Business Analyst

Stanford University - Redwood City, CA4.3

Full-timeEstimated: $71,000 - $100,000 a year
Financial Management Services Business Analyst

Job Family: Information Technology Services
Job Series IT Business Analyst 2
Job Code: 4772
Grade: I
Exemption: Exempt, Fixed-Term

Stanford’s Financial Management Services:
Stanford University is one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and also one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career.

Financial Management Services (FMS) is a unit of the Business Affairs Office consisting of five primary organizations: Controller’s Office, Treasurer’s Office, Purchasing & Payment Services, Global Operations, and Financial Management Consulting and Support. FMS works with other Business Affairs units to provide integrated financial, technical, and business services for the benefit of the Stanford Community. The Financial Management Services (FMS) organization is led by the Sr. Associate Vice President for Finance and is charged with leading and managing the financial and management accounting activities for the University.

As a key member of the Strategic Initiatives and Program Management team under FMS, this position will be responsible for specifying requirements and/or design solutions for business information systems and incorporate new technical systems to improve work-flow, production, efficiency and effectiveness. The Business Analyst will support (or may lead at times) assigned projects to ensure that the University’s procure-to-pay needs are addressed in an efficient and optimal manner. This position will work closely with the Financial Management Consulting and Support, Procurement and Administrative Systems teams, as well as other Central departments to identify areas where P2P processes can be improved.

Your responsibilities include:
Translate business processes into system requirements and/or development of systems solutions.
Analyze new business requirements, assist with feasibility of enhancement requests, system functionalities, current system use and user needs.
Specify functional analysis and design and work with developers and analysts to recommend solutions and resolve system issues.
Review, research and evaluate software to determine its usefulness and appropriateness as related to existing or proposed business systems; assist or develop preliminary and detailed system design documentation.
Perform testing of new systems, upgrades and patching of existing systems; plan, conduct and document results of testing.
Advise users requiring assistance in solving complex problems or issues regarding management and business systems.
Analyze data and provide data sets to users for analysis. May include development of operational and analytical reports for end users.
Liaise with external vendors or partners in support of business systems, which may include system development, implementation and/or operations.
Coordinate the implementation of new or modified business systems.

  • - Other duties may also be assigned
To be successful in this position, you will bring:
Bachelor's degree and five years relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge of, computer system capabilities, business processes, and work flow.
Good understanding and exposure to the procurement and/or financial management subject area
Experience with enterprise applications and understanding of database driven applications.
Strong understanding of the software development life cycle.
Knowledge of principles and techniques used in conducting management studies and in systems analysis.
Current knowledge of rapidly changing computer technology.
Skill in conducting interviews and facilitating group meetings.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to bridge functional and technical resources by communicating effectively with individuals of varying systems expertise and business needs.
Strong listening, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
Ability to design and document complex business systems.
Proven problem solving and analytical thinking and ability to approach problems logically and systematically.
Ability to write test scripts, conduct user acceptance testing sessions and report issues and enhancement requests in issue tracking system.
Ability to work independently and work on multiple assignments.
Experience with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Visio.
Exhibit resilience, problem-solving solutions and results-driven capabilities

In addition, our preferred requirements include:
Knowledge and understanding of university operations, administration, community and mission
Experience in the procure-to-pay process and functions including spend, contract and vendor management programs
Experienced with Oracle Financial systems (release 12+), specifically with Procurement modules a plus
Proficiency in SQL queries and working knowledge of query tools (Toad, SQL Plus, Golden6 etc)
Experience in an academic setting

  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
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