Cognos Reporting Analyst

Riverside, CA
May 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Full/Part Time
Full Time

8AM - 5PM

$82,400 - $122,400

Position Information
UCR is looking for a high-level analyst who is passionate about using reporting to transform higher education. Public higher education in the State of California is at a crossroads. The number of qualified students wishing to enroll at the University of California is fast outpacing public funding. To fulfill the University of California's mission to provide quality, affordable, and accessible higher education to all qualified California students will require a fundamental transformation of the University's operating model in the next decade. As a key ingredient in the transformation process, UCR's office of the Vice Chancellor, of Planning & Budget is undertaking a major initiative to standardize reporting across campus in order to create a more transparent and accessible reporting system for university decision makers. Under the general direction of the Financial Planning & Analysis office, the Cognos Report Development project is envisioned to focus on UCR's financial and payroll systems and will pull transaction data into a Cognos data cube environment to produce campus wide reports to support decision making in several areas. The Cognos Reporting Analyst position continuously seeks innovative ways to effectively help drive campus partner engagement when collaborating on projects, in order to impact desired outcomes. This position will play a critical role in the development of campus wide reports will be used by campus leadership, Deans, Vice Chancellors, CFAOs, and other campus financial units, and strategic business partners to assist them in making strategic decisions for the schools and colleges at the University. Under the general direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor, Financial Planning & Analysis, the Cognos Reporting Analyst will provide leadership, subject matter expertise and consulting analysis on the design, development, testing, and implementation of new campus wide financial, administrative and operational reports for the Cognos Report Development project. This is a complex campus wide project that will require an analyst to bring people together to accomplish big goals. This position will serve as a liaison with both internal UCR and external vendor stakeholders. Cognos reporting tools will enhance and automate the development of metrics and key performance indicators resulting in process improvements with respect to planning, budgeting, decision making, programmatic evaluation, and reporting. The Cognos Reporting Analyst position will require the use of professional concepts and organizational objectives to advance the transparency and new budget model reporting financial needs of the campus, organizational units on campus, and external business partners.

Minimum Requirements
Ability to adapt to changing priorities.
Ability to function as a member of a team.
Ability to identify, collect, analyze, and report on data that is complex in nature.
Expert knowledge of finance policies, practices and systems.
Ability to communicate complex information to management in a clear and concise manner both written and verbal.
Expert in use of multiple spreadsheet and database software tools to synthesize and integrate information for highly complex, strategic financial analysis, fiscal management and financial reports.
Expert interpersonal and consultative skills requiring organizational savvy; service orientation; expert critical thinking; attention to detail; ability to multi-task in a high volume environment, organizational skills.
Demonstrated skill in evaluating project needs, determining approaches, evaluating impact of alternatives and making viable recommendations consistent with sound financial management.
Advanced expertise using computer software, such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Access, in a Windows environment.
Demonstrated ability to develop and use various computing methodologies and techniques to translate large and complex dataset into workable forms.
Demonstrated ability to develop various strategies and proposals from which to evaluate and assess opportunities to the campus, and formulate viable recommendations.
Skill in prioritizing, planning and organizing project assignments; working efficiently under tight schedules and completing tasks in a timely and accurate manner.
Demonstrated ability to coordinate, facilitate and chair meetings for the purpose of resolving differences and working toward institutional goals.

Preferred Qualifications
Expert knowledge and understanding of internal control practices and their impact on protecting University resources.

Advanced and demonstrated knowledge of administrative policies and procedures in a higher education environment.

Ability to write or review SQL (GL/UCPath data dimension maintenance).

Expert level in Cognos Query Studio or Cognos Analysis for Microsoft Excel (CAF). Understanding data models, cubes, and package setup.

Additional Information
In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

At UC Riverside we celebrate diversity and are proud of our #12 ranking among the nation for most diverse universities (US News and World Report 2013-2014). Become part of a place that fosters success for all its constituents, students, faculty, and staff, and where work/life balance and campus culture are integral to our way of life.

UCR is ranked 55th among top public universities (US News and World Report 2013-2014).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview


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