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Sr. Financial Analyst, College of Engineering

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Engineering, Full Time

PAY GRADE:  32E

CONTEXT OF THE JOB:

Under the limited direction of the Senior Business Officer, the incumbent Senior Financial Analyst directs and oversees high-level strategic and tactical decisions employing numerous business intelligence tools and applications. The Sr. Financial Analyst facilitates the analysis of organizational data, supporting the Senior Business Officer with tactical operational support and actionable information related to strategies for academic planning, College-wide and Department-specific accreditation, Facilities Management, data governance and usage, research-related compliance, and implementation and integration into College operations.  

The Sr. Financial Analyst provides input into strategic decisions in all functional areas of the College and assists in resolving escalated issues arising from College-wide operations and that require coordination with departments, research centers, and other College-affiliated units. The Sr. Financial Analyst is responsible for the managerial oversight of the daily operations, planning, and analysis for the College. The incumbent provides counsel to the Senior Business Officer by interpreting data and developing complex models used to drive the College’s decision-making and strategic planning initiatives. Additionally, the incumbent provides leadership and direction for the College's Business Intelligence Group including gathering, reporting, and analyzing College-wide data, and serves as a liaison with the College's Department Chairs and Business Administrators, and other University administrative units.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Significantly influences and contributes to the achievement of the College's strategic and operational objectives by providing analytical support and data-based presentations to College leadership to assist in solving a wide-range of complex issues/problems related to the College’s admissions, enrollment, research, staff and faculty hires, business systems, and operational planning.
  • Provides leadership for the College's Business Intelligence Group including direction and mentorship for gathering, reporting and analyzing the data associated with the College's day-to-day operations, College-level obligations, research activity, human resources processes, and student support.
  • Works with the Senior Business Officer to develop and implement new College policies as it relates to the College’s operations, business processes, and data management.
  • Develops planning models to analyze the impact of student enrollment changes, new program/department creation, strategic hiring plans, fluctuations in research expenditures, capital projects and other initiatives.
  • Performs data collection and analysis to ensure alignment with academic accreditation standards, directs Assessment of Learning data reports, and manages the accreditation reporting process for the College. 
  • Analyzes the College’s physical space data, faculty research productivity metrics, and financial considerations to support efficient space management decisions.
  • Monitors, tracks, and plans College commitments such as faculty start-up accounts, cost share agreements, retirement payments, and strategic investments to ensure the responsible management of available resources.
  • Manages and tracks faculty-related JED’s, including named professorships, sabbatical and retirement leaves, promotions, and terminations.
  • Manages the internal and external billing of College self-supporting operations and federally approved service centers requiring analyzing market competitive pricing, federal compliance, and developing billing processes and procedures.
  • Builds, maintains, and updates desktop databases (space database, commitment database, and Named Professor database) and web-based databases (tuition allocation model database, machine shop database, and electron microscopy facility database).
  • Develops reports, and designs and implements standard procedures for business intelligence, compiling data, and improving reporting efficiency and effectiveness, utilizing various reporting and analysis tools, including PeopleSoft, Cognos, Tableau, and Excel.
  • Performs complex data projections, analyses of actual activity and report generation, using a variety of data sources and techniques to assist departments, research centers, and self-supporting units with sound fiscal management.  
  • Writes complex queries for data extraction, ensures data integrity, performs data validation and analysis to ensure accuracy and quality of data, and presents data for internal or external review using advanced methods.
  • Works closely with the Senior Business Officer and Dean to develop the College's yearly benchmarks and Department-level performance metrics, undergraduate and graduate funding allocations, temporary teaching funds, student and faculty recruiting budgets, and department operating budgets.
  • Manages a purpose-code hierarchy for the College that facilitates effective reporting and management, including purpose code creation, approval, and management of row-level security privileges for over 2,000 purpose codes.
  • Processes and approves journal vouchers, ensuring proper revenue and expense recognition, and supervises account reconciliation.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or other job-related discipline and six years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to gather and analyze statistical data and generate reports, statements and/or projections.
  • Knowledge of computerized information systems used in operational, academic, research, and financial and/or accounting applications, and computerized student information systems.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Experience in higher education administration, with strong analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Experience with PeopleSoft Query, Tableau, Cognos Report Studio, and Microsoft Office software. Ability to effectively communicate technical concepts, both verbally and written.
  • Ability to adjust to a rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance. Intermediate knowledge of local, state and federal accounting regulations.
  • Experience in supervising and managing staff; ability to supervise and train assigned staff, foster a cooperative work environment, as well as organize, prioritize and schedule work assignments.
  • Ability to work independently.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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