Finance Partner

Finance Partnerships

Competition No.  -    A106447832
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

While this position welcomes applications from the public, please note that preference will be given to current employees at the University of Alberta. Please indicate your internal status using the "Advertisement" drop down menu when applying.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

This competition will be used to fill 3 positions and work primarily takes place at North Campus Edmonton

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found on our Benefits Overview page and annual salary range of $65,348 - $108,916.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Position Summary

Are you an ambitious, collaborative and service-focused professional who loves to work in a dynamic and challenging environment? Someone who is excited by change and new challenges? Reporting to a Senior Finance Partner, the Finance Partners are responsible for the delivery of strategic financial solutions and advice to the leaders, faculty and staff within their client portfolios across the faculties and service units.

As a Finance Partner, you will act as a strategic professional advisor to the dean, faculty general manager, or other senior leaders within your portfolio. You will collaborate with your fellow service partners, the Centres of Expertise (COE’s) within Finance, Procurement & Planning and the Shared Services Centre to foster collaborative relationships, leading and delivering on strategic initiatives while managing a large breadth of client services. 

This posting will be used to fill the few remaining positions in the department. 


  • Provide professional level financial advice to general managers, directors, managers, and supervisors on financial matters including interpretation of University financial policies and procedures
  • Participate in the strategic planning process in the assigned area(s)
  • Provide training on financial policies, procedures, and processes
  • Monitor key financial data and analytics for assigned areas and alert the Senior Partner (Finance) of potential issues
  • Develop regular financial reporting and ad hoc reporting to assist senior management in the strategic decision making process; financial reporting to include high level variance analysis and forecasting to highlight issues
  • Work with academic leadership to set the financial plan and budget for the area
  • Coordinate the annual budget planning and allocation process for assigned area(s) ensuring alignment with short term and long term priorities
  • Support the preparation of budgeting assumptions, targets, contingency plans and risk mitigation
  • Coordinate the area’s year end processes including accurate accruals, performance of variance analysis and maintenance of appropriate documentation and audit trail
  • Oversee the daily workflow of financial transactions and processes
  • Maintain productive relationships with colleagues in the Service Centre/Processing Hub, Finance Centres of Expertise, and across the Partnership team including continuous collaboration with the Senior Finance Partners
  • Develop processes and internal controls for the area(s), based on University wide practices, to ensure that all financial transactions are subject to appropriate review and oversight
  • Provide cost estimates for new activities or changes to programs or services
  • Work closely with the Finance Centres of Expertise to ensure consistency and implementation of organizational initiatives

Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree in business or related field with a professional accounting designation (CA, CMA, CGA, CPA). Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.
  • 3-5 years of related experience
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work both independently as well as play a role within a cohesive team of professionals
  • Extensive knowledge of financial reporting and budgeting especially as it pertains to financial performance measurement
  • Ability to perform financial functions within an organization subject to various internal and external policies, procedures and regulations

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.