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Are you interested in being part of a dynamic financial team that is growing? Then please apply for our open Financial Analyst 3, Research position! 


Stanford University is seeking a Financial Analyst 3 to perform complex finance functions and activities with programmatic impact on the institution, requiring professional expertise and application of internal policies and systems and external regulations. This position will oversee the research section finances and related staff.


The Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine is seeking a Financial Analyst 3 to perform complex finance functions requiring advanced knowledge and application of internal policies, external regulations, precedents, and systems. Collaborate with the Office of Sponsored Research to ensure research accounts are set up, tracked, and invoiced appropriately.  In addition, responsibilities include ensuring all cost-sharing requirements are fulfilled and appropriate cost transfers are initiated and completed.  An ideal candidate will bring experience to our team, advise departmental leadership, and work collaboratively with other research management staff.


Duties include:

  • Perform highly analytical, complex finance control functions; multi-dimensional reconciliations and related analysis; prepare and/or review and approve higher-level transactions. 
  • Research, and synthesize data; interpolate results from large amounts of data, identify trends in data, draw conclusions, develop solutions, present and implement recommendations, and create follow up analysis.
  • Develop complex budget and forecasting scenarios, long-range planning and analyses for financial reporting and presentations; design and run ad hoc reports. 
  • Identify and resolve unique issues with substantial significance; recognize exceptions, and conduct in-depth analysis using advanced technical knowledge and experience. Recommend and develop solutions that may require policy changes or the development of new processes; maintain broader organizational and university perspective in decision making.
  • Review, design, and implement appropriate internal control programs, research new regulations, and implement approved changes. Manage compliance program for area of responsibility, interpret internal policy and external regulations, and create and/or review complex compliance reports.
  • Lead and execute unit or cross functional projects and teams, make decisions regarding projects and programs affecting operational effectiveness, policies, or processes. 
  • Engage in continuous critical analysis of existing systems and processes; make recommendations to achieve greater efficiencies and improve internal controls. Define requirements, develop and implement complex test cases, perform testing and analyze results.
  • Lead and support unit and organization strategy and change management initiatives. 
  • Provide training on new financial systems. 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. 
  • Assess client and business needs and formulate recommendations to determine approach to managing and completing processes.
  • May supervise, train, coach, and review the work of other staff, as needed. Contribute primarily through applying individual expertise.


* - Other duties may also be assigned



  • Familiarity with an academic environment and medical school and/or healthcare /clinical environment, and understanding of research and regulatory environment, clinical research, and related policies. 
  • Knowledge of Stanford systems is desirable but not required. 
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and trouble-shooting skills.
  • Works calmly under pressure, proactively.



  • Bachelor’s degree and six years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.



  • Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel.
  • Advanced knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning and financial systems; internet and computer literacy.
  • Knowledge of GAAP.
  • Advanced professional communication skills, including ability to prepare materials for and clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and management.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to contribute to or lead part of a multi-functional team.



  • Constantly sitting. 
  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, lift/carry objects weighing 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely reach/work above shoulder.


* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.



  • Routine extended working hours during peak cycles; travel to school/unit sites across university.



  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.


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