The Finance Division provides financial management, enterprise planning and stewardship in support of education, research, and strategic goals of Carnegie Mellon. Our mission is to provide university partners with the tools and resources needed to be well-informed leaders and effective decision makers. The Budget and Financial Planning team is responsible for handling the preparation and continuous monitoring of the university's annual budget and forecasts for operating revenues, expenses and capital expenditures.
We are seeking a Senior Financial Analyst for the Budget and Financial Planning department. This is an excellent opportunity if you thrive in an interesting and matrixed work environment. In this role, you will be responsible for performing comprehensive and complex analyses of the University's operating and capital budget, multi-year financial forecast, and operations. In order to be successful, you will use a consultative approach to work effectively across groups to address financial challenges and opportunities for the University. Though assignments may be varied, we are typically aligned with a group of organizational units (e.g., schools and colleges, administrative units, academic support units) as well as specific functional areas for which they have primary analyst responsibility (e.g., capital projects, tuition revenue, salaries and benefits forecasting).
Core responsibilities will include:
Analyze annual budgets and multi-year forecasts for assigned areas; evaluate key revenue and expense categories to understand underlying assumptions, drivers of change, and to ensure completeness and accuracy of data.
Produce regular and ad-hoc analyses of financial drivers, both within finance and across the University, that assist senior leadership in making data informed decisions concerning resource generation and optimal resource allocation.
Design, develop and manage several high-level University financial models and/or Budget & Financial Planning processes.
Actively monitor financial performance of assigned areas (e.g., budget vs. forecast, year-over-year), analyzing implications for year-end projections and long-term financial performance; identify potential issues and recommend appropriate actions.
Compile and analyze data and presentations for reporting to Board of Trustees and senior leadership.
Identify current and emerging trends that could impact financial condition and project potential impact under varying scenarios (e.g., trends over time, emerging trends in higher education, standard methodologies).
Evaluate and assist in the formulation of budget policies, procedures, and guidelines; recommend methods to help streamline and improve budget and forecast processes for increased efficiency.
Contribute to financial processes including, but not limited to financial close, quarterly reporting, and documentation of policies and procedures, as well as lead or assist in special projects as needed.
Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within the division. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
You should demonstrate:
Strong analytical and financial modeling skills, with the capability to work in a fast-paced environment while managing and prioritizing multiple projects simultaneously to get results.
Ability to effectively synthesize large amounts of data and information for presentation and review to varying audiences.
Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, including the ability to speak and write with clarity and precision to acquire and convey information.
Excellent attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy, as well as the utmost discretion when dealing with confidential, financial information.
Initiative and resourcefulness, particularly displaying a sense of urgency in fulfilling commitments and a personal accountability for achieving results.
Capacity to bring different viewpoints and approaches together and combining them in creative ways to tackle problems.
Bachelor's degree in accounting, business, finance or a closely related field required; Master's in Business Administration or comparable advanced degree preferred.
Minimum three years of related experience in accounting, finance, budgeting, planning, and analysis required; higher education or university experience desired.
Advanced proficiency with the MS Office Suite, especially MS Excel, Tableau, and PowerPoint.
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Job Function: Finance / Accounting / Payroll
Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh
Time Type: Full Time
Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
Internal Number: 2014990
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.