Senor Financial Analyst

Maryland, United States
$58,695 to $80,628 per year
16 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range: $58,695 to $80,628 per year
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001477-Engineering Business Office 
Personnel area: Whiting School of Engineering

General Summary/Purpose:

Provides support for the School’s operating and capital budgeting processes, quarterly financial reporting, and financial management as well as participates in other school budget, planning and financial analysis tasks and project management support for strategic initiatives. 

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

Financial Administration and Support: 

  • Works closely with faculty, students and staff to monitor expenses, prepare grant proposal budgets and other related items for submission
  • Handles all pre and post-award issues, assist with budgeting issues for non-sponsored and sponsored accounts, and close out terminated grants and contracts
  • Approves transactions such as purchasing, payroll, effort and travel reimbursement requests
  • Assists managers in compiling strategic plans for units and reporting problems to senior management
  • Interprets data for the purpose of determining past financial performance and/or to project future financial performance
  • Performs complex statistical, cost, and financial analysis of data reported in the various accounting systems
  • Records, classifies, and summarizes financial transactions and events in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles
  • Monitors various aspects of assigned department/centers performance including, but not limited to: federal financial status reports, sponsored deficit balances, cash balances, space analysis and control salary
  • Acts as a liaison between assigned units and other University Offices
  • Applies a working knowledge of applicable laws and regulations
  • Monitors departmental cost share activity and provides guidance on applying for and receiving cost share funds
  • Recommends actions related to departmental financial and budget plans
  • Determines when to refer policy or administrative issues to more senior leadership

Financial Reporting:

  • Assists the Senior Director of Finance and Operations and other staff in the preparation of quarterly reports for presentation to school leadership.  This includes review and analysis of the operating results of all assigned departments/centers/institutes. 

Budget Preparation:  

  • Under the direction of the Senior Director of Finance and Operations, assist in the formulation and development of the school’s operating budget and five-year plan.  This includes:
  • Reviewing and analyzing all budget documents in preparation for Spring departmental budget meetings with the Dean and Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, as well as follow-up discussions to ensure the accuracy of all submissions. 
  • Coordinating with the Senior Director of Finance and Operations in the development of planning guidelines for departmental and center operating budgets. 
  • Supporting the school budget process by creating budget templates and other documents used by the school’s departments and divisions to submit budget information. 
  • Preparing data files, departmental summaries, and briefing presentations regarding department and center operating budgets using SAP, Microsoft Office products, and other budget preparation tools. 
  • Coordinating with the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, Senior Director of Finance and Operations, and other school staff to prepare the final operating and capital budget and five-year plan presentations for the school and central university leadership. 

Strategic Planning and Guidance:

  • Develops financial reports for forecasting, trending, and results analysis
  • Interprets financial transactions and events for users who must make economic or business decisions
  • Assists management in five-year strategic fiscal planning process
  • Prepares quarterly projections and conducts complex studies to determine cost of business activities
  • Prepares ad-hoc reports for Deans
  • Leads various groups and special projects, as assigned
  • May direct the activities of staff or a function and represent the function at meetings
  • Provides and assist with training on WSE policies and procedures
  • Recommends budget adjustments, and other cost improvement measures
  • Use various software applications, such as spreadsheets and databases to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and/or reports
  • Other duties as assigned 

Special Projects: 

  • Conducts in-depth research on financial, organizational, and budget issues to provide senior leadership with information and recommendations, as assigned.
  • Assists the School with implementation and training of ILABS.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in finance, accounting or other related field.  An advanced degree in business or related field is preferred. 
  • A minimum of five years of budget and financial analysis experience is required.
  • Additional experience may substitute some education based on JHU's equivalency formula and additional education may substitute some experience based on JHU's equivalency formula. 

JHU Equivalency Formula: 

30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis.  For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Preferred Qualifications:

Strong knowledge of SAP and experience in higher education or non-profit environment is preferred.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience in, or knowledge of, accounting and accounting principles required in the preparation of complex and detailed financial and budgetary analyses in order to address a variety of budgetary issues/problems.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills that allow for interpretation of budgetary, financial and related organizational performance or management information.
  • Demonstrated skills in quantitative financial and budget analyses, with thorough working knowledge of general accounting principles and practices with an emphasis on university financial accounting.
  • Demonstrated skills in formulating and implementing financial policies and standards to ensure accountability and compliance with policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of pre and post award sponsored activities involving sponsored projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to make independent judgments and to act on decisions on a daily basis required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work for extended periods of time without direction, prioritize own work, work with flexibility in several tasks simultaneously and to meet concurrent deadlines also required.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects and teams that will improve the quality of administrative functions of the School.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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