Job Title: Lead Business Analyst

Location: Atlanta, GA

Type: Full-time position

Job ID: 102806

Contact: Daniel Barber, dbarber@nichetech.com or 610-847-2143

Overview
The Lead Business Analyst has the most advanced practitioner role within the BA Group. The BA Group is responsible for championing the interests and objectives of business owners with IT. A BA identifies, designs, and facilitates the application of technology in support of business processes.

Candidates must be able to communicate with business owners, users, and IT professionals with equal east to create and preserve the functional integrity of the solution. Incumbents must have complete familiarity with the BI technologies and applications available within the corporate environment, and a deep understanding of the businesses they support.

Excellent analytical skills and the ability to operate in a team environment are essential, as are outstanding documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills.

A Lead BA will also be expected to mentor and direct the work of other business analysts on their team. BI specialists must be able to ascertain the decision making process among business managers, and derive the information, presentation, and context requirements that support those processes. These requirements must be documented and communicated in a manner conducive to the rapid development of BI applications.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to)
• Work closely and interact directly with business owners and IT staff to identify, rationalize, and document business requirements; then design and document practical, useful, and cost effective solutions in the form of functional specifications which become the basis for development and testing
• Make process improvement and systems enhancement recommendations, leveraging best practices and professional experience
• Obtain and maintain a deep understanding of source applications, customers and businesses processes within the areas they support
• Maintain high levels of customer service at all times
• Conduct application design sessions and moderate other discussions as necessary
• Work with project managers to communicate project status and issues to business owners
• Work with project managers to manage individual work load and assist with defining and prioritizing project tasks
• Work effectively on multiple assignments, activities or projects
• Collaborate closely with and assist application development teams when required to ensure the functional integrity of project deliverables
• Work with project teams to develop detailed specifications for application functionality
• Serve as the functionality expert while actively participating in testing, training, and user documentation development
• Manage the capture and maintenance of a library of model documents, templates, best practices, and other re-usable knowledge assets
• Serve as subject matter expert in specific BI subject areas and technologies
• Lead and mentor other Business Analysts as needed or required; manage the peer review process within their team
• Assist with the knowledge management and employee development processes within the group overall
• Drive the evolution of methods development (including EPL - - client’s homegrown SDLC methodology) and tools selection/adoption for the group overall

Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics, MIS/IT or Engineering; advanced degree preferred
• Demonstrated leadership and management experience required in an IT setting
• 8 or more years business of relevant business experience required
• Experience in conducting staff performance reviews preferred
• Experience with relevant software preferred, including Microsoft Office applications, MS Project, Visio and business process modeling (BPM) applications
• Formal development life cycle (SDLC) methodology experience required

Compensation & Benefits
Starting salary is based on qualifications and experience. Compensation includes an annual IT bonus (averages 10%). Relocation package for qualified candidate.

Casual dress code, very fast-paced work environment, medical, dental, vision, 401(k), life/disability/long-term disability insurance, tuition reimbursement, gym membership, and pension plan.