Finance Manager

Business Name: 
Stanford University
Type of Position: 
Full-Time Job
Grade Level: 
Palo Alto, California
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Pay Range: 
Duration of Position: 


Position Description: 

Another Source’s client, Stanford University, is recruiting a Finance Manager on their Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) team. 

Here's a little about Stanford University and the position they are seeking to fill:

Welcome to Land, Buildings & Real Estate:

  • Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) is the operational core of Stanford University’s physical campus. LBRE constructs and maintains the Stanford campus, where advancements across the academic spectrum are made possible. Our work is founded upon the collective value of dedication, innovation, expertise, teamwork, and continuous improvement. We are committed to serving the university’s academic mission, as well as preserving and enhancing Stanford’s 8,180 acres, and pride ourselves on supporting the teaching and research of the university as “Caretakers of a Legacy."

Who We Are:

  • Finance & Administration provides the foundation for Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) operations including budgets, capital funding coordination and documentation, information technology systems, authority and approvals, internal controls, compliance, accounting and reporting and human resources for LBRE. We are the liaison with other university financial departments, Research Administration, Human Resources, the Cabinet and Board of Trustees.

Who you are:

  • You are a seasoned financial manager who is highly analytical and can communicate effectively at all levels within an organization. You possess strong interpersonal communication skills both written and verbal. You have a proven track record of managing and developing a team of finance professionals and using analysis to influence decision-making. You can successfully articulate insights and outcomes to non-finance personnel.
  • You are more than comfortable with technology, both financial systems and non-financial systems. You have used Adaptive Planning before, but even if you haven’t, that’s ok because you have the agility and curiosity to learn and capitalize on new systems. You embrace technology as you realize that it is the key enabler to effectively complete financial deliverables.
  • Your financial analysis skills are considered to be top notch and you take pride in researching and writing informative variance explanations, getting to root causes and working with business owners to identify go-forward solutions. You’re comfortable with ambiguity, able to think conceptually, connect the dots and develop scenarios. In your role as a manager you have established operational objectives and assignments, planned, directed and monitored all budgets for areas of responsibility, and developed other business processes as needed to streamline the delivery of consistent financial reporting and ad-hoc analysis.
  • You genuinely value your direct reports and are able to build strong relationships within your team and with a client base, and for this reason you are viewed as a leader and mentor within your team and as a trusted business partner by your clients.
  • You are meticulously detail oriented, insatiably curious, and full of integrity.

Who will you support:

  • Building and Grounds Maintenance (BGM) Operations and Zone Management, which are responsible for maintaining the academic buildings and grounds of the Stanford campus. BGM is the operations and maintenance side of the Land, Buildings & Real Estate organization, functioning as stewards of campus physical assets and provider of support services. BGM is dedicated to being the Caretakers of a Legacy. In everything we do, we strive to deliver high quality, reliable, and innovative services that are responsive to the changing needs of the Stanford University community.
  • Zone Management provides a myriad of services to the buildings on campus, including technical assistance and coordination support related to building issues, building commissioning, building system's performance, construction plans review and technical training, along with renewal projects to keep academic buildings safe and well maintained. Zones is also involved in many building accessibility projects, classroom renewal management, and mechanical & electrical retrofits for energy savings. Making sure LBRE is prepared for natural & manmade emergencies is another responsibility of Zones Management.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enriched the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Check out the following links in our culture and unique perks sites and see how you can be empowered with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more! 


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

Another Source works with their clients, on a retained project basis, to maximize the recruiting process.


Position Responsibilities: 

What work will you do*:

  • The BGM Finance Manager provides leadership, guidance and oversight of all accounting and finance functions within BGM Operations and Zones Management area of responsibility.
  • Own the implementation of daily, monthly, quarterly and annual activities that support BGM’s multi-million dollar operations spanning multiple fund types, including operating budget, service centers, auxiliary, clearing and restricted funds
  • Financial planning and analysis for BGM and its various departments; develop detailed budget every year, reforecast as needed, full mid-year reforecast, capital plan, critically research and write-up informative variance explanations
  • Ad-hoc modeling and analyses. Be able to explain how findings impact the business
  • Create multi-year financial models in our system [Adaptive Planning]
  • Manage a team of finance professionals and provide coaching, training and guidance throughout the year
  • Respond to audit questions from the Research Administration & Policy Compliance Office regarding service centers
  • Coordinate periodic audits with Internal Audit
  • Stay up-to-date with how the business is evolving and determine policy and processes needed to support that evolution
  • Design and execute an effective system of internal controls for areas of responsibility; establish operational objectives to support the university's stewardship of resources
  • Collaborate with other colleagues on school/ unit projects; Represent LBRE in interactions with the research administration office, the university budget office, the controller’s office and others as necessary

* Additional duties as applicable to the role


Required Qualifications: 

What we are looking for:

  • A Master’s degree in accounting, Finance or related field with 6 years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience
  • Proficient in financial modeling, developing what-if scenarios
  • Advanced understanding of financial principles
  • Advanced proficiency with excel
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills
  • Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial systems and aptitude to learn new systems
  • Experience managing a team and providing guidance, a genuine interest in helping others grow
  • Able to think conceptually
  • Comfortable with uncertainty
  • Proven ability to perform with a high degree of accuracy under tight deadlines and ability to effectively multitask
  • Demonstrated competency in project management of a high volume of work, some of which is cyclical
Preferred Qualifications: 

Preferred but not required:

  • Proficiency with Oracle financial systems
  • Proficiency with Adaptive Planning
  • CPA license
How to Apply: 
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