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VP Business Analyst
Ref No.: 17-00505
Location: New Jersey
Position Type:Contract
VP Business Analyst 
Jersey City NJ 07310
9 months

Business Overview:
The Finance Americas COO department ensures that appropriate solutions are put in place for the Finance (accounting) and Tax organization to meet their business objectives.  The team acts as the bridge for the Finance and Tax organization to various departments within the BNP Paribas group, mainly the Business, PMO and Technology organizations in New York, New Jersey, California, Montreal, Mumbai, London and Paris. 
The team works simultaneously on a wide range of projects arising from business and regulatory changes and strategic initiatives. The team is also responsible for the reengineering efforts of existing applications to improve functionality and efficiency. The team also provides first line user support through training, research and responding to general queries.
The Business Analyst has broad-based responsibilities for the functional design, specification and deployment of Finance Systems and Process changes initiatives at both a Legal Entity and IHC level.  S/he will work as a team member of projects.   This includes:
  • Supervise and manage  Junior analysts in the following tasks:
  • Elicit, analyse, and document user requirements and business processes.
  • Undertake data assessment, data gap analysis and remediation.
  • Develop functional specification requirements for IT development and to ensure user requirements are met.
  • Perform System Integration Testing to ensure development is in line with functional specification.
  • Plan and manage User Acceptance Testing and migration testing up to successful delivery of end product.
  • Manage issues and escalate effectively.
  • Participate in project planning and cost estimates.
  • Ensure on-time quality delivery of projects and activities assigned.
  • Prepare presentation for management to Report on and monitor project status on regular basis (weekly) as to inform all stakeholders of ongoing program updates.
  • Coordinate with cross-functional teams (business groups, IT and PMO organizations) in New York, New Jersey, California, Montreal, Mumbai, London and Paris.
  • 10+ years of work experience in the field of audit and accounting, audit-CPA a plus.
  • Thorough understanding of accounting system (ie. upstream to general ledger) and experience of implementation in the financial services industry
  • Ability to take lead and ownership and drive the agenda
  • Experience and understanding of Broker Dealer activity and Capital Markets products
  • Project Management experience
  • Experience must include business analysis, data sourcing, functional specification, and application testing.
  • Ability to understand complex financial products and system architectures, including accounting business processes including financial and management reporting (e.g. IFRS and US GAAP), month-end closing process, regulatory reporting, entity consolidations and multi-currency accounting.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to explain complex issues clearly and concisely to audiences of varying technical or accounting levels.
  • Ability to work effectively in geographically dispersed cross-functional teams.
  • Strong Microsoft software Office skills (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, Visio, Project).
  • Knowledge of project management skills, SharePoint.
  • Regulatory Reporting knowledge preferred.
  • University Degree in Finance related subject preferred.