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Senior Budget Systems Data Analyst

Senior Budget Systems Data Analyst

Posted: April 5, 2023
Position Code: 1002

Position Overview

The Budget Office at Merrimack College is recruiting for a newly created role of Senior Budget Systems Data Analyst, reporting directly to the Vice President of Financial Planning & Chief Business Officer (VPFP & CBO). This role supports the College’s efforts to maintain central budgetary functions in both an efficient and effective manner. The Senior Budget Systems Data Analyst acts as the functional expert in the budgetary system(s) used to support business operations across the College.

Merrimack College is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates with a demonstrated ability to work with students across a broad range of social and personal identities and perspectives. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead budgetary IT efforts across the current and future ERP systems:

    • Development/set-up of the annual budget process within Questica, the College’s current budget system, including setup of the training environment, data audits, pre-system open reporting and post-system close reporting.

    • Enhancements for Questica to improve automation/streamlining of budget and projection processes.

    • Maintain all budget-supporting backup in various media for review.

    • Provide ongoing training/education of budgeting systems for current and new managers.

    • Design and implementation of Jenzabar J1 (new fiscal and ERP system) fiscal components.

  • Assist the VPFP & CBO in developing, maintaining and synchronizing the College’s 5-year plan:

    • Analyze annual spending pattern projections based on historical cyclical data.

    • Analyze spending patterns, program profitability and other key metrics.

    • Analyze accounting information for developing and maintaining a projected monthly cash flow report.

    • Projecting use of institutional funds and debt issuance proceeds for capital project cash flow and liquidity planning.

  • Spearhead College financial reporting efforts:

    • Perform ad-hoc reporting, financial and statistical analyses, variance analyses, trend information, benchmarking, and statistical models.

    • Design standardized financial reports for unit/departmental leaders.

    • Design reports to review cost and spending patterns for identification of discretionary spending/reallocation of important resources.

    • Design divisional and programmatic P&L/RCM models and reports.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, computer science or other quantitative field.

  • Preference for advanced degree in relevant field.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience. Preference for higher education financial experience.

  • Proficient in the use of reporting tools, ERP systems and databases. Preference for Questica, Jenzbar, and/or Cognos/Cx systems experience.

  • Knowledge of data analytic tools such as Python, Tableau, SAS, Microsoft BI.

  • Possess a solid understanding of general accounting and budgeting rules/practices.

  • Must have advanced Excel skills – vlookup, index, pivot tables, etc.

  • Ability to foster an environment that values diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Must thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

Application Materials Should Include:

  • Resume

  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations:

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

About Merrimack College

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The College’s 260-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.