Business Analyst

Varstaff - Fort Worth, TX (30+ days ago)5.0

Job Description:
Responsible for working in partnership with Management, Business Units, and project team members to research, analyze, evaluate, and document proposed solutions to support business initiatives, and assist the Project Manager to achieve preferred project outcomes. Participating in all stages of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) this individual identifies and refines business objectives, rules, and requirements using appropriate PM&I deliverables, then facilitates the construction, verification, and implementation of the associated solution.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Based on input from the business, and using accepted business and industry techniques described in PM&I methodology, analyze, research, and evaluate existing business systems and processes to establish, verify, and document business rules, business process models, business user requirements, functional and corporate requirements, and technical designs
Where appropriate, and by mentoring the Business Department BA if possible, develop business input (current state, business objectives, user requirements) by interviewing Business Department subject matter experts
As a scrum master, ensures the correct use of scrum process, helps team or individual to clarify goals and actions to achieve them, tracks and removes impediments, forecasts the numbers of deliverables possible in an iteration or sprint, provides expertise in estimation and planning
Provides coaching and training in proper Agile practices, processes, and tools
Organize, lead and facilitate project team meetings (Business Owners, Department BAs, IT professionals, and other stakeholders) in which project activities are discussed, consensus is developed, and issues are resolved, using positive conflict resolution techniques
Facilitate and monitor the development of Quality Control (QC) and User Acceptance (UA) test cases and activities, validating and certifying that the delivered solution meets the needs of the business as documented in Business User’s Requirements, and confirming that project release documentation accurately reflects the delivered product
Analyze, troubleshoot, and resolve issues encountered during testing and implementation, serve as the project subject matter expert during Construction and Implementation stages for new applications or existing application enhancements and provide direct or indirect project-related training
Develop reasonable time estimates for project team tasks, and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner with a high level of quality
Provide assistance to the Project Manager, as needed, in the preparation of necessary project materials (e.g., Project Plan, Work Breakdown Structure, and communication documents), meeting management facilitation, identification and escalation of issues, etc.

Prerequisite Job Skills/Knowledge/Abilities:
5+ years of experience as a Business Analyst, preferably in the financial services industry
2+ years of experience in Agile Development Initiatives
2+ years of experience in Web Development projects
2+ Years of experience as a Scrum Master
Experience in utilizing JIRA
Experience in providing training and directing activities in proper Agile practices, processes, and tools Experience working with the software development lifecycle (SDLC)
Bachelor's degree in Information Technologies or a related field is preferred
International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), or Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) certification with post-certification business analysis experience is preferred
Ability to Assist the Project Managers in the performance of the PM's duties and acting on behalf of the Project Manager as needed
Possess and demonstrate Excellent analytical and critical skills to assess situations, troubleshoot, and make recommendations from both strategic and tactical perspectives
Possess and demonstrate excellent Business Analysis and Process skills, including strong knowledge of methodologies, processes, and best business practices
Ability to provide reasonable time estimates and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner with a high level of quality
Ability to lead and facilitate meetings and interviews with management, business owners and users to define, establish, and document business objectives and requirements, and foster communications with business users and team members
Ability to facilitate design and issue resolution meetings, provide assistance in the development of the Technical Design as a member of the Project’s Technical Design Team
Ability to facilitate and monitor the development of Quality Control (QC) and User Acceptance (UA) test activities, validate and certify that the delivered solution meets the needs of the business as documented in the business user’s requirements, and confirm the project release documentation accurately reflects the delivered product
Enhance, maintain and apply knowledge, understanding and awareness of other active projects to identify and communicate to project management any potential conflicts and dependencies between projects
Maintain and apply knowledge and understanding of industry-standard Business Analysis practices and philosophies, analysis techniques, requirements gathering techniques and tools
Excellent professional communication skills (verbal and written) for communicating effectively and tactfully with management, business users, team members, other employees, consultants, and business partners
Excellent leadership and interpersonal communication skills, maintain a professional demeanor and the ability to manage the multiple facets of dynamic groups including planning, prioritizing, scheduling, coaching and conflict resolution
Ability to function effectively independently or within a team environment with limited supervision

The IT Business Analyst will have extensive interaction with business management, subject matter experts, and staff as well as IT technical staff and management. There will also be occasions where there will be interactions with 3rd party vendors and business partners