Research Project Manager
The College of Engineering Research Business Office provides coordination and direct support for the management of federal, state, and commercial grants and contracts of the research groups within the College of Engineering, supports management decision at all levels of the college with accurate and timely data and personal assistance to individual faculty and staff. We ensure compliance with applicable local, state, and federal regulations in the conduct of research in the college.
The Research Project Manager (RPM) provides day-to-day financial and project management of a broad range of scientific research projects, working closely with department faculty and senior research scientists to ensure successful on-time and on-budget project completion. The RPM may also play a role in the preparation and submission of scientific proposals to external sponsors, including federal, state and local government agencies, industry, and foundations.
The individual should be capable of coordinating expenditure planning for a varied portfolio of research projects, forecasting and recommending appropriate solutions for any funding shortfalls with respect to support of scientific staff, consumables, scientific equipment, or project travel. This position does not typically execute financial transactions, but fields, reviews, and decides to approve or decline requests for project-related expenditures, in consultation as needed with the project principal investigator (PI).
The successful candidate will possess organizational skills, attention to detail, strong writing ability, and the ability to learn quickly; excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to work with individuals and teams of faculty, research scientists, university administrators, and department and college staff. The individual must possess a strong work ethic, commitment to a quality work product and environment, and be both proactive and a self-starter, and have the ability to prioritize and deal with frequent interruptions in a fast-paced research environment.
This position reports to the Director of Research Business Operations in the College of Engineering.
Required Job Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or business-related discipline, or a related field
Three years of related professional experience
Advanced knowledge of office productivity software (must include Excel or comparable software)
Proven effective oral and written communication skills demonstrated by an established history of successfully executed interpersonal skills deployed across a diverse range of people and personalities.
Demonstrated time management skills essential to meeting critical deadlines.
Preferred Job Qualifications
Familiarity with Federal Cost Accounting Standards and Uniform Guidance Requirements
Experience forecasting and managing project staffing and budgets
Familiarity with the scientific research process
Strong skills in:
Data retrieval (e.g., Oracle, Access, or other database management software)
Report preparation (e.g., Excel pivot tables, or comparable experience)
Experience working in a higher education setting
Experience with Kuali KFS and KR/PD
Experience with the preparation of scientific research proposals including budget development
Certification in Research Administration such as CRA, CPRA, CFRA
Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.