Business Analyst - National Center for Supercomputing Applications (A1800360)

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National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Business Analyst

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation's science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50 for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.

NCSA is currently seeking a Business Analyst to join its Astronomy Division. The Business Analyst provides budget, cost and benefit, and quantitative analysis for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and other projects. The incumbent will also analyze sensitive data, produce strategic reports and make recommendations on cost and value management within a multi-faceted research environment.

NCSA is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Participate in strategic planning with regards to the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and other Astronomy Core Services project needs.
  • Evaluate business processes, anticipate requirements, uncover areas for improvement, and develop and implement solutions.
  • Plan and execute the operational support for research activities to optimize the use of space and ensure no disruption in any supplies or services that would impair or delay the research process.
  • Leverage resources, expertise and experience across projects, including specific operational strategies for budget creation, forecasting, purchasing and invoice approval.
  • Evaluate equipment maintenance needs and implementation of all research requirements pertaining to research equipment, estimate costs and establish preventative maintenance programs where appropriate
  • Stay current on the latest processes and IT advancements to automate and modernize systems.
  • Evaluate project variances and report against them.
  • Allocate resources and maintain cost efficiency.
  • Prioritize initiatives based on business needs and requirements.
  • Facilitate use of adopted project management control systems to reflect project progress.
  • Using independent judgment, develop project information management tools to convert project management information between project management control systems, and compile custom reports and project analytics as needed.
  • Identify where (Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practices can be implemented on the LSST system.
  • Validate resource requirements and develop cost estimate models.
  • Understand and communicate the financial and operational impact of any changes to the project plans.
  • Respond to and participate in National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE), and other grant-related reviews and audits.
  • Perform quality control for new and ongoing procedures and workflows, including assessing needs, requesting and responding to feedback, and monitoring successes / failures of current procedures.
  • Provide oral and written communication of project status, trends, issues, and risks to stakeholders.
  • Serve as resource person for project staff in issues related to project management support.
  • Monitor multi-million-dollar project proposals and budgets.
  • Coordinate the writing and approval of contracts.
  • Ensure that group technical work is accurately tracked.
  • Research new methods to improve monitoring, discover issues and deliver better value to the customer.

Required Education & Experience:
  • BA/BS in business/accounting/finance, or computer science, or engineering or related field required. Alternative degree fields may be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience (depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to current NCSA projects).
  • One year of professional project management experience.
  • Two or more years' experience in finance management/grant management.
  • Experience with Earned Value Management (EVM) project management techniques.
  • Two or more years' experience with University procurement practices and policies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Preferred Experience:
  • Master's degree in business/accounting/finance, or computer science, or engineering or related field.
  • IT/Computing project management expertise or background.
  • IT/Computing financial management and reporting expertise or background.
  • Experience with Agile software engineering practices.

This is a regular academic professional position at NCSA and is an annually renewable, 12/12, 100%-time appointment with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and start date will be as soon as possible after the close date of the search. Applicants must possess required education and experience by start date of position. Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration.

To apply, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and CV/resume by the close date (6/25/18). Contact information for three references must be included on the application (letters may also be uploaded or sent to the contact below). For full consideration, candidates must complete the application process by the above date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. For further information regarding our application procedures, you may visit or email [email protected].

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Business Analyst - National Center for Supercomputing Applications (A1800360)
Open Date: 06/11/2018
Close Date: 06/25/2018
Organization Name: Supercomputing Applications





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Posted: 6/12/2018
Application Due: 6/26/2018
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