Investigator Financial Analyst I

Dublin, Ireland
25 Feb 2021
04 Mar 2021
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)
Job Description

The Investigator Financial Analyst is expected to establish him/herself as a "co-pilot", along with the Project Leader (PL) and Finance Business Partner (FBP), in steering the investigator budget management for a set of projects. As such, the IFA acquires an understanding of the investigator budget economic drivers. He/she assists in translating the clinical conduct into a financial impact and proactively advising the PL & FBP on how to influence critical budget and cash flow levers in order to prevent negative impact project financials.

The IFA is the \"go-to\" person for broader Investigator Payment understanding or insight into defined projects. He/She interacts directly with project leads to help set payment strategy, analyzing and reconciling the investigator records, identifying trends, developing recommendations and guiding future decisions on the basis of their impact on project financials and customer satisfaction.

The main success factors of this role include strong business acumen, strong grasp of investigator payment and project operations and their implications for financial performance, and strong technical, analytical and consulting skills. Investigator Financial analysts are expected to build business relationships across all areas of the organization, drive tactical investigator payment decisions, an become a trusted advisor to project teams (including clients).

Key Accountabilities
  • Leads the monthly investigator payment forecast cycle and supports project analysis requirements, including a review of accruals, costs incurred, contracts signed, and patients enrolled.
  • Meet with clients, clinical team members, and other members of the organization to gather information and/or explain the financial impact of the observed clinical conduct.
  • Ensure appropriate supporting documentation is available and that the forecast is aligned with operational plans. Complete all required variance analyses for the set of projects, with insight. Identify risks in the project forecast and to the budget. Communicate, document and manage these on an ongoing message. Understand alternative finance scenarios within a project with a degree of technical knowledge and business acumen.
  • Actively monitor the balance sheet positions of investigator budgets for projects within the portfolio. Initiate action as needed with project teams to keep balances current, improving DSO and cash flow.
  • Play a key role in initiating, building, and reviewing change in scope activity on assigned projects. Work with the project teams on an appropriate budget for the scope of work. Maintain/update simpler project budgets within relevant tools from post-award onwards including analysis and understanding on any subsequent changes in scope.
  • Create accurate, transparent, and timely financial analysis to support project teams in project decision making process; clearly articulate financial implications of business decisions / choices, and provide retrospective analysis as well as drive forward looking actions on simpler projects / contract types.
  • Provide updates on financial status of investigator payments for assigned projects and create information in response to any client financial reporting needs for assigned projects in the area of project reporting, forecasting, or transactional details for the projects within the portfolio.
  • Maintains project accrual data of investigator payments (Accrued liability).
  • Provides investigator reconciliation upon database lock and intermittent reconciliations as needed (Left to pay).
  • Works with the Investigator Payments Organization to troubleshoot any budget, accrual, reporting, forecasting, or payments issues arising on the project.
  • Qualifications

  • Good interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong customer focus, ability to interact professionally within a client organization.
  • Ability to manage multiple and varied tasks with enthusiasm, prioritize workload.
  • Proficient in use of web based IT systems and MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Effective time management in order to meet daily metrics or team objectives.

  • Education:
  • A Bachelor's Degree or international equivalent in Accounting, Finance or Business.
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