ABOUT STANFORD UNIVERSITY AND RESIDENTIAL & DINING ENTERPRISES:
Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.
Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE), the largest auxiliary organization at Stanford University, supports the academic mission of the University by providing high-quality services to students and other members of the university community. The department has an annual operating budget of over $350M, operates 24/7/365, and oversees a $3B asset portfolio comprising a 7 million sq. ft. physical plant across the campus. In autumn quarter of the 2021-22 academic year, R&DE will return to providing housing for over 13,000 students and dependents, serving meals at 17 dining halls, 12 retail locations, and operating athletic concessions and conference operations. Additionally, R&DE comprises 900 FTE staff in the following divisions: Student Housing Operations, Stanford Dining, Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries, Stanford Conferences, Maintenance Operations and Capital Projects, and a team of R&DE strategic business partners: Finance & Administration, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Strategic Communications.
"Students (Customers) First" is the mantra of R&DE and our strategic goals reflect our commitment to delivering quality and excellence to our constituents every day. In R&DE,"Excellence is defined by aligning our strategic goals and performance with our vision."
Stanford University's Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) is looking for a Senior Financial Analyst to join our Finance & Administration team. If you like variety of work, enjoy collaborating with operators to optimize business, thrive in a dynamic-fast paced learning environment, and you would be proud working for an organization that serves future leaders of the world, this may be the opportunity for you.
Support the financial operations of Stanford Hospitality and Auxiliaries (SHA), a self-sustaining business unit that generates revenues from retail cafe and vending food operations, stadium concessions, catering services, and a campus hotel and Stanford Conferences (SCS), a self-sustaining business unit that generates revenues from Youth and Adult Summer Conferences and Meeting Planning and Registration Services. The Senior Financial Analyst will work closely with Food Service and Hospitality Operators, Conference Account Managers, and Meeting Planners to provide finance and accounting support and proactively identify ways to improve their business and the bottom line. In addition, the Senior Financial Analyst will provide occasional guidance, supervision, and mentorship of teammates, create new processes, procedures, or tools to improve operational efficiencies, and provide financial reports to Senior Management and Executive Leadership.
Perform highly analytical, complex finance and control functions; multi-dimensional and complex reconciliations and related analysis; prepare or review and approve complex transactions and higher level dollar value transactions.
Research, and synthesize data; interpolate results from large amounts of data, identifytrends in data, draw conclusions, develop solutions, present and implementrecommendations, and create follow up analysis.
Develop complex budget and forecasting scenarios, long-range planning and analyses forfinancial reporting and presentations; design and run ad hoc reports.
Identify and resolve unique issues with substantial significance; recognize exceptions, andconduct in-depth analysis using advanced technical knowledge and experience.Recommend and develop solutions that may require policy changes or the developmentof new processes; maintain broader organizational and university perspective in decisionmaking.
Review, design, and implement appropriate internal control programs, research newregulations, and implement approved changes. Manage compliance program for area ofresponsibility, interpret internal policy and external regulations, and create and/or reviewcomplex compliance reports.
Lead and execute unit or cross functional projects and teams, make decisions regardingprojects and programs affecting operational effectiveness, policies, or processes.
Engage in continuous critical analysis of existing systems and processes; makerecommendations to achieve greater efficiencies and improve internal controls. Definerequirements, develop and implement complex test cases, perform testing and analyzeresults.
Lead and support unit and organization strategy and change management initiatives.
Provide training on new financial systems. Represent organization to client group(s) andexternal partners; serve as subject matter expert on matters that involve complextechnical, financial, or subject matter expertise.
Assess client and business needs, and formulate recommendations to determineapproach to managing and completing processes.
May supervise, train, coach, and review the work of other staff, as needed. Contributeprimarily through applying individual expertise.
Oversee the Financial Reporting Cycle and Financial Close Cycle for two separateResidential and Dining Enterprises divisions - Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries andStanford Conferences
Provide additional operational support for Residential and Dining Enterprises sponsoredevents and weekend Football games.
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and six years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, especiallyExcel.
Advanced knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning and financial systems; internet andcomputer literacy.
Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
Advanced professional communication skills, including ability to prepare materials forand clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences,client groups, and management.
Strong project management skills and ability to contribute to or lead part of a multifunctional team.
Certifications and Licenses:
Excel Macros,VBA, SQL, or additional advanced financial modeling skills in tools such asTableau and OBI to develop and design financial and operational reporting.
Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, writing by hand, sort/filepaperwork.
* - 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 the job.
Routine extended working hours during peak cycles; travel to school/unit sites acrossuniversity.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues andclients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility andvalue for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors basedon 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 theUniversity's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
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.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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