Senior Financial Analyst

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Senior Financial Analyst

Stanford University

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Along with many of the University's core departments, the Office of Research Administration (ORA) is based at Stanford's Redwood City campus, featuring state-of-the-art buildings, a recreation and fitness center, dining pavilion, and central Bay Area location, five miles away from the historical Stanford campus (see

This Opportunity

As a team member of Cost and Management Analysis (CMA) in the Office of Research Administration, the senior financial analyst is responsible for the development and consolidation of the Facilities and Administration (F&A) rate proposals in accordance with the OMB Uniform Guidance. The work spans a broad array of complex financial and regulatory issues. Extensive detailed documentation of the work is required.

Besides the consolidation responsibility, this role will prepare the equipment depreciation, library cost study, MTDC base, GA and GL reconciliations, and special cost analyses, such as the procurement base and applicable credit analyses, during the proposal development cycle. This position will serve as a system administrator for the Comprehensive Rate Information System (CRIS).

The senior financial analyst must be able to deal with complex financial concepts and be able to explain and support the analysis through audits and final negotiations with the Office of Naval Research.

This fixed term position will be trained and grow into continuing position. The position will report directly to the Senior Director of Cost and Management Analysis.

Core Duties

  • Perform highly analytical, complex finance and control functions; conduct multi-dimensional and complex reconciliations and analysis; prepare, review, or approve complex transactions and high dollar value transactions.
  • Research and synthesize data for area of responsibility; develop complex financial reporting, analyses, and forecasting scenarios. Perform root-cause analysis and synthesis, draw conclusions, and propose solutions.
  • Prioritize, identify, and resolve strategic and department issues; recognize exceptions, recommend and develop resolutions and implement solutions.
  • Design and implement an effective process of internal controls for area of responsibility utilizing strategic analysis of interrelationships of financial processes, policies, and procedures; manage compliance programs, interpret internal policy and external regulations.
  • Analyze problems in systems, and identify risks, solutions, and strategies; act as business owner of projects.
  • Represent organization to client groups and leaders: serve as subject matter expert.
  • Assess client and business needs, and formulate recommendations to determine approach to managing and completing processes.
  • Coach, train, and review the work of other staff. Contribute primarily through applying individual expertise.
  • Manage internal and external audits related to responsibilities.

Minimum Requirements

Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience. Master's degree in relevant fields is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Expert 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 Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (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 all levels of management.
  • Advanced project management skills and ability to lead large multi-functional teams.
  • Knowledge with the OMB Uniform Guidance or experience in the Facilities and Administration (F&A) rates is desired but not required.

Physical Requirements
  • 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; travel to school/unit sites across university.
  • In compliance with health and safety laws and policies related to COVID-19, the Office of Research Administration has been working remotely since March 2020, and will continue to do so in the near future. Interviewing for this position will be done virtually.

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,

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: 4894
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: L
  • Requisition ID: 88939


Location: Business Affairs, Redwood City, 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: 3/29/2021
Application Due: 6/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time