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IT Business Analyst 2

Company: Stanford University
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:


The IT Business Analyst is a key member of the Business Strategy and Services (BSS) team within Financial Management Services (FMS) and is responsible for providing data analysis and modeling in support of Business Affairs and FMS projects, initiatives, and operational reports.

The analyst's key responsibilities will be to collect data and perform complex analysis on financial and system data and related activities and bring technical expertise to ensure the quality and accuracy of the data. The Analyst will design, process, and present the analysis to help the team make better strategic decisions for the organization. The analysis may require a deep understanding of the business processes, policies and systems supported by FMS, in an effort to identify trends and behaviors represented in the data.

Additional responsibilities will include writing business requirements; designing solutions; recommending system enhancements, controls and protocols as well as supporting projects to ensure that the University's financial system needs are addressed in an efficient and optimal manner.

The Business Strategy & Services team, within Financial Management Services, is a team of experienced business architects and business analysts responsible for driving strategic initiatives, innovation and continuous improvements that increase client enablement through effective business relationships, outreach, customer support and training.

The IT Business Analyst will work in Spend Intelligence whose group sits within BSS and will support the development of sustainable and innovative supply strategies which will be delivered through collaborative engagement with other BSS teams, FMS teams, Campus Constituents, other Central departments, and university departments. Performing data analysis will support the team's outreach services to university financial managers and financial analysts to advance initiatives assigned to BSS. The scope of his/her activities will have a high institutional impact as the projects will involve multiple systems and strategic initiatives affecting a broad range of university activities. This position will work closely to identify areas of efficiency gains and savings opportunities.

This position may be heavily involved with the following Oracle Applications: Accounts Payable, iExpense, iProcurement, Purchasing, Credit Card Programs (TCard, PCard), Grants (Projects), General Ledger, Oracle Business Intelligence in addition to Stanford financial custom applications. Other applications/programs/skills include: ServiceNow, Financial Assurance Navigator, Spend Analytics, Salesforce, SQL, R, Python, Tableau, Incorta. Knowledge on how to gather data from these and other systems is highly desirable.


  • Translate business processes into system requirements and/or development of systems solutions.
  • Analyze new business requirements, assist with feasibility of enhancement requests, system functionalities, current system use and user needs.
  • Specify functional analysis and design and work with developers and analysts to recommend solutions and resolve system issues.
  • Review, research and evaluate software to determine its usefulness and appropriateness as related to existing or proposed business systems; assist or develop preliminary and detailed system design documentation.
  • Perform testing of new systems, upgrades and patching of existing systems; plan, conduct and document results of testing.
  • Develop instructional materials, training, and job aids.
  • Advise users requiring assistance in solving complex problems or issues regarding management and business systems.
  • Analyze data and provide data sets to users for analysis. May include development of operational and analytical reports for end users.
  • Liaise with external vendors or partners in support of business systems, which may include system development, implementation and/or operations.
  • Coordinate the implementation of new or modified business systems.
    • Other duties may also be assigned

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and five years relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of, computer system capabilities, business processes, and workflow.
  • Experience with enterprise applications and understanding of database driven applications.
  • Strong understanding of the software development life cycle.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques used in conducting management studies and in systems analysis.
  • Current knowledge of rapidly changing computer technology.
  • Skill in conducting interviews and facilitating group meetings.
  • Skill in developing and conducting training programs.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to bridge functional and technical resources by communicating effectively with individuals of varying systems expertise and business needs.
  • Strong listening, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to design and document complex business systems.
  • Proven problem solving and analytical thinking and ability to approach problems logically and systematically.




Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Work extended hours


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,


We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the "Apply Online" link. Please submit an online application, resume, and cover letter.


Stanford University is one of a select group of American universities that have achieved eminence in both undergraduate and graduate education and in a broad range of academic disciplines. The University is internationally recognized for the quality of its teaching and research, its distinguished faculty, and its outstanding student body. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work.

We provide market competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our unique perks align with what matters to you:

  • Freedom to grow. As one of the greatest intellectual hubs in the world, take advantage of development programs, tuition reimbursement plus $800 you receive annually towards skill-building classes, or audit a Stanford course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care, and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums. Create an avatar and participate in virtual reality adventures or join one with fellow staff on Stanford vacations!
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computing, cell phones, outdoor recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!

We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Stanford University's commitment to safely and effectively meet the public health challenge presented by COVID-19 extends to ensuring University employees may work from home, or another off-site location, where determined appropriate, whenever necessary through the end of August 2021. The department will give reasonable notice when employees are expected to return to work at the Redwood City campus.

Partially Remote: Candidate can work from home certain days of the week, based upon work from home agreement

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4772
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: I
  • Requisition ID: 89653

Keywords: Stanford University, Redwood City , IT Business Analyst 2, Other , Redwood City, California

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