Financial Analyst

Oct 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Financial Analyst

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Stanford ChEM-H is a new interdisciplinary institute focused on connecting Chemistry, Engineering, and Medicine for Human Health. The institute is a joint venture of the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences. The proximity of world-class biologists, chemists, engineers, and clinicians at Stanford presents unique opportunity to study human biology at a molecular level, to translate this knowledge into groundbreaking products and services that promote human health.

The Financial Analyst will provide complex financial functions requiring advanced knowledge and application of internal policies, external regulations, precedents, and systems for Stanford ChEM-H. The Financial Analyst reports to the Associate Director of Stanford CHEM-H. This is a 50% FTE, benefited position. The specific work schedule is negotiable.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform and design ad hoc analyses of large complex data sets and reconcile complex accounts. Identify and resolve complex issues which may span multiple areas.
  • Perform monthly review and reconciliation of expenditures, review and process transactions including expenditure allocations, process fund transfer requests, review and resolve outstanding commitments, update and adjust labor schedules, and process service center billing.
  • Construct and assemble data for budgeting and decision making; develop conclusions, and present high level summary of recommendations. Prepare monthly analyses of expenditures against annual budget and make recommendations for optimization. Analyze expenses and make projections to assist in the management of multi-year funding commitments. Assist the Associate Director to develop annual budget for the Institute and specific programs managed by ChEM-H.
  • Conduct analysis and resolution, and recognize exceptions. Participate in developing solutions that may require policy changes or the development of new processes; maintain broader organizational perspective in decision making.
  • Execute internal control programs established by management, research new regulations, and recommend and implement approved changes. May manage compliance program for area of responsibility, and create complex compliance reports.
  • Develop reports and presentations of complex financial data and metrics for management and third parties. Parse data at the Institute, program, or funding source level as needed.
  • Participate as a member of a project team; support new initiatives including preparing budget and expenditure scenarios for consideration. Make decisions determining approach to managing and completing processes.
  • Contribute to unit and organization strategy; assist in the development of change management plans and materials as needed.
  • Develop and maintain desktop procedures and process documentation for all areas of responsibility.
  • Define requirements, develop and implement complex test cases, perform system testing and analyze results.
  • Participate in critical analysis of existing systems and processes, and identify opportunities for process improvement.
  • Provide consulting advice to all ChEM-H programs, staff, and faculty leading initiatives within ChEM-H; serve as a resource on matters that require specific technical, financial, or subject matter expertise; support negotiations with external partners. May liaise with Dean of Research financial staff as needed.
  • May supervise, train, coach, and review the work of other staff, as needed. Contribute primarily through applying individual expertise. * - Other duties may also be assigned MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor's degree and four years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant accounting experience. Formal coursework and/or experience in accounting highly desirable.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial systems; internet and computer literacy. Ability to quickly learn to use new online financial tools and databases. Familiarity with Stanford's financial reporting systems a plus.
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to prepare materials for and clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences and client groups. Ability to influence without authority is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to contribute to or lead part of a multi-functional team. Certifications and Licenses: None
  • 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. WORK STANDARDS:
  • 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, 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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    Location: Dean of Research
    Schedule: Part-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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