Senior Finance Strategic Business Advisor - Strategic Initiatives (REMOTE) 16986
The Finance Operations unit of Strategic Initiatives at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Senior Finance Strategic Business Advisor (Business Planning Officer) position. The Senior Finance Strategic Business Advisor (SBA) supports unit Executive leadership in strategic financial planning and goal setting to enhance and promote growth within the unit. The Senior Finance SBA provides a deep functional expertise in the areas of long-term financial planning and budgeting, ensuring unit Executive leadership maintains a knowledge of financial activities and expectations for the unit and can be confident about financial decisions made for the unit. The Senior SBA frequently engages with the Division of Finance, Talent and Culture and teams in the Shared Service Center. This position manages functional projects and other initiatives independently and acts in a backup capacity for AFP unit leadership as needed. Stays informed on financial policy, plans and programs as well as state and other regulatory updates. This position also provides Tier 3 inquiry support (phone, email, and chat) to employee/customers regarding unit specific financial policies, plans and processes. This position is responsible for building relationships within the college/school or unit(s) served and developing a culture centered on delivering excellent customer service. This position is 100% remote!
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Create annual budget for the unit(s) supported at a divisional level and provides recommendations to align divisional goals with fiscal year budget planning. Submits it to the Budget Planning office in the Division of Finance.
Review variance budget reports with unit(s) Executive leadership independently and addresses any potential funding concerns and offers suggested solutions as corrective measures.
Develop quarterly and multi-year forecasting for unit with a variety of inputs and projections; shares forecasts with Executive leadership and the Division of Finance.
Develop quarterly division-level financial reports and discusses them with unit Executive leadership independently and provides analysis on budget utilization. Works with Shared Services leadership to correct errors or discrepancies found during reconciliation process.
Frequently engage with the Division of Finance, Talent and Culture, HR Partners, Shared Service leadership, and others to ensure complex questions are resolved.
Provide escalated inquiry support (phone, email, and chat/IM) to employees that have contacted the shared services regarding unit specific policies, plans and processes.
Effectively use case management and knowledgebase tools to resolve, log, track and escalate employee inquiries escalated to the unit.
Work closely with the Unit Executive and Senior Finance Leadership on complex special projects with an institutional impact. Serves as a subject matter expert for unit on financial project teams.
Ensure project activities are planned and prioritized appropriately balancing project and ongoing support needs with project leaders, cross functionally as needed.
As a subject matter expert, influence project decision where appropriate, to improve the customer experience and/or improve efficiency.
Provide input and recommended solutions for Administrative Financial Planning (AFP) financial and budgeting process development in consultation with AFP leadership.
WVU provides competitive wages for its employees, and takes related experience and education into consideration when determining appropriate salary.
Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field. Or an equivalent combination of education and directly related experience.
Master's degree in Business Administration, or related field preferred.
At least five (5) years of experience in the following:
Professional-level work experience in finance, accounting, and/or fiscal management
Experience using a financial EFP, e.g. Oracle
Established expertise in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Cetified Public Accountant (CPA) preferred.
Ability to inspire teamwork and collaboration across functional areas.
Ability to exercise appropriate judgement to resolve budgeting and other financial issues and determine the appropriate course of action to resolve a customer issue.
Possesses strong customer service and communication skills typically acquired through prior work in a customer service setting.
Demonstrated ability to research and apply critical thinking skills to resolve complex issues related to financial projections and budgeting.
Ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with other service team members in the unit, central Finance, Talent and Culture and the Shared Services Center other campus.
Ability to identify and address areas of continuous improvement.
Effective organizational skills.
Knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws.
Demonstrated experience in the use of Microsoft Office Professional software, especially Word, Excel, Access PowerPoint and Visio.
At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.
From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley -- the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.
Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: Jun 4, 2021
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 229923
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.