Financial Analyst

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Job ID: 12431

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Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


We are seeking a motivated and analytical individual than can work well, both independently and in a team environment, to serve as a Financial Analyst III in our Financial Planning & Analysis Group (FPA).  This unique opportunity is part of the Controller and Financial Planning Office (CFPO), which supports the exploration and innovation of the laboratory's missions by working with our colleagues and subcontractors to guarantee compliance to the prime contract and maintain the integrity of JPL's financials.  The Division's functions encompass Institutional Accounting, Travel and Invoice Management, Financial Planning, Analysis & Compliance, and the CFP Strategic Planning Office.  The Division ensures that the finance and accounting policy and procedures of the laboratory are efficient, effective and compliant with relevant regulations so that JPL can "Dare Mighty Things."  We pride ourselves on providing innovative solutions to overcome business challenges facing JPL on a regular basis.  Our collaborative teaming approach ensures us a unique window into the amazing work being accomplished at JPL.


As a Financial Analyst III, you will conduct timely and relevant analysis of historical and forecast data, to provide reports that will assist executive management in strategic fiscal decision-making.


Some Challenges You Will Tackle:

  • Prepare financial recommendations and presentation deliverables at the C-suite level, i.e. CFO and Management Council Chairs.
  • Develop and run financial models for forecasting future business profile scenarios and associated workforce requirements.
  • Participate and/or lead in a variety of initiatives, including but not limited to, streamlining budgetary process and business system/tools enhancements.
  • Participate in the restructuring of burden cost rates, including rate application scenarios and project impact assessments.
  • Design and develop complex financial reports that require selection, preparation and interpretation of data, using sophisticated query tools across multiple data sources.
  • Develop, monitor and report on the burden budget and cost rates and factors.
  • Conduct burden rate analysis and impacts to project costs.
  • Analyze, assess and report on performance against business forecasts.
  • Employ advanced methods for complex financial modeling and "what-if" analysis that provide decision-making information within given scenarios.
  • Provide in-depth institutional insight and strategic input on complex financial issues to senior management.
  • Exercise discretion and judgment in evaluating potential approaches and solutions to significant challenges.
  • Participate on multi-functional and/or multi-discipline team(s) within the scope of assigned responsibility.
  • Mentor and coach lower level team members.
  • Be a trusted advisor to internal JPL customers.
  • Be an Advocate for the Controller and Financial Planning Office's Strategic Plan.
  • Stay up-to-date on industry best practices and apply those practices where applicable.
  • Perform special assignments as directed.



You Must Have:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, Statistics, Economics, Data Science, or Business Management, or related discipline, with a minimum of 6 years related experience; or a Master's degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 2 years related experience.
  • Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, and concepts of financial planning, business/organizational analysis, accounting, information technology, and business processes.
  • Demonstrated expert knowledge of developing indirect rates and factors.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate and conduct effective high-level executive briefings on complex financial topics.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with all levels of management.
  • Has wide-ranging experience and advanced expertise in one or more related fields of knowledge: Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).
  • Ability to apply appropriate judgment and made sound recommendations and decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet commitments, including deadlines and budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and/or work in a team environment.
  • Excellent communication, organization, and customer service skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information.

Got These?  Even Better:

  • Demonstrated skills in leading a multi-functional team for a project, activity, or function, within scope of assigned responsibility.
  • Ability to develop creative and innovative solutions.
  • Ability to leverage new media literacy for efficient and persuasive communication.
  • Possess strong presentation skills and a working knowledge with supporting visual aids.
  • Knowledge of Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications including the NASA FAR Supplement.
  • Demonstrated ability to be adaptable, flexible, and resilient.
  • Excellent critical analysis, complex problem solving and strategic planning skills.

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