Business Analyst III, Research Administration

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Accounting and Finance


Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.


At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an anti-racist organization.  We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, anti-racism, and inclusion.   


The Department of Research Administration at Fred Hutch supports the faculty and research community through interdisciplinary sciences to accelerate innovation discovery by enabling scientific collaboration through unparalleled infrastructure. The Business Analyst III role will significantly impact the Research Administration business practices at Fred Hutch with complex decision-making with leadership input on the department's business operations. The Research Administration has an annual budget of over $100 million and more than 350 employees. The successful candidate will report to the Director of Finance and Operations in Research Administration work under general Supervision. Under the guidance of the Director of Finance and Operations, the Business Analyst will engage business and clinical leaders and subject domain experts to analyze functional requirements and data sources that support centralizing the Research Administration department businesses. The candidate will work collaboratively across Research Administration, the Administration Division, and Scientific Divisions. This position has the potential to be a hybrid work model.


The Business Analyst III is a subject matter and process expert; a leader who works with business partners, technical teams, and other stakeholders to design and deliver data and analytics capabilities to support the Research Administration Department and Fred Hutch's mission and strategic goals. Finally, this individual performs a key role in advancing Research Administration to:


  • Analyzing the structure and identifying any improvements of business to determine how it operates and determine its objectives within the current business model work. Build systematic solutions that address complex business problems, derive actionable insights, and maximize decision-making confidence while easy to refresh. (25%)
  • Design and implement automated analytic solutions, including reports, dashboards, and views from a wide range of data sources, and provide leadership in evaluating, interpreting, and optimizing these solutions. Maintain a solid working knowledge of a wide range of internal financial systems, workflows, and related data sources. (15%)
  • Assure integrity of the data for current and future financial reporting and ensure the sustainability and adaptability of all developed solutions. Seek opportunities for continuous improvement. Develop a robust understanding of the Research Administration department's financial data and systems to ensure effective, reliable, and responsible use of data. (15%)
  • Collaborate inter-departmentally to monitor and develop meaningful reports that provide users with insight on financial performance. Utilize numerous data sources and analytics to develop reports that assist in conveying the causes of financial variation. Assist in developing action steps for financial improvement and reports to monitor these results. (15%)
  • Translate business problems into technical approaches to create standardized Tableau reporting dashboards, which help explain budget to actual variances and guiding decision-making. Partner with
  • Operations Analyst to align and enhance existing Tableau Dashboards (15%)
  • Manage budget system (currently Kaufman Hall Axiom) from a data management and reporting perspective. Conduct data discovery and analysis from financial data to generate and test working hypotheses, uncover relationships, and identify quality issues. (15%)
  • Applies thorough knowledge of the needs of a business unit and understanding of systems technology to identify and design improvements for computer-based systems.
  • Conducts operational and organizational studies on business units, analyzes structure and flow of work through the teams, and recommends changes to improve operations.
  • Provides consultation to business unit management to determine solutions to business problems.
  • Coordinates functional requirements of business unit and technical solutions with systems personnel to develop the most cost-effective solution. Devises test plans, builds test data and tests new or enhanced application functions. Develops and delivers training and operating procedures.
  • Have extensive experience in the supported business functions, as well as some data processing skills and knowledge.




  • Bachelor's degree in Math, Business, Computer Science or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience/technical training that demonstrates analytical and technical competency.
  • 5 years of business analytic experience.
  • Superior organizational skills.
  • Proven knowledge and application of best practices for system management, documentation, and standardization.
  • Sustained, proven ability to think systematically and analytically using independent judgment.
  • Ability to identify and implement improvements such as increasing the level of data accuracy or decreasing the time spent to update a model or report.
  • Experience working with financial software programs
  • Advanced experience with systems; Tableau, PeopleSoft, Workday.
  • Advanced Excel skills.
  • Experience with relational database tools such as SQL Server and Access.
  • Ability to research, analyze and interpret complex data and formulate recommendations.
  • Collaborative and team-oriented communication style with ability to work effectively cross-departmentally.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to propose actions, identify and illustrate opportunities, make recommendations.
  • Solid financial skills, including a working understanding of the income statement.
  • Able to grasp and apply new concepts quickly.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize concurrent responsibilities and meet timelines.
  • Ability to manage projects independently or lead/direct the work of others with a wide degree of creativity and latitude.
  • Ability to work in a high-pressure, deadline-oriented, and complex health care environment.
  • Working understanding of relations between income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement. Articulate the financial impact of decisions to both clinical and administrative audiences.



  • Masters degree or higher level degree in Health Science, Informatics, Business, or a related field.
  • 8 years of business analytic experience in a healthcare environment
  • Expert in managing databases and systems.
  • Expert with Tableau.
  • Extensive experience in exploratory data analysis, data visualization.
  • Experience with predictive modeling and leading indicators


Please submit a cover letter with your application outlining how you meet the qualifications.


A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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