Senior Financial Analyst - Stanford University

Accounting / Finance Redwood City, California


Another Source’s client, Stanford University, is recruiting a Financial Analyst to join the Land, Buildings & Real Estate team.  This position is located at the new Redwood City campus; home to 2,700 Stanford Staff. 

Here's a little about Stanford University and the position they are seeking to fill:

Welcome to Land, Buildings & Real Estate:

Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) is the operational core of Stanford University’s physical campus. LBRE constructs and maintains the Stanford campus, where advancements across the academic spectrum are made possible. Our work is founded upon the collective value of dedication, innovation, expertise, teamwork, and continuous improvement. We are committed to serving the university’s academic mission, as well as preserving and enhancing Stanford’s 8,180 acres, and pride ourselves on supporting the teaching and research of the university as “Caretakers of a Legacy."

Who We Are:

Finance & Administration provides the foundation for Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) operations including budgets, capital funding coordination and documentation, information technology systems, authority and approvals, internal controls, compliance, accounting and reporting and human resources for LBRE. We are the liaison with other university financial departments, Research Administration, Human Resources, the Cabinet and Board of Trustees.

Who you are:

You have a passion for all things math, systems and business. You realized that Finance perfectly blends these together and this is why you pursued a career in Finance! You are also a financial analyst who is highly analytical and communicates effectively with anyone within an organization. You possess strong interpersonal communication skills both written and verbal. You have a proven track record of using analysis to influence decision-making, and can successfully articulate insights and outcomes to executives and peers. That means that you can take financial data and translate that into a story that is understandable for our non-technical staff and leave the financial jargon out of it when necessary.

You are more than comfortable with technology, both financial systems and non-financial systems. You have used Adaptive Planning before, but even if you haven’t, that’s ok because you have the agility to learn new things and require minimal supervision after that. You embrace technology as you realize that it is a perfect complement to financial data analysis.

Proactive monitoring of transactions is second nature to you, not only that but you are able to interpret internal policies, rules and compliance along with external regulations to ensure that the proper action is taken. You understand the importance of strong internal controls and use that knowledge to make processes better.

You can Identify and resolve unique issues with substantial significance; recognize exceptions, conduct in-depth analysis using advanced technical knowledge and experience.  You possess excellent excel skills and use it creatively to analyze data, develop complex budget and planning scenarios.

You like to share your knowledge with others because you thrive in a collaborative environment. While you may be new to a role or even new to using a system, once you learn it, you enjoy sharing that knowledge with team members.

You are meticulously detail oriented, insatiably curious, and full of integrity.

Who will you support:

There are many departments at LBRE, but your primary role would be to provide financial support to Stanford Transportation and its various sub-departments. Stanford Transportation manages Stanford’s award-winning Transportation Demand Management program, which includes Stanford’s Commute Club, free Marguerite shuttle, transit and car-free options, bicycle program, and parking operations.

What work will you do: 

  • Perform and design ad hoc analyses of large complex data sets: reconcile complex accounts. Identify and resolve complex issues which may span multiple areas.
  • Construct and assemble data for budgeting and decision making; develop conclusions, and present high level summary of recommendations. Develop annual budget for individual department/unit.
  • Conduct analysis and resolution, and recognize exceptions. Participate in developing solutions that may require policy changes or the development of new processes; maintain broader organizational perspective in decision making.
  • Develop reports and presentations of complex financial data and metrics for management and third parties.
  • Participate as a member of a project team; support new initiatives. Make decisions determining approach to managing and completing processes.
  • Contribute to unit and organization strategy; assist in the development of change management plans and materials as needed.
  • Using report data, assess client and business needs, and formulate recommendations to determine approach to managing and completing processes, achieve greater efficiencies and improve internal controls. Performed on a continuous basis
  • Develop and maintain desktop procedures and process documentation for area of responsibility.
  • Define requirements, develop and implement complex test cases, perform system testing and analyze results.
  • Participate in critical analysis of existing systems and processes and identify opportunities for process improvement.
  • Provide consulting advice to client group(s); serve as a resource on matters that require specific technical, financial, or subject matter expertise; support negotiations with external partners.
  • May supervise, train, coach, and review the work of other staff, as needed. Contribute primarily through applying individual expertise.
  • Research, and synthesize data; interpolate results from large amounts of data, identify trends in variance analysis. Understand the story behind why things are changing – use the data to create the story to be shared with stakeholders in a manner that can be understood by [translate the finance jargon into understandable language]
  • Represent organization to client group(s) and external partners; serve as subject matter expert on matters that involve complex technical, financial, or subject matter expertise.
  • This and many other financial adventures await your arrival…

**Additional duties as applicable to the role

What we are looking for:

  • You have a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Accounting or Economics and four years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • You are proficient with excel – advanced formula use.
  • Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel.
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial systems and aptitude to learn new systems
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Proven ability to perform with a high degree of accuracy under tight deadlines and ability to effectively multitask.

Preferred but not required:

  • Proficiency with Oracle systems in general
  • Proficiency with Adaptive Planning
  • CPA license

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy.

Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • Legacy and Innovation. Our new state-of-the-art campus in Redwood City is a vibrant workplace with many great amenities to take in across our 35–acre site. Attend a meeting in our new multi–faceted conference rooms. Or get in a great workout at our impressive 28,000 square–foot Recreation & Wellness Center complete with a six–lane rooftop pool and indoor basketball court.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts, and more!


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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