Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company


    Job Locations US-IA-West Des Moines | US-IA-Grinnell
    Posted Date 3 months ago(8/28/2018 8:32 AM)
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    Information Technology
  • Overview

    The business analyst serves as the liaison between business stakeholders and the IT team to translate business needs into IT solutions. Projects will vary in scope and complexity. Works under the direct supervision of IT manager.


    This position may be filled at either an intermediate or senior level, depending upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate. Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Grinnell Mutual sponsorship.


    • Develops and defines user stories, acceptance criteria, and assumptions in collaboration with the agile team and subject matter experts to facilitate a strong solution with high risk mitigation.


    • Maintains a healthy product backlog for scrum team and communicates with other agile teams when dependencies are identified. 


    • Researches solution options for current business operational systems to support existing applications or provide solutions to existing technology issues. Collaborates with business unit stakeholders to identify business needs and elicit requirements.


    • Consults product owner when business priorities conflict or needs change.


    • Collaborates and negotiates with business units on project work that increases efficiencies and productivity.


    • Develops business acumen of general business practices and Grinnell Mutual technical processes to articulate business needs to the agile team.


    • Educates internal stakeholders in both one-on-one and group settings to ensure agile processes are understood, applied, and trusted relationships are built.


    • Remains current in business analysis practices and mentors team members in business analysis practices.


    Working conditions and physical efforts


    • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each job duty and responsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform job duties and responsibilities.


    • The work may be fast-paced, especially when managing multiple projects, when working with many types of individuals, or when faced with tight deadlines. Meeting schedule is heavy. May be required to work outside of normal business hours to accomplish work.


    • The position is in an office environment with a noise level typical of an office setting. The position requires an individual to sit for long periods of time at a computer monitor. Requires visual acuity and repetitive movement is involved.


    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in business or technology related field and three years’ experience, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.


    • Ability to think logically and to continually use personal judgment, experience, and known facts and figures to make decisions and deal with problems. Possesses sound analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.


    • Uses education and experience to clarify and resolve inconsistent information when material presented is ambiguous.


    • Experience in creating and maintaining a variety of business analysis documents including visual modeling.


    • Ability to communicate and present in both oral and written format. Develops presentation skills to share information with both technical and non-technical personnel. Adapts communication style to individual audience and skill level.


    • Ability to learn quickly, grasp business processes and functions, and understand how they will impact the working product. This includes both technology and property and casualty insurance related concepts.


    • Demonstrated ability to work with customers and build relationships to evaluate business needs. Acts with diplomacy and consideration when evaluating request.  


    • Demonstrates enthusiasm and commitment towards assignments and problem-solving. Exhibits self-assurance and a creative aptitude.


    • Ability to function independently and work in an environment with limited supervision.


    • Working knowledge of agile methodologies and ability to apply daily application of principles preferred.


    • Ability to work in a harmonious manner with stakeholders, agile team, and leadership.


    • Experience with JIRA or similar workflow software preferred.


    • Demonstrated ability in training and mentoring others in business analysis practices.


    • Experience with effective planning to meet deadlines while potentially managing multiple projects of varying sizes.


    • May occasionally have to consult leaders for direction regarding conflicting priorities.


    • Progression towards completing technical coursework preferred.


    • Ability to maintain confidentiality.


    • Limited travel may be required. Must be able to maintain a valid driver’s license and comply with Fleet Safety Policy.


    This job description is not intended to describe in detail the multitude of tasks that may be assigned, but rather to give the employee a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of his/her position. As the nature of the demands changes, so may the essential functions of this job.


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