Finance Business Partner

February 22, 2019


University of California, Los Angeles


Education and Nonprofit




Los Angeles, CA



The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM) seeks to hire a Finance Business Partner-Academic Departments.

Here’s a little about the team and the position they are recruiting for:

The DGSOM is comprised of 24 academic departments, 5 organized research units, and 5 interdisciplinary research centers and is the academic home to approximately 3200 faculty and 2500 trainees, students and fellows. The DGSOM employs about 6200 staff and non-faculty academics. The DGSOM’s annual revenue totals approximately $2B, its expendable net assets approx. $500M and its endowments and quasi endowments approximately $1.5B.

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The Finance Business Partner reports directly to the Director, Financial Planning & Analysis and Decision Support and serves as a key member of the FP&A team within the Financial Affairs Unit of the Dean’s Office. The position serves as the Dean’s Office FP&A partner to multiple DGSOM Departments (10-15) varying in size and complexity and will be responsible for delivering decision support and FP&A services that will enable their departmental business partners and the DGSOM’s executive leadership to make timely decisions and achieve desired financial results.

The position will play a key role in the DGSOM’s annual budgeting process, financial quarterly forecast, financial plan variance analysis and special projects. S/he will analyze and summarize actual vs plan reporting and explain the underlying drivers. S/he will provide financial consulting and strategic support to the DGSOM departments and the DGSOM’s senior leadership team. S/he will identify and propose process improvements and participate in reporting enhancements. S/he will independently and effectively manage the relationships with the DGSOM departments and other stakeholders, to ensure a collaborative inter-departmental working environment. S/he provides training to Department Managers and Finance managers on Best Practices, budget management and analysis.

Essential responsibilities:

  • Partner with the DGSOM departmental business partners in creating budgets, forecasts, variance and trend analysis and multi-year financial plans.
  • Support the DGSOM departmental finance partners to grow their data and analytics capacities. Be an ambassador for improved cross-functional collaboration and communication.
  • Develop tools to assist business leaders to manage and track performance to goals.
  • Analyze current and past trends in key performance indicators including all areas of revenue, expenses, equity transfers and capital expenditures.
  • Develop financial models and analyses to support strategic initiatives.
  • Perform complex ad-hoc reporting and analysis and provide accurate and timely financial recommendations to management for decision making purposes.
  • Serve as a functional subject matter expert on working with Business Intelligence Tools.
  • Support the finance and accounting team in accomplishing all month-end, quarter-end, and year-end analytics and reporting obligations.
  • Supporting Senior Management Team and Departments heads with in-depth analysis.
  • Prepare presentations to the Deans, the Chairs and other leadership


  • Bachelor degree or equivalent in business administration with an emphasis in accounting or finance or an equivalent combination of education and experience. CMA or MBA desirable.
  • Minimum of 5 years of FP&A experience in a related field.
  • Strong knowledge of financial and accounting concepts, including basic framework of the P&L, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow.
  • Expertise in fund accounting and performance metrics of research intensive health systems desirable.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with a desire to understand the issues.
  • Creative problem solver that can identify sources of information from disparate sources and deliver comprehensive, balanced, and actionable insights.
  • Rigorous attention to detail with a healthy balance of speed vs. accuracy. Ability to sense check data for accuracy and challenge unreasonable assumptions.
  • Advanced Excel and Power Point skills.
  • Excellent customer service interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and presentation).
  • High level of ethics, integrity, discretion and confidentiality.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
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