Business Analyst

New York
Mar 21, 2013
Apr 20, 2013
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Full Time
The Business Analyst will perform critical BI business analysis across the enterprise. The primary function of this role will be to identify reporting and analysis needs from the Business partners and develop specifications to enhance the business value of the data. The BI Business Analyst will play a pivotal role in moving Macmillan’s BI capabilities further along the BI maturity curve.

The ideal candidate is a BI professional with a background in report and analytical systems development with strong tool knowledge of Cognos. This candidate is required to have working knowledge of major database systems such as Oracle or MS SQL. Experience with Big Data a plus.


-Collaborates with key stakeholders to obtain a greater understanding of the needs of the business and the types of analysis that supports business goals. Perform the requirement definition in support of business issues and business questions
-Interface directly with technical personnel or team members to implement the solutions to business problems. Develop and maintain professional relationships with other department staff and clients.
-Gain understanding of business data, relationships and processes, and develop data dictionary definitions
-Continuously develop and enhance technical and business skills and expertise. This can be through the following venues: 3rd party training; internal training; professional text books; trade journals; WEB sites. Staff skill sets and expertise in specific areas is an asset to the business and a requirement to keep the business competitive in the market place.
-Strong analytical acumen; solid interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
Must be highly organized and work quickly; easily handle and adapt to numerous and shifting priorities;
-Must be able to translate senior management needs into actionable tools for planning and decision making;
-Elicit requirements using interviews, document analysis, use cases, scenarios, business analysis, task and workflow analysis. Develop requirements specifications.
-Critically evaluate information gathered from multiple sources, reconcile conflicts, decompose high-level information into details, abstract up from low-level information to a general understanding, and distinguish user requests from the underlying true needs.
-Successfully engage in multiple initiatives simultaneously
-Work independently with users to define concepts
-Drive and challenge business units on their assumptions of how they will successfully execute their plans
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group, executives, managers, and subject matter experts.
-Collaborate with developers and subject matter experts to establish the technical vision and analyze tradeoffs between usability and performance needs.
-Be the liaison between the business units, technology teams and support teams.


-Typically has 5 to 10 years of IT and business/industry work experience.
-Has 5+ years developing specifications for business analytics for intermediate to complex level reporting
-Has database experience with MS SQL Server, Oracle, SQL queries, stored procedures, for interfacing with the database and database designs.

-Must have a high level of logical thinking, problem solving ability, analytical skills.
-Must have ability to function within a dynamic environment containing priorities and business needs.
-Ability to handle multiple tasks/projects/support items concurrently.
-Must possess excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal and problem solving skills.
-Provide detailed information in a clear and concise manner.
-Proven ability to be self-directed and task oriented with an understanding of project management.
-Experience in publishing, digital media is a plus.Experience with ‘Big Data’ is a plus


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