Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University’s Finance Division provides financial management, enterprise planning and stewardship in support of education, research and strategic goals of the university. By providing data, insight, and analysis, we assist leadership and the university community in the financial decisions that fulfill its mission while maintaining a position of financial strength.

This role will report to the Manager, FP&A and is responsible for the collection, compilation, interpretation and analysis of internal and external financial data in order to support university-wide budgeting and strategic operational decisions. Partnering closely with individuals across the university as well as liaise with multiple levels of management, the successful incumbent will analyze financial data and provide interpretive results on a wide array of budget and financial planning areas. We are seeking candidates that thrive in a working environment encompassing both individual and team projects and a desire to promote a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Passion, flexibility, commitment to excellence, and cultural sensitivity are vital qualities within the Finance Division and CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

Your core responsibilities will include:

  • Serve as the key financial business partner between several University units and the Budget and Financial Planning Office.  Serve as a support role in communicating and setting planning expectations, understand unit financials/trends and collaborate with unit leads on a routine basis.
  • Regularly monitor, evaluate and analyze operating and capital performance against budget and forecast.
  • Perform forecasting, scenario analysis and modeling using analytical skills as part of the overall university budget process.
  • Own several key forecast processes and work to improve, streamline and report on a recurring basis.  Evaluate and assist in the formulation of budget policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Analyze financial data and extract relevant information in order to make interpretations based on past performance/trends in order to develop accurate projections. Present findings and implications to various management teams.
  • Participate in the development of advanced modeling on highly visible, university-wide projects including short and long-term financial planning, capital project spending, expense analysis, and unit-level performance.
  • Assist management in designing, building and fact-checking key deliverables to a diverse audience of senior leadership stakeholders.

You should demonstrate:

  • Exhibit intellectual curiosity and ability to quickly develop deep understanding of financial systems and chart of accounts structure.
  • Make logical assumptions, identify trends, draw conclusions, explain variances, and implement operational improvements.
  • Self-motivated, ambitious problem solver with excellent financial competence and drive.
  • Provide valuable decision support which promotes the University’s mission and strategic goals.
  • Strong critical thinking skills, attention to detail and advanced Excel and PowerPoint abilities.  Experience with data visualization tools such as Tableau is a plus. 
  • Possess strong business acumen with outstanding verbal and communication skills
  • Adaptable in managing multiple projects and priorities; deadline driven.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, or Accounting
  • At least 3-5 years of progressive financial analysis and planning experience
  • Candidates from both inside and outside higher education will be considered


  • Successful background check

Are you interested in this exciting opportunity?  Apply today!

CMU’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: As a condition of employment, Carnegie Mellon University requires all staff and faculty working in the United States to be fully vaccinated, including a booster when eligible, against COVID-19. Prior to commencement of employment, new hires in the United States must provide proof of vaccination or obtain an approved exemption. (Exemptions may be requested for medical reasons or for religious or strong moral or ethical conviction.) Those granted an exemption must comply with all applicable COVID-19 mitigation requirements. The most up-to-date information on CMU's COVID-19 mitigation requirements can be found here: Minimum Requirements to Return to Campus.


Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function

Financial Planning, Analysis, Accounting and Reporting

Position Type

Staff – Regular

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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