The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the center of a world-class liberal arts education at Stanford University. H&S encompasses 23 departmentsfrom Music, English, and History to Economics, Mathematics, and Biologyas well as 23 interdisciplinary programs and multiple centers. The departments, programs, and centers are organized into three major clusters: Humanities and Arts, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. As the university's largest school, H&S serves as the foundation of a Stanford undergraduate education no matter which discipline students pursue as a major. Together, faculty and students in H&S engage in inspirational teaching, learning, and research every day. Our ~800 staff members play an essential role in supporting and executing the school's mission. JOB PURPOSE: The Senior Financial Analyst is a member of the School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Finance Office, reporting to the Associate Director of Finance. The Finance team is responsible for managing the annual accounting cycle of a $530 million consolidated budget and the development, implementation and management of complex financial systems that support the School. This position's responsibilities are focused on large-scale analysis of complex financial data; annual accounting and budget cycle activities; development and maintenance of technical infrastructure to support financial functions, policy and procedures; and special projects to support strategic financial decisions. The position completes complex financial analysis as part of a team. Projects and responsibilities include annual budget development, year-end close, mid-year & year end variance analysis, supporting analysis for presentations to the University Provost and upper H&S management, budget book submission, projection for faculty searches and consistent updates of consolidated forecasts. CORE DUTIES:
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 for broad areas; develop complex financial analyses, budget and forecasting scenarios, long-range planning, and analyses. Perform root-cause analysis and synthesis, draw conclusions, and propose solutions.
Develop complex financial reports and presentations, design and run ad hoc reports, and prepare or review complex transactions to support the stewardship of university resources. Provide consultation to senior leadership to interpret results
Prioritize, identify, and resolve strategic and unit/department issues; recognize exceptions, recommend and develop resolutions and implement solution. Ensure effective and efficient delivery and integration of all financial services for area of responsibility.
Design an effective system of internal controls for area of responsibility utilizing strategic analysis of interrelationships of financial processes, policies, and procedures; implement and ensure compliance programs.
Lead multiple complex, high-visibility process innovation projects. Develop, champion and implement strategic initiatives with significant impact. Empower action, remove obstacles, enable constructive feedback and support from leaders, and reward and recognize progress and achievements.
Develop, assess, and continuously improve systems and processes to achieve greater efficiencies and improve internal controls. Design and provide training on new financial systems.
Analyze problems in business critical systems, and identify risks, solutions, and strategies; act as business owner of project.
Represent organization to client group(s) and leaders: 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.
May supervise, train, coach, and review the work of other staff, as needed. Contribute primarily through applying individual expertise.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience. 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.
Certifications and Licenses: None PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:
Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork.
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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
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Other duties may also be assigned, not all unique aspects of this job are covered by this job posting. A full job description will be shared during the interview process.
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 Additional Information
Location: School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
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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