Financial Analyst

Stanford, California (US)
16 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
16 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The SIMES Financial Analyst is a member of the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES), a joint institute of Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The Financial Analyst reports to the Associate Director, SIMES, and is responsible for managing a $20 million annual budget by implementing, developing and maintaining accounting programs and procedures in conjunction with SLAC and Stanford enterprise-wide financial systems.

The Financial Analyst performs complex finance functions and activities to ensure the full range of financial support of laboratory scientific and management operations. This requires advanced technical and professional expertise, and knowledge of SLAC and Stanford University policies, systems and external DOE regulations. This position works independently, with financial authority for SIMES / SLAC Division of Materials Science.


  • Perform and design ad hoc analyses of large complex data sets: reconcile complex accounts. Identify and resolve complex issues which may span multiple areas.
  • Construct and assemble data for budgeting and decision making; develop conclusions, and present high level summary of recommendations. May develop annual budget for individual department/unit.
  • Conduct analysis and resolution, and recognize exceptions. Participate in developing solutions that may require policy changes or the development of new processes; maintain broader organizational perspective in decision-making.
  • Execute internal control programs established by management, research new regulations, and recommend and implement approved changes. May manage compliance program for area of responsibility, and create complex compliance reports.
  • Develop reports and presentations of complex financial data and metrics for management and third parties.
  • Participate as a member of a project team; support new initiatives. Make decisions determining approach to managing and completing processes.
  • Contribute to unit and organization strategy; assist in the development of change management plans and materials as needed.
  • Develop and maintain desktop procedures and process documentation for area of responsibility.
  • Define requirements, develop and implement complex test cases, perform system testing and analyze results.
  • Participate in critical analysis of existing systems and processes, and identify opportunities for process improvement.

Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and four years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience. Experience managing sponsored projects preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial systems; internet and computer literacy.
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to prepare materials for and clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences and client groups. 
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to contribute to or lead part of a multifunctional team.


  • 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,

A background check will be required for all final candidates. 

Financial Analyst 
Job Code: 4452
Grade: H
Exemption: Exempt