Accounting & Financial Reporting Business Technology Analyst II

  • Port of Seattle
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • Oct 22, 2018
Full-time Business Intelligence (BI) Data Analysis Data Mining Data Testing Finance Process Management Project Management Quality Assurance (QA) Risk Analysis Training

Job Description

Purpose

Analyze and implement technology and business process solutions for the Port of Seattle’s financial systems in support of the Port’s strategic business initiatives. 

Essential Functions

This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed.  Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Progressive Systems Administration: 

  • Elicit, perform and develop system/process requirements, functional specifications, system configuration, system testing, solutions documentation, and partner with IT on customizations development.
  • Evaluate and provide meaningful data to improve the organizations decision-making capabilities. Build business cases for new technology projects from AFR leadership that include alternative technical solutions, options, risks, cost-benefit analysis, and impact on other business processes. 
  • Manage quality assurance by developing and implementing test strategy, test scenarios and test cases followed by executing the tests, debugging and documenting results.  Facilitate learning and development workshops with Port business partners related to change management of new systems and/or business processes. 
  • Provide advanced information retrieval and complex query development, ensuring the validity of the information produced. 
  • Define PeopleSoft user roles and responsibilities, then correlate or translate user roles and responsibilities to system access, permissions and profiles ensuring separation of duty is present and maintained. 

Project Leadership and Support: 

  • Create and implement project plan and facilitate execution. Determine the appropriate time to make advancement on projects and move on to next stages. Assist in the enforcement of project deadlines and schedules. 
  • Clarify the duties, roles and functions of team members between both prospective competing team members and their superiors. 
  • Ensure alignment with business sponsor, stakeholders, and senior leadership.
  • Interface with staff developing strategy as technical advisor for new functionality from applications, releases, and upgrades.
  • Proactively communicate and collaborate with external and internal customers to analyze information needs and functional requirements and deliver the needed artifacts (i.e., functional requirements, business requirements document, use cases, screen and interface designs).  
  • Work directly with and serve as the liaison between business units, technology teams, development team and support teams. 

Continuous Process Improvement & Lean Culture Adoption:

  • Shape a culture of innovation within and beyond the AFR Department in which people collaborating come up with new ideas, methods, and processes to increase productivity, improve efficiency and reduce costs. 
  • Evaluate current systems, policies and processes to identify opportunities to best optimize resources by eliminating redundancies and by increasing automation and system functionality. 
  • Ensure all processes and operations are necessary, clearly defined, and efficiently designed to align people, systems, and policies.

Key Liaison with Business Partners on Technology:

  • Collaborate with developers and subject matter experts to establish the technical vision and analyze trade-offs between usability and performance needs. 
  • Interface with staff developing strategy as technical advisor for new functionality from applications, releases, and upgrades.
  • Share, educate, and connect knowledge with the appropriate audiences. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Expertise implementing, upgrading and using PeopleSoft Financials and HCM including advanced ad-hoc query development and strong functional knowledge of system security roles and set-up. 
  • General understanding of Accounting and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and a strong understanding of internal controls and systems/operational risk assessment and mitigation. 
  • Able to define sound and functional process controls and incorporate them into Port Accounting/Financial systems and business processes. Advanced, broad technical expertise in PeopleSoft Financials and HCM and in troubleshooting cross-module system issues, requiring knowledge of system configuration, as well as Accounting functions and business processes including the interrelationships and interdependencies between each of the modules.
  • Skilled at structured analysis techniques, issue management, risk analysis and mitigation, recognizing and mitigating sensitive project issues, problem solving, conceptual and logical thinking.
  • Strong oral, business and technical writing skills that allow for facilitation of meetings, presentations and requirements gathering sessions.
  • Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills that establish rapport, persuade cross-functional business partners at all organizational levels, assist in understanding of technical information, and resolve conflicts in a positive manner.
  • Ability to evaluate information gathered from multiple sources, reconcile conflicting information, breakdown high-level information into details and differentiate user requests from the underlying true needs.
  • Able to understand business strategy and translate into specific details.
  • Able to mentor business partners to accept change and use new technology. 
  • Ability to lead and negotiate business solutions that balance technical capability, cost, and time, against business need. 
  • Ability to work independently with users to define concepts, under direction of project managers is required. 
  • Ability to communicate difficult or sensitive information tactfully. 
  • Ability to challenge the status quo and facilitate different perspectives to drive solutions in the support of business results. 

Qualifications

Combination of education and experience demonstrative knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration or related field;
  • Eight (8) years of experience with automated financial and accounting system;
  • Four (4) years of experience in each of the following: Business process analysis and improvement; and project management for medium to large technology and business process optimization projects; and
  • Two (2) years of experience developing and conducting training classes and developing training materials. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • PMP;
  • CPA;
  • CBAP;
  • Six Sigma or Lean Practitioner Certification;
  • Experience with Business Intelligence and data mining tools such as Tableau.

Job ID

1353BR

Salary

Commensurate with Experience