Financial Analyst

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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 11/2/2016

Stanford University Stanford, CA

Stanford, CA
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Stanford University

Financial Analyst

Job Number: 72350

This position may be filled as a Financial Analyst 1 or Financial Analyst 2, depending on the candidate selected.

Stanford University has changed the world, over and over again. We are one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and also one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career.

If you have experience interacting with diverse customers in a university setting and possess a strong skill-set in financial analysis, then you may be the right match for this Financial Analyst role.

The Financial Analyst supports the Assistant Vice President of Finance & Facilities within Business Affairs. Business Affairs has 11 departments and over 900 employees. This position will assist with budget preparation, and reporting actual spending, trend, and variance information for departments, which the AVP supports directly. In addition, the Financial Analyst will earn responsibility for financial analysis and completion of day to day transactions in support of one Business Affairs department. Your keen financial acumen and reporting expertise will help drive our efficient use of new reporting and budgeting systems. Continuous improvement, streamlining and efficiency are priorities you will play an active role in achieving.


Perform structured analysis; conduct data mining; identify, clarify, and investigate discrepancies and exceptions; proactively develop solutions and processes.

Maintain, reconcile, review, combine, and validate financial data sets and accounts, utilizing financial reports, financial databases, and key financial information.

Contribute to development of budget, forecasting, and analyses to be used for key activities or decision making.

Run and analyze financial reports, often from multiple systems; assist in preparation of management information reports.

Resolve issues within immediate work unit; Perform preliminary analysis, recognize exceptions and recommend solutions that may require policy changes or the development of new processes.

Ensure works complies with complex internal policies and external regulations which may require interpretation.

Participate as a member of a project team and contribute to change management strategy through communication and collaboration with others.

Serve as a first line resource to client groups on matters in work unit.

Understand and participate in cross training on core functions in work area or unit; serve as a back-up to other functions.

May supervise the day-to-day activities and provide on the job coaching and training to other staff, as needed.
* - Other duties may also be assigned

Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and two 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.

User knowledge and demonstrated experience of financial systems; internet and computer literacy.

Understanding and ability to apply basic accounting skills and concepts.

Demonstrated communication skills, including ability to prepare materials for and clearly and effectively communicate information to internal audiences and client groups.

Basic project management skills and ability to contribute as part of a project team.
Certifications and Licenses:


Works calmly under pressure and maintains excellent working relationships with a variety of people at all levels in the University.

Clearly communicates complex principles, concepts and regulatory requirements in simple and actionable terms.

Demonstrates dependability and follow through by seeing complex projects to completion in a timely manner.

Handles confidential information with tact and discretion.

Highly organized and attentive to detail and able to respond effectively and efficiently to problems and anticipate the needs of The BAFF

Demonstrates organizational and analytical abilities involved in complex problem solving, with the ability to exercise excellent judgment and initiative in interpreting and implementing Stanford policies and procedures.

Ability to plan, coordinate and direct varied functions in partnership with the Budget Officer or AVP, but without close supervision.

Balances customer service with compliance requirements.


May involve constantly sitting.

Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork.

Occasionally stand/walk, lift/carry objects weighing 11-20 pounds.

Rarely reach/work above shoulder.
* - 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.

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,

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description

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.
We are not able to provide relocation or sponsorship for this position. Thank you for your interest!

Job: Finance

Location: Business Affairs


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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.