OVERVIEW The University Budget Office (UBO) at Stanford University reports directly to the provost and is responsible for the processes and policies related to the university's $6.5 billion consolidated budget, including planning and managing the annual budget process, developing the consolidated budget, managing the university's general fund and allocations from it, and managing the Tidemark budget management application. The UBO partners with the CFO's office in the setting of financial policies and the analysis of their impact on university resources and operations. It also supports the president and provost in the allocation of central resources to the university's highest priorities. The UBO performs financial and budgetary analyses that support critical decision making by the Vice Provost for Budget and Auxiliary Management, the Provost, other senior management, and the Board of Trustees. The UBO strives to deliver excellent customer service, analytical support, and guidance on best practices for using the budget to promote strong financial management throughout the university. We are seeking an individual with strong critical thinking skills, who is comfortable with ambiguity, thinks creatively, and is a self-started. CORE DUTIES*:
The UBO Financial Analyst position presents a unique opportunity to contribute in three different areas of financial management:
Planning and analysis: performs financial and budgetary analyses that support critical decision making in the development of the $6.5 billion consolidated budget. The Financial Analyst has ownership of some UBO financial models (e.g., the university's tuition forecasting model), tracks and monitors university-wide programs, manages the Central Accounts budget unit, serves as the liaison to a subset of the university's 30 budget units, and assists with the management of general funds and other resources controlled by the president and provost.
Systems administration: performs system monitoring, data integration and reconciliation, and participates in new functionality design and testing efforts.
Education and outreach: contributes to the UBO's financial management educational efforts and supports budgeting system training sessions.
The University Budget Office is formally organized into two teams, one focused on policy and analysis and the other focused on systems and processes; however, much of the office's work is accomplished through close collaboration between the two teams. This position will formally report to the Director of Budget Planning and Policy Analysis, but, by its nature, will also have a dotted line responsibility to the Director of Budget Management.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
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; interpolate results from large amounts of data, identify trends in data, draw conclusions, develop solutions, present and implement recommendations, and create follow up analysis.
Develop complex budget and forecasting scenarios, long-range planning and analyses for financial reporting and presentations; design and run ad hoc reports.
Identify and resolve unique issues with substantial significance; recognize exceptions, and conduct in-depth analysis using advanced technical knowledge and experience. Recommend and develop solutions that may require policy changes or the development of new processes; maintain broader organizational and university perspective in decision making.
Engage in continuous critical analysis of existing systems and processes; make recommendations to achieve greater efficiencies and improve internal controls.
Provide training on new financial systems. Represent organization to client group(s) and external partners; 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.
These and many other financial challenges await your arrival
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and six years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel
Demonstrated knowledge of financial systems and aptitude to learn new systems
Knowledge of theories, principles, and practices of finance, economics, quantitative methods, data analysis, and forecasting
Excellent analytical skills and ability to work independently and as part of a team
Advanced professional communication skills, including ability to prepare materials for and clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and management
Strong project management skills and ability to contribute to or lead part of a multi-functional team
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.
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.
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Other duties may also be assigned, not all unique aspects of this job are covered by this job posting.
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: University Budget Office, Stanford, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
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