Sr Business Analyst

Des Moines, IA, United States

Job Description

I. Job Summary | Major goals and objectives.

The Senior Business Analyst reviews, analyzes and evaluates complex processes, systems and user needs for planned projects. This position documents business requirements and needs and generates associated business solutions that satisfy Meredith’s needs. The Senior Business Analyst assists the IT staff in understanding the operational needs for both automated and manual solutions to business processes and procedures. In addition, this position acts as the functional subject matter expert within the department and division.

II. Essential Job Functions

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Accountabilities, Actions and Expected Measurable Results


  • Partners with business users to gather all requirements to prepare business specifications. Translates requirements into business functionality.
  • Documents workflows and results of business analysis and obtains sign-off from users on specifications.
  • Assists the application development team in translating application functionality into application architecture.
  • Communicates the business strategies, goals, and needs to the application development team and serves as business interface to manage expectations and define business satisfaction metrics.
  • Designs and executes test plans to ensure business requirements and functional specifications meet objectives.
  • Understands the long-term business objectives and suggests strategies to meet those objectives. Introduces innovation to business processes through technology if appropriate.
  • Partners with IT solutions architects and developers on complex business solutions.
  • Performs analysis of business processes and redesigns workflow if appropriate.
  • Works with Education and Training group to conduct training sessions to implement new or improved systems and procedures.
  • Conducts meetings on all levels of management for purposes of presentations, reviews, approvals, etc.
  • Recognizes and identifies potential areas where existing business processes and procedures require change, or where new ones need to be developed, and makes recommendations in these areas.
  • Evaluates hardware and software vendors and/or third party hardware and software vendors and reports significant findings regarding business services applications


  • Creates policies and procedures and ensures adoption.
  • Follows/recommends guidelines/methodologies set forth by the Program Office.
  • Provides leadership and technical knowledge to ensure efficient design, development and implementation of processes and systems.
  • Provides on-site work process and re-engineering support to business partners as needed.
  • Collaborates with the business to create vision, understand, champion, and prioritize their wants and needs.


  • Communicates to stakeholders regarding related operation functions.
  • Maintains and distributes associated scorecard information.
  • Monitors Corporate objectives to understand the business drivers.
  • Supports applications with business management consultation.
  • Provides guidance to and assists in training less experienced Associate Business Analyst and Business Analyst. May act as a functional leader.


III. Minimum Qualifications and Job Requirements | All must be met to be considered.


Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Business Administration required, or equivalent education and experience.


Minimum four years experience working in a Business Analyst, Superuser, or other technical capacity understanding, documenting, and communicating business requirements.

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ability to express complex technical concepts effectively, both verbally and in writing.

Strong analytical and organizational skills.

Ability to work well with people from different disciplines with varying degrees of technical knowledge.

Must be highly-motivated, self-directed and have ability to handle multiple tasks/projects simultaneously.

Previous experience with complex active system requirement definitions.

Excellent direct customer contact skills.

Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.

Ability to meet deadlines and manage workload.

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