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Business/Systems Analyst

Date: February, 2014
Reports to (Job Title): Associate Director, Financial Systems
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Location: Main Campus

USG 11

35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The Business/Systems Analyst reports to the Associate Director, Financial Systems to optimize the application of technology, business and accounting with regards to financial and finance-related systems and to transform business processes and reporting. 

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Research and analyze new initiatives to advance the strategic direction of the university’s financial and finance-related systems:


2.  Lead business case development for new initiatives or enhancement of existing practices related to financial systems:


3.  Develop in-depth systems expertise to support the financial and finance-related systems, specifically assigned to the incumbent.  Develop general knowledge and awareness of those systems assigned to other Business/Systems Analysts to sustain  a secure, reliable and progressive  financial environment:


3.Participate in the assessment of systems development requests:

Position Requirements


University undergraduate degree required

Professional accounting accreditation (CA, CMA or CGA) required

Business analyst certification preferred


Progressive experience in an enterprise-wide, computerized accounting environment, preferably in a not-for-profit environment

Progressive and extensive experience in financial and/or finance-related systems projects

Conceptual thinker to understand strategic direction, to research relevant opportunities, to assess risk and to analyze and synthesize business and financial information

Superior leadership, interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated ability to collaborate with functional and technical experts, to develop and present business cases, to implement systems and to influence change

Strong analytical, technical and problem solving skills

Recognized as a strong team builder, demonstrates respect for diverse views and builds consensus

Strong presentation skills

Exceptional attention to detail

Superb time management skills to manage multiple, competing priorities and meet established deadlines

Solid understanding of generally accepted accounting principles and their application to not-for-profit organizations

Solid understanding of the business analyst body of knowledge (BABOK) and appreciation for project management

High degree of discretion, judgement, sensitivity, tact and diplomacy

Works independently with a strong work ethic and a focus on positive results


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Advanced Advanced powerpoint

Advanced in Exchange


Proficient in  using analytical software & process diagram software (e.g., Visio)

Financial Systems:

Proficient knowledge of:

  • Enterprise wide financial systems, such as Oracle E-Business Suite or Peoplesoft Campus Solutions (e.g., Student Accounts Receivable)
  • Business Intelligence or reporting software (e.g., Cognos)
  • Collaborative software, (e.g., Sharepoint)

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, the incumbent communicates with Finance and university departments, IST, faculty, staff and internal auditors to advance and maintain finance and finance-related systems, to research and analyze new initiatives, to develop and present executive summaries and business cases for approval of new initiatives.  Externally, the incumbent communicates with existing and potential university system providers, auditors, peers at post-secondary institutions, and other organizations to keep informed about emerging technologies and its application to the university’s financial and finance-related systems.  The incumbent must possess superior interpersonal skills and conduct oneself in a professional manner at all times. Representing Finance, the incumbent must have the ability to share information in a collaborative manner, transform business, assess risk, influence change and effectively interact with colleagues. As a subject matter expert in financial and finance-related systems, the incumbent is expected to work on university wide initiatives and cross functional teams with immediate impact.

Level of Responsibility:

Finance provides the university with a comprehensive, financial system which is progressive, sustainable, risk-appropriate, and accurate.   As a member of the systems section in Finance the incumbent contributes to and supports the strategic plan for financial and finance-related systems.  The incumbent has a broad understanding of such systems and develops expertise in those systems or applications specifically assigned to him/her. Working collaboratively, with the functional manager and staff, the incumbent advises on optimal processes, configures the system to achieve approved objectives, tests and documents system decisions and setup, advises functional experts regarding testing, and ensures testing documentation meets established standards and deadlines.  Liaising with IST and the software provider, the incumbent collaborates with the functional manager to identify issues and evaluates options to achieve the optimal resolution.  Staff is expected to cross-train in order to sustain the university’s financial system and minimize risk.  Furthermore, staff is expected to keep abreast of technology, business and financial trends and issues in order to promote a progressive system environment.

Decision-Making Authority:

The incumbent is expected to be self-directed, work independently, collaborate with stakeholders and is responsible and accountable for results in assigned areas.  The incumbent is a significant and influential contributor to applying appropriate technology to the university’s financial and finance-related systems.  The incumbent contributes to the provision of progressive business and financial processes, to relevant and accurate business intelligence and reporting and to providing stakeholders with positive system experiences. With a university wide perspective, the incumbent contributes to the development of policies, procedures and standards that lead to cost-effective financial systems which improve business processes, adheres to generally accepted accounting principles, legislation and other external standards.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Requires a high degree of self-discipline, ability to focus, and demonstrates respect for others to meet deadlines, adapt to changing priorities, affect change and achieve results.

Working Environment:

The university operates in a decentralized environment in terms of decision making and a centralized environment in terms of establishing standards, policies, procedures and financial systems. Consequently, the accounting and technical skills across university units of those dealing with financial matters vary significantly. Different points of view may arise due to the nature and the complexities of the university business activities, to competing resources, priorities and timelines, and to differences in knowledge, experience, understanding and interpretation. Tolerance for different perspectives along with diplomacy and tact are critical to building a collaborative approach to systems.