Financial Operations Analyst

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Aug 21, 2020
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Financial Operations Analyst

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
The Office of Financial Planning, Strategy, and Analytics seeks a financial operations analyst to monitor and forecast unit budgets, inform long-range planning, measure administrative performance, and improve operational efficiency in support of advancing the academic plan known as Northeastern 2025. The financial operations analyst will implement an array of financial, mathematical, statistical, modeling, programming, and visualization techniques to convert financial and administrative data into actionable insights and options for management.

Northeastern University employs two budget models. One is a high-level budget which looks at total revenue & total expense and tracks financial performance at the highest level of aggregation. This management report is used regularly to assess university financial performance and is a vital management tool. The second model is a Responsibility Center Management-based budget which evaluates unit performance at a much more granular level. These two models are linked (and must tie) to each other, but are different in significant ways. The employee also supports a portfolio of colleges and operating units in their annual budgeting and quarterly forecasting efforts. This position will play a role in developing the annual university operating budget. The employee will develop reports and evaluate data crucial to the appropriate oversight of university financial results, and will assist financial managers around the university in resolving financial issues as they arise. The incumbent is in frequent contact with financial administrators around the university and will interact regularly with colleagues both in the schools and colleges, and in the central financial administration. The position is a customer focused role.

Strong, contemporary computing skills are required, including knowledge of at least one of the most common Business Intelligence software suites (preferably IBM/Cognos), as well as experience working with at least one common ERP software suite (preferably Banner/Ellucian). In-depth knowledge of accounting and finance is also required. Specific knowledge expected:

  • 4 -6 years of applicable work experience in finance, accounting, analytics, data science, business intelligence, preferably in higher education

  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems by asking the right questions, thinking creatively, developing algorithms, testing, and iterating

  • Advanced knowledge of accounting and finance required.

  • Capable of thinking strategically and tactically about Northeastern 2025 to support its goals

  • Experience with business intelligence tools (e.g., Cognos, Argos, Tableau, Excel)

  • Strong customer service orientation characterized by responsiveness and tact;

  • Experience with ad hoc query tools, and the ability to develop queries from scratch;

  • Experience building multi-variant planning models and the skills needed to facilitate the development of such models at Northeastern;

  • Experience with business process analysis, and the ability to convert business analyses to report


  • Ability to work both freely and as a collaborative team member

    A Bachelor's Degree is required for this position. The position requires 4-6 years of relevant experience. Knowledge of contemporary financial reporting tools is required. The successful candidate will have excellent customer relations skills.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Experience in a not-for-profit environment employing fund accounting is desirable.

    Knowledge of enrollment-related data and its interpretation desired.

    An advanced degree in accounting, finance, statistics, mathematics, data science, computer science, economics, or other quantitative research discipline is preferred.

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    Additional Information:
    A criminal background check is required for this position.

    Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

    All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

    To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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