Brown University — Business Analyst

Job Description:

Brown’s Internal Consulting Group (ICG) is a project focused team that partners cross-functionally within the Finance Division and across the University to plan and execute financial, operational and strategic projects, creating less reliance on University staff and external consultants. ICG provides expertise in financial modeling, financial planning and analysis, cost analysis, project coordination and management, sponsored research budgeting, and process improvement.

The Business Analyst is a member of the Internal Consulting Group within the Finance Division. As a vital contributor to the Finance Division, this role will work closely with other members of the ICG team to support Finance Division leadership (Office of Financial Strategy and Planning, Controller’s Office, Treasury, Workday Programs) with ad hoc and special projects to enhance multiple business and financial solutions critical to the success of the University’s financial operations goals. These functions provide a platform for many key financial planning and reporting activities, including operational budgeting and forecasting, interim reporting, multi-year financial planning, tuition/enrollment/financial aid planning, internal cash flow reporting, capital planning, F&A base rate calculations, and tax-exempt bond compliance.

The Business Analyst is expected to foster strong relationships with ICG project partners to identify opportunities for functional solutions that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes and financial operations. The position assists ICG and financial leadership in transitioning strategic projects into an operational status and provides analysis support for emerging strategic projects

Major Responsibility:   Project Operationalization and Transition 40%

Supporting Actions:

  • Primarily responsible for the refresh and reconciliation process for ICG generated files that have been incorporated into standard operational processes;
  • Documenting current processes into standard operating procedures; and
  • Working with project partners to transition files, processes, and appropriate reconciliations to business process owners

Major Responsibility: Support system testing and development for current and new operational systems 30%

Supporting Actions:

  • Assist in the evaluation of current systems, processes, and reporting;
  • Working with ICG team and larger finance team to evaluate best practices and
  • Support project teams in the development, testing, and roll-out of new systems and processes

Major Responsibility: Provide support to ICG leadership for emerging strategic projects 20%

Supporting Actions:

  • Support the team on emerging strategic projects identified by senior and finance leadership, including
    • Performing initial data collection and analysis
    • Engaging in process mapping and review;
    • Gathering feedback and prioritizing requirements
    • Building preliminary, draft models and mock-ups

Major Responsibility:  Project Management and Administration 10%

Supporting Actions:

  • Gathering project requirements; drafting preliminary timelines and scope; tracking project progress and achievements; documenting key action items and responsible parties.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of 1-3 years relevant work experience required
  • Project management certification or experience preferred

Job Competencies

  • Strong computing skills including Excel and financial reporting
  • Demonstrated strong technical and analytical abilities.
  • Experience identifying inefficiencies and recommending solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize information for multiple audiences. Must demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated strong customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to support multiple high priority initiatives in a fast-paced environment to meet critical deadlines.
  • Attention to detail and superb organization skills
  • Able to work independently and within small and large cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment

Background Checks: Criminal and Education Verification

In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site. 

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Job Posting Title:
Business Analyst

Office of the Vice President for Finance

Grade 9

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Full time

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Position Classification:
Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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