Business Manager

Pennsylvania, United States
29 Oct 2018
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29 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The World’s First Business School

In 1881, American entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph Wharton established the world’s first collegiate school of business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wharton’s pioneering vision was to produce graduates who would become ‘pillars of the state, whether in private or in public life.’ The Wharton School maintains a long tradition of educating visionary business leaders in academia, business, government, and not-for-profit organizations.

Today, Wharton has expanded the scope of this vision to become the most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world – with over 225 faculty members, 95,000 alumni, 5,000 students across 10 academic departments, 20 research centers, and more than 9,000 executive education participants annually.

Reporting directly to the Associate Controller, the Business Manager is a key member of Wharton Finance & Administration’s GAAP Team, with a focus on Wharton’s business units including contracts that the Wharton Executive Education/Wharton Online business development/directors make with external companies for custom developed programs. Supervising the Business Analyst, this role is responsible for management of the financial activity, accounting and compliance, and analytics related to Wharton Executive Education, Wharton Online, Wharton Research Data Services, and Wharton Interactive. .

The complex and custom nature of these contracts involves detailed, non-standard accounting review and financial analysis, ad hoc reporting and development of custom billing arrangements across 200+ contracts annually. The Business Manager must utilize substantial interpersonal, written and analytical skills in order to provide an understanding of variances and clearly communicate complex financial information to high level stakeholders in both EE division and external customers. Given the custom arrangements that are common in Wharton’s business units, the individual in this position must possess a combination of big picture, intellectual curiosity, detailed thinking, and exceptional communication skills.

Bachelor’s degree is required and 3 – 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated strong financial, analytical, and accounting skills. Demonstrated decision making and problem solving ability as well as excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and customer service oriented. Capability to independently manage multiple projects from design through final presentation. Ability to work under demanding timelines. Ability to see the big picture while effectively analyzing details. Due to the client service nature of the businesses, the ability to maintain a strong professional appearance is required. Advanced understanding of Microsoft Office Suite.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.