Associate Director, Financial Planning and Analysis
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
29d ago

Reporting to the Director, Strategic Planning (DSP), the Associate Director, Financial Planning and Analysis will champion a focus in providing strategic financial intelligence and insights that will influence the enterprise strategy, planning, and business unit decisions within Ancillary Services.

This position will provide leadership regarding financial objectives and performance indicators, and opportunities for efficiency and scale.

This role will partner closely with internal and external partners to ensure financial accuracy and predictability, and will drive business-

aligned progress through the development, implementation and enforcement of financial operational processes and procedures.

Ancillary Services is a self-funded operating unit that provides a variety of important services to enhance the campus experience for students, faculty, staff and visitors, including : Residence Services, Parking Services, Conference Services, Hotel Accommodations, Dining Services and ONEcard.

Specific responsibilities include :

Strategic Analysis

  • Contributes to strategic planning, potential impact, and planned tactics by providing financial intelligence and insights with a clear competitive strategy for the financial success, sustainability, and profitability of Ancillary Services
  • Leverages internal and external relationships to develop long-range fiscal plans that align with portfolio and unit priorities and objectives
  • Runs competitive scenario planning discussions and test strategies against current trends, competitive actions and probable outcomes that will drive and support planning and decision-making
  • Integrates operational and competitive intelligence to develop short and long range financial projections
  • Works closely with Department Heads to develop : reporting tools to optimize management of operations and rental, dining and parking rate structures and forecasting models
  • Enhances and / or develops, implements and enforces policies and procedures of the organization by way of systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of Ancillary Services
  • Establishes reporting of key metrics that provide meaningful snapshots of how Ancillary Services is performing across all financial performance indicators
  • Budget Planning and Development

  • Provides guidance in the continual improvement and development of a structured budget plan, prepares budgets by establishing schedules;
  • collecting, analyzing, and consolidating financial data; recommending plans for approval by the Associate Vice-President, Ancillary Services

  • In collaboration with the Senior Financial Officer, Facilities and Operations, ensures that Ancillary Service's budget processes and procedures are in accordance with University policy
  • Achieves budget objectives by scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances, and recommending corrective actions
  • Monitors the variance reporting for the business unit on a monthly basis to identify impact on annual performance for consideration of senior leadership within Ancillary Services
  • Collaboration

  • Empowers departments to utilize process and system best practices to drive efficiency and accuracy in long range planning, forecasting, budgeting and other ad-hoc processes
  • Fosters a collaborative work environment with department heads from across Ancillary Services to identify needs and provide high quality supports
  • Prepares special reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends
  • Partners with Senior Financial Officer, Facilities and Operations, to ensure alignment with reporting up to central University finance
  • Qualifications

  • University Degree in a related field supplemented with a Professional Accounting Designation (CPA or equivalent)
  • Minimum 5 years of post-qualifying experience in a large organization
  • Demonstrated proficiency in leading business efficiency and improvement within a complex organization, ideally within the private sector (including property management or hotel industry)
  • An in-depth understanding of generally accepted accounting principles, and extensive experience in budgeting and financial reporting
  • Demonstrated expertise in strategic financial planning and decision analysis
  • Exceptional analytical and conceptual problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize and clearly communicate complex findings to focus on critical issues and actionable opportunities
  • Demonstrated success leading multiple and disparate projects at the same time
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of individuals, including front-line staff, and senior leadership at the unit, portfolio and institutional levels
  • Excellent organization and time-management skills
  • Audit experience and an understanding of internal and external audit requirements
  • Sound understanding of best practices in Information Systems
  • Demonstrated ability in leading change initiatives
  • In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at and an annual salary range of $64,553 to $107,593.

  • Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications. The review of applications will start on May 31, 2018;
  • however, the competition will remain open until filled.

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