Business Analyst

Boston, MA | Contract

Post Date: 08/22/2017 Job ID: 79288 Specialty: Accounting & Finance

A leading financially services company in Boston’ s Financial District is seeking a Business Analyst to join their team. In this contract role, you will initiate, organize, drive, and complete small projects or segments of large projects that address business goals and needs. The Business Analyst gathers requirements, analyzes data, researches issues, and devises solutions for the project. Apply today!

Responsibilities for the Business Analyst:

Project Management & Execution
  • Assist Project Manager and Project Sponsor in defining project scope
  • Identify business goals and problems in individual business units and across the organization
  • Perform assessment of feasible solutions and the range of problems they may solve
  • Lead project segment or work stream
  • Prepare a plan for the work stream plan, including the creation of a work breakdown structure, task assignments, timelines, phases, dependencies, and critical paths
  • Work with Project Managers to prioritize deliverables and manage resources
  • Ensure thorough testing of all system changes, including user acceptance testing, regression testing, client testing and parallel/pilot testing as require
  • Ensure that Business Analysts adhere to strong project execution methodology standards and best practices throughout the project lifecycle

Data Collection & Documentation
  • Document and/or review business requirements gathered from business users, sponsors and clients, and obtain user signoff on the requirements
  • Identify and interview key individuals to gather needed details and direction to define business requirements
  • Track and organize open items; understand the time sensitivities of open issues and drive to resolution
  • Communicate defects to Systems developers
  • Track delivery dates for defect fixes and maintain status reporting
  • Oversee and/or participate in documentation of new or revised procedures or workflows
  • Document Change Requests, provide effort estimates and document business requirements for approved Change Requests
  • Conduct business analysis to determine how changing business needs will affect the system or product; clearly articulate the business need and potential solutions with support of insightful analysis and documented evidence
  • Demonstrates strong subject matter expertise in the assigned product or discipline, including technical knowledge of associated systems
  • Design creative solutions that meet the goals and objectives of the project and align with product/discipline strategy
  • Lead design sessions, driving to creative, well thought out, viable solutions

Analysis


  • Identify gaps between business requirements and existing or proposed design solutions
  • Recognize patterns in complex information across multiple projects and identify key issues
  • Work with business areas to identify productivity improvements in workflows and procedures
  • Work with business areas to identify areas of risk for errors and omissions

 

Communication
  • Plan meetings, prepare materials, and lead or participate in meetings with business users and sponsors, systems groups, vendors and clients
  • Prepare project status reporting and other project communications for internal and external stakeholders as needed

Leadership


  • Lead work streams or project segments
  • Lead or participate in client workshops and meetings to identify key issues, requirements, and gaps
  • Conduct/lead user/client training when necessary
  • Assist in the creation of product announcements and modification of client demonstration materials as needed
  • Provide guidance for Business Analysts through coaching, resolving interpersonal conflict, coordinating activity, and assigning work
  • Based on lessons learned, offers updates to improve best practices, project documentation and standards as applicable

 

Requirements for the Business Analyst:


  • BA/BS degree and/or equivalent work experience
  • 5+ years of industry or project experience
  • Flexible and able to handle multiple priorities
  • Takes ownership and follow through on tasks; results oriented
  • Technology savvy with a strong knowledge working with Microsoft Office
  • Strong organizational skills with great attention to detail
  • Strong multi-tasking and prioritizing skills with the ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a customer service focus
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without sponsorship                      

 

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