Incumbent performs professional Financial Analyst assignments, including special studies and surveys to summarize and analyze complex financial actions and prepare recommendations for policy, procedure, control or action. Provides interpretation and application of department or division-level financial policies, governmental legislation, accounting theory or customer financial regulations which may require knowledge of financial principles, practices and application. Evaluates financial reports, plans, capital expenditures, billing/assessments, revenue management, operating records and financial statements.
Directs and/or assists in the preparation of special studies, reports, analyses and recommendations in areas such as budgets, forecasts, financial systems/plans, capital improvement planning, internal controls, legislative requirements, statistical reports and business forecasts for management use. Coordinates with all levels of management to gather, analyze, summarize, and prepare recommendations regarding one or more of the following: financial plans, budgetary controls, acquisition activity, trended future requirements, operating forecasts and similar complex financial matters.
At the highest level, acts as a key technical expert on financial analysis issues, concerns and special projects. Interfaces with top management, responding to their requests for financial data and to resolve reporting and compliance issues. Plans, coordinates and executes policy implementation applicable to the installation of improved financial operations. Performs complex economic research and studies on subjects such as rates of return, depreciations, working capital requirements, impact of governmental requirements and the like. Organizes information from a variety of sources to establish data banks for use in analyzing and creating future plans and forecasts. May provide functional and technical direction to other financial staff members.
FINANCIAL ANALYST III - Develops, interprets and implements highly complex financial/accounting concepts and advanced techniques for financial planning and control. Provides specialized technical analysis to determine present and future financial performance. Directs the development and implementation of new concepts and techniques for financial information analysis. Requires five to eight years of related work experience. A Master’s degree level of education or certification may be required at this level.
FINANCIAL ANALYST IV – Prepares special reports and financial studies for management and alerts them to significant variances to plan. Coordinates, negotiates and resolves financial compliance issues to ensure accurate interpretation. Conducts and may lead audits. Develops and/or modifies major policies and procedures for financial reporting and cost analysis in specialized areas. Provides interpretation of accounts, methods and records for directors, managers and officials. May provide work leadership for a finance/accounting functional unit. Requires eight or more years of related work experience. A Master’s degree level of education or certification may be required at this level.