Job Summary/Basic Function: Job Summary: The Lamar University Information Management and Decision Support (IMDS) division is accepting applications for a Business Analyst or Business Analyst Sr. position with experience to excel as a team member in our Management Information and Analysis (MIA) department. The MIA department provides data and visualizations in support of executive decision-making and is responsible for supporting the university's institutional reporting needs as well as data integrity and accuracy assurance in our ERP environment. The successful candidate for this position will be part of a Data Engineering group that provides accurate datasets to support a variety of analyses, data visualizations, and data integrity exercises. We are looking for motivated people with a demonstrated aptitude for technology, a customer service mentality and the willingness and ability to learn new tools and technologies. The successful candidate will support the mission of IMDSS by providing high quality, professional reporting services and timely response and solutions to customer requests.
The purpose of this position is to provide data set development to support university data visualization requirements, consultation on solutions to data related issues, and coordination on data integrity and accuracy within our application portfolio. This is accomplished by gathering and assessing information to define requirements, developing procedures to meet requirements, querying different data sources, creating reports, presenting report results, attending meetings, and training users on solutions. Other duties include attending conferences, seminars and training sessions, and assisting with the implementation of ancillary applications where appropriate. With an enrollment of over 16,000 students, Lamar University is one of Texas' fastest growing universities. The Carnegie Research university has been nationally recognized for the quality of its core curriculum and the diversity of its student body. Beaumont is a Texas Gulf Coast city located between Houston and New Orleans. With mild winters and an exciting blend of cultures, it offers much to do with a wide variety of restaurants, museums, and arts venues. As the 4th largest U.S. city, nearby Houston offers an extensive range of attractions. Position Responsibilities:
Works with customers to provide datasets to meet requirements for reports and/or data visualizations
Serves as a leader for data integrity and accuracy initiatives
Supports the reporting functions of the IMDSS division
Works closely with functional departments to understand any data related issues they experience and offer timely, accurate solutions
Provides problem solving support and ad-hoc reporting support
Prepares updates on long-term initiatives for management
Maintains an in-depth knowledge of ERP applications and their closely related ancillary applications
Researches database technologies to stay up to date on best methods for retrieving data
Works with internal and external groups to provide interfaces that meet provided specifications and business needs
Provides report writing by receiving report requests from functional users; interpreting the report requirements; writing code for queries; presenting results to requester for approval; modifying existing reports and interfaces
Provides problem resolution by using programming languages, operating systems and software applications; and debugging/troubleshooting problems with data and reports
Maintains and increases professional knowledge on a continuing basis, including engagement with professional and industry groups
This position does require occasional after hours and/or weekend support of operations
Minimum Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications:Business Analyst Sr.** Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college or university and at least seven years of related experience Capability to perform in a dynamic and team-oriented environment is essential Strong SQL programming skills are required Ability to write ad-hoc queries against a range of databases Strong problem-solving skills Prior experience working with vendor support groups Prior experience creating system interfaces and/or integrations Prior experience as an administrator or query and report creator with a reporting tool such as Evisions Argos, Cognos, PowerBI, Tableau, etc. Experience working with relational database structures, primarily but not limited to Oracle and MSSQL Proven time management skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks, communicate project status and provide leadership and direction for assigned initiatives Ability to work with functional business units and communicate effectively in order to meet business need Strong Microsoft Office 365 Suite skills Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, vendors and the public are required Strong written, oral and organizational skills Business Analyst** Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college or university and at least three years of related experience Capability to perform in a dynamic and team-oriented environment is essential Experience querying databases Prior experience using a reporting tool such as Evisions Argos, Cognos, PowerBI, Tableau, etc. Awareness of relational database structures Proven time management skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks, communicate project status and provide leadership and direction for assigned initiatives Ability to work with functional business units and communicate effectively in order to meet business needs Experience with Microsoft Office 365 Suite Ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, vendors and the public are required Strong written, oral and organizational skills
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications: Graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a related field Banner by Ellucian functional knowledge Banner by Ellucian Finance and/or Payroll module knowledge Experience with Oracle database structures Experience reading software release notes and comprehending potential impact Ability to comprehend specifications from external groups and provide output meeting their requirements
Security Sensitive Statement: This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.
Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.
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Home to more than 14,000 students, Lamar University is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana