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At Ellie Mae, the Senior Business Analyst plays a critical role in the software development lifecycle. From a product management perspective, they are the primary owner of the software development process and business feature outcomes. The Senior Business Analyst is accountable for ensuring the agile development teams understand what needs to be built and why. The Senior Business Analyst is responsible for ensuring a successful sprint/release outcome by their assigned sprint team(s). As a result, they have a process focus but the successful Senior Business Analyst strives to ensure feature and function clarity.
Senior Business Analysts lead the analysis, documentation and management of business requirements throughout the project lifecycle and ensure that requirements will meet the objectives of the business and are fully understood by the technical, UX, and Product Compliance team before solutions are designed and implemented.
Summary of Respnsibilities
Leads and manages requirements gathering and analysis activities for the highest profile and most complicated projects by working with stakeholders, software engineers, UX designers, usability engineers, Product Compliance analysts, QA engineers, and internal/external customers.
Elicits, captures, analyzes, refines, articulates and documents detailed business requirements, epics, user stories, acceptance criteria and software documentation via approved processes.
Lead the design and implementation of business process re-engineering required as a result of the software changes being implemented
Drives every release sprint to ensure backlog is groomed, and stories are sprint scope is locked.
Ensures a quality sprint delivery and end of sprint demos.
Participate in regular scrum meetings to answer team questions, ensure requirements are understood and assist in providing additional documentation to ensure successful execution.
Communicate ideas in a way that all members of the implementation team have a thorough understanding of the business outcomes and requirements.
Primary author of all Functional Requirements and responsible for all functional Jira entries for assigned products/projects.
Identify technical, functional, product, and project dependencies, and manage those dependencies to successful outcomes
Support the software development process by writing excellent epics and user stories that are easily understood, capture the business value, and are ahead of the scheduled time needed by engineering, user experience, or product compliance, along with clear acceptance criteria and constraints for each story
Perform enterprise-level analysis by looking at multiple products and systems simultaneously to manage requirements and changes across multiple Ellie Mae systems.
Look critically at the Ellie Mae systems and recommend, initiate, and participate in redesign efforts as necessary to extend their viability and efficiency
Manage requirement changes throughout the project lifecycle.
Balance business requirements with technical feasibility and sustainability.
Synthesize complex information into concise, readable, unambiguous language.
Drive product backlog maintenance and grooming.
Collaborate closely with Product Managers, UX Designers, Usability Engineers, Software Engineers, Product Compliance Analysts, and Quality Assurance Engineers.
Mentor other Business Analysts and more junior members of the team as required and assigned.
Establish and maintain agreements between team members on requirements.
Participate in Agile cadence such as Scrum standup meetings, backlog grooming sessions, review and retrospective meetings.
Champion changes and suggest improvements to the Product Development Life Cycle.
Ensure that appropriate project documentation is produced throughout the project lifecycle.
Solid understanding of software development lifecycle and Agile development processes. Preference for extensive agile experience and some waterfall experience
Basic Skills and Qualifications
Proven experience creating user stories, acceptance criteria, design documentation, process flows and wireframes in order to clearly communicate a set of functional requirements.
Strong business requirement analytical skills with the ability to produce clearly articulated requirements and documents.
Strong understanding of iterative software development.
Experience working closely with UX designers, usability engineers, and front-end software engineers.
Excellent written and verbal Communication Skills
Proven ability to operate within multiple functional domains
Experience mentoring more junior business analysts
Ability to structure and present information and translate high-level requirements to actionable requirements
Excellent Collaboration skills
Experience in both an Agile and Waterfall software development methodology, with emphasis on Agile
Proven ability in writing excellent epics and detailed user stories (please be prepared to provide examples)
Demonstrated interpersonal and leadership skills required to interact with staff, colleagues, management and internal/external customers.
Mortgage Experience is desirable (i.e. bought or sold a house, or worked in the mortgage industry)
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field required, Master's Degree in a related field is desirable
5+ years of relevant software industry experience required
Ellie Mae is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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