The Budget Analyst will perform financial, operational and budgetary analysis in support of SCRRA’s financial planning and analysis activities.
This the career level of the Budget Analyst series. At this level, the incumbent has some latitude for independent judgment and may vary work methods and procedures, but usually within prescribed parameters.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED AND RECEIVED
Receives supervision from departmental management/supervisory level roles
No formal supervisory responsibilities
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties listed below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of responsibilities.
Assist in the design of reporting processes to enhance the analysis and correction of budget problems
Review coding on Requisitions and ensure budget exists to support expense.
Interact with Cost Centers regarding the “Budget transfer” process; verify funds availability for transfer expenditure changes between accounts and calculate impact to member agencies.
Track and monitor all amendments to the approved annual operating and capital budgets.
Provide support for the monthly and year-end close of the general ledger.
Work collaboratively with department staff in analysis of departmental revenue, expenses and other financials.
Assist in maintaining the cost accounting system within the Financial Information System, Oracle.
Assist with the preparation and analysis of the annual operating budget, revenue and expenses.
Assist in the annual cost setting process and year-end reconciliation of operating expenditures.
Assist in the conversion of the budget process to a more efficient and automated environment.
Provide support to Cost Centers with current financial information and any questions regarding budgets.
Review budgets to monthly, quarterly and annual actual reports to monitor expenditure.
Collect and analyze data, record results and make recommendations for cost savings.
Create and maintain documentation files to support operating budget information for ease of retrieval and historical analysis.
Provide timely explanation and analytics of variances between actual results and forecasts/budgets.
Assist in the production of quarterly performance measurement reports to the appropriate Board Committee and the Board of Directors.
Assist in the development of reports for internal agency management for publication.
Work with department staff to coordinate various ongoing and annual special projects including but not limited to comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), Indirect Cost Allocation Plan, and internal and external audits.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or a related field or equivalent experience.
A minimum of six (6) years’ experience accounting, finance, business intelligence and/or budget, along with experience performing complex financial analysis of operational expenditures.
A combination of training, education and or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered when determining minimum qualifications. Advanced relevant coursework may also substitute for a portion of required experience.
Valid Class C Driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record of no more than three moving violations and no DUI’s within the last three years.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Accounting principles and procedures related to cost accounting, budgeting, and forecasting
Principles and practices of public administration
Principles and practices of administrative research and statistical analysis
Resolving discrepancies and analyzing trends
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
Use of Microsoft Office with advanced skills in Excel
Strong and effective communication skills both verbally and in writing
Strong and effective organizational and time management skills
Build team cohesiveness by establishing, communicating, and reinforcing the Finance mission statement
Perform complex analysis and prepare associated reports
Identify, monitor and track complex trends and patterns
Ability to comprehend the public service environment, SCRRA mission, objectives, and business model
Transition between a stationary position at a desk or work location and move about Metrolink facilities or other work site locations
Operate tools to perform the duties of the position; such as computers, office equipment and work-related machinery
Transport equipment or boxes up to 25lbs
Exchange ideas by means of communication
Visual acuity to detect, identify and observe employees or train movement and any barriers to movement when working on or near railroad tracks
Hear and perceive the nature of sounds when working on or near railroad tracks
Balance, ascend/descend, climb, kneel, stoop, bend, crouch or crawl within assigned working conditions and or locations
Position requires work in a normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, or temperature. Work may also be conducted in outdoor environments, at construction sites, Railroad Track and Right-of-Way environments, and warehouse environments, with possible exposure to individuals who are hostile or irate, moving mechanical parts, and loud noises (85+ decibels, such as heavy trucks, construction, etc.)
Southern California Regional Rail Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Authority will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Hello and Welcome to the SCRRA Online Recruitment Process. First, some information about SCRRA! The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) is the joint powers authority that operates Metrolink. Metrolink was formed in 1991 and includes the 5 county agencies - Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) and Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC). SCRRA is responsible for reducing highway congestion and improving mobility throughout Southern California. Metrolink has grown tremendously during our more than 20 years in service with a dedicated staff of approximately 275 full-time employees and over 800 contract staff. Metrolink has expanded to 7 service lines, 59 stations and 43,000 daily boardings, all over 534 route miles and is one of the fastest growing commuter rail systems in the country.