Senior Financial Analyst

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Senior Financial Analyst

Stanford University

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* This position is a six month fixed term position* The Finance Team of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (GSB) is seeking a Senior Financial Analyst, Budgets & Planning, in a six-month fixed term role. This position reports to the Finance Manager, Budgets & Planning, and has two colleagues who perform similar functions. The Senior Financial Analyst is responsible for supporting a wide range of services that require complex financial and business analysis. The position applies advanced financial and business expertise to deliver decision support to GSB directors. The position develops fiscal strategies and business models to ensure the long-term financial viability of GSB financial resources. The GSB has a $270 million budget and more than 500 staff and 125 faculty. Programs include the MBA program, the Masters of Science for Experience Managers program, the PhD program, and Executive Education programs. The following is a general description of typical Senior Financial Analyst activities.

JOB PURPOSE: Perform complex finance functions and/or activities with programmatic impact on the institution, requiring professional expertise and application of internal policies and systems and external regulations.

  • Own complex budget and forecasting scenarios, long-range planning, and compiling analyses for presentation; develop complex modeling, and conduct analyses utilizing judgment and related analyses, documentation, and modeling.
  • Perform research, and synthesize data; identify and understand trends in data, draw conclusions, develop solutions, present and implement recommendations, and create follow up analysis.
  • Identify and resolve unique issues with substantial significance; recognize exceptions, and conduct in-depth analysis using advanced technical knowledge and experience. Recommend and develop solutions that may require policy changes or the development of new processes; maintain broader organizational and university perspective in decision making.
  • Develop complex financial analyses and reports, interpolate results from large amounts of data, perform root cause analysis and propose solutions, design and run ad hoc reports, and prepare or review complex transactions.
  • Review, design, and implement appropriate internal control programs, research new regulations, and implement approved changes. Manage compliance program for area of responsibility, interpret internal policy and external regulations, and create and/or review complex compliance reports.
  • Represent organization to client group(s) and external partners; 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; lead and execute unit or cross functional projects.
  • Lead or contribute to cross functional teams, and make decisions regarding projects and programs affecting operational effectiveness, policies, or processes.
  • Lead change management initiatives, foster and encourage determination and persistence, and encourage ongoing progress reporting.
  • Engage in continuous critical analysis of existing systems and processes, and make recommendations to achieve greater efficiencies and improve internal controls. Define requirements, develop and implement complex test cases, perform testing and analyze results, and design and communicate processes for campus users of new systems.
  • 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 six years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience in financial analysis and financial management reporting.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Advanced 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 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 management.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to contribute to or lead part of a multi-functional team.
  • Coursework in Accounting. 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,

    Job: Finance

    Location: Graduate School of Business
    Schedule: Full-time
    Classification Level:

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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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    Posted: 3/2/2018
    Application Due: 4/9/2018
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