Finance Business Partner

SAIT Polytechnic

Finance Business Partner
Calgary, AB /
Corporate Services – Finance /
APT Permanent Salary
/ Hybrid
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The Finance department loves when the math balances out — so we’re looking to add to our team. If you have a nose for numbers and believe your skills and passion match our requirements, you will have our undivided attention and we want to meet you.
The Opportunity
The Finance Business Partner is the key Finance liaison for Deans, Directors and Managers across the organization.  Finance Business Partners will be a key member of both Finance and operational teams to provide strategical and financial support while ensuring relevant timely and accurate financial reporting, accountability and decision support. While reporting into Finance they will work with operations to ensure operational best practices are in place while adhering to accounting policies, institutional procedures and effective internal controls.
The Role

    • Data Analysis, Reporting, Planning and Budgeting

    • Ensure School/Department stakeholders have a comprehensive understanding of their annual budget, quarterly forecasts, regular (monthly, quarterly and year-end) reporting, ongoing actuals review, and other ad-hoc reporting as applicable
    • Review School/Department results for reasonability when compared to school/department strategy, budget, prior year, prior forecast, and current trends.
    • Coordinate training and guidance to School/Department stakeholders on SAIT’s financial policies, processes and expectations, and how to read financial reports
    • Work in collaboration with Finance Business Services to complete program costing and analysis on new product development, credit/ noncredit
    • Provide support and advice related to Finance processes to align with school’s strategy, including FOAPAL creation, procurement support, effective internal controls and capital asset management.
    • Work collaboratively with Employee Services in supporting workforce planning, following the position management framework.
      Consolidated responsibilities

    • Collaborate with Team Coordinator and other Finance Business partners to prepare consolidated reporting and analysis, including annual budget, quarterly forecasts, monthly financial results, program costing and key performance indicator data
    • Develop analytical expertise in core financial and operational components of consolidated requirements.
    • Review and analyze key data for consistency between programs and across streams
    • Operational Duties and Committee Membership
    • Participate in departmental and divisional projects and initiatives.
    • Proactively identify and address gaps in training or lack of clarity of expectations for staff
    • Personnel supervision
    • Responsible for the overall quality of services prepared by the Financial Analysts and the overall accuracy, completeness and timeliness of reporting and analysis presented to stakeholders 
    • Act as a mentor to the Financial Analysts, including coaching, evaluation of assignments, negotiating timelines and input into task allocation.
      Relationship management

    • Participate in development and action of standard service level requirements between Business Services and School/Department
    • Work with Financial Analysts to meet customer/client service expectations
    • Collaborate with other Finance Business Partners to develop high functioning team dynamic and general understanding of operations, issues, risks of their portfolios
    • Exercise a high degree of discretion and sensitivity to confidential information at all times
      Automation, innovation, transformation

    • Continuously seek to identify opportunities for automation, innovation, efficiency and cost savings.  Work in partnership with stakeholders and the process owners to implement these opportunities
    • Be a positive agent of change and direction
    • Pro-actively understand emerging process improvements, tools and changing requirements being implemented by all areas of Finance and provide supporting communication and awareness with operational stakeholders.


    • Minimum Required

    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Completion of a professional accounting designation
    • 5+ years of related budgetary and accounting experience
    • Preferred

    • Professional accounting designation
    • Experience and knowledge in post-secondary/higher education environment
    • Demonstrable organizational and time management skills
    • Ability to initiate, implement and support new or modified approaches, practices and processes in the organization
    • Excellent oral, written, presentation, problem solving, analytical and interpersonal skills to build confidence within SAIT in the quality, reliability and timeliness of financial services provided.
    • Proficient with ERP systems and Microsoft Office

Job Classification: Finance Specialist
# of positions: 1
Salary Range: $70,208.25 – $100K
Hours per week: 37.5hrs
Posting End Date: April 28th, 2023
About SAIT
SAIT is a global leader in applied education. Named one of Alberta’s Top Employers , we offer the chance to work with a purpose — preparing the next generation of industry leaders, entrepreneurs, advocates and explorers.
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