Principal Business Systems Analyst

Posted Date: Jul-17-2019

Job ID: 14887

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Information Technology

City: Bellevue

State: Washington

Store: Eastgate Headquarters

What's cool about this job

The Principal Business Systems Analyst contributes to REI’s success by ensuring the alignment of business strategy to the planning and execution of projects.  You will serve as a liaison between the business and Information Technology to ensure business needs and requirements are understood, valued, prioritized and communicated for large, cross-divisional projects. The REI Principal Business Systems Analyst is a leadership role in the community of business analysis on all Enterprise Systems projects to ensure they are implemented on time, on budget, and to specifications.  

Planning:  Contributes to corporate and divisional strategic planning process by helping identify and capture business initiatives: 
  • Manages/Engages Stakeholders
  • Identifies cross-divisional dependencies and impacts
  • Contributes to financial and business value analysis
  • Participates in periodic planning and prioritization negotiations

Business Case Creation:  Contributes to compelling business cases which measure and communicate proposed project benefits, coordinating with the PMO, Architecture, Finance and other disciplines:
  • Understands the business need and can communicate proposed project benefits
  • Traces strategy to solution
  • Articulates the business impact of business problems in a compelling business case and understands the organization’s economic and revenue drivers
  • Articulates the overall value to the organization to be delivered by the project
  • Presents to senior IT leadership as needed to secure necessary funding 

Requirements Management:  Identifies and documents a desired future state that addresses a business problem which manages requirements to the smallest set that will provide the biggest impact in advancing business objectives: 
  • Documents and analyzes existing or ‘as-is’ business processes and data concepts
  • Designs new or ‘to-be’ business processes and data concepts
  • Maps “as is” and “to be” business processes and conceptual data, understands gaps, and develops transition plans
  • Facilitates, elicits, gathers, documents, validates, and prioritizes competing business requirement demands and establishes baseline business requirements with testability and traceability of business value delivered
  • Assesses the risks of various solution options
  • Uses the appropriate requirements elicitation approach (User stories, Business requirements documents, etc.) to document requirements
  • Can articulate specifications with team and answer questions
  • Manages changes to the requirements baseline and maintains requirements for reuse
  • Provides deployment support
  • Leads peer reviews of requirements deliverables

Systems Knowledge, Design, & Architecture:  Understands business functionality, interfaces, data flow, and functional architecture of systems supported:
  • Ensures solution design meets user requirements
  • Able to troubleshoot functional system problems, especially when supporting end-user testing and training
  • Has an in-depth understanding of knowledge workers’ information needs as they relate to a potential solution
  • Can explain solution features and their value to a trainer and can route support requests to the appropriate team member for assistance

Methodologies & Other Functional Competencies:
  • Practices waterfall and agile SDLC methodologies
  • Manages business relationships & facilitate alignment meetings
  • Provides leadership in the Business Analysis Community of Practice
  • Demonstrates creative thinking, decision-making, leaning, problem-solving, systems thinking, personal ethics, organizational skills and trustworthiness
  • Possesses knowledge of business principles and practices, industry, organizational, and solution knowledge and general purpose and specialized applications
  • Demonstrates excellent oral & written communications, teaching, facilitation & negotiation, leadership & influencing skills and ability to work as a member or leader of a team
  • Effectively coordinates project delivery with the project management office or equivalent
  • Help define and adhere to best practices within the community

Bring your passion and expertise

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Business Management or related field, or equivalent training and experience 
  • 7+ years direct work experience as a Senior Business Analyst or Business Analyst on large scale programs or portfolios
  • Previous experience in a multi-channel retail environment is preferred
  • Direct work experience with SAP
  • 3+ years working with saas solutions
  • Direct work experience with waterfall and agile SDLC methodologies
  • Demonstrated expertise with both business and systems processes and an ability to understand and explain issues from both a technical and a business functional point of view
  • Demonstrated expertise in creating compelling business cases which express business need, communicate proposed project benefits and demonstrate business impacts
  • Exceptional oral & written communications, teaching, facilitation & negotiation, leadership & influencing skills
  • Demonstrated expertise in the facilitation, identification, validation, documentation prioritization and management of business requirements (use cases, data modeling, process modeling, context diagrams, systems diagrams, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and resolve conflict
  • Ability to conceptualize and recommend solutions to business problems
  • IT project management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate project delivery with the project management office or equivalent organization
  • Demonstrated experience in creating business models (strategy, process, conceptual data, etc.)

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that has been recognized on the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the award's inception – 22 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 150 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 13,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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