Financial Analyst
Management Sciences for Health - Cambridge, MA

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The Financial Analyst provides overall finance, budgeting and operations support for the Project Management Support and Center Administration (PMA) department of the Center for Health Services (CHS). The Financial Analyst supports activities to ensure the successful management and monitoring of the CHS overhead budget, provides support in the effective financial management of CHS projects both in the field and in the home offices, and provides operations support to the PMA as needed and directed. The Financial Analyst works under the supervision of the Deputy Director, Financial Management, but is expected to work in a highly independent manner and is required to interact with staff throughout the department and Center.

The Financial Analyst embodies MSH values, and is cognizant of, and must adhere to, MSH’s procurement integrity standards.

This is a full-time position based in Cambridge, MA.

Specific Responsibilities

  • CHS Overhead Budget: With the Deputy Director, Financial Management, compile Level of Effort (LOE) information for all CHS staff in preparation of the annual CHS budget and work plan. Gather non-labor expense items for budget preparation including researching historical cost information and liaising with other MSH offices to obtain cost information relevant to the preparation of the budget.


  • Management and monitoring of overhead funds: Prepare monthly reports of Center overhead expenditures, including actual to budget and trend analyses; provide Deputy Director, Financial Management with research on overhead expenditures, which includes interacting with MSH accounting staff and using MSH’s iBIS/Navigator system for report generation and data mining, to assist with monitoring of overhead budget; and assist with pipeline analyses, forecasting, and budget realignments required during the fiscal year. Assist in communication with CHS staff on appropriate recording of time and non-labor expenses for all overhead supported activities.


  • Financial Management of Projects: In conjunction with the Deputy Director, Financial Management, work on tasks designed to improve financial management and monitoring of CHS projects. Specific tasks may include assisting with improved reporting capabilities with iBIS, periodic LOE reporting, monitoring of Center-wide project expenditures against budget and compiling reports for use by CHS Leadership and other MSH Offices. The Financial Analyst will also support various project budgeting activities such as gathering and managing inputs from field and home office staff for pipelines, ceiling increases, work plan budgets and other cost projections. The Financial Analyst will work with the Deputy Director, Financial Management, and other FM unit staff to provide capacity building trainings to project financial management staff in conjunction with MSH wide efforts to decentralize project financial management.


  • Monitoring of Labor for CHS: Provide labor reports, as necessary, for the monitoring of staff billability across projects, Center overhead, and non-Center overhead; manage iBIS Timesheet submission process for U.S. payroll including assisting the Center’s Timesheet Coordinator and liaising with other Office staff for complex timesheet submission issues.


  • Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree and at least three years of relevant work experience.


  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills in MS Office (especially Excel) and other software programs strongly preferred; familiarity with accounting and business information systems software highly desirable.


  • Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment and to meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.


  • Demonstrated strength in taking initiative effectively, in being proactive in an environment of significant change, in thinking critically with complex situations, and in assuming a high level of ownership where appropriate.


  • Experience working with financial and accounting information in a time-sensitive, confidential, and dynamic environment. Comfort with moderately complex financial situations preferable.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to interact professionally within a culturally and linguistically diverse environment.


  • Excellent research and problem solving abilities.


  • Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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