BI Business Systems Analyst (Cognos)

Salary up to $110k + generous benefits

Position Description:
The BI Business Systems Analyst will perform critical BI business analysis across the enterprise.

The primary function of this role will be to identify reporting and analysis needs from the Business partners and develop specifications to enhance the business value of the data. The BI Business Systems Analyst will play a pivotal role in moving BI capabilities further along the BI maturity curve. The ideal candidate is a BI professional with a background in report and analytical systems development with strong tool knowledge of Cognos. This candidate is required to have working knowledge of major database systems such as Oracle or MS SQL.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with business stakeholders to obtain a greater understanding of the needs of the business and the types of analysis that supports business goals.
  • Build requirement definition in support of business issues and business questions.
  • Communicate directly with the Cognos Architecture and Data Warehouse teams to implement the solutions to business problems.
  • Prototype reports and dashboards using Cognos.
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with other department staff and clients.
  • Gain understanding of business data, relationships and processes, and develop data dictionary definitions

Required Skills / Knowledge:

  • Strong analytical acumen and problem solving skills coupled with solid interpersonal and logical thinking skills.
  • Takes pleasure in teaching/coaching individuals of varying technical skills and aptitude.
  • Must be highly organized and work quickly? easily handle and adapt to numerous and shifting priorities. Successfully engage in multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must be able to translate business users needs into actionable tools for planning and decision making
  • Work independently to elicit requirements using interviews, document analysis, use cases, scenarios, business analysis, tasks and workflow analysis. Develop requirements specifications.
  • Drive and challenge business units on their assumptions of how they will successfully execute their plans.
  • Critically evaluate information gathered from multiple sources, reconcile conflicts, decompose high-level information into details, abstract up from low-level information to a general understanding, and distinguish user requests from the underlying true needs.
  • Be the liaison between the business units, technology teams and support teams to coordinate projects.
  • Proficient in KPI, dashboard development, and Business Intelligence tool report authoring.
  • Ability to think outside of the box to develop analytic and training solutions
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group, executives, managers, and subject matter experts.
  • Collaborate with developers and subject matter experts to establish the technical vision and analyze tradeoffs between usability and performance needs.

Experience Needed:

  • Typically has 5 to 10 years of IT and business/industry work experience.
  • Has 5+ years developing specifications for business analytics for intermediate to complex level reporting
  • Has database experience with MS SQL Server, Oracle, SQL queries, stored procedures, for interfacing with the database and database designs.
  • Experience using Cognos 10, including the advanced features (Active Reports, Dynamic Query Mode, Advanced User Workspace, Report Studio) is required.
  • Proven ability to be self-directed and task oriented with an understanding of project management.
  • Experience in publishing, digital media is a plus.
  • Experience with Big Data and/or SAP is a plus.

Educational Background Required:

  • Bachelors or Masters Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field or equivalent work experience

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