purchase orders and processed payments by
applying to proper accounts. Assisted with administrative tasks as needed.
Prepared and reconciled financial
documents used for audit and closing federal grants.
Assisted with administrative tasks as needed.
Master of Science: Technology Management Supply Chain Emphasis, 2006 University of Wisconsin-Stout - Menomonie, WI
Course work includes Corporate Planning, Into To Decision
Theory, Enterprise Planning, Seminar in Indus Operation, Principles of
Bachelor of Science: Accounting, 2002 Metropolitan State University - St. Paul
Accountant coursework Advance Financial Reporting, Business Taxation,
Business law, Advance Strategic Management Accounting, Financial
Bachelor of Arts: Bachelor of Commerce, 1996 Osmania University - Hydrabad
Course work includes: Business Statistics, Business Organization & Management, Advanced Accountancy, Cost Accountancy, Income Tax, Company Law & Auditing