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Communications Budget Management Analyst

Requisition Number:  3541
Pay Rate:  PGR11

Houston, TX, US

Category:  Communications and Marketing

Basic Function

Responsible for the development and monitoring of the Communications department budgets.  Assists the Executive Vice President & Chief Communications Officer in the development and implementation of the Communications annual financial budgets.  Coordinates and/or develops reports and budget information for senior management/Board (monthly business report, quarterly budget meetings, etc.) ensuring work is of top quality both in accuracy and presentation.  Manages and coordinates all Communications procurement activities.  Manages contract expenditures through SAP/SRM including contract requirements and renewals.  Performs duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties

  • Performs financial forecasting and reconciliation of internal accounts, including constructing variance reports to ensure financial information has been recorded correctly.
  • Develops expense analyses, projections, reports and presentations.
  • Provides technical assistance for cost analysis, fiscal allocation, budget preparation and financial forecasting.
  • Assists the EVP & Chief Communications Officer and VP Marketing & Communication Services with monthly, quarterly and yearly budget presentations and documentation.
  • Creates and analyzes monthly, quarterly and annual reports and ensures financial information has been recorded accurately.  Reviews results with appropriate division lead and prepares corrective actions.
  • Develops Quarterly Management Report (QMR) and presents the department budget at the QMR meetings.
  • Creates all budget changes and transfers via budget change requests and journal entries.
  • Administers departments procurement process, reviews procurement and expenditure requests for budget compliance.
  • Ensures the department’s financial information is accurate and correctly entered into METRO’s budget system.
  • Prepares spending authorizations for review by management via the creation and monitoring of Shopping Carts and Change Order requests in SAP/SRM.  Provides financial recommendations for the approval or disapproval of funds requests.
  • Manages contract expenditures through the SAP/SRM system.
  • Coordinates with various divisions within METRO to gather data and produce reports.
  • Responsible for year-end accruals and the accurate processing of payments and accrual reversals.
  • Prepares and delivers timely, well organized and informative presentation of work.
  • Establishes working and historical files of the department’s operating budget, audits and expense reconciliation.
  • Provides excellent customer service to METRO internal and external customers.
  • Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Education Requirement

High school diploma or GED is required.  Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Public Administration or related field is preferred.

Years & Experience Required

Minimum five (5) years’ experience in the areas of budget, forecasting and cost control, and report development.

Knowledge & Skills Required

Working knowledge of budget administration and commonly used budget/financial concepts and procedures.  Proficient with PC’s and Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access).  Good analytical skills and excellent communications (written/verbal) skills.  Good customer service and organizational skills.

Additional Information

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy for all employees. All internal and external applicants will be required to undergo drug testing before employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment.

Further, employees who perform safety-sensitive functions will submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements.

We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, genetic information or disability.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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