Financial Analyst

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Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is currently seeking an experienced Financial Analyst in the Financial Planning & Analysis Department to support Central Services. This position will be a key participant in providing value-added financial/business information and analysis and recommendations for the Institution. The Financial Analyst position will provide routine reporting & analytical support to management and will assist with the annual budget and interim forecasts, including the budgeting system administration and maintenance.  This position has a flexible work arrangement, and can be either hybrid or remote. This is a regular, full-time position, and is eligible for benefits.

Essential Functions

Financial Planning

  • Assist with the facilitation and coordination of the annual budget process and interim forecasts
  • Provide financial support with the consolidation, reporting, analysis and presentation of the budget,  interim forecasts, and routine monitoring of actual spending
  • Assist with the development and enhancement of automated reporting and modeling tools for use with Cognos Analytics, including Planning Analytics
  • Provide support to budget and department managers on Cognos system and the overall planning processes through exceptional customer service

 Financial Reporting & Analysis

  • Assist with financial reporting including tracking, monitoring, and analyzing institutional financial data
  • Maintain key indicators in evaluating financial status of the Institution and provide periodic supportive analytic and interpretive reports
  • Assist with the development of new reporting, analytical and forecasting tools to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of decision making for the Institution
  • Assist with the development of financial models to support ad hoc requests and to identify opportunities for appropriate changes based on analysis
  • Assist with reporting and analytical support for Board Meetings, business reviews, and presentations to Management

System & Project Support

  • Assist with Cognos Analytics system support including creating and maintaining user security, dimensions, hierarchies, and cube-based reporting
  • Assist in developing/enhancing automated reporting, analytical, and forecasting tools that support the current and future needs of the Institution
  • Assist with identifying issues and providing technical solutions for users related to Cognos
  • Maintain Cognos processes & system documentation as well as end-user training materials
  • Ensure the accuracy, completeness and integrity of the Cognos database
  • Assist with integration of the Cognos database into the Institution’s ERP system
  • Assist with other automation and system enhancements as needed

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or Accounting required
  • At least 3 years of financial analysis related experience, preferably in academic, research or non-profit organizations
  • Cognos TM1/Cognos Analytics experience strongly preferred 
  • Experience developing and coordinating budget and forecast processes
  • Comprehensive knowledge of broad-based financial functions in addition to financial accounting standards
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate complex financial information and prepare supporting data visualizations for end users
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience supporting financial application databases, including report writing and financial modeling utilizing business consolidation software
  • Detailed oriented with excellent analytical, quantitative and investigative skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to professionally correspond with all levels of staff
  • Ability to build relationships through excellent customer service when interacting with colleagues

Special Requirements

WHOI has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in effect, where you must register your full vaccination status (vaccination plus booster) in order to begin your employment. The registration process is confidential and entails submitting your official vaccination records, or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.  

Physical Requirements

Further details of the physical requirements of established essential functions for this position will be addressed/discussed during the interview process.  We welcome all interested parties to apply! 


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