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City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services


The Financial Analyst I will be a part of the Financial Planning section of the Business Services Group within BES.  The section is responsible for ensuring the financial success of a large and complex municipal enterprise utility bureau with an annual budget of over $1.5 billion and with debt outstanding of $1.5 billion.  The group provides budget development, financial/economic analysis and forecasting, debt management, sewer and stormwater rate and fees development (in excess of $395 million annually), policy analysis and recommendations, and wholesale service contract development and administration.

The Financial Analyst I will be responsible, under general direction, to independently gain a mastery of BES and City financial systems and reporting functions.  The position will use that mastery to develop tools and processes to monitor and communicate detailed budget/actual expenditure and revenue information to support bureauwide decision-making.  The position will also monitor revenues and expenses related to interagency agreements and intergovernmental agreements. The position will be responsible for updating and reporting accurate budget and financial information on an ongoing basis.  There will be independent interaction with internal and external bureau partners to align the budget to base expectations, to monitor changes to budgetary expectations, to understand and explain budget priorities, to support consistent financial planning practices bureauwide, and to recommend process modifications when necessary.

Under direction from the Financial Planning Manager, this position will additionally be responsible for independently working with division managers to develop, update, and monitor division budgets within the Business Services Group.  Working with the newly formed Project Management Office, they will be the lead to interface financial planning with CIP development, and to facilitate necessary adjustments within the budget system.  Additionally, the position will assist senior level financial staff in the annual development of utility rates and fees, in financial forecasting, in developing and monitoring of financial performance metrics, and with other tasks as they arise.

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
1. Knowledge of principles, practices and methods of budget development and monitoring.
2. Knowledge of and ability to understand and analyze financial data.
3. Ability to assemble financial data and prepare clear, concise and comprehensive technical documents, reports, illustrations and other written materials.
4. Ability to use the principles and practices of public administration, including budget, purchasing, contract processing and maintenance of public records.
5. Experience using the principles and practices of sound business communication, including the ability to present ideas clearly, logically and persuasively in a non-technical manner to diverse audiences.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage is available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family.

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