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Accountant III

Accountant III

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Accounting and Finance

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Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first and largest cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.


About Accounting

The Accounting department has a wide range of responsibilities relating to all aspects of Fred Hutch’s finances including financial reporting, policy setting, internal and data controls and transaction processing. The team works closely with multiple groups within Fred Hutch to ensure accurate and timely financial information. The Accountant III position reports directly to the Accounts Receivable/Billing Manager and may direct but not supervise lower level employees.


The Accountant III position is a senior position. The individual will be expected to work with minimal up-front guidance and take ownership of his / her work product. He/she will work closely with many major functional leaders of the Center and is expected to keep abreast of changes to GAAP, regulations and laws relevant to the Center’s finances. This position performs accounting functions that require general accounting knowledge and analytical skills as well as transaction processing. Leveraging available technology, including financial applications, is an integral aspect of this position.




Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate, review and process all aspects of sponsor, shared resource, partner and service Billing
  • Assist with oversight of Cash applications and Accounts Receivable functions
  • Review and approve cash receipts processing
  • Provide monthly Accounts Receivable Aging reports
  • Compile and submit quarterly Federal Financial Reports (FFR)
  • Oversee maintenance of master customer file
  • Review and support revenue contracting process
  • Provide customer support to the AR/Billing team
  • Assist with managing and apply internal controls in accordance with GAAP and Uniform Guidance
  • Provide support for external audits including financial statement and Uniform Guidance, as applicable
  • Support and assist with implementing continuous process improvement initiatives to enhance the work flow of the department
  • Work collaboratively with customers and partners to implement new or improved processes
  • Review and reconcile subsystems for data quality
  • Reconcile General Ledger accounts and prepare audit schedules
  • Assist with testing system enhancements, upgrades and financial reporting
  • Document and update policies and procedures as required
  • Generate in-depth metrics and analysis relative to billing to cash cycle
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned


  • Holistic view of billing to cash cycle that considers stakeholders, customers and research programs
  • A high level understanding of the processes to ensure compliance with accounting and regulatory statutes
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Diligent and self-motivated with attention to detail
  • Ability to consistently and accurately process transactions
  • Have excellent work habits, including a willingness to work the hours necessary to get the job done, especially around important deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal, and desire to work in team-oriented environments



  • Bachelor degree in Business, Accounting, or equivalent
  • MBA and/or CPA desired
  • Five years related accounting experience
  • Experience with PeopleSoft Financials or similar ERP system preferred
  • Experience with non-profit or research business models a plus
  • Intermediate to advanced skills with Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Experience with process improvement, lean or project management a plus


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