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Business Analyst 5
Ref No.: 18-01339
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Start Date / End Date: 09/17/2018 to 06/30/2019
Seeking a Business Analyst to work with internal staff to optimize processes and improve quality for the design, development and maintenance of technical assets.

It is critical for a Business analyst to understand the operational systems of a client and what the client requires as changes to their existing systems. The Business analyst must translate those requirements into technical specifications to be used by internal staff to develop the system modifications; diagrams must also be prepared explaining the modifications so that both technical staff and executive management can understand what must be done. The Business analyst must propose alternative solutions that balance cost and benefit, and adequately test the possibilities for business and technical compatibility.

Responsibilities:
  • Understand the operational systems of a client in order to Client and document required modifications in the form of User Stories to improve both business and technical processing
  • Work with Product Owner to understand business requirements and be able to write them into Epics and derive required features from each Epic
  • Create clear and concise User Stories for each Feature that are easy to understand and implement by the development team; Map stories to technical design specifications to be used by internal staff to develop the system modifications
  • Identify and group related User Stories into themes, document the dependencies and associated business processes
  • Assist Product Owner in maintaining the product backlog and progressive elaboration of features and User Stories
  • Create conceptual prototypes and mock-ups
  • Conduct Root Cause Analysis to identify system gaps and deficiencies that require a business, technical or blended approach for resolution
  • Diagram proposed modifications using architecture and data flow diagrams, so that both technical staff and executive management can understand what must be done
  • Propose alternative solutions that balance cost and benefit, and adequately test a solution's feasibility for business and technical compatibility
  • Document current state processes where documentation is missing or out of date
  • Collaborate with staff, vendors, consultants, and contractors as they are engaged on tasks to formulate, detail and test potential and implemented solutions.
  • Perform Quality Analyst functions such as defining test objectives, designing test plans and test cases, and executing test cases (including regression testing)
  • Assist Product Owners with testing the deliverables as needed
  • Must be proficient in business process management concepts on BPM tools. Strong experience in creating business process models.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
  • The candidate must have a minimum of 10 years of experience delivering business and systems analysis artifacts.
  • 5+ years experience as an Agile Business Analyst; strong understanding of Scrum concepts and methodology
  • Experience organizing and maintaining Product and Sprint backlogs
  • Experience translating client and product strategy requirements into application requirements and user stories
  • Defining acceptance criteria and managing acceptance process with development
  • Experience with large, enterprise multi-module systems
  • Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Visio, PowerPoint, Project Server)
  • Application Life cycle management (ALM)
  • The candidate must have exceptional written and oral communications skills

Preferred Qualifications:
  • CBAP and/or CSPO Certification
  • Business Process/Analytics
  • Experience using Team Foundation Server for Agile Software Development and work item tracking
  • Unified Modeling Language