Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer

Harvard University
Oct 03, 2012
Nov 02, 2012
Human Resources
Full Time
Auto req ID: 27974BR

School/Unit: Harvard University Press

Department: Harvard University Press

Sub-Unit: ------------

Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Duties & Responsibilities: Reporting to the Director of Harvard University Press , acts as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of a distinguished university press doing a combined domestic and international business of $20,000,000 in sales per year. Responsible for the following functional areas:

Finance & Accounting

  • Manages employees responsible for all HUP finance and accounting, in accordance with accepted accounting principles and University practices; includes fund accounting, nonprofit accounting, royalties , purchasing , inventory management, accounts payable, and accounts receivable.
  • Coordinates planning and organization of the Press's budget, as well as long-range financial planning/forecasting; reports on the budget to the Director, Management Committee, HUP Board of Directors, and University financial departments as required.
  • Coordinates internal and external financial/tax reporting and audit activity through University Controllers office, UK accounting firm, and TriLiteral

Information Technology

  • Manages employees responsible for IT infrastructure, systems, and procedures of the Press, through procurement and maintenance of Press-specific hardware, software, and related technology.
  • Manages employees who collaborate with HUIT on Help Desk services and oversight of IT shared services.
  • Strategizes with HUP department heads concerning the IT requirements of future projects and platforms.


  • Supervises employees who oversee maintenance and security of the building that houses HUP.
  • Responsible for emergency management and environmental preparedness, through membership on the Harvard Local Emergency Management Team (LEMT).
  • Provides oversight of facilities in NY and London, and administration of contracts with employee and benefits/retirement brokers.
  • Supervises manager of reception and mailroom operations


  • In conjunction with MIT and Yale CFOs, supervises TriLiteral Director of Operations, who coordinates customer service, accounts receivable, order entry, credit, and staffing for TriLiteral partners and clients.
  • In conjunction with MIT and Yale CFOs, coordinates planning and organization of TriLiterals annual budget, and reports on the budget and long-range strategic/financial initiatives to the Press Directors.
  • In conjunction with UK Sales Manager, supervises warehousing and shipping in the United Kingdom through Wiley Warehouse.

Other Duties: Performs other duties as necessary to further the mission of the department.

Basic Qualifications:

  • MBA or other related advanced degree in financial management or accounting.
  • Minimum of 10 years of proven financial leadership, with demonstrated ability to initiate change in complex, organizationally and intellectually dynamic organizations.
  • Demonstrable and successful experience in management, fiscal oversight, planning, budgeting, reporting, and development of operational metrics to align organizational strategy to business operations.
  • Background in publishing and/or nonprofit organizations.

Additional Qualifications: Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in the following areas:

  • Strong collaboration and communication skills and commitment to customer service
  • IT knowledge, in particular ERP (Oracle experience preferred), Business Intelligence, CRM, and publishing-specific software
  • Distribution, warehousing, and inventory management
  • Facilities management, including negotiation with internal and external contractors/vendors
  • Long-term project management
  • Remote management of employees and facilities.

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