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Manager - Operating Budget

Job ID: PS102400
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department:
Date Posted: Oct 30, 2023

Description

JOB TITLE:                          Manager Operating Budgets - Commuter Rails (MNR)
SALARY RANGE:               $83,981 - $110,225
HAY POINTS:                       588
DEPT/DIV:                             Management and Budget
SUPERVISOR:                      Senior Manager, Operating Budget
LOCATION:                          420 Lexington Ave                                          

This position is eligible for telework which is currently one day per week. New hires are eligible to apply 30 days after their effective date of hire.


SUMMARY
This position supports the Senior Manager in all aspects of financial management for various departments within the agency.  This includes the preparation of agency budget and multi-year Financial Plan along with monthly variance expense analysis.
 
This position will work closely with the Senior Manager and departments to ensure that the operating budget meets the operational requirements of the department.  This effort includes the review and validation of comprehensive forecasts that incorporate current year expenditure trends, updates to various operating plans, assessments of capital project and management impacts on operating expenses, and other adjustments developed through on-going cost review and analysis.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Tasks include analysis of headcount to assure the budgeted department headcount meets operational requirements, cost-sharing agreements, budget reduction monitoring/analysis, inventory and material monitoring, overtime reporting, employee availability, non-payroll contract tracking, etc.
  • The position will contribute to a team responsible for corporate reporting related to headcount, material/inventory usage, overtime, employee availability, etc.
  • Assist in the development of the financial plan for various departments within the agency.  This requires a review and understanding of new need requests from each department and ensures that resources are closely aligned to operational needs. The Financial Plan is two to three times a year and requires significant time under tight deadlines; however, the planning process for future Financial Plans is on-going.
  • Prepare monthly variance expense analysis for each department and provide summary level explanations to Senior Management.  This information will also be used for preparation of the Committee Book that is distributed to the MTA Board.
  • Prepare Agency reports such as headcount, material/inventory usage, overtime, employee availability, etc.
  • Perform other assignments as requested.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
  • Professional, related, recent experience in positions within budget/accounting/cost control.
  • Knowledge of general accounting and financial reporting.
  • Personal PC computer experience (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Effective business writing skills (ability to focus on audience information needs, be concise and direct in language) and effective verbal communication skills (ability to interface with all levels of management).
  • Ability to ascertain critical operational and functional issues and prioritize analysis accordingly.
  • Ability to seek out, sort and compile data into useful information formats.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to influence other department’s commitment to providing timely and accurate data and updates.
  • Knowledge of PeopleSoft and or Hyperion Financial Management System.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
  •  Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Finance, Accounting or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of in financial analyses and/or budget development.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience managing professional staff and/or processes.

OTHER INFORMATION
As an employee of MTA Headquarters, you may be required to complete an annual financial disclosure statement with the State of New York, if your position earns more than $105,472 (this figure is subject to change) per year or if the position is designated as a policy maker.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.
 
The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.
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