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Budget/Business Analyst

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 Budget Business Analyst who is proactive, detail-oriented and able work in a fast pace environment.

The Budget Business Analyst will be responsible for monitoring, reconciling and analyzing ISI budgets and business transactions. Will help ensure ISI financials comply with federal research requirements and university policies and procedures.

Job Accountabilities:

Oversee ISI financial transactions including but not limited to business expenditures, payables, reimbursements, administration of USC travel and procurement cards, general ledger transfers, tuition allocation, facilities, ASR reviews and effort certification. Reviews requests against available budgets and university policies to help ensure compliance with both university and federal government requirements. Ensures financial transactions are complete, accurate and submitted in a timely manner.

Reviews business expenditure for accuracy and works closely with ISI Business Office staff, account managers and division admins to resolve any issues which may arise. Advises on specific federal requirements and university guidelines to assist ISI divisions with the administration and allowability of project expenditure. Advises on unit specific financial policies and procedures. Provides ISI employees with guidance and interpretations to non-routine or complex situations. Serve as a resource for other university offices and staff requesting information or assistance.

Assists with monitoring income and expense budgets and process general ledger transfers when needed. Sets up and maintains accounts by submitting chart of account requests. Reconciles account balances and activity to university financial records and initiates correcting entries to resolve discrepancies. Prepares and submits financial reports as required and reviews for accuracy prior to distribution. Troubleshoots problems, including research of pertinent facts and interacts with appropriate university staff to achieve resolution.

Assists in local planning of short and long term unrestricted budget allocations by compiling and organizing data for use in forecast plans. Reviews data gathered by others for accuracy. Collects and formats data for special projects and management studies. Assist with the review and collection of supporting documentation for internal and external audits. Assist with university year-end financial transactions and closing activity.

Will lead one or more employees performing similar work.

Job Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, Business or closely related field preferred. Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education.

Experience and Skills: 1 to 3 years of related work experience

  • Directly related accounting or budget administration experience in a university environment.
  • Knowledge of university financial policies, procedures and systems preferred.
  • Experience with federal post award research administration a plus.
  • Ability to interpret and apply university policies and the applicable federal government regulations.
  • Highly organized with good time management skills, accuracy and work ethics.
  • Must have effective written and oral communication skills. Ability to interact and effectively communicate with all levels of management and staff.
  • Must be able to anticipate potential issues, be proactive in formulating solutions and resolve any discrepancies in a timely manner.
  • Strong problem solving skills, including ability to research, organize and analyze information.
  • Advance proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Solid understanding and application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • A results oriented focus with demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage time sensitive transactions while meeting strict deadlines.

Required Application Documents: Resume and Cover Letter

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



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