Business Analyst (Operations)


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  VC for Administration & Finance (10000800)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

Current employees must apply internally via connectU >

Definition of Class

This position coordinates the fiscal activities of a large or complex department, and provides operational and analytical support. The incumbent plans, coordinates and develops budgets and related processes; prepares administrative and fiscal reports; and ensures fiscal compliance for the department. This position exercises independent discretion and judgment in providing financial and administrative guidance and support.

Examples of Work Performed

Fiscal Management
•    Monitors periodic financial statements, cash flows, reserves and performance metrics compared to business plans to ensure responsible utilization of fiscal resources and effective financial performance to established goals.
•    Performs analysis of revenues, operating expenses and profitability; tracks historical performance and assists with future forecasts and planning.
•    Works with the Senior Director to identify and execute upon continuous improvement objectives and to recommend strategies and initiatives.
•    Measures performance using key performance indicators and makes recommendations for operational improvement initiatives.  Plans and leads such initiatives where necessary.

Program / Project Management
•    Participates in the development of program / project initiatives, scopes of work, project plans, time, resource and cost needs across the organization.
•   Develops creative solutions and ideas for implementation; guides teams on the execution of projects / programs.
•    Works with both internal University teams as well as external resources and entities to conduct financial and operational initiatives and to conduct business activities.

Account Analysis
•    Performs periodic account analysis and review of operational business partner results, which may include various auxiliary units, departments and/or functions across the campus.
•    Reports on account balance variances and makes recommendations for keeping business units on track toward achievement of financial objectives.
•    Provides ad-hoc reporting support for Senior Director, Controller, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration (VCAF) and other leaders as required.

Financial Planning
•    Assists Senior Director in short and long-range planning and scenario analysis, strategic capital and investment decisions, workforce planning and other fundamental decisions and recommendations.
•    Serves as a backup to Senior Director for the annual business plan processes.  Supports business partner annual planning objectives.
•    Prepares periodic reports on budget to actuals or other analysis leveraging ERP system data.

Examples of Work Performed Cont'd

Facilities / Insurance / Real Estate
•    Assists with the development, maintenance and preparation of University insurance, real estate and space, property and inventory data and filings.  Assists with feasibility assessments and procedures for real estate acquisition, disposition or sale transactions.
•    Conducts space analysis, building, property and real estate tours and assessments.
•    Works with the Facilities Maintenance team, Provost Office, VCAF and other units to determine University space needs and to develop recommendations.
•    Assists with Insurance processes for maintaining policies and coverages, filing claims and responding to provider inquiries.  Participates in SEC University peer group meetings.
•    Assists with providing data and reports to University Accounting, Research Programs, and other State Agencies as required.

Operational Analysis
•    Provides analysis of auxiliary units and operational support for those units.  Makes recommendations and effects change for operational improvement.
•    Assists with the pursuit of grants opportunities for capital projects and for the funding of various initiatives.
•    Assists with collecting data for preparing new and or existing grants.
•    Assist the Contract Management office when needed for contract review, workflow routing or approval requests.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Manages the business and financial affairs of a large or complex department.
  2. Prepares reports and financial statements.
  3. Assists with the planning for and preparation of contracts and/or grants.
  4. Ensures fiscal compliance with federal, state and University policies and procedures.

Minimum Education/Experience

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or a related field.




Three (3) years of experience related to the above described duties.


Substitution Statement:

Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Salary/Wage Information

To learn more about our pay structure and view our salary ranges, click here to visit the Compensation page of our Human Resources website. This link is provided for general pay information. Hourly rate or salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and departmental budget. Note: Unclassified positions (faculty, executives, researchers and coaches) do not have established salary ranges.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


This position will require a financial (credit) report. Selected candidates should have a low credit debt. Background checks are completed post offer of employment. University employees moving into a new position that requires a financial (credit) report must complete a new background check.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi