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Business Research Analyst


Position serves as the business analyst for the Office of Associate Vice Chancellor, Campus Operations. Provides analytical support for budgeting, planning and reporting activities for campus auxiliary units and service centers. The primary responsibilities of this position include budget development and implementation, variance analysis, running financial scenarios and gauging their impacts on unit operations, monthly managerial reporting, and ad hoc analysis and reporting. Identifies missed revenue opportunities, assists departments with robust reporting to correct revenue oversights, and makes recommendations. This position has a Market Range 10 pay grade. 

Job Function/Responsibilities:

Planning, Reporting and Analysis:

  • Produce and maintain financial and operating reports from Revenue Vision, Adaptive Insights, Excel, PowerBI, and other software platforms.
  • Analyze current performance to plan; identify and research variances and trends, and bring to the attention of department heads for discussion and recommended solutions.
  • Analyzes campus expenditures with external vendors which could be supported by internal auxiliary or service center units and identifies opportunities .
  • Develops standard/routine financial reports for auxiliary units to maximize revenues and assists in developing operational metrics for auxiliary business lines.
  • Performs analysis to gauge operating performance and efficiency with reporting and effective recommendations for improvements.
  • Manage and evaluate all aspects of administering, monitoring and reporting current and long-term financial plans which reflect campus operations' strategic goals and mission.
  • Utilizing latest technology, develops in conjunction with unit leadership, Key Performance Indicators to be readily available in near real time to provide a better understanding of day-to-day performance.
Business Management:

  • Evaluates contracts and procurement initiatives for the division.
  • Reconciles and reviews monthly financial ledgers for AVC Administrative Office.
  • Provides direction and counsel to management to assist them in understanding financial reports and data, in controlling their costs and budgets and in fulfilling budgetary requirements.
  • Assists with Campus Space Management data and reporting as needed.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to analyze, summarize, and utilize data in decision making
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel and be familiar with software such as PowerBI
  • Knowledge of accounting principles and business practices
  • Knowledge of business management (ERP) software (e.g., SAP/Oracle)
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to interact across organizational boundaries to resolve fiscal/resource issues.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, and customer service skills
  • Ability to prioritize and make decisions in a highly dynamic environment
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A working knowledge of SAP and Oracle.
Required level/type of experience and/or years of experience:

  • Bachelors Degree in related field. 
  • 3 to 5 years of professional finance or accounting experience to include experience involving financial analysis, budgeting, and reporting; experience with Microsoft Excel, databases, report writing software and ERP systems.
Preferred level/type of experience and/or years of experience:

  • Higher education experience; experience with SAP; experience with fund accounting.

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Assoc Vc Operations
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Aug 10, 2022, 3:21:38 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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