Harvard University Financial Analyst II in Cambridge, Massachusetts

43426BRAuto req ID:43426BRLocation:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Financial AnalystSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:056Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, intermediate Excel skills

  • Working knowledge of budget management, financial analysis, financial modeling and basic accounting principles

  • Demonstrated experience with financial systems and data query tools

MBA or MS in Finance or Accounting preferred. Expertise in data extraction, analysis and report presentation. Demonstrated experience working with advanced functions of Excel, managing internal budget systems and preparing reports. Strong financial knowledge required, detail orientation and the ability to work independently. Proven ability to handle sensitive data with discretion, creatively solve problems, generate new and improved financial processes, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Expert user of Excel, including spreadsheet modeling, complex formulas, pivot tables, and macros. Understanding of Harvard University financial processes, chart of accounts, and accounting tools and systems strongly preferred.

Successful candidates will possess strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills, the ability to prioritize and handle a wide range of tasks simultaneously, good judgment, strong initiative and problem-solving skills, and attention to detail. Must be self-motivated, creative and comfortable building collaborative relationships throughout the organization. Proven ability to establish and manage good working relationships with colleagues and collaborate effectively with a dynamic team, as well as with stakeholders at every level (including students, faculty, and administrators).

Additional Information:The Center for Public Leadership (“CPL”) at Harvard Kennedy School is dedicated to excellence in leadership education and scholarship. Through teaching and research, we are preparing this generation to exercise leadership in a world responding to a rapidly expanding array of economic, political, and social challenges. As one of the first centers of its kind in the United States, the Center for Public Leadership continues to set the standard as the preeminent training ground for young public leaders in the United States. CPL is a high-profile, fast-paced office with friendly and energetic staff.

Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks.

Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

This position is a fully benefits eligible term appointment ending one year after date of hire with the possibility of renewal.

Department:Center for Public LeadershipPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Finance School/Unit:Harvard Kennedy School EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.Job Summary:Independently perform financial analysis to support department’s role in assisting management with financial planning efforts, budget analysis and monthly reporting.Core Duties:

  • Perform a variety of financial analyses that identify trends and recommendations to help inform decision making

  • Assist with the annual budget process; assist with multi-year forecasts

  • Produce financial reports, including, annual, monthly, quarterly, and ad hoc

  • Act as a resource for departments on transactional inquires and financial/budgetary questions that require problem-solving and analytic capability

  • Ensure financial compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required

  • Minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office setting

Additional Responsibilities:CPL has an immediate opening for a Financial Analyst reporting to the Financial Management, Planning and Operations Director. The successful candidate will be responsible for accurate recording/reporting of CPL’s finances, with an emphasis on financial processes improvement. He/she will work with senior CPL staff in managing the financial health of the center and will be responsible for the oversight of core financial activities associated with CPL’s various funds and fellowship programs.

The Financial Analyst will act as the custodian of financial data, perform diverse and in-depth financial analysis, record and track expenses and income flows, ensure accuracy of financial accounting, and oversee the budget utilization for all projects, unrestricted and restricted funds for the Center.

Budget, reporting and financial planning:

  • Oversee and report on budgets, expenses and adjustments, on a monthly basis to ensure accuracy of financial data and budget utilization

  • Review and produce financial data providing research and data analysis to present for use in planning and decision making

  • Prepare multiple complex and varied financial reports (including ad hoc reports) that require selection, preparation, and interpretation of data

  • Ensure integrity and consistency of data between the HKS’s financial and accounting systems (Oracle and Crew) and CPL’s internal financial reports/budgets

  • Serve as principal source of information on complex fiscal policies and procedures including, travel guidelines and reimbursement policies, contract negotiation and management guidance, and etc.

  • Provide regular and on ad hoc basis financial information to faculty, administrators and team members;

  • Work with Finance Director to develop solutions for complex accounting and financial reporting issues while incorporating best practice business processes solutions.

Financial management:

  • Evaluate, on an ongoing basis, CPL financial processes, propose and implement enhancements to existing processes to increase efficiencies and adhere to best practices

  • Review and approve departmental expenditures (i.e. travel and expense reimbursements, vendor payments, vendor set-up, invoice preparation and processing, and etc.)

  • Develop and maintain internal financial statements and financial analysis and modeling to help make informed strategic plan/decisions;

  • Work with program managers in setting-up standardized team budgets (including events, student activities, etc.) and track their expenses

  • Develop solutions for complex accounting and financial reporting issues

  • Analyze key expenses and statistical variances to determine trends, anomalies and make recommendations based on garnered information and

  • Manage and/or execute various projects pertaining to reporting, planning, forecasting and financial modeling

Support the Center on other various initiatives, including:

  • Manage general office operations such as new hire onboarding processes, overseeing time, labor and absence reporting for the department, maintaining access to appropriate HKS financial systems, oversight and management of office supplies including equipment rental agreements, and etc.

  • Supervise a coordinator and may supervise other temporary staff

  • Other duties as assigned.