Senior Data Analyst - Financial Planning & Analysis
Chicago, IL Financial Planning & Analysis
Job Type

The Chicago Sun-Times is the hardest-working paper in America, covering the stories and issues that matter most to Chicagoans with depth, integrity, and grit. The newsroom has earned eight Pulitzer Prizes for its hard-hitting investigative reporting, in-depth political coverage, insightful sports analysis, entertainment reviews, and cultural commentary. An industry-leading innovator in local news, it has been recognized nationally for expanding digital and multimedia reporting platforms alongside its indomitable newspaper, the oldest continuously published daily in the city.

In January 2022, the Sun-Times merged with public radio station WBEZ with a shared mission to strengthen local journalism in Chicago. Under the banner of Chicago Public Media, Chicago Sun-Times Media, Inc. (CSTM) is now part of one of the largest nonprofit news organizations in the nation. This merger reinforces our commitment to serving Chicagoans with the news that matters most -– fact-based, unbiased journalism that is deeply connected to Chicago communities.

The Opportunity

We are looking for an experienced Sr. Data Analyst with 5+ years of experience who is ready to take their career to the next level. The Sr. Data Analyst is a key strategic role within the organization, providing data support and reporting across the organization.  As a member of the Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) team, the Sr. Data Analyst will work closely with internal business partners to measure and improve business performance. This position reports directly to the Director of FP&A, with interaction and visibility to senior leadership.


  • Analyze internal and external data across several business units to provide actionable intelligence.
  • Act as a subject matter expert on enterprise-level dashboards and reports to guide business decisions based on key organizational KPIs. 
  • Monitor KPIs, analyze trends, and present causes of unexpected variance
  • Collaborate, educate, and provide reporting to cross-departmental teams to develop a cohesive and comprehensive understanding of key business drivers.
  • Use intuition and experience to resolve operational issues on the fly
  • Lead other analysts on tools, approaches, and how to arrive at concise actionable solutions.
  • Align project objectives with Finance and Information Systems strategies to meet short and long-term business goals
  • Manage initiatives that focus on driving new projects, process improvements, and reporting enhancements

COVID-19 Requirement: CSTM requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination upon hire.



  • BS, BA in Business Administration, Finance, Information Systems,  Mathematics, or equivalent; MBA is a plus
  • Highly experienced in the core MS Office suite applications and an advanced user of Excel including the ability to use formulas, functions, and pivots; PowerPoint and Google Docs experience required
  • Minimum 5+ years of experience in analytics and data in a corporate finance environment
  • Advanced level skills leveraging SQL or other relational databases required; Python experience highly preferred 
  • Advanced technical writing experience in relevant areas, including queries, reports, and presentations
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge with creating reports and dashboards using  Power BI, Tableau, or other similar data visualization tools
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and the ability to work with large datasets to provide actionable business insights
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present analyses and findings to all levels of management

What We Offer

  • Competitive salary and benefits package
  • Opportunity to work within a collaborative team culture
  • A hybrid work schedule: 2 days in the office, 3 days remote
  • Opportunity to be part of an iconic brand!

The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment. CSTM may change the content or format of this job at any time at its sole and exclusive discretion without notice.  This role does not offer sponsorship employment benefits.  

CSTM does not discriminate in its employment decisions based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, citizenship or national origin, veteran status, or on any other basis which would violate any applicable federal, state, or local law.