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Job Summary

The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning seeks a senior business analyst with proven advanced analytical skills, sound business acumen and strong communication skills to join our finance team and serve as a key partner to the chief financial officer. In this role, you will transform complex data into comprehensible information through statistical analysis, verification, and visual/contextual reporting to make actionable recommendations on a wide variety of business operations. We seek a strategic thinker with sound experience building complex financial models and what-if scenarios for decision making.

While this job is situated in Ann Arbor and some on-campus work is expected, Taubman College offers flexible work arrangements for eligible staff.


  • Build financial and business models with multiple intersecting data sources, methodologies and flows. Manage project datasets and what-if scenarios, analyze and interpret results, and write or assist in the drafting of ad hoc and annual reports. Extract data using Business Objects; Budget, Planning and Consolidation software (BPC); and other tools. Interpret financial, HR, student and donor data, analyze results using best practice statistical techniques. Identify and synthesize meaning from trends and patterns of complex data sets. Understand the principles behind encoding data and communicating/illustrating complex financial information in easy to understand terms that are concise and straight-forward for decision-makers.
  • Provide detailed reports and analyses of general fund, gift, research, and discretionary funds including the implementation and oversight of fiscal policies and procedures. Provide projections of the unit operating budget, monitor and establish controls to maintain budget limitations. Maintain the scheduling of Business Object reports, updating recipients and report criteria.
  • Provide direct oversight of $117M endowment and scholarship funds. Reconcile financial aid awards to comply with donor intent criteria.
  • Partner with the CFO and financial manager to prepare budgets for submission to the provost, including financial analysis and financial modeling for a wide variety of initiatives such as the creation of new nontraditional degree programs or different financial aid allocation approaches.
  • Partner with the financial manager on a key initiative to plan, design and implement a new real time financial modeling system for high level strategic decision making. The planning and design will include the development of the variable assumption logic for the model.  
  • Participate in strategic assessments to identify current/emerging business issues and contribute to defining high impact business intelligence solutions with a focus on quantitative methods, modeling and analytical techniques.
  • Provide back up to the financial manager and other team members as needed with financial operations including Concur expense reimbursements, reconciliations, timekeeping, internal controls and other accounting functions

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or related field
  • 3-5 years experience in creating and monitoring complex budgets as well as performing financial analysis, forecasting and financial modeling
  • Extensive experience and competence using, Excel, Business Objects, and visualization/analytics
  • Proficiency in data visualization techniques for reporting purposes, developing dashboards and reports. Demonstrated proficiency in query and report writing tools
  • Direct involvement in process improvement using analytical and problem solving skills
  • Additionally, successful candidates will be able to demonstrate through their interviews and our reference checking that they have:
    • Excellent communication, critical thinking, and organizational skills
    • Ability to communicate technical or abstract concepts
    • Ability to work independently and to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships as part of a team

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in business, applied economics or a related field
  • 2-5 years experience in an university academic setting
  • Extensive experience with MPathways and MReports
  • Experience in various subject areas such as human resources, procurement, sponsored research in a higher-ed environment
  • Experience managing gifts and endowments
  • Experience using Tableau, BPC or creating infographics

Additional Information

The University of Michigan’s benefits program ranks among the best offered by any institution. Information regarding benefits can be found at:

Please note: Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

Who We Are

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan promotes the public good by engaging a diverse constituency in purpose-driven learning and research that focuses on the built environment. Consistently named among the best architecture and planning schools in the country, the college prepares graduates to lead the professions, organizations, and institutions that shape our world at every scale. Investments in digital and material making, new master’s degrees, and enhanced facilities have made the college a leading site of advanced work, particularly in robotics, fabrication, and material systems. Capacity building in community engagement, pipeline programs, and justice initiatives have made Taubman College a leader in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the academy and in professional practice. Faculty fellowships and research grants have cultivated a robust experimental design culture. Through interdisciplinary work with field-leading units at one of the world’s greatest public research universities, Taubman faculty and students are prototyping a better future. Learn more about Taubman College

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Taubman College also affirms the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as we organize resources and priorities that align with our values. We seek to have a diverse group of persons at all levels of the college - students, faculty, staff, and administrators - including persons of different race and ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and disability status. We strive to create a community of mutual respect and trust, a community in which every and all members and their respective backgrounds, identities, and views are represented without any threat of bias, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. Learn more about Taubman College’s DEI efforts.

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


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