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Business Analyst
Ref No.: 16-00312
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Client: Department of Social Services
Location: Columbia,SC
Duration: 12+ Months
Comments : Sr. Business Analyst Position - Economic Services. The full SOW for this position has been attached to this request.

Job Description:
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.

Job Duties:

Take initiative in performance, working with groups to effectively accomplish project objectives and engage in the following activities. As a Business Analyst, you will work closely with the Product Owner and development team members by:
Refining operational objectives by studying business functions; gathering information; evaluating output requirements and formats.
Supplying new user stories or use cases by analyzing requirements; constructing workflow charts and diagrams; studying system capabilities; writing specifications.
Improve the system(s) by studying current practices and suggesting required modifications.
Recommends controls by identifying problems; writing improved procedures.
Maintaining system protocols by writing and updating procedures.
Providing references for users by writing and maintaining user documentation; providing input to operations help desk support, user training needs, etc.
Preparing technical reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.
Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Perform tasks efficiently and work together with team to ensure project success.
As a Software Development Tester you will be responsible for all aspects of software testing. Working within the development team you will:
Plan, design, and author effective test cases.
Evaluate and test new or modified software programs and software development procedures used to verify that programs function according to user requirements and conform to established guidelines.
Learn and use enterprise tools for test management, execution and reporting to enhance the overall software testing process.
Develop automated tests for your test cases and integrate your automations into test suites when determined as an effective and efficient means of executing tests.
Review computer operating logs to identify program processing errors; utilize tools to interrogate databases and data stores to determine proper application behavior.
Observes computer monitoring/performance metrics during program test to detect error codes or interruption of program; record and report errors using enterprise tools available to the project.
Identifies differences between established standards and user applications and suggests modifications to conform to standards.
Conduct compatibility tests with vendor-provided programs; test implementations/integrations with third party platforms.
Monitors program performance after implementation to prevent reoccurrence of program operating problems and ensure efficiency of operation.
Write documentation to describe program evaluation, testing, and correction.

Required Qualifications:

Understand program, policy, practice and business operational functions within state and local government Economic services.
Minimum 1-2 years of experience with SNAP, TANF and/or other economic services programs.
Proven ability to "translate technical practices and terminology to business owners and stakeholders and to "translate business requirements to technical teams
Must be able to multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast-paced start-up environment.
Attention to detail and strong analytical and conceptual skills; ability to create original concepts and theories for a variety of projects.
Bachelor's degree in business, information systems or related discipline, or equivalent and extensive related project experience; M.B.A. or MPA preferred.
Five to seven years of experience in IT, with a minimum of two years in business process design.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience with Agile software development is a plus.

Environments and Tools
Visual Studio 2015
Legacy MF applications
MS SQL 2014 R2
TFS (Team Foundation Server)
MS Project
Last Used
Database Platforms Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2013 No 5 Intermediate Within 6 Months 1 - 2 Years
Development Tools Agile Business Rules Development (ARBD) Yes 2 Advanced Currently Using 2 - 4 Years
Documentation/Language Ability to write, edit, and prepare graphic presentations of technical information for both technical and business personnel Yes 1 Expert Currently Using 6 + Years
Miscellaneous experience in government IT projects as a business analyst or related duties Yes 1 Expert Currently Using 6 + Years
Miscellaneous Mapping business process flow Yes 2 Advanced Currently Using 2 - 4 Years
Packaged Applications MS Project Yes 3 Advanced Within 6 Months 1 - 2 Years
Packaged Applications Visio Yes 2 Advanced Within 6 Months 1 - 2 Years
Quality Assurance (QA) SQL Queries Yes 3 Advanced Within 6 Months 1 - 2 Years
Specialties Business Analysis experience Yes 1 Expert Currently Using 6 + Years
Specialties Business Analysis experience to include data flow diagrams, requirements specifications, use case scenarios, and acceptance testing. Yes 1 Expert Currently Using 1 - 2 Years
Additional Skills: SOW attached has all the details of the position and candidate's skills.