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Financial Analyst Job Description
The following are all aspects of a financial analyst’s duties:

Perform financial forecasting, reporting, and operational metrics tracking
Analyze financial data and create financial models for decision support
Report on financial performance and prepare for regular leadership reviews
Analyze past results, perform variance analysis, identify trends, and make recommendations for improvements
Work closely with the accounting team to ensure accurate financial reporting
Evaluate financial performance by comparing and analyzing actual results with plans and forecasts
Guide the cost analysis process by establishing and enforcing policies and procedures
Provide analysis of trends and forecasts and recommend actions for optimization
Recommend actions by analyzing and interpreting data and making comparative analyses; study proposed changes in methods and materials
Identify and drive process improvements, including the creation of standard and ad-hoc reports, tools, and Excel dashboards
Increase productivity by developing automated reporting/forecasting tools
Perform market research, data mining, business intelligence, and valuation comps
Maintain a strong financial analysis foundation creating forecasts and models
Proficiency with Microsoft Excel is mentioned in virtually any financial analyst job description; familiarity with data query/data management tools is extremely helpful (Access, SQL, Business Objects)
Financial Analyst Job Description – Basic Qualifications
0-3+ years of business finance or other relevant experience
High proficiency in financial modeling techniques
Strong fluency with Excel formulas and functions
BA, BS, or B.Com degree required (Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Finance/Economics)
Strong analytical and data gathering skills
Good business acumen
Financial Analyst Job Description – Preferred Qualifications
3-5+ years of business finance or other relevant experience
MBAs are preferred
Finance, Accounting, Economics, or Statistics are preferred major fields
Proven work experience in a quantitatively-heavy role
FMVA or similar designations preferred
Strong quantitative and analytical competency
Self-starter with excellent interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills
Advanced knowledge of Excel
Financial Analyst Job Description – Personality and Interpersonal Skills
Ability to streamline functions and passion to learn and grow
Strong interpersonal skills, including written and oral communication skills
Comfort dealing with ambiguity and the ability to work independently
Experience working with, and presenting to, senior executives
Excellent communication and presentation skills; be comfortable interacting with executive-level management
Strong financial modeling experience
Key Responsibilities
Grow financial performance through analysis of financial results, forecasts, variances, and trends
Create recommendations to be presented to management and executives
Develop financial models to support valuation, planning, and forecasting
Aid in the capital budgeting and expenditure planning processes
Reconcile existing transactions through cross-referencing of incoming and outgoing data
Conduct comparables analysis and market research to support internal financial analysis
Maintain up-to-date technical knowledge of financial instruments, market conditions, and trends

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