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Business Analyst
Ref No.: 15-00944
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Department of Social Services
Business Analyst
Columbia, SC
12+ Months

Job Description: Serves as a liaison between the business community and the IT organization in order to provide technical solutions to meet user needs. Possesses expertise in the business unit(s) they support, as well as, an understanding of the IT organization's systems and capabilities. Analyzes business partner's operations to understand their strengths and weaknesses to determine opportunities to automate processes and functions. Assists in the business process redesign and documentation as needed for new technology. Translates high level business requirements into functional specifications for the IT organization and manages changes to such specifications. Educates the IT organization on the direction of the business. Negotiates agreements and commitments by facilitating communication between business unit(s) and IT from initial requirements to final implementation. Possesses an understanding of technological trends and uses this knowledge to bring solutions to business units supported to enhance the enterprise's competitive edge. May make recommendations for buy versus build decision.

DAILY DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES:

System testers needed to assist in the certification process of the CSES System.

Testers will report to the Testing Manager to monitor and support the execution of all testing phases related to system development.

Primary Responsibilities
Work with the State's Subject Matter Experts (SME) and Business Analysts to develop test scenarios/test cases and test scenarios.
Prepare test data, including interface data files as needed, for executing test scripts
Execute test scripts
Record and verify test results
Analyze and report test results
Participate in functional design sessions
Report defects to Test Manager/Test Team
Perform Regression Tests
Reproduce defects/demonstrate defects to development as needed
Participate in Incident Review Meetings as needed
Provide data analysis and root cause analysis as needed
Participate on the monitoring and reporting on the execution of the System Development Contractor's performance under the CFS Project contract as it relates to all testing phases. This involves working with System Development Contractor's tools and appropriately extracting data to produce metrics and reports.


Other Responsibilities include:
Review Test Plans
Participate in Test Readiness Reviews
Review test related work products, including but not limited to system test reports, artifacts and requirements traceability matrix as needed.
Provide input to determine project test reports/metrics

REQUIRED SKILLS (RANK IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE):
(SEE BEELINE DESCRIPTION)
5+ YEARS' EXPERIENCE PREPARING, DOCUMENTING, AND EXECUTING TEST CRITERIA, TEST CASES, TEST SCRIPTS, AND TEST PLANS FOR IT SYSTEMS PROJECTS
2+ YEARS' EXPERIENCE TESTING ON CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF TESTING CONCEPTS SUCH AS COMPONENT TESTING, INTEGRATION TESTING, SECURITY TESTING, PERFORMANCE TESTING, REGRESSION TESTING, ACCEPTANCE TESTING
EXPERIENCE TESTING BACK END BATCH PROCESSES AND ABLE TO VERIFY/HANDLE THE OUTPUT DATA FILES.
ABILITY TO READ AND UNDERSTAND DATA MODELS AND ER DIAGRAMS. ABILITY TO USE SQL TO QUERY DATA.
ABILITY TO PLAN, ORGANIZE, INSTRUCT, AND REVIEW THE WORK OF THE TESTING TEAM
ABILITY TO USE MS OFFICE, SHAREPOINT, AND WEBEX TOOLS EFFECTIVELY
ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE (ORALLY AND WRITTEN) EFFECTIVELY WITH TECHNICAL, NON-TECHNICAL STAFF, CUSTOMERS/STAKEHOLDERS (STATE AND FEDERAL) AND EXECUTIVES
KNOWLEDGE OF INDUSTRY STANDARDS (E.G. ISO, IEEE)

PREFERRED SKILLS (RANK IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE):
(SEE BEELINE DESCRIPTION)
EXPERIENCE WITH MICROSOFT TEAM FOUNDATION SERVER (TFS) AND MICROSOFT TEST MANAGER
UNDERSTANDING OF AGILE OR ITERATIVE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT METHODOLOGIES
A STRONG UNDERSTANDING OF THE BASICS OF FINANCIAL OPERATIONS, FROM RECEIPTS TO DISBURSEMENTS TO RECONCILIATION
EXPERIENCE WITH AUTOMATED TESTING TOOLS


Skills
Skills:
Category Name Required Importance Level Last Used Experience
Program Management Manual Testing Yes 1 Expert Within 2 Years 2 - 4 Years
Quality Assurance (QA) CREATION OF TEST SCENARIOS Yes 1 Expert Within 2 Years 2 - 4 Years
Quality Assurance (QA) Interface Testing Yes 1 Expert Within 2 Years 2 - 4 Years
Quality Assurance (QA) Software Testing Yes 1 Expert Within 2 Years 2 - 4 Years
Quality Assurance (QA) Test Case Development Yes 1 Expert Within 2 Years 1 - 2 Years
Specialties Child Support Enforcement System (CSES) Yes 1 Expert Within 2 Years 1 - 2 Years
Specialties Federal OCSE guidelines No 3 Advanced Within 2 Years 1 - 2 Years
Additional Skills: