Sr Financial Systems Analyst

Requisition # 2020-11619
Date Posted 3 weeks ago(3/11/2020 11:44 AM)
Finance Technology
Financial Services and Procurement
Full-Time / Part-Time


The Senior Financial Systems Analyst will play a critical role in the development and implementation of process improvement initiatives and provide support for ongoing enhancements with a focus in the Grants Management, Billing, Project Costing, Customer Contracts, and Receivables business areas, specifically supporting the Princeton University’s Sponsored Research processes. Supporting the General Ledger business area the incumbent will provide leadership across business processes, engaging in other functional areas and offering knowledge transfer and guidance for cross-functional designs and issue resolution.


The successful candidate will need to provide leadership in coordinating complex projects across a team of technical developers, functional analysts, and subject matter experts and will deliver innovative business consulting, business process design, systems integration, application design, and project management.


 The Office of Finance & Treasury actively searches for staff members of exceptional ability and promise who share in Princeton University's commitment to excellence, and who present a diversity of viewpoints and cultures. We offer varied professional opportunities spanning all aspects of financial management, analysis, and processing in support of the teaching and research mission. As part of the University community, we respect the dignity and individuality of each member while trying to foster a sense of shared experience and common purpose. We are unwavering in our commitment to both diversity and community and embrace the variety of talents, backgrounds, and perspectives of all of our colleagues.


This role will be responsible for addressing business problems and/or opportunities by capturing requirements, documenting processes, and recommending functional designs for major projects. In addition, the functional analyst will perform tasks related to the design, planning, and execution of testing and implementation. Ongoing support/maintenance of the system is also required for this position. The financial systems analyst will collaborate as part of a team of business analysts and report developers


Integrating Financial Systems Projects and Support

  • Ensures that other PeopleSoft modules (P2P and General Ledger) and non – PeopleSoft modules (Labor Accounting) are working in sync
  • Collaborates with PeopleSoft Financials business analysts supporting Procure to Pay, General Ledger, and Budget modules. Assists with projects and operational activities in these business processes.
  • Works closely with the Office of Research and Project Administration to integrate and transition the Pre-Award process to the Post-Award process.

Financial Systems Projects and Process Improvements

  • Works with Finance & Treasury departments and other campus partners to document and analyze functional requirements, identify gaps and alternative approaches to meet requirements (adhering to approved methodology and documentation standards).
  • Responsibility for a complex range of business processes, to include Grants Management, Billing, Project Costing, Customer Contracts and Receivables. Additional engagement with cross-functional areas, providing coordination, guidance, and support for other business analysts.
  • Facilitates status, business alignment, issue, and prioritization meetings.
  • Provides leadership in identifying and defining enhancement opportunities for assigned business areas.
  • Collaborates closely with business owners to ensure enhancements satisfy the required needs of the business and campus.
  • Ability to identify and communicate downstream impacts of enhancements to other teams and departments that may be impacted.
  • Works with functional, technical, and reporting peers to identify best approaches to ensure that user requirements are met with a usable, intuitive and efficient manner and implement approved solutions.
  • Coordinates with Office of Information Technology (OIT) personnel on addressing technical requirements impacting the overall solution design.
  • Critically evaluate information gathered from multiple sources, reconcile conflicts, decompose high-level information into details, and distinguish user requests from the underlying true needs.
  • Ability to manage time and expectations due to multiple projects being developed concurrently as well as ability to work and resolve production support items.
  • Supports organizational readiness by contributing to the planning for communications and training materials to facilitate the introduction of new capabilities impacting the designated functional areas.
  • Plays a key role in leading and executing functional user acceptance testing with guidance from the project teams. Writes test scripts and performs detailed testing to ensure that software and reports function correctly.


Financial Systems Production Support, Maintenance, and Operations

  • Conducts system testing of enhancements, modifications, of updates and images supplied by PeopleSoft.
  • Verifies that data is interfaced properly between PeopleSoft modules and integrating systems.
  • Creates and maintains queries to support reporting and troubleshooting needs.
  • Serve as key resource regarding Grants, Contracts, Project Costing, Billing and Receivables functionality including:
    • Configuration changes or updates to the system
    • Year End Process for close out of the fiscal year
    • Month End Procedures
    • Facilities and Administration (F&A) Process
    • Implementing compliance requirements
  • Reconciles processes from General Ledger to Commitment Control (KK) to Project Costing.


To meet these requirements, the candidate will need to combine an in-depth understanding of the Grants Management and Receivables business processes, with technical acumen and knowledge of how to enable these processes to be effective and efficient across a range of financial systems. In particular, it is essential that the functional analyst have a deep understanding of the latest PeopleSoft Financials releases.


Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in technology, business administration, or business related field
  • Minimum of 5 to 7 years of relevant work experience
  • Expertise in PeopleSoft Financials 9.0 or greater, including configuration and setup
  • Experience using PeopleSoft Query
  • Knowledge of Software Development Life Cycle
  • Advanced skill in Microsoft Excel
  • Excellent system troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Needs to work well in a matrix environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in technology or business related field
  • Experience using Process flowcharting (VISIO)
  • Ability to write and understand SQL
  • PMP (Project Management Professional) certification or equivalent.
  • MS Project experience
  • Experience in higher education

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

AIT, 030

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver’s License Required



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