Location: Cambridge, MA
Duration: 6+ Months
Supply Chain/Procurement Business Analyst
We are looking for a IT Business Analyst for a contract assignment who will be responsible for assessing the business needs of a portfolio of supply chain and procurement related projects, converting these into formal business requirements, and producing the documents that will allow the (remainder of the) project team to define, develop and implement solutions that will meet these needs. He/she will produce the Investment Proposal, Business Requirements, and the Total Cost of Ownership and provide input to a range of other project deliverables.
• Requirements analysis
• Business process engineering
• Functional domain expertise
• Issue resolution and escalation
• Technical documentation
• Solution verification
Bachelor degree preferably in business/finance related field.
Demonstrated experience with ERP systems such as Oracle eBusiness Suite preferred, ability to conduct training, and understanding the procure-to-pay (P2P) cycle/process.
Knowledge in end-end strategic sourcing and procurement processes and policy enforcement.
Must have superior analytical skills, strong computer skills (Microsoft Office/Excel), procurement systems experience preferred, exercise of good judgement, and ability to perform detail-oriented tasks within deadlines.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and as part of a team. Individual must have strong customer service focus that ensures timely problem resolution, efficient processes, and continuous improvement.
Demonstrates strong influencing skills (probing, listening) and works to ensure a “win-win” outcome.
Able to work in a fast paced, multitasking environment. Preferred person would also have functional experience in both Procurement and Accounts Payable, and have developed and presented training materials to individuals and groups. Has experience managing projects and meeting deadlines.
• Commercial Awareness - Consistently takes into consideration commercial implications of actions when making decisions or setting objectives for self or others.
• Leadership & Team Working - Strongly demonstrates team working through sharing the workload to ensure the team meets its objectives. Keeps the team informed and up to date with relevant information and consistently is encouraging continuous improvement.
• Customer Focus - Shows depth of approach in communication with customers. Developing relationships with customers to address underlying needs and identify areas for improvement.
• Drive and Initiative - Without supervision will apply extra effort to meet the team’s objectives and deadlines. Demonstrates a strong determination to achieve business goals despite opposition.
• Business Analysis Techniques -
o Familiar with a broad range of modelling techniques.
o Works independently. Frequently provides advice/support to colleagues on areas of knowledge.
o Has proved competent to work on a few larger scale or more complex projects.
o Shows a desire to improve techniques and methods employed.
o Frequently demonstrates sound understanding of the key purpose of analysis activity.
o Can effectively analyze given information, identifying relevant relationships and resolving given business problems.
o Can independently pick up new analysis tools and techniques quickly.
o Analysis deliverables benefit from peer review but do not require significant rework
o Frequently demonstrates a sound understanding of the key objectives and strategies of the majority of business functions within the organization
• Information Capture -
o Demonstrates a sound knowledge of the appropriate information capture techniques appropriate for any situation.
o Works independently on information capture activities.
o Able to supervise others on the selection and use of appropriate techniques.
o Identifies the needs of different classes of stakeholders and knows how those needs would be catered for in the management of interviews, workshops, materials, etc. for such stakeholders.
• Communication Skills -
o Under minor supervision, conducts stakeholder analysis to understand communication preferences and certain characteristics.
o Occasionally applies analysis without supervision.
o Without supervision, regularly selects the most appropriate communication method based on goals and characteristics of the audience.
o Adapts templates to complete documents appropriate for the audience, with limited repetition of information.
• Business Process Improvement Skills -
o Analyses information gathered about current business processes and business aims to identify improvements at a project level, including balancing end-business aims with IS business aims.
o Is aware of wider issues including cultural, organizational and business constraints affecting options for change.
o Identifies potential alternative processes to achieve business aims. Helps assess the risks, costs, potential benefits and feasibility of the potential approaches.
o Facilitates cost estimation by obtaining information and costs from potential suppliers and from experience of previous projects.
o Prepares business cases for the recommended approach for medium sized projects.
• Project Management -
o Demonstrates the ability to produce plans to support the definition of schemes of some complexity.
o Regularly supports project control techniques, sometimes unsupervised.
o Identifies and manages risks associated to the project including mitigating actions and running risk workshops.
More than 5+ years experience working in with procurement organizations and ERP implementations.