Senior Financial Analyst

Senior Financial Analyst

locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time


Senior Financial Analyst

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


Position Description

Reporting to the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, the Senior Financial Analyst performs planning and complex analysis in support of the School’s financial management and strategy. The Senior Financial Analyst works collaboratively with other financial staff in a team environment and supports initiatives that will improve financial processes. In addition to the core duties, responsibilities include:

  • Supports school-wide financial planning efforts, budget analysis, and monthly reporting; with a focus on special projects determined by School leadership or University directive.
  • Serves as strategic lead on campus planning, facilities operations, and other special projects as determined by School leadership.
  • Operates as primary point of contact/subject matter expert for SEAS’ administrative portfolio and support for the academic and research portfolios.
  • Leads or supports annual capital planning and multi-year capital planning processes; leads or supports annual operating budget, multi-year financial plan, forecasts, and fiscal year end processes.
  • Consults and collaborates with departments and finance teams on financial inquiries, analyses, and budget variances.
  • Identifies potential operational challenges, process improvements, and propose solutions while documenting processes and best practices.
  • Demonstrates technical and analytical expertise, timely follow-through on commitments, and excellent customer service.
  • Proactively engages with finance leadership and broader SEAS community as a thought-partner and advisor.
  • Conduct complex financial analysis and update financial models and projections.
  • Analyze and project budgets and financial activity for multiple programs.
  • Provide technical advice and problem resolution for a school/unit financial community.
  • Enhance, produce and distribute unit-specific planning materials; develop and produce materials to facilitate annual budget planning and financial monitoring of budget-to-actuals at the local level.
  • Ensure accuracy of plans in University budgeting and planning systems.
  • Ensure financial compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Advanced knowledge of budget management, financial analysis and financial modeling; working knowledge of accounting principles
  • Demonstrated experience with financial systems and data query tools
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues and clients
  • Must have a professional demeanor and discreetly handle confidential information
  • Well organized, flexible, and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously

Certificates and Licenses

There are no specific certificates required.

Physical Requirements

There are no significant physical demands required of this position. 

Working Conditions

The work is performed in an office environment. 

Additional Information

  • The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.
  • This position will be based in Allston, MA. An on-campus presence is required. Individual flexible and hybrid work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. Any remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT).
  • The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage  all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

About SEAS

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences serves as the connector and integrator of Harvard’s teaching and research efforts in engineering, applied sciences, and technology. Our core tenets are: educating broad-minded students; interdisciplinary research; integration across disciplines; and balancing theory, experimentation and practice to create an unmatched environment for learning and exploration. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and industry, we bring discovery and innovation directly to bear on improving human life and society. For more information about us, please visit www.seas.harvard.edu.

Commitment to Diversity

SEAS is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment. Some of our core values include respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function


Department Office Location

USA - MA - Allston

Job Code

F0957P Financial Analyst III

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)



Salary Grade



SEAS Financial Planning & Analysis


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening

Credit, Criminal, Education, Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.