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Finance and Administration
Research and Survey

Senior Financial Analyst

Apply now Job no: 495284 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – Hyde Park, University of Chicago Campus, IL Capability Area: Finance, Academic Research Centers



The Senior Financial Analyst performs cost monitoring to ensure project budgets are in compliance with OMB, GAAP, FAR, CAS, and FTR contract requirements and limitations, with assistance from Financial Analysts and Budget Analysts.


The Academic Research Centers (ARC) is a community of researchers and programs covering a variety of substantive domains and exemplifying NORC’s commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and research innovation. The ARC brings substantive expertise and collaborative infrastructure to theoretically driven and multimodal research. The ARC collaborates with multi-disciplinary research from the University of Chicago and other research institutions by collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data; providing methodological and statistical expertise; and facilitating pre- and post-award management. ARC’s research staff works jointly with social scientists, physicians, and other experts in an open, cooperative working environment.

  • Project responsibilities include:
    • Review project invoices, cost reports, purchase requisitions, and other project related expenses to ensure compliance with GAAP
    • Reconciling project staff and management charges reported
    • Approving and monitoring supply requests and expense reports
    • Preparing monthly cost reports for Task Leaders and/or Project Director for submission to the client
    • Preparing and analyzing monthly revenue projections for senior management
    • Identifying potential sources for cost-overrun as well as re-estimating mid-project cost
  • Contribute to proposal development by creating spreadsheet files as specified in the Request for Proposal; revising detailed cost assumptions that reflect design and total budget changes; and analyzing actual cost of projects with similar components and design characteristics
  • Responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of new budgeting and accounting policies and procedures, and for providing technical feedback on new financial and project management systems
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Finance or finance-related topic is required, MBA preferred
  • At least five (5) years of experience in project financial management or a related area
  • Candidates must be able to handle all project financial monitoring tasks including budgeting, cost projections, cost monitoring in accordance with government accounting procedures and revenue projections
  • Ability to analyze budget information to provide early warning of projected cost variances from budget, and to develop and maintain budgeting and cost monitoring standards
  • Intermediate level proficiency in Excel
  • Understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Federal Administrative Regulations
  • Understanding of project management
  • Strong skills in interpersonal communication, time management, and setting priorities to meet all project and proposal needs in a timely fashion
  • Strong skills in conceptualization, including skills in the development of work breakdown structures
  • Strong detail orientation and ability to work effectively and productively under extreme time pressures
  • Ability to work independently
  • Interest in health care and/or public health is preferred
  • Experience with government contracts and an understanding of the principals of survey research preferred

NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, our teams have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.


For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we’re known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.


NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.


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