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CL - Business Analyst - Consultant
Ref No.: 17-01124
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Client: Department of Health and Human Services
Location: Columbia,SC
Duration: 12+ Months
Remote Work Availability: 25%


Job Description:
General: 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. May require a bachelor's or master's degree in a related area and 7+ years of experience in the field or in a related area.

SCOPE OF THE PROJECT:

The Replacement MMIS project is among the most complex IT projects taken on by the State's Department of Health and Human Services. This project is a multi-year effort to replace many of the State's aging Medicaid systems with modern technologies and supporting business operations.

OBJECTIVES TO BE FULFILLED BY CANDIDATE:
The principal duties of this position are to develop and maintain business rules along with associated artifacts such as requirements and models.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
• Working and Using an Agile Methodology as it relates to completing sprints and working on tasks this included Daily Standups and reporting
• Develop business rules and requirements via interviews, translation of governing documents and other means
• Conduct JAD Sessions with the Product Owners and business owners
• Must have experience in performing detailed analysis and creating documentation
• Strong user support and interpersonal skills are required. Must be able to communicate and work effectivity with users, vendors, management, and other IT peers both verbally and in writing.
• Must have strong analytical skills, the ability to think logically, and must be a self-starter able to research and find solutions independently
• Must have system analyst and development skills, experience with creating requirements
• Must know and have experience with SDLC processes
• Serve as team expert on Claim Adjudication, Reference, Waiver Programs, Managed Care Organization, Business Rules, and related topics
• Assist other team members in performing business rules and requirements
• Research and maintain business rules and requirements

REQUIRED SKILLS (RANK IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE):

• 8+ years' experience in government IT projects as a business analyst or related duties
• 6+ years' experience eliciting, mining, and documenting business rules
• Strong knowledge of formal business rules methodologies
• Strong analytical skills
• Strong Understanding of State/Commercial Medicaid Claims, Benefit Plans, Claims Payment Cycle, Waiver Programs and Reference
• Ability to effectively communicate to executive management, line management, project management, and team members
• Experience and ability to obtain business rules and requirements information by interviewing business personnel and by mining laws, regulations, and policy documents
• Superb written and oral communications skills, including the ability to write requirements and Use Cases. Very Strong proficiency in English is required

PREFERRED SKILLS (RANK IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE):

• Knowledge of Agile Methodologies
• MMIS experience (project or operations)
• System analyst and development skills

REQUIRED EDUCATION:
Bachelor's degree in a technical, business, or healthcare field or equivalent experience.

REQUIRED CERTIFICATIONS:
None required.
Category Name Required Importance Level Last Used Experience
Administrative Verbal Communication Skills Yes 3 Advanced Within 6 Months 2 - 4 Years
Administrative Written Communication Skills Yes 3 Advanced Within 6 Months 6 + Years
Miscellaneous experience in government IT projects as a business analyst or related duties Yes 1 Lead Currently Using 6 + Years
MMIS - Medicaid Management Informaiton System State/Commercial Medicaid Claims, Benefit Plans, Claims Payment Cycle, Waiver Programs and Reference Yes 3 Advanced Within 6 Months 2 - 4 Years
Program Management Agile/Scrum Methodology No 1 Advanced Within 6 Months 4 - 6 Years
Program Management - RUP methodology Eliciting, mining, and documenting business rules, processes Yes 2 Lead Currently Using 6 + Years
Specialties Systems Analyst No 1 Advanced Within 2 Years 2 - 4 Years