The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, also known as Stanford Seed, is a Stanford GSB-led initiative that is working to end the cycle of global poverty by training business leaders in developing economies, inspiring Stanford students to become globally-engaged leaders, and supporting critical research from across the university to maximize our impact.
Reporting to the Senior Finance Manager, the Senior Financial Analyst is an integral part of the Finance team and performs a variety of regular and recurring professional accounting and finance functions. This position will perform strategic analysis of business operations, provide critical compliance oversight, examine cost allocations, and execute fund management activities. The Sr. Financial Analyst is responsible for timely and accurate reporting, developing budgets and long-range forecasts and providing recommendations to enhance efficiency of operations.
In addition to the requisite analytical skills and financial experience, the successful candidate possesses process improvement and functional skills necessary to deliver outstanding service and collaborate effectively with various internal and external associates. This position represents an opportunity to be part of a high-energy dynamic environment, partnering with colleagues around the world, within the Graduate School of Business and across Stanford University to achieve the goals of the organization.
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. May manage a key area within a finance operation or department/unit.
- 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.
- May supervise, train, coach, and review the work of other staff, as needed. Contribute primarily through applying individual expertise.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
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.
- Advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting systems, such as Oracle, OBI, and Tidemark.
- 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 management.
- Demonstrated project management skills and ability to contribute/lead as part of a multi-functional team.
- Flexibility to perform a broad range of tasks as directed.
Certifications and Licenses:
- 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 the job.
- May work extended hours during peak business cycles; travel to school/unit sites across university.
- May work outside normal business hours to correspond with regional offices.
- 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.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required