Accountant/Financial Analyst

Pennsylvania, United States
03 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
03 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world’s leading research universities. We teach students across all 12 Penn schools, and our academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies.

The Office of Financial Management, Planning and Analysis (FMPA) is responsible for managing the budgeting and financial planning operations of the School of Arts and Sciences. This includes overseeing the operating budget planning functions, developing models and managing financial projections and variance analysis, managing year-by-year budgeting processes, and providing both the support and tools necessary for the departments to fulfill their responsibilities as related to the budgeting and planning processes.

Reporting to the Director, the Financial Analyst’s primary responsibilities are to: (1) Execute the original budget and fall forecast processes that will be led by the Sr. Analyst – this includes preparing templates, instructions, meeting materials, data entry, reconciling, documenting the approval of budget requests, etc, for assigned RBO’s and by set deadlines; (2) Serve as a liaison to the Regional Business Offices through the detailed processed noted already, and on any other relevant issues; (3) Ongoing variance analysis and tracking; (4) Provide detailed analytical support for schoolwide projects as it relates to assigned Orgs or areas of revenue/expense/funds; (5) Participate in quarterly forecasts, the 5-year budget, year-end close, and other ad-hoc and strategic planning analyses as instructed by the Director. The ideal candidate has the ability to use discretion in working with highly sensitive data, to produce under pressure in a deadline-driven environment, thrives in a team setting, and can demonstrate flexibility as demands/assignments can change rapidly.

A Bachelor’s degree (concentration in Liberal Arts preferred) and three years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, is required. An advanced degree in finance, public policy/administration or management is preferred. A passion to learn about and be involved in higher education is a must! The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three years of financial analysis experience or training, and will have excellent critical thinking, be highly analytical and detail-oriented, demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills, and should enjoy working both independently and as part of a team. He/she must be comfortable with spreadsheet and database applications; experience with BEN Financials, Business Objects, SRS, SFS, Pennant and Hyperion Planning at the University of Pennsylvania is helpful, but not required.

The ideal candidate has the ability to use discretion working with highly sensitive data, to produce under pressure in a deadline-driven environment, thrives in a team setting, and can demonstrate flexibility as demands/assignments can change rapidly. Sense of humor preferred!

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.