Finance Manager

Stanford University
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Finance Manager

Stanford University

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The School of Engineering
Stanford Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, health care, energy, business and beyond. Our faculty and students are creative risk-takers who pursue excellence across a breadth of disciplines. Our alumni include some of the world's most successful leaders in technology and business. Our staff are critical to enabling Stanford Engineering to accomplish its mission: seeking solutions to some of the world's most urgent challenges and educating leaders who will make the world a better place through the power of engineering principles, techniques and systems.

We seek a Director of Finance to provide strategic leadership and drive key financial strategies for the School of Engineering. This position will report to the senior associate dean for administration and lead a team of 3. The director will also work closely with the director of research administration, the 10 directors of finance and operations in our departments, and departmental finance managers, as well as, partners across the university. As the director, you have robust finance and accounting experience in leading and implementing key business functions such as budgeting and forecasting, financial controls, and policy development. You are pro-active, execute sound judgement, successfully manage change, and influence effectively to find solutions to complex issues. You view ambiguity as an opportunity to create and drive results.

If you thrive working cross-functionally, are able to positively engage and foster a motivating culture, and are passionate about impacting the Stanford legacy, this may be the right opportunity for you!

  • Direct the development of and manage the budget and financial operations, including the development and implementation of strategies for: budgeting; forecasting, modeling & projecting; identifying & explaining variances; financial reporting; internal controls; expense reductions; cost containment; and revenue enhancements.
  • Design, establish, and maintain an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversee recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of staff.
  • Direct efforts to manage, forecast, monitor, analyze, and report on school finances, including strategies for use of capital.
  • Develop and recommend budget strategies and plans for formulation of the capital and operating budgets. Prepare the annual budgets in accordance with university procedures and timetables.
  • Develop and maintain forecasting model for capital and operating budgets, develop long-range financial forecast, and develop capital and operating performance targets.
  • Develop, interpret, document and implement local financial and internal control policies, procedures and processes on finance, accounting, budgeting, financial/accounting systems, internal controls and auditing related to and consistent with those of the university.
  • Develop and maintain tools for financial analyses of strategic initiatives; develop and maintain financial reports and tools for operating departments.
  • Identify and resolve strategic problems that affect the overall functioning beyond the immediate unit that have university wide impact.
  • Perform quantitative work including: developing revenue and cost projections; budgeting; cash flow projection, performance monitoring, reporting, and projection; preparation of various key performance indicator reports; and other reports as required.
  • Evaluate economic and social forces and government influences; interpret their effects upon the organization's financial performance.
  • Collaborate with university senior business services managers to formulate, review and/or amend policies; work with external regulatory agencies on issues of mutual interest.

    Minimum Requirements
  • Master's degree and ten years relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply financial and analytical skills based on a firm understanding of the mission, strategy and operating principles of the school.
  • Broad subject matter expertise in all aspects of CFO-type responsibilities including financial, project management services and controls.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and interact effectively with individuals representing a broad range of skills and experiences, and the ability to build coalitions and inter-functional teams to leverage synergistic relationships.
  • Proven strategic and innovative thinker who plans and makes decisions within the framework of the school and university's strategic intent.
  • High level user of standard business computer systems and software including Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Word and other business support resources. Knowledge of software to quantify and illustrate complex financial reports, comparisons, impacts, and/or projections
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Successful experience with organizational development and staff development, and a proven ability to create and manage change.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, leadership and the ability to bring people together to create solutions and to forge a successful conclusion.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively present information to internal and external audiences, client groups and all levels of management and serve as an advisor to senior and university leadership.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Previous experience in strategic management and leading large multi-functional teams.

  • 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.

  • 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,

    Why Stanford is for You
    Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

    How to Apply
    We invite you to apply by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit your resume and a one-page cover letter along with your online application.

    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.

    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.

    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.


    Location: School of Engineering, Stanford, California, United States
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    • 5:1 student to faculty ratio

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