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Financial Analyst 3

Company: Stanford University
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: September 24, 2022

Job Description:

Stanford University is seeking a Financial Analyst 3 with extensive sponsored research management, forecasting experience and OBI reporting skills, to perform complex finance functions and/or activities with programmatic impact on the institution, requiring professional expertise and application of internal policies and systems and external regulations. Will manage a key area within a finance operation or department/unit.

Duties include:

  • 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.
  • Review, design, and implement appropriate internal control programs, research new regulations, and implement approved changes. Manage compliance program for area of responsibility, interpret internal policy and external regulations, and create and/or review complex compliance reports.
  • Lead and execute unit or cross functional projects and teams, make decisions regarding projects and programs affecting operational effectiveness, policies, or processes.
  • Engage in continuous critical analysis of existing systems and processes; make recommendations to achieve greater efficiencies and improve internal controls. Define requirements, develop and implement complex test cases, perform testing and analyze results.
  • Lead and support unit and organization strategy and change management initiatives.
  • 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.
  • Other duties may also be assigned

    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
    • Bachelor's degree in Business / Finance strongly preferred.
    • Experience with grant and contract proposal preparation and submission processes and procedures.
    • Ability to work independently under tight deadlines.
    • Serve as liaison and active partner between principal investigators, Office of Sponsored Research, research groups, and other departments; respond to sponsor inquiries.
    • Working knowledge of NIH and other federal agencies, foundation regulations and proposal requirements.
    • Excellent organization skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
    • Ability to perform highly analytical, complex finance and control functions.
    • Ability to perform multi-dimensional and complex reconciliations and related analysis.
    • Ability to develop complex budget and forecasting scenarios, long-range planning and analyses for financial reporting and presentations; design and run ad hoc reports.
    • Lead and execute unit or cross functional projects and teams, make decisions regarding projects and programs affecting operational effectiveness, policies, or processes.
    • 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.
    • Willingness to take on new challenges and openness to change.

      DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree in accounting or finance with grants management experience in an academic environment.

      EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree and 4 years of job related experience, or combination of education and experience.

      KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

      --- Strong knowledge of governmental regulations.
      --- Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate policies and procedures.
      --- Excellent oral, written, and communication skills.
      --- Excellent analytical skills; demonstrated proficiency in Excel and web-based tools.
      --- Ability to complete Cardinal Curriculum I and II within first year in role.
      --- Competency in project management.
      --- Extreme attention to detail.
      --- Ability to work well independently, but also to seek or offer assistance when needed.
      --- Ability to review a proposal or manage a project with understanding of the overall scope and goal of each sponsored project.
      --- Excellent time management and organizational skills.

      CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES: Cardinal Curriculum I and II must be completed to remain in this position.

      PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS :
      • Frequently sit, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation and perform desk-based computer tasks, lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing up to ten pounds.
      • Occasionally stand, walk, grasp forcefully, use a telephone, write by hand and sort and file paperwork or parts.
      • Rarely lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing 11-20 pounds.

        - 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.

        WORKING CONDITIONS:
        • Remote and/or hybrid working arrangement available.
        • - COVID VACCINE COMPLIANCE: Stanford University requires all faculty, staff, postdocs, and students coming on-site to work at a Stanford location to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. If you are offered and accept a position with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, proof of vaccination documentation must be provided upon hire and all members of the department are expected to comply with all appropriate safety protocols.
          WORK STANDARDS
          • 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, .

            Additional Information
            • Schedule: Full-time
            • Job Code: 4453
            • Employee Status: Regular
            • Pay Grade: J
            • Requisition ID: 95598 As an organization that receives federal funding, Stanford University has a COVID-19 vaccination requirement that will apply to all university employees, including those working remotely in the United States and applicable subcontractors. To learn more about COVID policies and guidelines for Stanford University Staff, please visit

Keywords: Stanford University, Santa Clara , Financial Analyst 3, Accounting, Auditing , Santa Clara, California

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