Senior Manager of Budget and Financial

New York, NY

Posted: 10/03/2018 Industry: Education Job Number: 11

Under the direction of the Academic Director of Budget and Financial Analysis, the Senior Manager of Budget and Financial Analysis assists in the development, monitoring and review of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S)  annual operating budget including physician practices, grants, and fund balance activity, with a specific focus on the academic, research and education enterprise.  The Senior Manager provides analytic support and problem solving to address issues commonly found in large, complex academic medical centers, focused on Basic Science Departments, Educational and Research Administrative Units.   He/she will obtain thorough knowledge of Columbia's financial systems and reports and be able to use the reports to produce in-depth analysis of programs, services and service areas. 


Ideal candidate should be inquisitive, motivated, a big-picture thinker with ability to drill down to the details, have strong analytical skills, and is seeking an opportunity to learn quickly in a challenging and fast-paced environment. 


Candidates should also possess ability to analyze and coalesce data from multiple systems and present it in a straightforward format (both financial and narrative); ability to identify solutions to complex problems and present solutions in a condensed format; have cutting edge skills with financial systems including spreadsheet preparation and presentation. General understanding of a medical center’s tri-part mission, familiarity with research and education metrics, including a general understanding of various funding mechanisms, research regulations, and complex funding arrangements.  Individual must be highly organized and familiar with databases.



  • Lead the analysis of the global budget submission with input from Directors within P&S Finance; assist in finalizing quarterly budget submission for review by Senior Leadership. This includes:
    • Performing all analysis of the school’s performance on a consolidated basis and summarizing explanations based on the research and education mission
    • Ensure all inter-department transactions are properly accounted for
    • Evaluate overall margins by financial sector for reasonableness and analyze underlying drivers
    • Summarize results in an executive format for review by the CFO
  • Responsible for oversight of central funds flow analysis, including training and overseeing staff responsible for each item and ensuring timeliness of transactions
  • Manage and maintain the capital and recruitment spending plans as related to the research enterprise, including complex funding arrangements for high profile recruits and ensuring appropriate spending levels
  • Perform quarterly analysis of P&S research portfolio, including an understanding of performance against prior year and budget. Identify main drivers of change.
  • Work closely with Medical School staff to understand trends in tuition and student aid.
  • Manage a portfolio of complex departmental and education budget submissions, quarterly forecasts and year-end close process. Identify financial trends and potential areas of opportunity/ risk
  • Review monthly departmental or unit performance against budget and provide reasonable and rational explanations for variances to Senior P&S Finance Leadership
  • Analyze and investigate operational performance on a prospective, rather than a reactive basis and assist departmental leadership with strategic objectives
  • Attend routine status meetings with departmental administrators, gaining insight and knowledge regarding financial operating activity
  • Perform other duties and “ad hoc” analyses as assigned.




Position Qualifications:

  • BA or BS in Accounting, Finance or related field
  • Master’s degree strongly preferred
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience in a large complex academic medical or hospital setting, or in an equivalent environment; experience working with research budgets and/or departmental budgets preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication and customer service skills
  • Proven analytical and problem solving skills required
  • Strong time management and project management skills

John Assunto
Managing Partner

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