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Cape Town

Lead Business Analyst

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ENVIRONMENT:

The expertise of a tenacious Lead Business Analyst who is a strong conceptual thinker and thrives under pressure, is sought by a leading investment group with a footprint on the African continent. Your core role will be to assist with meeting IT business requirements, primarily in the pre-trade investment process. You must possess a BCom/B Bus Sc Degree in Information System/Software Development or similar with a strong academic record, at least 5 years’ BA work experience in a Financial Services environment, SQL skills & databases, experience of current BA frameworks & methodologies and be familiar with Agile software development practices.

 

DUTIES:

Processes, Business & Technical Requirements –

Analyse, design, develop test and implement business and technical requirement specifications and processes through well facilitated discussions and interviews with relevant stakeholders.

Document existing business processes and develop and document new business processes.

Continuously identify and implement incremental improvements to current processes, independent of larger project deliverables.

Transfer of “care, custody and control” of new processes and applications to the business owners, including user training and support.

 

Project Management & Delivery –

Effectively plan, manage individual projects, their inter-dependencies and any risks and any other issues that may arise. This includes timeline and milestone management.

Compile test plans and test packs and drive the testing of newly developed or enhanced software and new releases of packaged software.

Liaise with relevant stakeholder management to prioritise project deliverables.

Support and drive the implementation of projects.

 

Application Support –

Ensure operational stability of applications by providing proactive and reactive first-line support.

Provide first line support and root cause analysis of production issues for all applications.

 

Collaboration, Interaction & Stakeholder Management –

Primary interface between portfolio managers, finance, operations, developers and vendors for the development or implementation of business applications.

Effective stakeholder management – Keep management, users and role players informed of progress through effective communication and management of expectations.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Qualifications –

A B Com/ B Bus Sc Degree in Information Systems / Software Development / Systems/Data Analysis with strong academic record.

 

Experience/Skills –

At least 5-9 years’ relevant work experience in a Financial Services environment as a Business Analyst.

Solid SQL skills and databases knowledge.

A proven track-record of successful delivery as a Business Analyst, Data Analyst and / or Subject Matter Expert in data integration, system implementation, application support or reporting projects.

Have current, relevant experience in the use of Business Analysis frameworks and methodologies.

Familiar with Agile software development practices.

Strong communication skills including verbal, written and listening skills.

Proven stakeholder management capability.

Solid understanding of data modelling (metadata, content, taxonomy, navigation) and the ability to leverage same in user interfaces, reporting, etc.

 

Advantageous –

Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence (Integration, Analysis and Reporting Services).

Alternative Investment Industry knowledge.

 

ATTRIBUTES:

Adaptability – Maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in the work environment.

Self-starter, quick learner, capable of setting priorities and remain efficient while multi-tasking.

Function well under pressure and meet tight deadlines and have the ability to work extended hours during periods of project implementation and month-end cycles.

Ownership – Assume responsibility and accountability for the successful completion of tasks.

Initiating action – Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives, being proactive.

Decision Making – Make balanced and sound recommendations and decisions.

Gaining Commitment – Use appropriate interpersonal styles and communication techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans.

Influence – Use a variety of techniques and styles to gain other’s commitment / support.

Listens and understands other’s views.

Gains commitments and action.

Thinking skills – Ability to perceive, interpret and translate information in order to competently perform processes and tasks at various levels of complexity.

 

While we would really like to respond to every application, should you not be contacted for this position within 10 working days please consider your application unsuccessful.

 

COMMENTS:

When applying for jobs, ensure that you have the minimum job requirements. Only SA Citizens will be considered for this role. If you are not in the mentioned location of any of the jobs, please note your relocation plans in all applications for jobs and correspondence. Please e-mail a word copy of your CV to michelle@datafin.com and mention the reference numbers of the jobs.

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