Financial Analyst for the Office of the CFO

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Financial Analyst for the Office of the CFO

Stanford University

Job Number:

Financial Analyst for the Office of the CFO
Job Code: 4443
Grade: J

Stanford University, specifically the Office of the CFO, seeks a seasoned financial professional who has exceptional analytical skills and the ability to synthesize information from multiple sources to solve problems.

If you are self-motivated, meticulously detail oriented, insatiably curious, and full of integrity, we want to hear from you.

The work you will typically do:
You will report to and works closely with the VP for Business Affairs and CFO, and will be responsible for managing and supporting a wide range of University projects which require complex analysis. You will support the VP in staffing the Trustee Committee on Finance and will develops presentations on a wide range of financial topics for the Board. You may undertake projects for the Board of Trustees, University Officers, including the President and Provost, the VP for Business Affairs and CFO, and other members of the Business Affairs leadership team providing financial analysis and insight. In this role, you will direct large and significant cross functional initiatives and project teams. You will apply advanced, expert, technical knowledge and expertise to recommend solutions that may affect university-wide policy and strategy. Please see specific Core Duties below.

Who we are:
The Business Affairs organization at Stanford provides administrative policies, infrastructure, systems, services and support for the benefit of the University community. We are about 1000 staff and 80% of us are located on the new Stanford Redwood City site and the other 20% are on the historical Stanford campus.

Our organization is focused on continuous improvement in delivering excellent service to our clients and becoming ever more efficient. Business Affairs efforts are making a significant difference in productivity across campus in the areas of Research Administration, Procurement, and Financial Account Management.

Who you are:
You possess the ability to quickly acquire in-depth knowledge of university policies, systems, and practices necessary to perform in an exceptional manner.

You communicate in an exceptional manner with all levels within an organization. You possess strong interpersonal communication skills both written and verbal. You have a proven track record of using analysis to influence decision-making. You can successfully articulate insights and outcomes to non-finance personnel and you can tell a compelling story using the facts and insights of your research.

You are more than comfortable with technology, both financial systems and non-financial systems. You have the agility and curiosity to learn and capitalize on new systems. You embrace technology as you realize that it is the key enabler to effectively complete financial deliverables.

Your financial analysis skills are top notch and you take pride in researching and writing informative explanations, getting to root causes and working with business owners to identify go-forward solutions. You're comfortable with ambiguity, able to think conceptually, connect the dots and develop scenarios. You are able to build strong relationships within colleagues and with a client base, and for this reason you are viewed as a leader and as a trusted business partner by your clients.

Core Duties include the following:

  • Perform highly complex analyses; build multi-dimensional financial models; and prepare management level, graphical presentations of results. Perform research and synthesize data for broad areas; develop extremely complex financial analysis and reports; perform root cause analysis and synthesis, draw conclusions and propose solutions.
  • 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.
  • Identify, prioritize and resolve strategic and university wide issues proactively.
  • Prepare and deliverer high quality reports and presentations to senior management and/or Board of Trustees.
  • Assess client and business needs and formulate recommendations to determine approach to manage and completing processes; lead and execute unit or cross functional projects.
  • Lead multiple complex, high-visibility process innovation projects in coordination with business process and metrics experts.
  • Develop and implement university-wide initiatives with significant financial impact. Champion change management initiatives, 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.
  • Analyze problems in business critical systems and identify risks, solutions, and strategies; act as business owner on projects.
  • Perform routine and ad-hoc financial analysis to influence decision makers. There may be other duties assigned to this position.
  • 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.
  • Ensure successful planning within area of responsibility. Supervise train, coach and review the work of other staff as needed. Contribute primarily through applying individual expertise.

Minimum Requirements
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and six years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and the ability to cultivate collaborate relationships within the University community.
  • Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel. Experience in or willingness to learn financial systems
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Strong project management skills and ability to contribute to or lead part of a multi-functional team.

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.
Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4443
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: J
  • Requisition ID: 82289


Location: Business Affairs, California, United States
Classification Level:

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

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: 3/8/2019
Application Due: 5/8/2019
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