Plant Protection Division Financial Analyst

Minnesota Department of Agriculture   Saint Paul, MN   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on July 15, 2022
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Job Class: State Program Administrator Principal

Working Title: Plant Protection Division Financial Analyst

  • Who May Apply : This vacancy is open to bidders and to all qualified job seekers. Bidders will be considered through 07/22/2022.
  • Date Posted : 07/15/2022
  • Closing Date : 07/28/2022
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Division/Unit : Plant Protection Division / Director Staff
  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift / 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required : No
  • Salary Range: $28.96 - $42.67/hourly; $60,468 - $89,094/annually
  • Job Class Option : Financial Management
  • Classified Status : Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 214 - Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE)
  • FLSA Status : Exempt - Professional
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

This position will be located in the Freeman Building in St. Paul with the ability to telework part-time.

This position serves as the Plant Protection Division (PPD) business analyst for financial management, internal accounting, procurement oversight and expenditure evaluations
and corrections. These activities ensure effective and accurate operations amongst multiple program areas providing inspection and certification services. Some specific responsibilities include oversight for contractual obligations, financial reporting for federal and state grants received, consulting on program budgets and providing overall oversight of division purchasing and assets.


Minimum Qualifications

To facilitate proper years of service crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.

Three years of professional experience in an accounting or financial management role.

A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field will count toward one year of experience. An Associate's Degree in one of these fields will count toward six months of experience.

Experience using spreadsheets and database systems to analyze financial data.

Mathematical skills sufficient to develop novel ways to analyze financial data and make predictions and recommendations.

Ability to read and correctly interpret State statute, purchasing policies and other associated rules.

The ability to celebrate diversity and a strong commitment to a respectful and inclusive work environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in a supervisory or lead accounting or financial management role.

Advanced experience in spreadsheets or databases sufficient to create pivot tables and other complex analysis.

Previous experience using SWIFT.

Current State purchasing authority.

Additional Requirements

A job offer will be contingent upon successfully passing a background check.  It is the policy of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, as part of its hiring procedures, to conduct background checks on the finalist(s) for positions within the agency.  The background check may consist of the following components:

  • SEMA4 Records Check (applies to current and former state employees only)
  • Employment Reference Check
  • Conflict of Interest Review

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will not sponsor applicants for work visas.  All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Application Details

Why Work For Us

This position provides financial analysis and support for the Plant Protection Division and as such is at the center of our work which includes nursery stock certification, hemp licensing, seed labeling permits, seed potato certification, fruit and vegetable grading, invasive species management and more. Come and work with a great group of professionals committed to serving Minnesota’s agricultural industries and protecting our environment.

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply to the MN Careers website Job ID 57362.


If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.


If you have questions about the position, contact Mark Abrahamson at .

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please email your certificate and the Job Opening ID to Becky Hierlinger at by the posting close date.



The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . Please indicate what assistance you need.