Financial Analyst 4

May 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Financial Analyst 4

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The Senior Financial Analyst is a member of the School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Office Finance, reporting to the Assistant Director of Finance. The Finance team is responsible for managing the annual accounting cycle of a $500 million consolidated budget and the development, implementation and management of complex financial systems that support the School. This position's responsibilities are focused on large-scale analysis on complex financial data; annual cycle activities; development and maintenance of technical infrastructure to support financial functions, policy and procedures; and special projects to support strategic financial decisions.


  • Perform highly analytical, complex finance and control functions; multi-dimensional and complex reconciliations and related analysis; prepare or review and approve complex transactions and higher level dollar value transactions.

  • Complete annual accounting cycle tasks including 9/1 budgeting, year-end close, mid-year & year-end variance analysis, supporting analysis for the budget group presentation, budget book submission, projection for faculty search round and multiple versions of the consolidated forecast.

  • Research, and synthesize data for broad areas; develop complex financial analyses, budget and forecasting scenarios, long-range planning, and analyses. Perform root-cause analysis and synthesis, draw conclusions, and propose solutions.

  • Develop complex financial reports and presentations, design and run ad hoc reports, and prepare or review complex transactions to support the stewardship of university resources. Provide consultation to senior leadership to interpret results

  • Prioritize, identify, and resolve strategic and unit/department issues; recognize exceptions, recommend and develop resolutions and implement solution. Ensure effective and efficient delivery and integration of all financial services for area of responsibility.

  • Design an effective system of internal controls for area of responsibility utilizing strategic analysis of interrelationships of financial processes, policies, and procedures; implement and ensure compliance programs.

  • Lead multiple complex, high-visibility process innovation projects. Develop, champion and implement strategic initiatives with significant impact. Empower action, remove obstacles, enable constructive feedback and support from leaders, and reward and recognize progress and achievements.

  • Develop, assess, and continuously improve systems and processes to achieve greater efficiencies and improve internal controls. Design and provide training on new financial systems.

  • Analyze problems in business critical systems, and identify risks, solutions, and strategies; act as business owner of project.

  • Represent organization to client group(s) and leaders: serve as subject matter expert on matters that involve complex technical, financial, or subject matter expertise.

  • Assess client and business needs, and formulate recommendations to determine approach to managing and completing processes

    * - Other duties may also be assigned

    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Expert proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel.

  • Advanced knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning and financial systems; internet and computer literacy.

  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

  • Advanced professional communication skills, including ability to prepare materials for and clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and all levels of management.

  • Advanced project management skills and ability to lead large multi-functional teams.

    Certifications and Licenses:



  • Constantly sitting.

  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork.

  • Occasionally stand/walk, lift/carry objects weighing 11-20 pounds.

  • Rarely reach/work above shoulder.

    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Routine extended working hours during peak cycles; travel to school/unit sites across university.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

    Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

    Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Job: Finance

    Location: School of Humanities and Sciences
    Schedule: Full-time
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    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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