Department: Alumni Relations & Development Salary/Grade: ITS/78
The Business Analyst performs tasks related to the design, implementation, support/maintenance, and enhancement of NU's enterprise, vendor and in-house developed applications. Documents functional requirements, analyzes requirements in the context of software and processes, develops and executes test plans, assists with and documents business process improvement efforts, and works with production issues. Completes content, process, and procedures for technical and functional system work that is low to medium in complexity.
Typically works with senior staff, but may coordinate smaller or less complex projects independently.
This position is part of the Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) Reporting and Analytics team and will be responsible for fulfilling the reporting needs of all teams across ARD. The Business Analyst will be involved in all stages of development, including requirements gathering, documentation of specs, feedback cycles, testing, and release of the final product. In collaboration with other members of the Reporting and Analytics team, as well as the Alumni and Development Enterprise Applications team, the Business Analyst will partner with clients to identify and implement best practices in all areas of reporting. This position reports to the Manager of Reporting and Analytics.
Partners with senior analysts, end users and peers to document and analyze functional requirements, identify gaps and alternative approaches to meet requirements, and ensure all deliverables completed (adhering to approved methodology and documentation standards).
Partners with functional users and technical and reporting staff to determine best approaches, ensuring that approved solutions are implemented in a timely and correct fashion.
Drafts accurate documentation of process, procedure, and system/application configuration.
Formulates and executes test scripts, implementation project plans, rolls out communications and training materials.
Outlines medium complexity use cases.
Formulates test scripts and performs detailed testing for moderate to complex use cases to ensure that the implemented software functions correctly.
Participates in and may facilitate iterative feedback processes among users, developers, and analysts to ensure software functionality aligns with requirements. Draws on prior implementation experience to engage in discussions.
Assists in software evaluation and enters moderate to complex configurations to meet user needs.
Collects feedback from users on application performance and escalates moderate to complex critical performance issues with technical resources and management.
Collaborates with technical, reporting and application resources to analyze and resolve moderate to complex production issues in a timely manner. Provides input into possible solutions based on prior system knowledge and basic analytical skills.
Manages basic projects or work packets ensuring timelines, deliverables and expectations are met.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Infrastructure (extends across applications): Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Outlook), Oracle and Oracle RAC.
Programming Languages and Frameworks: SQL, PL/SQL.
Analytical: Debugging, decision making, problem solving, troubleshooting.
Project: Code documentation.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Database design/ data structure
Collaboration and teamwork
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 37295
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.