Technical Business Analyst at AllianceBernstein (Nashville, TN)

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We are seeking a Nashville based Technical Business Analyst to join our Corporate Financial Systems team within Corporate Technology.

Corporate Financial Systems (CFS) provides project management, business analysis, system administration, software development, QA, and production support for AB's corporate financial functions globally including Corporate Controller's group (Corporate Accounting, Accounts Payable, Payroll, P2P), Financial Planning & Analysis, Assets Under Management (AUM) Reporting, Client Billing, Advisor Compensation, Revenue Accounting & Reporting, Tax, Treasury and IT Finance. CFS manages internally developed applications and services, internally hosted third-party applications, and externally hosted SaaS solutions.

Describe the role:

The individual will work closely with the Finance SBU department heads and be responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and documenting business and systems requirements for both vendor and in-house applications. The individual will own the end to end process of developing quality requirements while ensuring end user needs as well as project goals are met. The role will play a critical part abridging the gap between the business and the development team by collecting and analyzing data for potential business improvements, identifying specific business objectives, and offering innovative solutions to maximize opportunities. The individual will help define the product vision and the roadmap to achieve that vision. The individual will work closely with business and IT users, developers, testers, system architects, and various subject matter experts. The role will report into one of the Corporate Financial Systems Development Managers and support delivery of project deliverables as part of the technology roadmap while adhering to corporate standards and practices.

Describe the applications and business or enterprise functions the role supports:

The role will manage the delivery of initiatives across various Finance groups that include, but are not limited to, Revenue Accounting & Reporting and IT Finance. The current application portfolio includes, but is not limited to: Revenue Accounting, Revenue Reporting, ITS Cost Allocation (CAS), Cost of Services, IBM Planning Analytics (Cognos Reporting and TM1), and ITBRS (IT Budgeting).

The key job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as a Business Analyst / Product Owner for the Corporate Financial Systems department.
  • Partner with senior stakeholders across business and technology teams to define tech solutions and workflow strategy.
  • Research, understand, and document business and user requirements.
  • Conduct business analysis by analyzing complex problems and designing system solutions
  • Schedule and facilitate requirements gathering sessions.
  • Work with management, stakeholders, team leads, developers, and others as needed to help refine projects.
  • Elaborate on requirements and current and future state workflows through supporting artifacts such as: user /process flow diagrams, wireframes, data models, scenarios, Excel matrices, and others as needed.
  • Manage projects through the SDLC. The scope of these projects could include both the development of new software and significant enhancements/changes to existing software.
  • Produce clear, concise, accurate written communication, clearly conveying thoughts and ideas to peers, management, and customers.
  • Manage third party vendor and in-house system implementations and ensure timely and effective project delivery.
  • Track all ongoing projects and communicate their status in a timely manner to stakeholders
  • Develop and manage a centralized plan for delivery based on the business needs.
  • Identify and actively manage risks. Ensure the appropriate technology controls are in place.
  • Vendor management of vendor applications. This includes managing the relationship, service level agreements and total cost of ownership.
  • Assist with internal or external audit.
  • Participate in project planning and estimation.
  • Willing to learn and adapt to new technologies and methodologies related to software development.
  • Participate in the hiring and mentoring of new team members (offshore/onshore).


What makes this role unique or interesting?

With AB's HQ move to Nashville, the candidate will be presented with a unique opportunity to work within a challenging and dynamic technological and business environment in which it is critical that IT can respond to new business opportunities in a cost effective and time sensitive manner. The candidate will be a key contributor in the Corporate Financial Systems technology team, help develop/maintain strategic direction, work alongside senior business and technology leadership and the opportunity to have a direct impact on the business' strategic initiatives.

What is the professional development value of this role, i.e. what learning and professional growth does the role offer the candidate?

The candidate will have the unique opportunity of working alongside the firm's IT and Finance leadership providing solutions that provide immediate business improvement, interface/collaborate with technology and business teams from across the firm and grow as a leader.

Qualifications, Experience, Education:

  • Bachelor or equivalent degree in Business or Computer Science preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of Business Analysis and Project Management experience
  • Experience with business process definition, process mapping, and reengineering.
  • Experience within the Financial Services industry strongly preferred.
  • Organization and planning: Strong planning, organization, scheduling, budgeting, and goal setting skills.
  • Follow-through on commitments: Live up to verbal and written agreements, budgets and schedules.
  • Propensity to learn new areas of the business, processes, and applications quickly
  • Risk Management - assist in identification, assessment, escalation, and prioritization of risks.
  • Experience writing Epics, user stories to capture requirements.
  • Experience with Corporate Financial systems or equivalent industry/business sector is a plus.
  • Experience with BI solutions highly desirable (IBM Cognos/TM1, MS Power BI preferred).
  • Experience with Jira software preferred
  • Experience working with offshore teams preferred.


Skills:

  • Be comfortable with IT tools and are familiar with management of project through Agile/Waterfall methodologies. • Ability to manage time effectively when faced with multiple tasks/initiatives
  • Communication: Speak and write clearly. Excellent communication (verbal and written) and influencing skills. Strong partnership with business stakeholders. Client focused with a strong sense of ownership and follow-through
  • Persistence: Demonstrate tenacity and enthusiasm to accomplish tasks. Detail-oriented and deadline driven with proven ability to multi-task across projects
  • Proactively anticipate needs and act without specific direction. Bring new ideas to the company. Client service oriented.
  • Solution oriented, proactive and team spirited.
  • Efficiency: Prioritize and produce significant output with minimal wasted effort.
  • Basic SQL.
  • Excellent analytical skills, attention to detail, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Experience developing user stories, functional specifications, wireframes, scenarios, matrices, and other common business analysis artifacts.
  • Solid team attitude, able to work successfully as a team player.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, able to provide timely and concise reports and communications, and interact with multiple groups and levels.
  • Fast learning capacity and ability to work in a fast-paced development environment. Strong technical documentation skills, especially with Word, Excel, and Visio.
  • A strong desire to produce results in a dynamic organization.


Location: Nashville, TN

AB is a leading global investment management firm that offers high-quality research and diversified investment services to institutional clients, individuals and private clients in major markets around the world. AB employs more than 500 investment professionals with expertise in growth equities, value equities, fixed income securities, blend strategies, and alternative investments, and, through its subsidiaries and joint ventures, operates in more than 20 countries. AB's research disciplines include fundamental research, quantitative research, economic research and currency forecasting capabilities. Through its integrated global platform, AB is well-positioned to tailor investment solutions for its clients. AB also offers independent research, portfolio strategy and brokerage-related services to institutional investors.

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AllianceBernstein operates in the Fintech industry. The company is located in New York, NY, Nashville, TN and San Antonio, TX. AllianceBernstein was founded in 1967. It has 4847 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 39 open jobs at AllianceBernstein, click here.
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