Urban Science

  • Financial Operations Analyst - Contracts & Accounts Receivable

    Location US-MI-Detroit
    Posted Date 1 month ago(5/24/2018 8:58 AM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Accounting and Finance
  • Overview and Summary

    Urban Science is a business-solutions company focused on supporting the needs of the sales and marketing function of the automotive industry. We leverage a scientific methodology to help our client partners sell more vehicles, improve profitability and increase customer loyalty. And we do that by helping solve their toughest challenges including planning an optimal dealership network, improving individual dealer performance and efficiently converting sales leads into sales. In short, we guide business through science—and we’ve been doing this since 1977.


    Under direct supervision of the Financial Operations Manager, the Financial Operations Analyst will be assigned specific LAM offices and business units in the U.S. and Canada. For the assigned business units, the analyst will be responsible for all aspects of the customer experience including contract set-up, invoicing, payment applications and collections follow-up.


    The position will interface extensively with the Sales Operations & Contract Management Team of the Global PMO organization and will also interact directly with LAM office management and Regional Finance Managers. The analyst will work independently, and must exercise judgment and initiative. In addition, the Analyst will assist in administering the global intercompany billing process. Prepares various reports and accounting statements and account reconciliations. 

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Monitor new contract bookings in the U.S. & Canada and contract invoicing schedules.
    • Maintain current status (no backlog) setting up new contracts. 
    • Maintain routine contact with Global PMO Sales Operations Team regarding job code precision and setups for customer funding sources and purchase orders.
    • Access CRM database to inspect Statements of Work (SOW) and Purchase Order evidence.
    • Issue timely & accurate customer invoicing (fixed and variable) on a defined schedule.
    • Apply all customer payments (electronic and lockbox).
    • Manage customer agings and perform routine collections follow-up.
    • Process global intercompany invoicing and settle balances monthly (via cash and interco loans)
    • Generate various accounting schedules and labor reports, as requested. Develop advanced data retrieval skills.
    • Assist with balance sheet account reconciliations, as needed. 
    • Assist preparing for year-end audit and auditor requests.
    • Works with manager in completing own annual goal setting and performance review in a timely manner.
    • Works with manager to prioritize other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications - Education and Experience

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

    • Verbal Communication: Requires the ability to compose and verbally deliver information of varying levels, using appropriate grammar, tone, inflection and non-verbal cues, while also listening to and correctly deciphering verbal communication delivered by others 
    • Written Communication: Requires the ability and capacity to communicate ideas, facts and data in writing using appropriate grammar, syntax and sentence structure 
    • Analytical Thinking: Strong attention to detail. Requires the ability to understand a situation by breaking it apart into smaller pieces, and/or tracing the implications of a situation in a step-by-step causal way 
    • Results Oriented: Requires the ability to strive for optimal results by taking responsibility for timeliness, commitment to task and adherence to performance standards 
    • Quality Control: Requires the ability to monitor and check work related information and deliverables ensuring high quality and accuracy.
    • Ethics & Integrity: Requires the ability to behave in a trustworthy & transparent manner
    • Teamwork & Cooperation: Requires the ability to work cooperatively with others and be part of a team
    • Self-Control: Requires the ability to keep emotions under control and to restrain from negative actions or behaviors 
    • Customer Service: Requires the ability to understand and help/assist both internal and external customers and meet their needs.
    • Flexibility/Adaptability: Requires the ability to adapt to and work effectively within a variety of situations, individuals or groups, as well as understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives.
    • Organizational Commitment: Requires the ability and willingness to align his/her own behavior with the needs, priorities and goals of the organization.
    • Relationship Building: Requires the ability to effectively build and maintain friendly, warm relationships or networks of contacts with clients/customers. 
    • Time Management: Demonstrated ability to prioritize competing demands and manage multiple concurrent tasks is required.
    • MS Office: Requires Moderate to Advanced Excel skills (Pivot, vLookup, SumIf) and demonstrated knowledge for charting and graphing of data, writing formulas, utilizing functions, and filtering, sorting and formatting of data; Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Outlook is preferred 

    Must possess a combination of education and experience as follows:

    • Must hold a minimum of an Associates degree with focus in accounting or finance from an accredited U.S. college or university, or equivalent foreign institution. 
    • Prefer a Baccalaureate degree in Business Administration with focus in accounting or finance from an accredited U.S. college or university, or equivalent foreign institution. 
    • A minimum of one year of previous work experience in business / accounting preferable.
    • Experience with an accounting system preferable.

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    This description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this position. It is NOT an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified. The job may require additional hours beyond the normal 40-hour workweek.


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