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Montana State University Financial Business Operations Analyst in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22064

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Nathaniel Briggs



Classification Title Business Operations Analyst

Working Title Financial Business Operations Analyst

Brief Position Overview

The Finance Business Analyst helps ensure that the University gets the most out of its finance and related systems. Investigating and implementing new functionality is a key component of this position. Success is achieved by listening to users’ needs, by coordinating and collaborating with others across four campuses, and ensuring secure access to the finance systems.

Position Number 4M0801

Department UIT Enterprise Services Group

Division University Services

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $21.012 - $26.265 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Finance Business Analyst is a member of the Finance & Accounting Systems/Administrative Services team within University Information Technology. This team provides Finance & Accounting IT support services to departments and central offices on all four campuses, ensuring that appropriate decision support systems are functioning, interfaces with the State accounting system function properly, and the financial users on all four campuses receive accurate, complete information with which to run their departments. The team provides programming support, information retrieval, and data delivery to the central financial offices, developing more efficient ways of doing business by using new and existing applications. The team interacts closely with the University Business Services and University Information Technology departments to meet the needs of campuses.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Duties and responsibilities are in four primary areas: business processes/procedures, system administration, user support and project management for the MSU four-campus finance/accounting ERP system, EDM , & PCI .

  • Proactively identify and recommend system-enabled business process and/or procedure improvements in finance/accounting area.

  • Participate in the development and analysis of business processes. Collaborate with manager and finance/accounting teams to implement process improvements, reduce risks, increase controls and/or increase customer satisfaction.

  • Create, develop and maintain campus-wide online finance training. Coordinate with University Business Services/Accounting Services for users with training needs or “how to” questions.

  • Lead functional administration of the finance/accounting area ERP modules and other finance/accounting related systems (e.g., Commerce Manager, QuickPay) for all MSU campuses and agencies, ensuring system integrity and security.

  • Plan and execute finance/accounting area software upgrades, develop test plans and communicate effectively regarding timing and impacts both internally and externally to the organization.

  • Manage departmental communications across all four campuses on processes, schedules and other relevant information including month-end and fiscal year-end close.

  • Manage user account security for Banner finance/accounting systems, SABHRS , AssetWorks, PCI and ensure overall system security.

  • Manage departmental projects with limited scope and/or small project teams, creating schedules as well as communicating clearly with stakeholders.

  • Website maintenance for University Business Services, PCI , and EDM .

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technology field, accounting, finance or related field or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education.

  • Professional work experience in systems administration and user support, preferably in the finance/accounting area.

  • Hands-on experience with ERP software systems, demonstrating an understanding of ERP system structure, relationships and impacts.

  • Experience with and proficiency in the Microsoft Office software suite.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Project management experience with IT projects and/or project management certification.

  • Knowledge of enterprise and/or governmental accounting and policies and procedures.

  • Experience with information security and electronic document management ( EDM ).

  • Experience with payment card industry standards ( PCI ).

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Analyze system problems and errors at a detailed level as well as identify data-related problems that cause issues in attaining desired results.

  • Have the ability to ask probing questions, listen to a user’s needs, and translate that information into requirements and a strategy to solve problems.

  • Collaborate and negotiate effectively with a wide variety of constituents, often with competing needs.

  • Be forward-looking, able to anticipate system and technology needs and proactively address them.

  • Embrace and adapt quickly to changes in priorities, processes and work environment with a positive attitude.

  • Be highly organized with great attention to detail and a high level of accuracy in work product.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with multiple offices, co-workers and managers in a diverse, team-oriented environment; represents department and the University in a positive, professional manner.

  • Demonstrate excellent, professional verbal and written communication skills.

  • Exercise initiative and independent judgment in solving complex problems and in interpreting and applying policies and procedures

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed in this description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

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Applications will be:

Review of applications will be on a continual basis and will continue until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .