Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company


Job Locations US-IA-West Des Moines | US-IA-Grinnell
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(3/30/2021 5:46 PM)
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Information Technology


Working on an empowered agile team, the Business Systems Analyst serves as a liaison between business stakeholders and the agile team supporting Claims to determine and document user stories including creating IT solutions that improve efficiencies and add value, identifying opportunities and problem solving to arrive at outcomes focused on minimum viable product.


This role can be performed in our Grinnell or West Des Moines Office; or in a remote, home office based in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Please note that candidates must 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 various stakeholders to identify business objectives, elicit requirements and arrive at a solution with high-risk mitigation.


  • Maintains a healthy product backlog for scrum team (typically defined as two to three sprints of refined stories) and communicates with other agile teams when dependencies are identified.


  • Ability to work with agile teams and build business relationships while acting with diplomacy and consideration towards business value.


  • Consults Product Owner when business priorities conflict or needs change.


  • Collaborates and contributes in the development, maintenance, improvement, and training of business analysis best practices.


  • Remains current with changes in career field and evaluates the feasibility of incorporating different techniques into new and supported applications.


  • Contributes to product planning using Agile methodologies and participates in ensuring stories are complete, accurate and ready to be developed before the team commits to them.


  • Collaborates and takes ownership of team delivery to ensure highest probability of success for the team.


  • Adheres to work intake, prioritization, change management, architecture governance and other required best practices of Grinnell Mutual.


  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in business related or technology related field, 2-5 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered based on business need.


  • Exhibits strong problem solving and critical thinking skills to make decisions when presented with ambiguity.


  • Exhibits a continuous improvement mindset towards all duties


  • Shares expertise and is willing to educate others; adding to the total technical capabilities of Grinnell Mutual.


  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, schedule and meet deadlines while concurrently managing multiple tasks. Must be able to work with multiple interruptions.


  • Working knowledge of Property and Casualty Insurance preferred. Willingness to develop a working knowledge of industry and Grinnell Mutual specific business practices. Must be able to appropriately apply learned knowledge as it relates to the responsibilities of the position.


  • Ability to create and maintain a variety of business analysis documents including visual modeling.


  • Experience with planning to assist in shaping project timelines, balancing business needs and adapting to changing priorities for multiple projects varying in size and complexity.


  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.


  • Demonstrated ability to document and share knowledge with others. Must be able to work with audiences of various levels of ability about the subject matter and confirm knowledge transfer.


  • Demonstrated oral, written and presentation skills to both technical and non-technical personnel. Exhibits self-assurance and a creative aptitude.


  • Ability to work in a harmonious manner with co-employees, agents, vendors, and leaders.


  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.


  • Ability to keep regular work schedule and maintain regular, predictable attendance.


  • Ability to represent Grinnell Mutual at select professional conferences approximately 1-2 times per year. May include overnight stay and travel.



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.


  • This position is within a Grinnell Mutual location with an office environment with a noise level typical of an office setting. The position may require an individual to sit for long periods of time at a computer monitor. Requires visual acuity and repetitive movement is involved.


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 business changes, so may the job duties and responsibilities.


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