Financial Analyst 3

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Financial Analyst 3

Stanford University

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As the oldest medical school in the western United States, the Stanford School of Medicine is devoted to training tomorrow's leading physicians and scientists, conducting cutting-edge biomedical research, and creating new ways to prevent and treat disease across the world. The Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI) is one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country and is a prominent, dynamic and complex institute within the Stanford University School of Medicine.

The Financial Analyst will serve as the primary business partner within SCI's growing Center for Therapeutic Discovery, led by one our most prominent scientists. You will perform financial and research management services for the Center's academic and industrial chemistry programs located in three laboratories on Stanford's main campus. Responsibilities will include budgeting and forecasting, design of regular and ad hoc reports, executing timely month-end and year-end processes, managing labor schedules and approvals of expenditure, purchase orders and invoices functions. You will evaluate the financial impact of all Center activities and programs, providing professional guidance and expertise in the application of internal policies, systems and external regulations. You will identify and resolve complex issues; apply ingenuity and creativity to problem analysis and resolution; recognize exceptions; and maintain broader organizational perspective in decision-making. This challenging position requires the ability to identify and resolve unique issues and conduct in-depth analysis using advanced technical knowledge and experience. There may be other duties assigned to this position.

The Financial Analyst reports to the SCI's Director of Finance and Academic Affairs. He/she is expected to engage with and influence the senior finance and administration leaders within the Stanford Cancer Institute, the Center for Therapeutic Discovery and the School of Medicine. This role is a great opportunity for an individual who has experience working with senior stakeholders.

Duties include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lead and support unit and organization strategy and change management initiatives.
  • 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.
  • * - Other duties may also be assigned


    Bachelor's degree and six years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience. Degree in Finance or Business Management preferred.
    • 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, NIH grant policies.
    • 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.
    • Exceptional quantitative and financial analytical skills, especially with financial projections and forecasting
    • Self-starter and demonstrated capability to gain the respect of others, influence people of varying levels of authority in multiple organizations, elicit cooperation without direct authority.
    • 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,

    Additional Information
    • Schedule: Full-time
    • Job Code: 4453
    • Employee Status: Regular
    • Grade: J
    • Department URL:
    • Requisition ID: 86647


    Location: School of Medicine, Stanford, 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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    Posted: 9/1/2020
    Application Due: 11/12/2020
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