Senior Financial Analyst-Financial Planning & Analysis

Sound Transit

Date: Sep 23, 2022
City: Seattle, WA
Salary: $65,000 - $145,000 / year
Contract type: Full time
Sound Transit
Description :

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Salary range is $65k to $145k, with a midpoint of $105k. New hires typically receive between minimum and midpoint, however, we may go slightly higher based on experience, internal equity and market.


Under general direction, provides financial planning and analysis services to the Agency’s long-term system planning, budgeting, and financial modeling processes. Participates in development of short-term and long-term forecasts, cost-benefit analysis, and financial analysis on divisional and/or Agency-wide issues. Performs at an expert level fully functional in all aspects of financial planning, provides highly responsive and complex analysis, strategic thinking, and ad hoc project support to the Financial Planning & Analysis division in Finance.


The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
  • Builds collaborative relationships with assigned divisions and projects teams within the agency.
  • Provides timely, accurate, and concise ad-hoc financial performance reporting; identifies and resolves financial and budgetary issues and problems for assigned divisions/projects.
  • Prepares financial data to support financial review meetings; assists in the production of other budget and financial related reports or presentations as requested; and responds to requests for information and data for internal and external audiences.
  • Develops short-term and long-term financial analysis, cash flow modeling, present/future value analysis, and complex financial models.
  • Stays current on Sound Transit budget, accounting, overhead allocation methodologies, reporting systems, related tools, and procedures as it relates to the analyst’s role.
  • Develops, tracks, and reports out on division and relevant agency KPIs.
  • Develops forecasts, and variance analysis for Budget vs actuals and forecast vs actual.
  • Supports the division in preparation of the annual proposed and adopted budget documents.
  • Performs industry research to evaluate reporting alternatives.
  • Reconciles differences between budget and accounting based reports to ensure integrity and consistency of financial information.
  • Provides leadership and support to the FP&A Division as directed; serves on committees as assigned; prepares and presents reports and other correspondence as necessary; participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of emerging trends and developments in assigned areas of focus, and incorporates into work processes as appropriate; ensures policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Champions and models Sound Transit\'s core values and demonstrates values-based behaviors in everyday interactions across the agency.
  • Contributes to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in alignment with Sound Transit’s Equity & Inclusion Policy.
  • It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
  • It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, business administration, public administration, or closely related field and four years of experience in the areas of financial planning and analysis, modeling, and developing financial projections in assigned area of a medium to large organization, preferably in transit operation or similar organization; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:


Required Knowledge and Skills:
  • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of financial planning and budget and associated fiscal functions.
  • Principles and practices used in economic modeling, revenue forecasting, and developing financial projections.
  • Principles and practices of financial analysis, cash flow modeling, present/future value analysis, statistics, and economics.
  • Principles and practices of program management.
  • Project management techniques and principles.
  • External and management reporting requirements and report preparation.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
  • Computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
  • Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
  • Interpreting and administering policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them to staff and other constituencies.
  • Analyzing and providing valued input into complex financial and policy issues.
  • Performing the full range of expert-level economic and financial analysis and forecasting.
  • Planning and executing multi-year, multi-project financial analyses.
  • Managing multiple tasks, setting and meeting objectives/goals, and re-prioritizing as needed.
  • Effectively represent the Agency to outside individuals and agencies to accomplish the goals and objectives of the program area.
  • Preparing, analyzing, and providing strategic guidance on complex data and numerical computations and comprehensive reports.
  • Maintaining confidentiality and communicating with tact and diplomacy.
  • Applying advanced project management techniques and principles.
Physical Demands / Work Environment:
  • Work is performed in a standard office environment.
  • The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.
Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or other protected class.

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