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Business Analyst

Company:
EBSCO Information Services
Location:
Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States
Posted:
October 19, 2018

Description:

EBSCO Information Services provides students, researchers, health and business professionals around the world access to information that transforms their lives. EBSCO’s Journal Content Pipeline manages the end-to-end content lifecycle, from extraction and transformation to product build, allowing our customers to easily search and discover journal articles that meet their needs.

We are looking for a team player who has a passion for driving innovation that will significantly impact the speed, quality and delivery methods for loading content onto our products. The Business Analyst is a strong collaborator with excellent facilitation, analytical and problem-solving skills who can work with and across business teams to identify and implement solutions using fact based, data-driven analysis. The ideal candidate is comfortable navigating large data sets from multiple sources to solve complex problems and clearly connects technology solutions with measurable business value. This position is a great fit for a results-driven analyst who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team environment and values the opportunity to drive change.

Primary Responsibilities:

- Develop intimate knowledge of Content Management business strategy, business model, and Content Pipeline processes to identify improvement opportunities and value-added capabilities

- Lead and participate in process design and improvement initiatives: evaluate business user requirements, manage project scope, determine priorities, ensure efficient and on-time delivery of initiative tasks and milestones, monitor progress and outcomes, manage customer expectations on results

- Drive initiatives that improve speed to market, content completeness, content quality, and operational margins.

- Provide and support the implementation of business solutions that meet long-term business strategies by building relationships and partnerships with key business groups and stakeholders

- Identify, create and facilitate process design changes by conducting business and systems process analysis

- Identify opportunities to automate manual processes, integrating new systems, technology and processes with existing ones

- Perform research on competitor products and provide quarterly reports to stakeholders on competitor strengths and weaknesses

- Solve complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of multiple dependent and co-dependent factors

- Utilize various software tools for data extraction, analysis, reporting and monitoring, ensuring data sources and metrics are reliable, repeatable and valid - escalate blockers with the right level of urgency to the right audience

- Tell the story of business trends, patterns, and outliers through rich visualizations

- Support leadership and business teams with timely, recurring and ad-hoc reporting, analysis

Role Based Competencies:

- Analytical skills: Able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it. Exhibits probing mind and achieves penetrating insights.

- Requirements Analysis: Gathers, organizes and evaluates any information or data needed as input from stakeholders to determine requirements and specifications.

- Technical Proficiency: Effectively applies technical knowledge to solve a range of problems. Works with others to develop technical solutions to new or highly complex problems that cannot be solved using existing methods or approaches.

- Continuous Improvement: Continually focuses on improving the responsiveness and quality of the solutions delivered. Seeks feedback to improve personal effectiveness.

- Strategic Thinking: Thinks broadly about process and generates innovative ideas as well as drives the implementation of new workflows. Determines opportunities and threats through comprehensive analysis of current and future trends.

- Problem Solving: Applies critical thinking and structured problem solving to address root causes. Proactively identifies and mitigates issues before they arise.

- Accountability: Holds self and other accountable for measurable, high-quality, timely and cost-effective results. Expects personal and team performance to be the best. Learns from mistakes.

- Self Managing: Exhibits strong organization and time management skills. Able to manage multiple projects.

- Relationship Building: Big picture, big team minded. Breaks down silos and successfully develops, maintains and strengthens partnerships with team members, customers and stakeholders.

- Facilitation: Creates a group environment that allows the group to effectively meet their objectives with clear thinking, good participation and buy-in from the participants.

Required Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of experience

• 3+ years’ experience in business analyst role

• 2+ years’ experience with Data Analysis – Must have proficiency with relational databases, SQL, Microsoft Excel

Preferred Qualifications:

• 1 year+ experience in Agile and Scrum or LEAN/Agile software development environments

• 1 year+ experience with Rally

• 1 year+ experience with Tableau or similar data visualization software

• 1 year+ experience with Python and/or R a plus

• 1 year+ experience with APIs a plus

• 1 year+ experience working with standard bibliographic data and content formats including but not limited to: XML, PDF, JATS, NLM, HTML, etc.

• 1 year+ experience with Web Accessibility and/or Responsive Design best practices a plus

What you also bring, but can’t be taught:

Drive - Positive Attitude - Good Judgement - Open Communication – Collaboration – A Desire to Make an Impact - Eager to Understand – Accountability – Decisiveness – You’re a Team Player

If you would like to learn more about this dynamic full time position, please send your resume to Jon Moller at jmoller@ebsco.com, or apply directly on the EBSCO careers site, job # 6484

EBSCO Industries, Inc.is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. EBSCO strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment.

EBSCO complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, and all applicable state or local law.