MD Anderson Cancer Center Senior Financial Analyst - (Budgets & Contracts / Pre-Award) GI Medical Oncology in Houston, Texas

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The primary purpose of the Senior Financial Analyst is to provide clinical trial budgeting expertise and support to the department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology. Ensure thorough preparation of study budgets, negotiation of financially sound contracts, and timely tracking and collection of sponsored payments. Serves as a finance liaison for finance interactions between GIMO, Clinical Research Finance department, the Office of Grants and Contracts, and Legal office, and various industry sponsors. Specifically, this position will have oversight of all industry and federal sponsored clinical trial budgets and contracts (pre-award).

The salary range is: min-$68,400, mid-$85,500, max-$102,600.


Research Contracts and Budgets

1.Works with Principal Investigators, Regulatory Team and Research Nurse Managers to prepare detailed research cost and patient care budgets on new or modified research contracts as required.

2.Participates in study initiation meetings to ensure all costs are captured. Educates research staff on financial aspects of study, including which services are standard of care and which are research.

3.Develop and approve investigator site and baseline budget.

4.Completes Sponsors budget forms.

5.Completes CRF budget checklist. Reviews and interacts with CRF regarding coverage analysis data.

6.Reviews coverage analysis for accuracy and inclusion into internal departmental trial budget.

7.Solicits budgets from participating departments in the clinical trial (e.g., CTRC, QIAC).

8.Negotiate with industry sponsors and CROs on new and amended clinical trial budgets. Ensures all research costs are covered, escalates to PI and/or Chair if negotiations reach a standstill.

9.Reviews and tracks protocols and protocol amendments for budget items to ensure all points of costs are reflected in the sponsored budget. Update internal budgets as necessary and update Department Finance Team.

10.Ensures that department policies and procedures conform to institutional standards as it relates to research patient charges, their budgeting and their expenditure.

11.Oversees advance set up process to establish chart field strings are created.

12.Ensures research charge activity is flowing smoothly for all newly-activated studies.

13.Oversees the research charge reconciliation process for all studies.

14.Periodically provides updates and departmental training related to research charge billing.

15.Liaison with PBS and CRF and other institutional authorities regarding research charge billing.

16.Develops course data logs and reviews with assigned clinical studies coordinator or research nurse. Assures they are updated timely.

17.Collaborate with grant program manager/coordinators on clinical grant development including budgeting of resources and patient care costs for clinical aspects of grant to ensure accurate pre-award submission.

Project Management / Data Analysis / Reporting

1.Interacts with all levels of personnel within the department, other institutional departments, as well as outside companies to resolve problems/errors or questions regarding basic accounting reconciliation items

2.Oversee the annual process for analyzing the department's cost of research, with the deliverable of a report and presentation to the Chair and faculty during the first quarter of each fiscal year.

3.Heavily participates in and/or manages the ePAF process for charging salaries to the appropriate studies. Review actual versus budgeted effort, compared to study enrollments and recommend adjustments as necessary. Project effort/salary distribution for life of study to accommodate fluctuations in activity.

4.Works closely with departmental effort coordinator to ensure accuracy in annual effort allocation process.

5.Develop database for oversight of protocol budgets, allocated resources (actual salary and effort), and submission of invoicing per protocol.

6.Manage the sponsor invoicing process for both milestone payments and regularly occurring study visits, to ensure timely collection of payments for work performed.

7.Create metrics for turnaround times for the various touchpoints in the budget creation and negotiation process for future monitoring.

8.Assist with any departmental needs as required, to include special financial and research reports as requested.

9.Oversee organization and maintenance of sponsored project files relating to fiscal and budgetary responsibilities and report.

10.Consults with departmental finance team regarding expense transactions related to each protocol.

11.Review M&O requests through Resource One and other internal departments and programs for allowance on sponsored projects. Compare to project budget, contract, and institutional policies.

12.Request no cost extensions through grants and contracts.


1.Initially, serve as a working supervisor, performing the work of the budget analyst until a fully functioning team is in place.

2.Serve as the subject matter expert on clinical trial budgeting for the department.

3.In conjunction with department leadership, recruit and train the appropriate staff.

4.Crosstrain members of the existing team on clinical trial budgeting.

5.Provides direct supervision for research budgeting team, including distribution of workload, monitoring of attendance, coaching for expected behaviors, annual evaluation of performance, etc.

6.Identify educational and training opportunities for the team, utilizing institutional resources as well as applicable professional societies for the industry.

7.Represent department in a professional and appropriate manner within institution, as well as externally.

8.Support and advance the institutional and departmental missions.

9.Flexibility and adaptability to change are key components of success in this role.


Required: Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related business specialty.


Required: Five years experience in data analysis, accounting or financial project management.

Preferred: Clinical trial budget and contract (pre-award) experience.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.