Financial Analyst 2

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Financial Analyst 2

Stanford University

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The Financial Analyst 2 will perform complex finance functions and/or activities requiring advanced knowledge; sound financial judgement; and application of internal policies, external regulations, precedents, and systems. The position will independently lead the development, administration, consolidation, and reporting of all activities under the Stanford Data Science initiative (SDS) operating budget and financial forecasts, including the Women in Data Science program. It will also manage SDS' day-to-day financial needs and collaborate with colleagues within VPDoR. Reporting to the VPDoR Director of Finance in close coordination with the SDS Executive Director, the Financial Analyst 2 will be the primary financial support for SDS, provide financial support for other VPDoR units and/or initiatives as assigned and be a critical member of a dynamic and collaborative finance team which works together to lead, support, and enable other functions within the organization in an ever-changing environment. This is an ideal job for an individual with outstanding analytical and communication skills who thrives within a collaborative environment.

The Stanford Data Science Initiative (SDS) is one the university's long range vision programs to advance data science methods and their application in all fields of study at Stanford. The unit is led by a Faculty Director and a staff Executive Director, under the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research (VPDoR). Its mission is to weave data science research and methods into the university's fabric, giving faculty and students the tools, skills, and understanding they need to do the cutting-edge research that will drive 21st-century scholarship and education.

The Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research (VPDoR) is directed by the Vice Provost and Dean of Research and oversees Stanford University's research, research policies and inter-disciplinary programs. The VPDoR office provides oversight for 17 independent labs, institutes and centers, three shared equipment facilities and the offices of Technology Licensing, Environmental Health and Safety, Research Compliance, and Science Outreach.


Perform complex finance functions and/or activities requiring advanced knowledge and application of internal policies, external regulations, precedents, and systems. May manage a key area within a finance operation or department/unit.


  • Perform and design adhoc analyses of large complex data sets: reconcile complex accounts. Identify and resolve complex issues which may span multiple areas.
  • Construct and assemble data for budgeting and decision making; develop conclusions, and present high level summary of recommendations. May develop annual budget for individual department/unit.
  • 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.
  • Participate as a member of a project team; support new initiatives. 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 area 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 client group(s); serve as a resource on matters that require specific technical, financial, or subject matter expertise; support negotiations with external partners.
  • 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 four years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to contribute to or lead part of a multi-functional team.

Certifications and Licenses:


  • 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 the 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,

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4452
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: H
  • Requisition ID: 88441


Location: Dean of Research, Stanford, California, United States
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: 2/11/2021
Application Due: 5/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time