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Procurement Card Specialist (Accounting Tech III)

San Diego, California
Job Type
7 Jan 2023

This position works a hybrid in-office/remote schedule, generally a minimum of two days in the office per week, with initial training conducted in-office. Additionally, candidate must live within a commutable distance.

Under the direct supervision of the Purchasing Manager, the Accounting Technician III (Procurement Card Specialist) is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the P-Card program at SDSURF, serving as the central point of contact for cardholders and card approving managers, as well as a liaison with the card- issuing bank, US Bank. The program currently has an estimated 300 procurement cards. The P-Card Administrator oversees card expenditures for compliance to SDSURF policy and procedures and those of research and sponsored programs.


The Accounting Tech III is responsible for but not limited to:

Procurement Card Administration 95%

  • The Procurement Card Specialist is the main point of contact for the procurement card program for cardholders, approving managers, sponsored research administration, internal departments, and the issuing bank, US Bank.
  • The P-Card Administrator supports all efforts to simplify, enhance, and support the customer experience.
  • In adherence to SDSURFs internal controls and policy and procedures, the position performs all functions of card administration such as establishing new cardholders, closing existing cards, maintaining or revising card spending limits and other card controls.
  • The P-Card Administrator performs a review of all expenditures for compliance to internal policies and assists sponsored research administration with federal grant expenditure compliance.
  • The P-Card Administrator produces and reviews various reports for detecting fraudulent charges and exercises good judgment when reviewing supporting documentation.
  • The P-Card Administrator is responsible for all supporting documents (i.e. card applications, card maintenance forms, cardholders monthly statements and receipts etc.) and the scanning of the documents into SDSURFs document imaging system.
  • In the event of an audit, the P-Card Administrator may be required to obtain all records requested by auditors. The P-Card Administrator makes recommendations to management for program improvements and efficiencies.
Other Duties and Responsibilities as Assigned 5%
  • Perform general office duties such as filing, opening and distributing mail and answering phones; assist co-workers with tasks as needed and perform special projects.

Knowledge & Abilities:
  • Comprehensive knowledge of financial record-keeping methods, procedures and practices; arithmetic and general office procedures
  • Knowledge of an ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply a wide variety of policies, written procedures, regulations, and precedents specific to SDSURF and able to respond to inquiries and explain to others
  • Knowledge of and understanding of sales and use tax in order to audit and/or accrue correct sales and use tax on P-Card transactions
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of cross-cultural sensitivity and effectively interact in a professional manner with a broad range of contacts such as coworkers, project staff, administrators, faculty and vendors
  • Ability to possess excellent communications skills, ability to articulate and write with proper grammar
  • Ability to compile, verify, and reconcile financial data and apply accounting procedure and practices to investigate any accounting discrepancies
  • Ability to analyze and interpret accounting data as it pertains to program optimization and have the ability to communicate program improvements to management
  • Ability to investigate and resolve errors and discrepancies in a timely manner
  • Ability to design and present/facilitate P-Card and new product training programs
  • Ability to work independently and make sound decisions and recommendations regarding accounting activities
  • Ability to possess strong sense of teamwork but can work independently
  • Ability to possess a strong desire to learn and grow
  • Ability to understand the why and not just how
  • Ability to interact and communicate clearly and effectively in a professional manner, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to understand and follow posted work rules and procedures
  • Ability to arrive to work on time, understand and follow posted work rules and procedures
  • Ability to relate well to others and interact effectively with coworkers
  • Ability to be a highly motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to be well organized, meet deadlines, display detail orientation; possess good judgment and common sense
  • Ability to meet established deadlines, possess good judgment and common sense
  • Driven and a go-getter, someone who takes the initiative to improve processes
  • Must be a fast learner and be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to use and quickly learn new office support technology systems and software packages
Minimum Experience and Education:
  • Four-years of professional level accounting experience.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
Preferred Qualifications and Skills:
  • Previous experience with a P-Card program
  • Previous experience using a web-based bank systems
  • Previous experience with an ERP system and document management systems
  • Program implementation experience and project management
  • Hybrid telework arrangement in place.
  • Applicant must live in a commutable distance from SDSU.
  • This position is open until filled.
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation
  • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer
The COVID-19 vaccine is required by the CSU for all SDSU Research Foundation employees as a condition of employment. Should you be offered a position, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination status. Individuals who obtain an approved medical or religious exemption on file will be required to complete regular COVID-19 testing.

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  • Job Reference: 863891963-2
  • Date Posted: 7 January 2023
  • Recruiter: San Diego State University Research Foundation
  • Location: San Diego, California
  • Salary: On Application
  • Role: Data, Other, Project Management, Recruitment, Sales
  • Job Type: Permanent