Financial Analyst II

Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of USC s Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced information processing, computing, and communications technologies. ISI operates one of the world s largest academic high-performance computing clusters. ISI has three research campuses: one in Marina Del Rey, CA; one in Arlington, VA; and one in Waltham, MA.

This position is located in Marina del Rey, CA.

Job Summary

USC Information Sciences Institute is seeking a team player with solid analytical and interpersonal skills to join the ISI Business Office team. A Financial Analyst who is proactive, detail-oriented and able work in a fast pace environment.

The Financial Analyst will interface with ISI Principal Investigators and the Business Office staff to facilitate the exchange of information and provide services associated with pre and post-award research administration of sponsored projects. This position will perform complex financial budgeting, reporting and analyses to ensure sponsored projects stay on target and comply with the applicable contract requirements.

Job Accountabilities

Provides a range of pre and post-award administrative support including proposal preparation, budgeting, expenditure approvals and reporting requirement information. Prepares and submits interim reports, assists with subcontract and/or consultant arrangements and with preparation of closeout documents.

Prepares regular monthly financial forecasts and labor planning reports. Evaluates and analyzes reports and data. Develops conclusions and recommendations. Arranges monthly financial meetings with Principal Investigators and/or management to review financial summaries and address action items.

Coordinates, organizes and completes strategic and complex projects of a financial nature requiring identification and extraction of data, evaluation, interpretation, analysis and summation of findings.

Assists with monitoring the financial operations for a large operating area of the university or for a significant financial activity. Identifies problems or trends and evaluates for solutions.

Advises on specific agency requirements and university guidelines to assist Principal Investigators with the administration and allowability of project expenditure.

Assists with the resolution of pre and post-award administrative issues related to sponsored projects. Works closely with USC Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA) and Department of Contracts and Grants on any issues that may arise on existing, continuing and/or expiring awards.


Education: Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, Business or closely related field.

Experience and Skills: 3 to 5 years of related work experience.

  • Directly related experience in a university environment with knowledge of university systems and procedures preferred.
  • Advance proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical capability in financial analysis and reporting with knowledge of computer simulation and forecasting techniques.
  • Strong problem solving skills, including ability to research, organize and analyze information.
  • Must be able to anticipate potential issues and be proactive in formulating solutions.
  • Ability to interpret university policies and applicable federal regulations
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Must exercise a high level of confidentiality and discretion
  • A results oriented focus with demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage time sensitive issues and meet strict deadlines

Required Application Documents: CV/Resume and Cover Letter

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree
Minimum Experience: 3 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Business education or closely related field. Experience in financial analysis and reporting with knowledge of computer simulation and forecasting techniques.

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