Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.
As a part of SCL and within the Office of the Vice President unit, the SCL Business Service Center (BSC) provides centralized financial, accounting, reporting, payroll, and analytical services to all of the units and business partners within the SCL Division. This team of financial and reporting specialists ensure that all of the business units within the SCL portfolio are operating in alignment with university best practices related to financial stewardship and business transactions. Serving a broad range of customers and clientele across multiple diverse business platforms, the SCL-BSC is laser-focused on ensuring the accuracy and efficiency of financial data input and working closely with the units they serve to provide expert financial advice and guidance.
With a focus on business analytics, metrics, reporting, and data management, the Sr. Financial Data Analyst helps our key leaders monitor the performance of the division and its units and make critical decisions by working to build scalable solutions to complex problems, rooted in data and analytics.This position will build financial models to support annual and long range planning processes, investigate variances, operating and financial trends, and help identify opportunities to improve performance.The Sr. Financial Data Analyst will use financial models (including scenario planning) to guide the SCL division, influencing and optimizing decision making.To accomplish this, the Sr. Financial Data Analyst will extract financial and operational data from various business and information systems and will interpret the data for the purpose of determining past financial performance and projecting future financial estimates.The position will serve as a project manager for the development of dashboards and scorecards for departments within SCL, partnering extensively with teams across the organization to assist them with developing scorecards and metrics to manage their units.This role will liaise with Information Technology teams across campus to explore tools and solutions related to presentation & visualization of data. Through this work, this individual plays a key role in ensuring internal partnerships within the division and across the university, and ensures that annual capital long-range planning and budgeting processes are well supported and enhanced
The successful Sr. Financial Data Analyst will:
Continuously develop a deep understanding of the reporting environment, its tools, the stakeholders, and required deliverables.
Know funding sources and uses within the division, and regularly deliver helpful insights to management and key leaders.
Demonstrate leadership skills in managing goals through collaboration and teamwork.
Build models, reports and dashboards that are useful, relevant and easy to understand and use
Ask the right questions to quickly interpret customer's needs and translates those needs into intuitive deliverables that add value, are flexible and user friendly
Leverage strong financial and reporting acumen to identify trends and key performance indicators
Extrapolate requirements and information from non-technical users
Manage complex data sets and build timely insightful tools and financial models for a broad population of users.
Work independently and prioritize multiple deliverables within a rapidly changing environment, while simultaneously exercising sound judgement and enhanced creativity
Be inquisitive and tenacious
Is methodical and meticulous to ensure data and output is reliable and constantly validated
Bachelor's degree or equivalent, with concentrations in Finance/Accounting, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics or Business, with at least 5 years of relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience
Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
Working knowledge of finance and accounting
Understanding of descriptive, predictive, prescriptive analytics
High comfort-level with computational tools and a high degree of abstract thinking to analyze problems
Ability to collect, model and structure data, test hypotheses and produce deliverables with guidance from team members. Execution may require judgment, critical thinking skills and initiative
Familiarity with Business Intelligence (BI) tools such as Tableau, Oracle Hyperion or Cognos
Comfortable with data architecture, SQL and relational databases
Thrive in a changing, dynamic fast-paced environment, and embrace ambiguity
Strong verbal and written communication skills; must be comfortable with offering suggestions for improvement when appropriate
Team oriented with effective interpersonal skills and a customer service orientation with the ability to communicate complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences across all levels of the organization
Strong work ethic and integrity, willing to do what it takes to get the job done well
High level of initiative, with an eagerness to learn
Ability to prioritize, handle multiple tasks simultaneously and adhere to confidentiality with regard to sensitive data
MBA or Master's degree; more than 7 years of experience in a relevant job field
Experience working within a university environment and/or exposure to a collegiate business environment
Skilled in use of Oracle BI, Tableau, or ACL
Knowledge of Longview, Kuali Financial Systems, Workday, or other similar business applications
Strong analytical skills and experienced with large, complex data sets
Experience leading financial analytics projects
Experience building dashboards/scorecards in multiple tools and socializing the product with user base. Evidence of consistent use by customers.
Previous development, dissemination and support of user dashboard and reporting tools
Demonstrated success in creating, implementing, or influencing budget models, financial tools, and/or business management tools
Prior work experience with student services organizations, retail, housing, dining or other enterprise business operations, or the non-for-profit sector
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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Finance Specialist IV
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