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Senior Financial Analyst

Position Job Title: Senior Financial Analyst

Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario

Reports To: Vice-President, Finance

Primary Purpose:
The Senior Financial Analyst role is to provide strategic financial guidance and analytical support to senior management, driving the organization's financial health and growth. Responsibilities include financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, and performance analysis, ensuring alignment with corporate objectives. Additionally, the role involves identifying opportunities for cost optimization, revenue enhancement, and risk mitigation, while maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements.

Reporting to the Vice President of Finance, the Senior Financial Analyst will collaborate closely with the finance team to support decision-making processes


Specific Responsibilities:
The Systems Analyst will be responsible for the following, as well as other related duties as assigned, to support the business objectives and purpose of the Office of the Registrar and the university:

  • Prepare the annual budget and financial analysis including budget to actual variance analysis
  • Prepare quarterly forecasting for P&L, Balance sheet and cash flow statement
  • Produce models to project long term growth and determine the impacts
  • Prepare various month end financial reports to management with variance analysis
  • Evaluate opportunities and propose revisions to existing policies in collaboration with Business Lines and Corporate Functions as needed. Guarantee thorough and up-to-date documentation of all processes, ensuring annual updates are completed.
  • Builds and delivers insightful performance reporting to understand the company performance and operational results of the organization for various audience groups.
  • Communicate to management the reasons of department performance and results
  • Support decision making by providing stakeholders with timely, detailed and meaningful insights and visibility on business performance.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of equitable allocation drivers and methodologies under the mandate of this role. Support the effective communication and transparency of these drivers to business lines and address potential issues or feedback as appropriate.
  • Proactively work with the VP, Finance and the team in pursuing enhancements that will create efficiencies within our processes and add value and additional insight to our business partners.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with business partners and cross-functional teams at all levels of the organization.
  • Undertake special projects, as required by the VP, Finance
  • Assist with external and internal audits.

Position Requirements:

To be successful in this role with the Finance team, individuals must be committed to developing, maintaining, and demonstrating the following:

  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information in a professional manner
  • Superior skills in working with numbers and data
  • Advanced financial modelling experience
  • Ability to complete work in a timely manner, with accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to think creatively, highly driven and self-motivated
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Analytic and critical thinking capability, with strong attention to detail; ability to tackle & scrutinize complex information within tight deadlines
  • Good judgment and ability to prioritize tasks/assignments
  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain a calm focus during high-volume periods

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting or Fianance
  • Minimum 3 years – 5 years with extensive budgeting, forecasting and reporting experience
  • CPA or relevant accounting designation preferred
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products, including advanced excel skills (including experience with pivot tables, VLOOKUP’s, etc.) and ability to design spreadsheets and automate processes
  • Advanced financial modelling experience
  • High sense of urgency in providing strong level of service and follow-through
  • Demonstrated ability to roll-up sleeves and work with team members in a hands-on management capacity in a cross functional team.
  • Desirable experience in international business, education sector, prior experience in M&A activity or integration of acquisitions (specifically relating to FP&A).
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Experience developing financial reports and metrics

Diversity, inclusion and equity

The University of Niagara Falls Canada (UNF) is strongly committed to equity, diversity, and inclusivity within its community and especially invites applications from all qualified candidates. Racialized persons / persons of color, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQI+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas are encouraged to apply.

We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, please advise to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

We greatly appreciate your time and efforts in applying for the position at University of Niagara Falls Canada, however, please note only successful candidates will be contacted.

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