Datafin

Systems Analyst (XML, SQL)

IT – Analyst, Data Management
Cape Town – Western Cape

ENVIRONMENT:
DESIGN less complex system enhancements while analysing and evaluating existing systems and interfaces for modification or improvement as the next Systems Analyst sought by a dynamic & growing Retail Group to join its IT Supply Chain Systems division. You will be expected to understand and translate business requirements into quality system solutions, ensuring optimal system stability & performance. The successful incumbent requires a 3-year IT Degree/Diploma, have 3-5 years relevant IT experience including skills in XML, SQL and relational database knowledge, working knowledge of various system integration formats, SDLC and testing methodology & be able to work independently on less complex projects and improvements. Standby duty on a rotational basis will be expected.
 
DUTIES:
Analyse current systems solutions and business requirements –
  • Interpret and provide input to translate business requirements into business requirement definitions and specifications.
  • Analyse and evaluate required system enhancements.
  • Analyse existing systems and interfaces for modification / improvement purpose.
 
Design new or enhanced systems to accommodate business needs –
  • Participate in the process design or re-design and translate business / user requirements / processes into less complex system design.
  • Design less complex system enhancements.
  • Change systems specifications based on testing problems / changing requirements.
  • Design interfaces and solutions with other systems.
  • Adhere to the change request process.
  • Complete peer review of team changes requests submissions.
  • Provide input to deployment plans based on designs.
 
Testing of proposed solutions –
  • Develop system test plans for System, Regression and Integration Testing.
  • Perform Systems Testing and Integration Testing, and feedback results.
  • Assist business and external stakeholders with Functional and Integration Testing of solutions and changes for sign-off.
 
Participate in the implementation of new solutions to ensure successful integration into current environment –
  • Manage the creation and hand-over of the System Administration procedures.
  • Participate in the post-implementation reviews for completed projects.
 
Support current solutions –
  • Attend to user queries, incidents and requests as per ways of working.
  • Ensure the stability of the existing systems environment in line with agreed SLA’s.
  • Provide input to Development/Programming and Technical Support teams.
  • Provide functional guidance.
  • Complete peak checks and reporting during peak periods.
 
Collaborate with and support ITS and the Business –
  • Integrate with relevant business and IT teams.
  • Provide system input to design of user training material.
  • Provide operational support to the business areas.
  • Provide knowledge transfer and support to team members.
  • Collaborate with 3rd party service providers for operational, technical and functional support.
 
Create and maintain documentation –
  • Develop and maintain all relevant SDLC documentation.
  • Document, publish and maintain system design (new system developments and enhancements) and all interfaces with other systems.
  • Update standby and support manuals.
 
REQUIREMENTS:
Qualifications –
  • Minimum 3 years IT Degree or Diploma.
 
Experience/Skills –
  • 3 – 5 Years relevant IT experience.
  • XML, SQL and relational database knowledge is required.
  • Working knowledge of various system integration formats.
  • Able to work independently on less complex projects and improvements.
  • SDLC and testing methodology knowledge.
  • Will be required to perform standby duties on rotational basis.
 
Advantageous –
  • Retail experience.
  • Supply Chain knowledge/understanding.
 
ATTRIBUTES:
  • Takes ownership, accountability and is self-motivated.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Is aware of and responsive to internal and external events and influences on the technical landscape.
  • Ability to research technology-related concepts, trends and best practices, and apply findings.
  • Appropriately derives and organises the essence of information to draw solid conclusions.
  • Looks beyond symptoms to uncover root causes of problems to be solved.
  • Synthesises data from different sources to identify trends.
  • Demonstrates a results-oriented mindset in planning and implementing activities/projects.
  • Monitors and tracks progress to ensure delivery of all planned commitments, and keeps the appropriate people informed.
  • Prepares clear, well-structured presentations using a variety of tools and techniques.
  • Prepares written reports and briefs and communicates ideas clearly.
  • Discusses issues and exchanges information with partners to identify areas of mutual interest and benefit.
  • Convinces others by identifying benefits for all; looks for ways to increase the value of the partnership for all parties.
  • Adjusts to work effectively within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
  • Actively seeks out positive spin-offs of change and investigates ways in which change can be used.
  • Anticipates change and continuously remains prepared for change.
  • Demonstrates resourcefulness in acquiring necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to adapt to change.