As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for five consecutive years. Finance Shared Services has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Financial Analyst. The Senior Financial Analyst is responsible for high-level financial data management and analysis with a primary focus on leading financial analysis for the VP of Finance, Shared Services, and all reporting units. Working closely with the Director of Finance the Senior Financial Analyst requires excellent skills in gathering, analyzing, and reporting financial data, often originating from multiple sources.This position is an integral member of the Finance team and must be adaptable, flexible, and able to manage a high volume of work. Position requires an innovative, creative, highly motivated, team-oriented individual. Requires a proactive and positive business approach focused on meeting current and future needs where data and knowledge derived from data will play a critical role in executive-level decision-making. The position must meet challenges with resourcefulness and innovation, respond effectively when dealing with tight deadlines, make sound independent judgments, and work proactively. This position reports to the Director of Finance, who is the key Finance departmental administrator for the Finance organization. The Senior Financial Analyst serves as subject matter expert for financial and fiscal analyses, has significant responsibility in campus-wide projects (e.g. HRP & Finance Transformation recharge model), develops Finance policies and procedures, oversight of biennium close activities, and back-up support for key operational processes. UW Finance has a complex funding model involving a variety of components: Central resources from General and Designated Operating Funds (GOF and DOF), self-sustaining funds, agency funds, gift funds, and as well as specific designated project funds. The Financial Analyst role supports operations, reporting and management of our multiple sources of funds. Finance is a large and diverse organization that provides many central systems including: Ariba, ProCard, Student Database, Grant Tracker, Workday HRP and the new Workday Financial Transformation system. Business units that reside within Finance include Procurement Services, Creative Communications, Public Records / Records Management, Integrated Services Center, Travel, Tax Office, Grant & Contract Accounting, Financial Accounting, Equipment Inventory Office, Management Accounting Analysis, Treasury, and Finance Transformation. While there are many formal policies to be followed, there are many new and uncharted areas requiring critical analyses and balancing risk and return to the University. On-demand requests often involve high-level analyses with a quick turnaround so that senior leadership can advise the UW President and Provost, especially during the legislative season and times of economic turmoil. This individual must have an in-depth knowledge of the complexities surrounding the UW financial data (e.g., different funding sources) in order to provide accurate and pertinent analyses.Responsibilities: AnalystHigh-level Analyst responsible for financial data management and analysis with a primary focus on supporting Finance leadership. Gathering, analyzing, and reporting financial data, often originating from multiple sources. Position requires an innovative, creative, highly motivated, team-oriented individual. Operate from a proactive and positive business approach, focused on meeting current and future needs where data and knowledge derived from data will play a critical role in executive-level decision-making.*Use advanced features of applications such as Excel, SQL Server analysis tools, Tableau, Access and/or other similar applications to extract and analyze large volumes of data, to include formatting to suit various audiences.*Use UW administrative system tools including, for example, MyFD, Workday, and Office of Planning & Budgeting database, and the Enterprise Data Warehouse to extract and download system data for analysis.*Works collaboratively with process collaborates, peers and leaders. Oversee and deliver data extraction and analysis to the VP of Finance.*Primary partner in developing financial pro forma for multiple units across UW Finance. Monthly, quarterly, and yearly report out to VP/AVP's of Finance and Directors:oUse detailed knowledge of data mining within UW Financial System and in-depth understanding of how to interpret and use data to produce viable and accurate financial reports. oWork collaboratively and in partnership with VP/AVP and Director level positions across Finance and ability to take the lead in guiding other analysts.oUse deep knowledge of UW funding sources to analyze total sources and uses of funds across an array of Finance units that have varying operational models.oWork independently to research key contractual obligations and stability of funding sources to make recommendations to Finance Director and VP/AVPs regarding maximizing resources. oUse deep knowledge of software programs to maintain document credibility.oProvide holistic financial review of AVP units and VP aggregate view. *Lead efforts in the creation of Finance Annual Budget Package for submission to the Provost, including collecting financial information to support narrative and oversight of format and text editing.*Review and maintain budget-to-actuals reports that aggregate business units to VP Finance summary.*Create ad-hoc reports that help businesses address their financial questions and/or root-cause problem-solving.*Heavy involvement in organization-wide process and policy changes. This may include managing salary increases, developing auditing and reporting to provide to VP/AVP and Director Level to inform of changes and/or impact to bottom line.*Significant involvement in the annual merit increase process.*Significant involvement in fiscal year-end and biennium close process. *Develop, maintain, and improve Finance recharge center rates and programs (e.g. HRP, Finance Transformation). Include outreach and supporting department leaders across campus.*Manage and modify existing database applications and other programming applications as needed. Develop reports and present data for special projects as assigned.*Oversee budgetary responsibilities for special project funds. Responsibilities include understanding the business purpose, strategy, and drivers for each project and working with managers to develop pro forma budgets, review variance reports, and manage on-going expenditures.*Assist Finance leadership to implement any re-org activities related to budget and procurement.*Assist Finance leadership in developing and implementing dashboard, key business and financial metrics and/or productivity platforms.*Assist Finance leadership in the development of policies and procedures to maintain and improve adherence to university, state, and federal rules and regulations*Design & build operational best-practices across Finance and UWFiscal Oversight and Special ProjectsProvide leadership for procurement-related activities across Finance - purchasing compliance, and budget reconciliations as directed by the Director of Finance. These duties may include:*Lead implementation of payroll increases and funding changes (e.g., increases, decreases, permanent, temporary), in Workday and BGT as appropriate.*Provide oversight to ensure departmental processes and procedures comply with UW Records Retention Policies.*Develop sophisticated tools that enable automating formally manually processes and increase departmental efficiency.*Provide fiscal leadership to program initiatives including tracking of sponsorship commitments, cash transmittals, expense transfers, and providing reporting of fund balance.*Manage ARIBA process for Finance units (e.g. training, contract setup, compliance/funding approver, reimbursements, etc.). *Responsible for ASTRA delegation and training of new staff as appropriate.*Lead effort in the coordinating and management of SharePoint and OneDrive group access, communication, and policy and procedure development for Finance.*Continually identify opportunity for improvement or gaps in business processes across Finance. Work to develop and implement process improvements.*Ability to manage and execute projects from start to finish as assigned.*Assist in driving process change across Finance.*Serve as compliance, organization, and funding approver as needed*Special projects as assignedAs a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.Required*Bachelor's Degree in finance, accounting, business or related field and 6 years' experience solving complex fiscal problems. *Demonstrated experience in analyzing and presenting financial information originating from multiple, large volume sources, using basic statistical methods where needed. *Working knowledge of financial planning, basic accounting, reconciliation and monitoring of expenditure cycle times, spending patterns and forecasting. *Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, and analysis skills. *Strong data mining skills. *Highly proficient in a variety of financial and database management software applications including Excel and Access. Proficient with Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Visio)*Team player*Open & entrepreneurial mindset *Role-models behavior*Ability to flex and succeed in both a structured and unstructured environment *High degree of professionalism, integrity, and ownership needed; must be customer-committed and results-oriented. Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.Desired*MBA (Accounting/Finance) and/or CPA*Familiarity with a variety of UW systems and policies, especially related to budgets, payroll/HR, procurement, travel (e.g. BGT, Workday, ASTRA, MyFD, ProCard, EDW, Financial Cubes, etc.).*Familiarity with UW policies and procedures (e.g. records retention, food approval, allowable costs, etc.)*Working knowledge of modern BI Tools (e.g. Tableau, PowerBI, SQL Studio, etc.)*Has worked in a central-administration or Shared Services roleApplication Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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