Senior Business Systems Analyst

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5235 S. Harper Court

4445202 IT Services Business Info Sys

About the Unit
IT Services is an integral part of the University of Chicago, committed to service delivery and support of the university mission through innovative uses of technology.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Senior Business Systems Analyst will provide leadership and support on systems implementation project teams in addition to stand alone analytical efforts. The percentage of time working as part of a project implementation team will vary based on university business needs as well as the participating affiliates of the university. This position will take functional leadership roles for projects as needed applying their strong business knowledge to insure successful implementation projects.

The Senior Business Systems Analyst is expected to work closely with the program director, project manager, business transformation team and vendor resources in synchronizing all operations involved in the successful completion of the pre-implementation project. Over time, the role may grow to include similar responsibilities for the deployment of the actual ERP product. In this role the Business Systems Analyst will demonstrate experience in implementing large scale ERP projects. The candidate will also exhibit experience in implementing Financial and Budgeting & Planning applications including, but not limited to, GL, AR, AP, cash management, fixed assets, budgeting, planning, forecasting, and purchasing. The Analyst will also have demonstrable and strong experience leading financial business processes. Finally, the Senior Business Systems Analyst will have had experience serving as a liaison between Business personnel and IT staff. This includes the requirement of organizing, communicating and managing administrative activities per project plan. In addition, this resource will be required to follow-up on tasks, monitor progress, send reminders, estimate timeline and drive dependent business activities as per project phases.


  • The Senior Business Systems Analyst will take a lead role in the analysis of business problems and opportunities, including problem definition and the recommendations of process redesign and technology alternatives. The Senior Business Systems Analyst will be highly skilled and knowledgeable of industry best practices in the area of business systems analysis insuring that the delivered solutions and associated artifacts meet business requirements, while adhering to university technical and governance standards.
  • The candidate must demonstrate a proven background in requirements gathering, managing project plans, executing on project management, and coordinating project resources. This position requires strong leadership skills for understanding reporting and analytic needs, translating those into feasible scope and plans of action, while insuring proper governance of the university's technology and financial assets.
  • Responsibilities include defining and documenting both current and future state business processes, new system requirements, screen configuration, report specifications, functional specifications for system use cases, supervising converted data testing, functional testing, supervising the development of an appropriate training strategy and materials, providing initial support to the business community at product roll-out time, and working with the operational management of new systems to design and establish an ongoing business systems analysis support strategy, supported by documented policies and procedures for the operational system.


  • MS Office Suite; Visio, MS Project.
  • Collaborate and be a team player
  • Effectively converse with and listen to all levels of users to understand their environment and the impact of system changes
  • Communicate with all levels of management
  • Record information accurately and effectively
  • Proficiency in defining user requirements and designing business processes
  • Advanced business analysis skills: business case development, business process design, application usability and structured testing
  • Systematize and organize large amounts of data , via strong oral and written communication skills
  • Learn new content areas and skills quickly
  • Possess a strong technical acumen
  • Manage time well and achieve objectives with minimal supervision
  • Represent the Department in a positive way to the business community

  • Experience in ERP full lifecycle implementations or upgrades is preferred

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience of four years in business systems analysis.

  • Master's degree.


  • Minimum seven years' of experience leading financial business processes.
  • Minimum three years' of experience working as part of the financial systems implementation team providing business systems analysis and business process design.

  • Experience with large scale Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects
  • Experience in higher education financial accounting and human resources systems. These include, but are not limited to, GL, AR, AP, Cash Management, Fixed Assets, Budgeting, Planning, Forecasting, and Purchasing
  • Strong experience leading financial business processes.
  • Experience serving as a liaison between Business and IT.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Standard office environment
  • Ability to sit for short or extended time periods
  • Ability to stand for short or extended time periods
  • Ability to extensively use computer
  • Ability to make repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movements

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 9/11/2018
Application Due: 11/10/2018
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