Financial Analyst IRequisition ID: 39972
Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.
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Main Purpose & Function
The Financial Planning & Analysis Department at the City of Vancouver is currently looking to hire multiple positions, as reflected in the below job description.
Reporting to the Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A), the Financial Analyst I is responsible for the support of FP&A functions including short-mid term planning, budgeting, forecasting, financial modelling and decision support for selected business units and/or city-wide processes and initiatives. Working closely with other members of the Citywide and Business Unit (BU) FP&A, the main functions of the role include leading specific business areas, support the development of the City’s annual budget and multi-year plan process, support monthly and quarterly financial reporting process, and analyzing key business issues impacting service delivery and financial performance with recommended actions.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
- Defines and uses logical and innovative approaches to evaluate and deconstruct accounting and business situations. Compiles and links analytical information, experience and insights using quantitative and qualitative reasoning skills
- Demonstrates understanding and application of common quantitative techniques by preparing appropriate financial analysis with fact based assumptions to enable decision making
- Provides input into the formation of problem-solving approaches for business situations
- Accurately analyzes a situation based on available data or information
- Supports the problem-solving process by identifying alternatives and making recommendations
- Consistently applies working knowledge of the organization's information systems & appropriate financial tools and systems to find, extract, and analyze data and to produce reports
- Applies basic modelling, forecasting and planning techniques to develop forecasts with cost drivers identified and explained
- Demonstrates in-depth understanding of the organization's business plan, immediate environment and the possible impact of events and activities on the organization; understand current role in relation to executing the business plan.
- Applies common business principles to critically evaluate and accurately perform analysis
- Uses insights to influence the views of managers and provides guidance and support, supported by facts, to influence business decisions
- Ability to apply decision criteria to business propositions prepared by business units
- Able to explain financial concepts and analysis in non-financial terms to counterparts
- Identify and address additional business partner needs as they arise
Planning, Budgeting, Forecasting and Performance Measurement
- Support the development of the City’s multiyear financial and business plans and forecasts, review and validate financial assumptions and models, and identify trends that impact the Department’s ability to meet budget and service delivery targets
- Analyze budgets, performance indicators, business plans and ongoing financial results to enable strategic recommendations on corrective actions
- Interpret and provide forecasts and analysis that link to business unit strategy and operational performance
- Complies with and administers Finance controls, policies and procedures
Project Management and Process improvement:
- Assist in planning process timelines and identify opportunities for continuous improvement and standardization
- Suggest opportunities for process automation/streamlining and support integration with financial reporting, capital budgeting, and long-term financial planning initiatives
- Communicate budgeting policies and processes to Department FP&A and City staff; support budget process improvement initiatives throughout the organization
- Manage FP&A projects and sub-process
Education and Experience:
- MBA and/or a professional accounting designation
- Minimum 5 years post degree/designation experience with extensive experience in budgeting, forecasting, reporting, and accounting
- Experience with ERP and BI reporting environments and developing models in Excel
- Good working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles as they relate to local government including PSAB
- Experience developing presentations for senior management
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Advanced knowledge of finance, information technology, and business concepts
- Strong business acumen and capability to link finance to the business
- Superior verbal and written communication skills
- Demonstrated leadership skills, balancing independence, initiative, and decisiveness with good judgment and a collaborative approach
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team
- Advanced Excel financial modeling skills
- Ability to represent and serve the city at all levels as well as interact with customers and clients outside the organization
- Excellent organizational and project management skills with ability to manage multiple tasks with competing priorities
- Problem-solving and issue resolution skills in a complex business environment
- Ability to maintain professionalism, objectivity, confidentiality, tact and diplomacy
Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite. At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.
The City’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination against COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the City deem it necessary to re-introduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties.
Business Unit/Department: Finance, Risk & Supply Chain Management (1150)
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Salary Information: Pay Grade RNG-080: $92864 to $116070 per annum
Application Close: Open until filled
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Financial Analyst I
5 years or more
Remote work available
$92,864.00 to $116,070.00 Year
November 1, 2023, 1:53 pm
December 1, 2023, 4:30 pm