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Business Analyst

Company: Stanford University
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Financial Management Services Business Analyst II

Job Family: Information Technology Services

Job Series: IT Business Analyst 2

Job Code: 4772

Grade: I

Exemption: Exempt

This is a one year fixed term position and provides the same benefits as a continuing employee; competitive pay that reflects market trends, and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description

Stanford University is one of a select group of American universities that have achieved eminence in both undergraduate and graduate education and in a broad range of academic disciplines. The University is internationally recognized for the quality of its teaching and research, its distinguished faculty and its outstanding student body. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work.

The Business Architecture and Delivery team, within Financial Management Services, is a team of experienced business architects and business analysts responsible for the planning and execution of major system initiatives. Financial Management Services (FMS) is a unit of the Business Affairs Office consisting of six primary organizations: Controller's Office, Treasurer's Office, Procurement Services, Global Operations, Financial Systems and Reporting, Business Strategy and Services, and Financial Compliance and Operations. FMS works with other Business Affairs units to provide integrated financial, technical, and business services for the benefit of the Stanford Community. The Financial Management Services (FMS) organization is led by the Sr. Associate Vice President for Finance and is charged with leading and managing the financial and management accounting activities for the university.

As a key member of the Business Architecture and Delivery team under FMS, this position will be responsible for specifying requirements and/or design solutions for business information systems and incorporate new technical systems to improve work-flow, production, efficiency and effectiveness. The Business Analyst will support (or may lead at times) assigned projects to ensure that the University's procure-to-pay needs are addressed in an efficient and optimal manner. This position will work closely with the Financial Management Consulting and Support, Procurement and Administrative Systems teams, as well as other Central departments to identify areas where P2P processes can be improved.


Specify requirements and/or design solutions for business information systems and incorporate new technical systems to improve work-flow, production, efficiency and effectiveness. May serve as project lead.


  • Translate business processes into system requirements and/or development of systems solutions.
  • Analyze new business requirements, assist with feasibility of enhancement requests, system functionalities, current system use and user needs.
  • Specify functional analysis and design and work with developers and analysts to recommend solutions and resolve system issues.
  • Review, research and evaluate software to determine its usefulness and appropriateness as related to existing or proposed business systems; assist or develop preliminary and detailed system design documentation.
  • Perform testing of new systems, upgrades and patching of existing systems; plan, conduct and document results of testing.
  • Advise users requiring assistance in solving complex problems or issues regarding management and business systems.
  • Analyze data and provide data sets to users for analysis. May include development of operational and analytical reports for end users.
  • Liaise with external vendors or partners in support of business systems, which may include system development, implementation and/or operations.
  • Coordinate the implementation of new or modified business systems.
    • Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and five years relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of, computer system capabilities, business processes, and work flow.
  • Good understanding and exposure to the procurement and/or financial management subject area.
  • Experience with enterprise applications and understanding of database driven applications.
  • Proficiency in SQL queries and working knowledge of query tools (Toad, SQL Plus, Golden6 etc)
  • Strong understanding of the software development life cycle.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques used in conducting management studies and in systems analysis.
  • Current knowledge of rapidly changing computer technology.
  • Skill in conducting interviews and facilitating group meetings.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to bridge functional and technical resources by communicating effectively with individuals of varying systems expertise and business needs.
  • Strong listening, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to design and document complex business systems.
  • Proven problem solving and analytical thinking and ability to approach problems logically and systematically.
  • Ability to write test scripts, conduct user acceptance testing sessions and report issues and enhancement requests in issue tracking system.
  • Ability to work independently and work on multiple assignments.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Visio.
  • Exhibit resilience, problem-solving solutions and results-driven capabilities.
  • Experience in the procure-to-pay process and functions including spend, contract and vendor management programs


  • Knowledge and understanding of university operations, administration, community and mission
  • Experienced with Oracle Financial systems (release 12+), specifically with Procurement modules a plus
  • Experience in an academic setting
  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the "Apply Online" link. Please submit an online application, resume, and cover letter.


We provide market competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our unique perks align with what matters to you:

  • Freedom to grow. As one of the greatest intellectual hubs in the world, take advantage of development programs, tuition reimbursement plus $800 you receive annually towards skill-building classes, or audit a Stanford course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums. Create an avatar and participate in virtual reality adventures or join one with fellow staff on Stanford vacations!
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computing, cell phones, outdoor recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!

We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Stanford University's commitment to safely and effectively meet the public health challenge presented by COVID-19 extends to ensuring University employees may work from home, or another off-site location, where determined appropriate, whenever necessary through the end of March 2021. The department will give reasonable notice when employees are expected to return to work at the Redwood City campus.

Partially Remote: Candidate can work from home certain days of the week, based upon work from home agreement

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Fixed Term
  • Job Code: 4772
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: I

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4772
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: I
  • Requisition ID: 88710

Keywords: Stanford University, Redwood City , Business Analyst, Other , Redwood City, California

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