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Analyst, Finance Services

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Job ID: 12944

Updated: July 24, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

Finance Services is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Analyst, Finance Services.

Reporting to the Manager, Finance Services, the Analyst, Finance Services plays an important role in the delivery of finance support to the faculties/units. The incumbent is responsible for supporting the Finance Partner by assisting with all aspects of accounting, budgeting and forecasting for the faculty/unit, in compliance with the university's policy framework. The nature of work will result in the position being privy to confidential information such as human resource planning, salary information, and faculty or unit financial information. The role involves an ability to manage multiple and often conflicting priorities, simultaneous deadlines, and a rapidly evolving environment. The incumbent must work well under pressure and be able to communicate effectively with all levels of the institution and with external stakeholders.

This key position coordinates the delivery of financial services to the faculty/unit stakeholders while adhering to and promoting internal control and best practices and policies. Working with the Finance Partner, this position advises, coordinates and administers the operational aspects of financial processes within the faculty/unit and ensures these processes are effectively planned, coordinated and communicated across the faculty/unit. This position makes recommendations regarding the development of policies, processes and systems that would add value to Finance as well as the faculty/unit.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Support the management of the faculty/unit's budget and act as a contact in the faculty/unit for all finance and accounting related issues and follow up with key stakeholders as required
  • Coordinate the operational aspects of the financial processes within the faculty/unit to ensure these processes are effectively planned, coordinated and communicated across the faculty/unit
  • Respond to and resolve complex process issues, engaging the Finance Partner as required
  • Prepare monthly forecast and variance analysis for review by the Finance Partner, by consulting with department or unit managers, to determine planned use of resources within the budget framework
  • Compile and perform meaningful analysis for preparation of annual budget
  • Work in partnership with stakeholders to continuously seek to improve financial processes and procedures within the faculty/unit by working with finance process owners
  • Support the faculty/unit's resource allocation decision making process (including research, financial, personnel, capital, information technology, etc)
  • Assist with educating team members in the faculty/unit on finance process, budgeting, and planning
  • Stay current on trends and approaches to financial management and processes through continued professional development
  • Provide a wide variety of ad hoc reporting and financial analysis to enable timely and effective decision making within the faculty/unit
  • Provide advice of non-adherence to University policies and escalate when appropriate to ensure resolution

Relationship Management 

  • Foster and build collaborative, supportive relationships with assigned clients
  • Actively develop close partnerships with key client stakeholders, Finance Partner and service providers as well as other University of Calgary departments including Information Technology, Human Resources, and operational management
  • Contribute to the creation of operational plans to deliver the requirements for Finance within client environment

People Management

  • Recommend the operational use of Finance resources in providing the most effective and efficient delivery of financial services.

Change Leadership

  • Ability to initiate, implement and support new or modified approaches, practices and processes in the organization
  • Continually analyzes the change process and makes necessary adjustments to maximize effectiveness

Resource Management

  • Provide input into the faculty/unit business plans to determine resource requirements.

Risk Management

  • Contribute to an environment that fosters quality improvement and a culture of safety, dignity and respect for staff
  • Commit to continually improving health and safety performance through promotion of culture supporting hazard assessment, risk management, incident identification, reporting and correction, and compliance with applicable regulations, policies, and safe work practices

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Recent graduate or near completion of a professional accounting designation (CPA, CA, CMA or CGA) with a related university degree in business, finance, accounting or a related field
  • 5 or more years of extensive work experience in progressively more responsible role accounting functions including budgeting, and financial analysis
  • Excellent communicator with strong written and verbal skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and capable of building and maintaining productive and supportive working relationships
  • Proficient user of computer software applications, including large integrated enterprise resource planning systems, data warehousing and business intelligence tools, and spreadsheets
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired will be considered

Application Deadline:  May 30 2017. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is classified in the Professional Career Band, Level 2 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to become one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.



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