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Senior Financial Analyst

Harvard University

Senior Financial Analyst
Harvard Library

Job Summary
Facilitate diverse financial analysis for a school/unit and assist department management with their financial planning efforts, budget analysis and monthly reporting.

Core Duties
  • Provide analytical and quantitative analysis to support decisions related to the preparation of the annual budget, mid-year forecasts and multi-year financial plans
  • Develop reporting for use in financial planning
  • May function as subject matter expert and/or project lead
  • Advise unit/school on financial questions (e.g., endowment planning, sponsored awards, and capital planning considerations) in support of financial processes
  • Design and deliver presentations that educate School leadership on key financial issues
  • Work closely with other groups within the school/unit finance area to better understand University-wide financial management issues that inform planning, reporting and analysis
  • Provide staff mentoring and training
  • Ensure financial compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations

Additional Responsibilities
Specific responsibilities include:
  • Support the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis in driving financial processes and preparing submissions for the Harvard Library and Harvard College Library including:
    • Annual budget process
    • Mid-year forecasts
    • Multi-year financial plans
    • Multi-year capital plans
    • Monthly and quarterly management reporting and analysis
    • Grant and Gift budgeting and financial reporting
  • Partner with designated departments providing full financial support including creating budgets and forecasts at org unit levels as well as project and fund level budgets, understanding staffing activities, understanding actual to budget variances as well as owning any decision support and ad-hoc analysis
  • Provide analytical and quantitative analysis to support critical decisions, resource allocations and fees/pricing
    • Identify, extract, synthesize and/or develop needed data
    • Determine methods and procedures for analytics
    • Build and amend models related to operations, budgeting and decision making
    • Synthesize and quality control findings
    • Develop recommendations and document assumptions and findings
  • Own and drive FTE related-management, reporting and analysis including:
    • Reconcile and maintain FTE's in HUBS
    • Monthly FTE reporting and analysis
  • Perform additional ad-hoc financial analysis as needed to inform library leadership and to aid in decision-making
  • Contributes to the overall goals of the department as appropriate
Provide support as needed to further the integration of the Harvard Library and Harvard College Library finance organization.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 7 years' relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications
  • MBA or Master's degree in relevant field preferred
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Advanced knowledge of budget management, financial analysis and financial modeling; working knowledge of accounting principles
  • experience with financial systems and data query tools

Working Conditions
  • Work is performed in an office setting

Additional Information
Additional Information:

As a member of the Harvard Library Finance team and reporting to the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, the Sr. Financial Analyst will provide direct support in preparing fiscal year budgets, mid-year forecasts as well as monthly management reporting and analysis for the Harvard Library and Harvard College Library. The Sr. Financial Analyst will be the financial partner to a designated subset of the Shared Services and libraries, providing a full range of financial support including reporting, budgeting and forecasting, as well as project and fund level budgets as needed. This position will also provide key decision support including creating/updating financial models and operational analysis.

Key attributes required include outstanding analytical and problem solving skills, accountability for results, strong partnership and collaboration, attention to detail, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and proven ability to work well with others in a team setting.

Diversity Statement:

At the Harvard Library, our work is enriched by our diverse campus community. Our unique and wide-ranging abilities, experiences, and perspectives are integral to achieving Harvard University's mission of excellence in research, teaching, and learning for our patrons, our collections, and our workplace. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success.

We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply to be a part of our community of over 700 staff members. Our work with faculty, students and researchers to explore answers to intellectual questions, enduring and new, and to seek solutions to the world's most consequential problems, requires that we not only reflect, but also champion our diverse society.

A global leader, the Harvard Library is a pre-eminent research library that acquires, disseminates, and preserves knowledge. Harvard's Library holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding inventories of digital resources. It is the work of the Harvard Library to provide the University's faculty, students, and researchers-now and in the future-with comprehensive access over time to all of these materials.

Learn more about our contributions to the academic enterprise by visiting us at and about the Harvard University community at .

The Harvard Library is a proud member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance.

Job Function

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USA - MA - Cambridge

Harvard Library Financial Planning and Analysis

Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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Criminal, Education, Identity

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.