Business Analyst

  • location: Washington, DC
  • type: Contract
  • salary: $50 - $65 per hour
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Business Analyst

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Position Overview:

The position requires a quality-focused and detail oriented Business Analyst with a demonstrated track record of providing solutions for high-priority business goals and strategic management decisions. Seeking candidates with experience in Enterprise Content Management Systems (i.e. Enterprise Intranets). The incumbent should be a skilled troubleshooter and problem solver with the ability to translate business processes and problem statements into requirements. The incumbent must be conversant with all stages of SDLC and be able to deliver results within tight timelines.

location: Washington, Washington, D.C.
job type: Contract
salary: $50 - 65 per hour
work hours: 8 to 5
education: Bachelors
Essential Job Functions:

- Organize, facilitate and leads in requirements gathering (user story definitions in the case of agile projects) sessions with business, subject matter experts and teams, producing basic documentation while addressing their ongoing intranet needs. Typically, under the guidance of a more senior business analyst

- Participates in prioritization of requirements with business and vendor teams.

- Interface with the business client to understand business needs and requirements, and to help develop and maintain the client relationship

- Familiar w SDLC in both waterfall and agile frameworks. Experience working with offshore teams

- Build stakeholder consensus and ensure everyone is on the same page, in agreement, and can visualize the solution being proposed

- Develop business cases, requirements, use cases, test plans, test strategies, test cases, and operational procedures and plans

o Document business processes and workflows

o Craft business cases to evaluate the feasibility of technology initiatives

o Identify business and functional requirements by working with application end-users, and lead the collection, analysis, documentation, and coordination of those requirements

o Design and execute test cases for application development and implementation projects

- Collaborate with IT professionals to determine if solutions currently exist (internally or externally) or whether new solutions are feasible to meet business requirements

- Leverage rapid prototyping approaches to present as-is/to-be processes/workflows and rough designs of the proposed solution

- Maintain a comprehensive chronological trail of requirements and agreements and actively contribute to the project change control process. Document and manage issues and actions

- Provide overall support to ensure the successful design, testing, and implementation of applications that support the business unit, Also, provide support in developing training materials and conducting training

- Document and manage issues and actions for IT applications and projects

- Prepare and make presentations using MS PowerPoint and Visio to project stakeholders and management

- Participate in the evaluation of new products or initiatives to determine the technology support required

- Evaluate applications and IT environments, and analyze gaps between current and desired states

- Propose recommendations based on industry best practices

Educational Qualifications and Experience:

- Education: Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems

- Role Specific Experience: 5+ years of relevant technical and business work experience

- Experience in defining and implementing Enterprise Content Management systems

- Extensive experience as a Business Analyst for a large international institutions

- Extensive experience with implementing a similar system

- Extensive experience in gathering business requirements and developing functional specifications with special emphasis on use cases, defining test cases, and providing user training and support

- Extensive experience with various system development lifecycle methodologies and tailoring the artifacts to those methodologies

- Experience with VersionOne, ALM a plus

Certification Requirements: None Specified

Required Skills/Abilities:

- Strong process analysis skills and ability to suggest improvements for efficiency and effectiveness of solutions based on industry best practices

- Knowledge of business analysis best practices (such as BABOK) and ability to effectively apply them

- Advanced knowledge of specific business area, process, workflows, standards, and business practices

- Proven conceptual, analytical, and judgmental skills

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to communicate well with all levels, technical as well as non-technical stakeholders

- Ability to work directly with clients and management without supervision and to facilitate and navigate discussions with stakeholders to ensure clarity, prioritization, and consensus

- Leadership skills and ability to work well with diverse team members, often in multiple locations

- Ability to work with different points-of-view and lead the team to convergence, while always keeping the project objectives in sight

- Strong presentation and facilitation skills

- Excellent personal organization skills and ability to take things to closure without follow-ups

Desired Skills/Abilities (not required but a plus):

- Knowledge of Business Intelligence tools

- Knowledge of ITIL, service, and process management

- Certificate such as IIBA, ITIL Foundation, etc.

- Knowledge and experience in COTS implementation as BA/BSA on COTS projects

- Experience with implementing information security processes

- Experience in project management

skills: o Required Skills/Abilities:

Expert knowledge of relevant processes and information systems and databases

§ Understanding and knowledge of operations and the specifics of records management systems in the institution

§ Expert knowledge with Microsoft's O365 products and reporting and data viz tools such as Business Objects, Tableau & Power BI

Equal Opportunity Employer: Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, National Origin, Age, Genetic Information, Disability, Protected Veteran Status, or any other legally protected group status.

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