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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume.  The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, include your salary requirements, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a diverse learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening, Weekend, and Online formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.

About Ross Finance
The Ross Finance team is dedicated to providing skilled financial and data analytics support to staff and management throughout Ross. This team excels in partnership, technical financial understanding, problem-solving abilities, initiative, and a commitment to customer service.

This team-focused position within the Finance Department of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan works under the direction of a Finance Manager to support school-wide reporting and analysis.  Responsibilities will include serving as a technical expert for our team, analysis to drive School projections, creating new management reports, ad hoc analysis, and using your creativity to enhance financial tools and processes. 



Contributes to our positive and inclusive work community by building trusting partnerships across the school, continually learning, creating impactful experiences, and working with a sense of ownership for outcomes.  Approaches this work with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind; treating others with respect, dignity, and in a manner where individuals feel they belong; listens, values feedback, and learns from the perspectives of others.

Financial Planning & Analysis:

  • Support annual budget process by creating and maintaining budget templates, compiling materials and preparing analyses as necessary, researching questions and issues as they arise, and completing special projects as assigned.
  • Develop, refine, and maintain proformas, which are reliant on tuition and enrollment modeling, basic statistical concepts, and incorporate significant levels of financial detail.
  • Work with complex data sets, synthesizing and summarizing results to allow for the identification of key issues, decision-making criteria, and the determination of strategies.
  • Participate in teams evaluating strategic, operational and financial aspects of the academic enterprise

Financial Reporting:

  • Develop and prepare monthly and quarterly management financial reports. Partner with Ross Finance team to improve reporting formats and standard reports for a variety of audience levels using tools as needed such as Excel, Business Objects, M-Reports, or other systems.
  • Create new reports as directed to summarize financial data
  • Prepare budget variance reports to assist both the unit and the leadership team in interpreting financial performance against budget
  • Proactively identify financial information needs of the units and the School and design solutions.
  • Troubleshoot existing financial reporting to answer questions or ensure the reports are functioning as designed.
  • Prepare reports, presentations and correspondence related to financial project work, financial analysis, and department and unit performance assessment

Special Projects

  • Design, develop and recommend new approaches, methodologies and tools for data driven decision making and planning
  • Participate in the design and implementation of financial strategic resource allocation methodologies regarding the Ross School Innovation and Investment Process
  • Participate in special projects to improve reporting, analysis, and internal processes to achieve productivity improvements and customer service delivery
  • Support annual Internal Controls Certification process as needed

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Three to five years of progressive experience with financial reporting and analysis 
  • Extensive knowledge and experience working with financial systems and spreadsheets using advanced Excel functions
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational, critical thinking, and analytical skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing, and to work collaboratively with others
  • Ability to work independently and to exercise initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with tight deadlines and consistently meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment with multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities
  • Team-oriented, flexible and customer-service oriented manner

Desired Qualifications*

  • Significant experience developing reports using Business Objects or similar data retrieval and reporting tool, including troubleshooting and report-writing
  • A working knowledge of the University including M-Pathways, M-Reports, Business Objects, and University financial processes

Additional Information

Skills testing may be required.

Physical Demands/Work Environment 

  • The person in this position occasionally moves through the facility to attend meetings/events and access files or information
  • May require occasional work during early mornings, nights, and/or weekends

Michigan Ross values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We are committed to the development of diverse and culturally intelligent staff who thrive and contribute to a positive and inclusive environment.

The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature and level of work assigned to this classification and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven days.  The job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.