1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 198574
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Job Location Detail: position is eligible to work fully remote within the U.S. (excluding U.S. territories) 
Posting Date: 10/26/2021 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  
Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The University of Washingtons Finance Readiness Program has an outstanding opportunity for a Business Analyst to provide a key role in the planning and implementation of an enterprise-wide financial system and modernization of related business processes.  The Finance Readiness Program is a collaborative partner to the broader UW Finance Transformation program.  UWFT is a multi-year effort to transform the UWs existing financial processes through business process redesign and the replacement of legacy systems with modern technology. 

We have an outstanding opportunity for an FRP Business Analyst to be part of the FRP collaborative business partner team responsible for ensuring that UWs central finance division is operationally ready to execute new processes, policies and procedures with excellence post go live.

The purpose of this position is to analyze, measure, design, depict, and present current and future state business and operational processes along with their relationship to and utilization of technology.  This position is responsible for navigating the wealth of data and turning it into actionable and insightful information for the University.  The Business Analyst will work directly with University Department/unit leaders, providing consultation and support in the development, analysis, interpretation and management of a variety of complex internal and external data sources as well as business process areas.  The incumbent draws on expertise in data collection methodologies to support subsequent data analysis, and finance processes and statistics; prepares charts and graphs; applies appropriate statistical tests; provides analytical commentary; and educates analytical concepts in an understandable and actionable manner.  The Business Analyst operates under general or minimum supervision, and performs duties with broad latitude for exercising independent judgment.

Duties & Requirements:

Analysis (65%)

           Investigate and analyze current state business processes and financial and management system landscapes and architecture
           Design data collection instruments that effectively obtain the data necessary to support identified analytical objectives
           Elicit requirements and operational objectives using interviews, document analysis, surveys and functional workgroups
           Develop guidelines for vendor demos and test scripts that represent future state process transformation in support of system selection activities
           Establish, implement and promote effective requirements gathering methodology, documentation and management practices.
           Capture, evaluate, prioritize and understand business needs and translate them into business process and system requirements.
           Organize and synthesize large amounts of information provided by stakeholders and develop relevant business analysis artifacts, such as use cases, as is and to be process flows
           Understand and document complex business processes, roles, business rules, policies and workflows related to current and future state financial processes
           Analyze business problems and develop solutions; identify and assess alternatives; develop business cases and proposals that support decision making among a diverse set of process partners.
           Critically evaluate information gathered from multiple sources and reconcile conflicts.
           Assess benefits to be derived from systems improvements and quantify impact to business units.

Project Management and Leadership (25%):

           Collaborate and partner with multiple stakeholders across the organization including project team members
           Work effectively in a large team environment and effectively learn and apply program methods and approaches.
           Lead process transformation teams focused on documenting current state and envisioning future state for major institutional end to end financial processes
           Communicate complex processes, problems, and solutions in a simple, compelling, accurate, and highly visual manner
           Work independently to manage key components of the projectincludes defining tasks, managing the work, and being accountable for the deliverables of assigned components such as the total cost of ownership.
           Use independent judgement to determine appropriate escalation and resolution of issues within program structure.
           Work with all levels of management to critically evaluate and communicate business issues/risks with conviction to campus clients and team members
           Meet project deadlines to full completion
           Facilitate meetings and/or design sessions to validate, prioritize, and document requirements
           Make presentations to user groups and key stakeholders
           Work directly with the project manager(s) to track time, schedule, budgets and compile reports as needed for quality assurance and executive review.

Other Responsibilities (10%):

           Provide mentorship to junior business analysts
           Serve as critical liaison between business, technical, program and support teams
           Operate effectively in a matrixed environment
           Serve as liaison with the vendor BA resources, and maintain project standards and consistency across the implementation team.
          Conduct ad-hoc analysis for project team

Requirements include:

    Bachelors Degree in accounting, finance, business administration or other related area and five years of experience doing progressively more complex business and financial analysis within a project or program environment such as scope definition, requirements gathering, business process re-engineering, etc.
    Significant understanding of financial terms, business processes, and financial reporting.
    Experience with system implementation deliverables and financial analysis, including fit-gap analysis, total cost of ownership, benefits analysis, and business process improvement
    Self-starter and able to manage multiple priorities and tasks in a dynamic environment.
    Demonstrated excellent written/oral communication skills, technical documentation skills, user liaison skills, and personal interaction abilities.
    Advanced ability to develop efficient and effective analytic methodologies and approaches to generate value, address a broad range of operational and performance issues, execute the analysis in a timely, accurate and reliable manner, communicate findings clearly and concisely to diverse business leaders, key contributors and stakeholders.
    Advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills
    Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team in a cooperative effort.
    Ability to deal with trade-offs, conflict, and change management in a collaborative and positive manner
   Demonstrated excellent written/oral communication skills, technical documentation skills, user liaison skills, and personal interaction abilities.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


    Expertise with SharePoint (or similar project management tools), spreadsheet, word processing and presentation applications
    Experience with a major audit, accounting or consulting firm
    Experience in a large university, large medical center, or other large complex enterprise
    Knowledge and experience developing/implementing enterprise level software systems in support of administrative or operational needs
    Experience dealing with organizational change management
    Demonstrated success in facilitating work groups and ability to develop consensus
    Previous experience in a lead business analyst role or as key point of contact.
    Previous experience with higher education financial and/or budget processes

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

Application Process:

This recruitment may fill additional openings.

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.


Posted: 2021-10-28 Expires: 2022-07-07

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