Position Purpose & Summary
The Finance Senior Business Analyst will work closely with business partners and internal teams by providing functional expertise and insight to implement and execute complex process, data, and technology solutions for the Finance solution. Candidates for this position are expected to be professionals with substantial knowledge in the implementation space and have experience on low, medium and high rigor IT projects This job requires an experienced analyst who can partner effectively with all levels of the organization, lead others, drive results, and make challenging decisions across extremely complex, varied tasks where problems are vaguely defined and strategic in nature.
This position participates and/or leads the implementation of the Finance Solution which supports and enables Cargill’s Finance / RTR Cash Management, Customs & Tax, Cost and Financial accounting processes for business units. This position will also collaborate and help support finance related activities within the other process areas.
This position is expected to follow the Cargill Project Delivery Process and Requirements Analysis framework.
Candidates must demonstrate the following competencies: Change Management, Ability to navigate through ambiguity, Collaborates beyond team boundaries, Courage, Resilience, Ability to translate the “As Is” to the “To Be” while understanding broader impact, Empathy and Effective Communication skills with BU facing partners.
1.40% Analysis & Requirements Gathering
? Elicit requirements using interviews, document analysis, requirements workshops, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, use cases, scenarios, business analysis, task and workflow analysis.
? Elicit functional and non-functional (performance, availability, security, accessibility, cross-browser compliance) requirements using a methodology most appropriate for the context of each project, such as Joint Requirements Planning (JRP), Joint Application Development (JAD).
? 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/stakeholder requests from underlying “value add” needs.
? Proactively communicate and collaborate with external and internal stakeholders to analyze information needs and functional requirements and deliver the following artifacts as needed: Business Requirements Document, Use Cases, Screen and Interface Designs.
? Facilitate requirements discussions with key stakeholders
? Communicate and clarify the requirements to the design and development resources. Assist in translating business requirements into functional design specifications
? Clarify, update, and improve the business processes impacted by the technology changes that are part of assigned projects.
? Participate in the evaluation of system changes for downstream system and/or organizational impacts
? Plan for acceptance of solution (change management, communication, training needs)
? Provide subject matter expertise in multiple business process areas
2.35% Solution Design
? Create solution designs across process, data, and technology that meet business requirements and adhere to relevant standards and principles, leverage common tools and processes, and meet cost/delivery objectives.
? Consider in the design, the business implications of the application of technology to the current and future business environment.
? Perform reviews with key stakeholders throughout the design lifecycle to ensure alignment on solution designs and requirements. This may include but is not limited to the following activities: design reviews, testing execution, deployment verifications, customer satisfaction reviews, etc.
? Create supporting solution design documentation to ensure sustainment of the solution and business capability, support solution implementation as necessary.
? Develop requirements specifications according to standard templates, using natural language.
? Collaborate with developers and subject matter experts to establish the technical vision and analyze trade-offs between usability and performance needs.
? Be the liaison between the business, technology teams and support teams.
? Provide guidance on solution options and business partner decision making to minimize the amount of project investment divergence from target architecture
? In collaboration with BA teams, identify opportunities for creating reusable enterprise solutions
3.15% Business Partnership
? Work with businesses to establish clear connections between business goals and strategies and the process data, and technology investments required to achieve them.
? Challenge and assist business units on their assumptions of how they will successfully execute their plans
? Create and maintain long-term working relationships with technology teams, functional counterparts, vendors and business partners.
? Engage and influence business sponsors and users and contribute to their targeted business outcomes
? Effectively engages stakeholders in change management activities
4.10% Project Delivery Responsibilities
? Manage workload and priorities to deliver agreed upon project milestones
? Provides input to staffing plans at the project-level to identify key / required skills
? Ensure traceability from business requirements through application testing and work with offshore development and QA teams clarifying requirements.
? Lead and mentor less experienced staff
? Holds project team resources accountable to their deliverables and ensures project execution.
? Prepare high and detailed level estimations of effort in order to achieve a preferred solution.
? Provide guidance and architectural oversight during requirements, design, build, and test phases.
Education, Experience, Skills
1.Minimum Required Qualifications
? Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Computer Science or Management Information Systems; OR equivalent experience
? 5 years experience in diverse operational, development and/or business roles
? 6 years implementation and deployment experience in SAP FI
? Implementation experience in SAP FSCM/Treasury is advantageous
? Implementation experience in bank interfaces is mandatory
? Implementation experience in interfacing SAP with 3rd party HR and expense solution
? 3 years of intermediate general business analysis experience, across various businesses and project types (including custom software development, COTS and SAAS implementation, O&M support).
? Experience collaborating with regional and global project teams to define business requirements and deliver solutions that meet business goals
? Experience in developing integrated solutions involving process, data, and technology
? Experience with business case development
? Strong analytical skills required, including a thorough understanding of how to interpret customer business needs and translate them into application and operational requirements.
? Leadership and interpersonal skills including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation
? Ability to influence peers and leadership stakeholders
? Strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to communicate technical and business information effectively to both technical and non-technical people.
? Excellent project management, planning and organizational skills
? Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies
? Established skills in identifying and developing strategies to address change management issues.
? Ability to travel up to 20%
? Business fluency in English and Chinese
? Masters degree in Business or IT
? 8 years implementation and deployment experience in SAP FI, FSCM/Treasury and bank interfaces
? Experience in interfacing SAP with 3rd party HR and expense solution
? Experience with Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
? Familiarity with Business Analyst Body of Knowledge (BABOK)
? Experience working in a business role including mergers and acquisitions
? Experience with in-house developed and package implementations.
? Knowledge of and experience with Change Management
? Familiarity with Cargill’s Project Delivery Process (PDP) Methodology
? Familiarity with Cargill’s Requirements Analysis and Solution Design process framework.