University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
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Posted on March 26, 2020
Req #: 177327
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 02/25/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

Please note that this position is eligible for the referral incentive program.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years. 

The UW Finance Transformation Program (UWFT) is a $270M initiative to replace the University’s financial systems with an integrated system to manage the full suite of financial transactions and reporting needs in the UW system – to include academic, administrative, and healthcare. UWFT will fundamentally change the processes and tools that the University employs to track, spend, collect, manage, and report University finances in excess of $7B in annual revenues, resulting in more timely and actionable information for leadership. Among the UW’s highest administrative priorities, this multi-year initiative is one of the largest finance system projects in Washington State and the outcome of the program will be highly visible at all levels of the University and the state.

The UW Finance Transformation Program has an excellent opportunity for a Grants Configuration Lead. This position is primarily responsible for supporting the design of end-to-end business process in Grants, and ensuring business process design decisions are appropriately translated into Workday transaction configuration. The Grants Configuration Lead will report to the Revenue Workstream Manager, and work closely with the Business Process Leads, who are responsible for ensuring business process design flows easily inside and outside of Workday. The Grants Configuration Lead will work collaboratively within the program Technical and Platform Integration team to develop a seamless data flow supporting the business processes. This position will principally be responsible for the following key elements for Grants:  1) Understanding key inputs supporting the development of future state process flows that are fully tested and validated, 2) Configuration of Workday to support the future state business processes, 3) Participate in process transformation teams, which are comprised of stakeholders and end users who will partner with the program to provide input and requirements, and 4) Participate in end user readiness activities, to include UAT, training, inputs to change management, and knowledge transfer activities. Further, this position will cultivate effective relationships with departmental leaders across the university and the medical centers, working with users to ensure optimal end-to-end business process design.


Functional and Technical Leadership

- Supporting the end-to-end business process design development to ensure that future state Grants process flows meet the transformation goals of the UWFT program, and the business needs of the UW/UW Medicine

- Responsible for optimally configuring in Workday the future state processes supporting the regional shared service hubs

- Participate in developing training/change management content/materials that will be utilized by the OCM team to support end user adoption; support UAT activities and knowledge transfer to end users and transactional specialists in the post go-live support model

- Coordinate and participate in developing and executing on end-to-end testing within the Grants process area, and across all business processes to ensure seamless experience for end users

- Coordinate and participate in University design workshops, assists in the development of business process and role design documents, reviews impact assessment and assists in the identification of gaps

Project Management

- In coordination with the Business Process Leads, manage work stream schedule, and execute against identified scope.  Support and advise the work stream managers in the creation and implementation of all key business process deliverables

- Build effective working relationships with project team members and key stakeholders across the enterprise

- Review and contribute to key project deliverables, including work plan, status reports, test plans, training plans, risk mitigation plans, quality management plans, requirements management, change management plans, and communication plans

- Work closely with implementation consultants to support and execute against the identified methodology, providing input as needed to adjust approach based on business needs

Communication and Facilitation

- Facilitate issue resolution within and across work streams, anticipate and handle critical situations as they arise, and inform appropriate stakeholders

- Contribute to project status reports. Represent the team in communicating project status and issues to all levels at the university, as required

- Facilitate large and small group meetings with stakeholders and end users to elicit requirements and input; Develop highly effective relationships with stakeholders and end users to support eventual adoption of revised business processes

Other duties as required    


  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, information systems, accounting, or related field

  • Minimum of six years of experience working on complex projects in a collaborative environment with multiple cultures and complex reporting structures

  • Experience with an ERP, enterprise application deployment, system development life-cycle processes, and/or business process improvement

  • Professional experience with operational process mapping and performance improvement

  • Professional experience with cost reduction planning and implementation

  • Experience as a collaborative and supportive member of a team working to accomplish project goals

  • Expertise with SharePoint, spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation applications

  • Knowledge and experience preparing for and managing organizational change

  • Ability to communicate clearly, in writing and orally, to both technical and non-technical audiences; must have highly proficient facilitation skills

  • Experience communicating with senior management and technical staff on critical project issues

  • Ability to act as liaison between units, divisions, and other organizations to achieve objectives, and drive to solution, drawing together different points of view

  • Ability to deal with trade-offs, conflict, and change management in a collaborative and positive manner

  • Ability to utilize disciplined project management methodologies and tools, such as project management systems, issue tracking, risk management, and requirements management systems; ability to develop efficient project procedures and quality control methods

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Experience in a large university, medical center or other large enterprise

  • Experience participating in the implementation of a large enterprise resource planning (ERP) or similar software

  • Experience with Grants functions in large complex organizations


    Please note that this position is eligible for the referral incentive program.

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