Senior Financial Analyst

Department/Agency of position: 
Western Washington University
Location of position: 
Bellingham, WA
Commensurate with experience
Date Posted: 
Monday, August 4, 2014
Closing Date: 
Monday, September 1, 2014
Job Description: 

The Senior Financial Analyst is responsible for applying a high level of critical thinking, analysis, and consultative skills in the fulfillment of the University’s internal and external financial reporting and auditing, internal control objectives and accounting system design and operation. This is an advanced finance position, serving as the subject matter expert to drive complex, strategy-based work.

 Position Responsibilities:

• Prepare the university financial statements and coordinate auxiliary annual financial statements.

• Develop financial reports in collaboration with campus departments, division budget officers, and senior management to include trend, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) dashboards, variance, and cost analysis. Reports will be recurring (monthly, quarterly, etc.) or ad hoc.

• Coordinate all external audit activities through the entire audit, including conducting and documenting entrance and exit interviews and preparing responses to audit findings or issues.

• Participate in all audit departmental fieldwork, providing interpretation of the auditor's needs to departmental personnel.

• Coordinate all BFA internal and external follow-up audits ensuring recommendations follow best-in-class implementations.

• Manage Chart of Accounts (including redesign of General and Sub-Ledger role-ups) to ensure it follows the appropriate structure to extract accurate data; train campus and administrative departments on appropriate input to ensure the quality and accuracy of financial data recorded in the general and operating ledgers.

• Provide consultation with key stakeholders to assess and identify departmental accounting service needs.

• Develop process improvement procedures to improve operational efficiency.

• Lead special accounting projects and studies, including integration of the accounting controls and Accounts Payable in the Procure to Pay (Banner project) and other systems integration. Initiate, prioritize, and implement process change requirements based on the critical project needs.

• Prepare and analyze Facilities & Administrative Cost Recovery proposal.

• Serve as backup for other Accounting personnel.


Required Qualifications:

• Bachelor's degree

• CPA or Master’s degree in Business or Accounting (or attained by end of 2015)

• Five years of experience in the preparation, presentation, and analysis of financial statements • Five years of senior level financial analyst experience, including business process analysis • Five years system experience (ERP or complex accounting system) • Demonstrated ability to apply critical thinking, analytical and consultative skills • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to speak effectively with management and external auditors.