Associate Director, Business Planning

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Associate Director, Business Planning

Stanford University

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JOB PURPOSE: The Associate Director, Business Planning, in Executive Education, Graduate School of Business (GSB) reports to the Managing Director, Finance & Technology. The Associate Director will prepare financial reports and analysis for Executive Education, and will be responsible for long range planning and budgeting. CORE DUTIES:

  • 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
  • Research, and synthesize data; interpolate results from large amounts of data, identify trends in data, draw conclusions, develop solutions, present and implement recommendations, and create follow up analysis
  • Develop complex budget and forecasting scenarios, long-range planning and analyses for financial reporting and presentations; design and run ad hoc reports
  • 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
  • Partner with the Business Development team to receive up to date information on custom program activities including new and renewed contract information and related invoices
  • Partner with the Program Management team to ensure accurate and timely post-program reconciliation of revenue and expenses
  • Partner with GSB Finance and other departments across the University to maintain accurate records of gifts, development funds, and other subsidies received
  • Prepare faculty compensation projections
  • Partner with Associate Director, Finance, to execute year-end accounting entries
  • Prepare year-end annual report, which includes a Profit and Loss statement and other key metrics
  • Prepare periodic and ad hoc financial information or analysis as requested
  • 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
  • Lead and execute unit or cross functional projects and teams, make decisions regarding projects and programs affecting operational effectiveness, policies, or processes
  • Engage in continuous critical analysis of existing systems and processes; make recommendations to achieve greater efficiencies and improve internal controls. Define requirements, develop and implement complex test cases, perform testing and analyze results
  • Provide training on new financial systems. 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
  • May supervise, train, coach, and review the work of other staff, as needed. Contribute primarily through applying individual expertise
    Education & Experience:
    • Bachelor's degree and six years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience -- BS in Accounting, Business, or Finance is preferred
    • 6+ years experience that includes demonstrated use of accounting and financial analysis skills is desired
    • Prior training in Stanford reporting and chart-of-accounts is a plus
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) including direct and indirect cost methodologies, financial analysis, financial controls and financial modeling
  • Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel (including pivot tables, macros, charts)
  • Advanced knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning and financial systems; internet and computer literacy
  • Strong project management skills and ability to contribute to or lead part of a multi-functional team
  • Solid analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Experienced in improving processes
  • Desire and ability to collaborate and become involved in issues that may not be defined as your responsibility
  • Experience in Tableau, Oracle BI and other reporting tools a plus
  • Certifications and Licenses: None PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:
  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks
  • Frequently sit, grasp lightly/fine manipulation
  • Occasionally stand/walk, use a telephone
  • Rarely writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds
  • * - 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 the job. WORKING CONDITIONS: Routine extended working hours during peak cycles 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,

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    Location: Graduate School of Business, California, United States
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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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    Job No:
    Posted: 5/8/2018
    Application Due: 7/9/2018
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