Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Finance, the financial analyst will play a key role in the strategic direction of the Graduate School of Design by contributing to new and existing management reporting efforts. These include budgets, monthly forecasts, variance / ad hoc analyses, restricted fund usage, research projections, and capital plans. The analyst will also have the opportunity to lead projects to build and improve financial infrastructure across the GSD.
Serving as an expert on GSD financial data and systems, the analyst will gain a working understanding of departmental budgets, short and long range forecasts, faculty planning, and endowment commitments and balances. Leveraging this expertise, the analyst will support strategic decision-making and problem-solving by school leadership, modeling the financial implications for different courses of action. The analyst will routinely interact with faculty and administrative leadership, and will assist department managers with their financial planning efforts, budget analysis, and monthly reporting. The analyst works collaboratively with the Finance Office staff in a team environment.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develops and produces various financial reports and dashboards; provides in-depth data review and analysis
Manages the commitments and usage of all GSD gift and endowment funds
Facilitates submission of departmental budgets and forecasts; reviews and consolidates submissions; primary responsibility for the Harvard University Budget System (HUBS)
Helps prepare submissions to the University’s Finance Office, including multi-year financial plan, annual budget and capital plan, and quarterly forecasts
Informs and trains GSD colleagues on financial policies and systems
May serve as back-up for other financial operations
Performs additional job-related duties as they evolve
Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business or a related field
4+ years of experience in financial analysis and budget management within a complex, collaborative organization
Strong quantitative, computer, and analytical skills, primarily using Excel and PowerPoint
Strong customer service skills and ability to build effective working relationships across the GSD and the University
MBA or other relevant graduate degree (e.g., Master’s in Accounting or Finance) a plus
Ability to construct and then interpret large sets of data; strong understanding of data management and how to use financial data/systems strategically to solve problems and support business decisions
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to translate technical analyses into high-level recommendations
Highly organized and detail oriented; ability to effectively manage time and prioritize across multiple projects simultaneously
Ability to learn quickly, work independently, and cope effectively with change and ambiguity
Experience with Oracle budgeting and reporting applications a plus
To apply please go to https://hr.harvard.edu/search-jobs and click on external candidates. Then search req number 49068BR.
Internal Number: 49068BR
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