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Sr. Business Analyst
Ref No.: 17-03775
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
My customer, an international financial organization located in Washington, DC has a 6+ month contract position available for a Sr. Business Analyst.

The position requires a quality-focused and detail oriented Senior Business Analyst with a demonstrated track record of providing solutions for high-priority business goals and strategic management decisions. 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.

Essential Job Functions:
• Interface with the business client to understand business needs and requirements;
• Build stakeholder consensus and ensure everyone is on the same page, in agreement, and can visualize the solution being proposed
• Conduct comprehensive analysis including source system analysis that would inform the design of data warehouse solutions
• Develop detailed requirements, including reporting/analytic requirements documentation, test plans, test strategies, test cases, and operational procedures and plans
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
• 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, or Finance
• Role Specific Experience: 8+ years of relevant technical and business work experience
• Experience in defining and implementing technology solutions for a major financial institution
• Extensive experience as a Business Analyst for a large financial institution
• Extensive experience with financial applications - risk /treasury
• Extensive experience in gathering business requirements and developing functional specifications
• Extensive experience with various system development lifecycle methodologies and tailoring the artifacts to those methodologies

Required Skills/Abilities:
• Strong process and data analysis skills and ability to suggest improvements for efficiency and effectiveness of solutions based on industry best practices
• Knowledge of business analysis best practices 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 PL/SQL and C++ numerical programming, MS Access, Oracle, and reporting tools such as Business objects
• Knowledge of Business Intelligence tools