Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona, United States

Sr Dir Finance & Planning

Posted 28 days ago · Full time · $140,000.00 - $165,000.00 Annually

Job Description

Sr Dir Finance & Planning

Arizona State University

Univ Business Svcs Admin

Campus: Tempe


Job Description

University Business Services (UBS) is seeking a highly skilled and driven business finance professional with expertise in financial planning, reporting and analysis of all controllable financial statements. 

In this pivotal role, you'll serve as the catalyst, collaborating closely with department heads and university leadership to spearhead the business planning process. You'll not only shape the development of innovative new business plans but also participate in crafting annual operating plans, strategic financial blueprints, and dynamic quarterly forecasts, utilizing diverse inputs to model future scenarios with precision.

Individual will drive the development of a financial and operational strategy with metrics tied to the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve organization assets and report accurate financial results.

Candidates with professional skills in financial planning, analysis, modeling, financial and operational strategy, forecasting, and assessment are encouraged to apply. Skills in influencing, collaboration, management and business case development are essential.

Salary Range

$140,000 - $165,000 per year, DOE

Close Date


Essential Duties

  • Proactively analyzes internal and third-party data sources to project the business impact of trends.
  • Makes recommendations for action to unit leadership based on those trends. Provides financial analysis and predictive analysis to senior leadership on key business components.
  • Evaluates existing financial models for opportunities to increase revenue and decrease expenses; makes recommendations to improve financial stewardship.
  • Delivers weekly, monthly and quarterly financial presentations to unit senior leadership - forward and backward looking.
  • Engages and communicates complex financial issues, results and metrics with unit leadership in a simple and customer friendly manner.
  • Develops a team of strategic finance experts; develop a staffing plan that enables the team to become financial experts and an integral part (trusted advisor) of the area they are supporting.
  • Supervises the preparation of complex financial statements/reports, technical analyses, reconciliations and financial projections for both internal and external distribution.
  • Advises leadership and other personnel on complex accounting and financial processing matters including development of alternatives for discussion.
  • Communicates and aligns key internal stakeholders on forecast assumptions and outputs including qualifying the results based on the strength of the data.
  • Oversees the design and development of systems and procedures to manage the processing of a wide variety of financial transactions.
  • Establishes accounting policies, procedures, and operations consistent with current laws and university policies; monitors compliance with approved policies and procedures.
  • Plans and coordinates financial system and other technology initiatives.
  • Consults with university administration and departmental personnel regarding budgetary execution, control and financial projections.
  • May serve as a university officer authorized to sign, in the name of the university, on checks or other transactions paid from university funds.
  • Represents the organization and serves on various department and university committees.
  • Serves as a representative of the University at state, regional, and national organizations, boards, councils, and committees as assigned.
  • Responsible for people management elements of finance employees including hiring, performance evaluations, discipline, etc.
  • Promotes University Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity goals and objectives.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned and/or required.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, or related field and eight (8) years of experience in professional accounting, including five (5) years of people leadership experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) strongly desired
  • Experience developing robust business plans including developing a model P&L
  • Experience with forecasting and sales operations planning
  • Experience with market analysis and outsourcing
  • Experience synthesizing complex information into an executive summary
  • Experience preparing and presenting financial and predictive analysis to executive leadership

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts
  • Communicate to perform essential functions
  • Use standard office equipment such as computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals
  • Receive regular review of performance for achievement of established objectives

Department Statement

University Business Services (UBS) supports the New American University's vision of excellence, access, and impact by providing business services and solutions to the university. UBS is comprised of departments including Supply Chain, Parking and Transit Services, Auxiliary Business Services, Risk Management Services, Environmental Health and Safety, Physical Security Initiatives and Emergency Management, and Sustainability Practices.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States; ASU and University Business Services will not provide

sponsorship for employment.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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