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Director of Finance - Mechanical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 5, 2024

Job Details

Innovation. Interdisciplinary collaboration. Complex problem solving. In Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, faculty members, researchers, and students are revolutionizing focus areas in advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, bioengineering, computational engineering, energy and the environment, product design, and robotics. In addition, they are using their expertise in interdisciplinary research centers across the university.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is searching for a Director of Finance to join their team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who thrives in an interesting and challenging work environment. You will contribute to the department by managing and directing all financial functions for the academic department, and such other tasks as assigned to you.

Your core responsibilities will include:
  • Leading the department’s engagements with administrative and academic units across the university to ensure efficiency, compliance, and best practices.

  • Analyzing and presenting financial reports to the department head, College of Engineering (CoE), and others, and ensuring financial data and financial resources are steady and supporting operational and academic requirements.

  • Attending regular CoE Department Administrator (DA) meetings, faculty meetings, Tech Spark management meetings, staff leadership meetings, Office of Human Resource meetings, and other meetings pertinent to the role.

  • Managing all staff reporting to the position to effectively recruit, train, evaluate, motivate, delegate, and monitor their activities.

  • Ensuring compliance with University, College of Engineering, and departmental policies, and guidelines. This includes approving a vast array and high volume of transactions including Workday, Oracle delegate access, Purchase Orders, Non-Employee Expense Reimbursement, Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance Systems, HR recruiting, Purchasing Card Verification Report, and others for faculty, staff, and students.

  • Directing and leading policy development for departmental programs and university programs administered at the department level.

  • Overseeing and leading the budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the department head.

  • Directly and indirectly supervising all accounting transactions to include purchase orders, P-Card transactions, reimbursements, transfers, journal entries, labor scheduling, recharge center billing, deposits, award processing, donor gift processing, and Workday transactions.

  • Managing the departmental hiring system in conjunction with the Office of Human Resources (OHR) and the College of Engineering.

  • Proactively working to improve business operations as a key academic department within the CoE and the University.

  • Ensure the sharing of information and ideas and facilitate problem solving methods.

  • Engage department, CoE and University stakeholders to identify issues, solutions, and support for continuous improvement.

  • Supervising robust management processes to purchase materials and supplies for research labs, academic programs and events, course buying, Tech Spark, and departmental needs.

  • Updating and implementing all necessary business policies and accounting practices.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within Carnegie Mellon University. Inclusion, collaboration, and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who can effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity and with sensitivity to confidential information. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

You should demonstrate:
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business administration required (Masters degree preferred)

  • 8-10 years of accounting and finance experience

  • Successful background check

Joining the CMU team opens the door to an array of exceptional benefits, available to all full-time Carnegie Mellon University employees. Experience the full spectrum of advantages, from comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance to enticing retirement savings programs. Unlock your potential with tuition benefits, and take well-deserved breaks with generous paid time off and holidays. Rest easy knowing you are covered by life and accidental death and disability insurance. For a comprehensive overview of the benefits awaiting you, explore: .

At Carnegie Mellon, we value the whole package when extending offers of employment. Beyond just credentials, we consider the role & responsibilities, your invaluable work experience, and the knowledge gained through education and training. We acknowledge and appreciate your unique key skills and the different perspectives you bring. Our commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment means we also account for geographic differentials. Your journey with us is about more than just a job; it’s about finding the perfect fit for your professional growth and personal aspirations.

Are you interested in this exciting opportunity?! Apply today!


Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function

Business Administration and Services

Position Type

Staff – Regular

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


More Information:
  • Please visit Why Carnegie Mellon to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.

  • Click here to view a listing of employee benefits

  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran .

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