Finance Analyst I

California, United States
23 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
23 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

The mission of the Department of Ophthalmology at Stanford School of Medicine is to be among the very best institutions in the world for ocular health. We aim to do this through technically outstanding and compassionate care for our patients, cutting edge basic and translational research, and training of the next generation of leaders and practitioners in our field in the prevention and treatment of vision loss. We are seeking a Financial Analyst to join our team in support of our growing department research and clinical programs.

The Financial Analyst will serve as a member of the finance team to partner with our Research and Clinical faculty. Responsibilities will include budgeting and forecasting, design and management of regular and ad hoc reports, executing timely month-end and year-end processes, managing labor schedules and approvals of expenditure, purchase orders and invoices functions. You will evaluate the financial impact of all Clinical Trial activities and programs, providing professional guidance and expertise. The ideal candidate has a passion for higher education, medicine, and science. We are looking for someone super detail orientated, extremely comfortable with large data sets within excel, and understands how to cater to customer needs.

Duties include:

  • 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.
  • 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


  • 1-2 years of experience in a financial analyst or an accounting position
  • Experience with sponsored research, higher education, or health care


Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.


  • 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.


  • 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,

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4451
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: G
  • Department URL:
  • Requisition ID: 87248

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