Sr. Business Analyst

Chicago, Illinois 60603

Employment Type:
Date Added:
November 07, 2014

Palace Gate Corporation is seeking a Sr. Business Analyst for our premiere client in Downtown Chicago. This is a direct hire opportunity (FTE).


The IT team partners with its functional business associates to define the company’s technology strategy, deliver innovative applications, and continuously improve its internal and customer-facing technology assets. We are seeking a passionate, results orientated Sr. Business Analyst who is a self-motivated, critical thinker with a broad understanding of cross-functional business processes as well as web and commercial package applications. This position will be responsible for authoring functional requirements, translating them for technical teams and validating that technical solutions meet the needs of the business and customers.


  • Conduct business process reviews to understand business processes and how underlying applications and data support or enable related processes.
  • Collaborate with business partners to identify, assess and refine functional requirements, translating them into detailed technical requirements.
  • Document pertinent information related to the requirements; prepare gap and impact analysis.
  • Provide guidance and direction to developers regarding functional requirements; mentor other IT resources on business processes.
  • Partner with QA Lead to identify testing requirements.
  • Participate in system testing to validate delivered functionality meets the business objectives.
  • Lead User Acceptance Testing efforts.
  • Manage small cross-functional internal and/or external business technology projects utilizing Agile methodology.
  • Proactively identify opportunities to utilize current or innovative technical solutions to improve business processes and/or products that provide additional revenue, cost savings or efficiency gains.
  • Communicate with all levels and functional areas of the organization.

Knowledge and Special Abilities Required:

  • Highly motivated and self-directed with solid execution skills.
  • Demonstrates critical thought and probes beyond the surface of the requested data to get at the valuable (actionable) information.
  • Detail oriented, but understands broader impacts of requests.
  • Able to check and validate the results of their own and others’ work.
  • Adjusts quickly to changing priorities as necessary.
  • Manages multiple tasks and deliverables simultaneously and in an organized and results-oriented manner.
  • Strives to proactively identify and address areas where business process efficiency and effectiveness improvements would make a positive impact on the top and bottom lines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Basic project management and tracking skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and an objective outlook.
  • Excellent people skills are also necessary since this position interacts with all levels of resources across the entire organization.


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field. Master’s degree is a plus.

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

  • 8+ years’ professional experience required.
  • 5+ years ‘experience as a cross-functional business analyst required.
  • Experience with manual testing required.
  • Experience managing small cross-functional technology projects and resources in a matrix environment required.
  • Experience with Agile software development methodologies required.
  • Experience with MS Office applications required and SharePoint strongly preferred.
  • Application development background preferred.
  • Experience managing third party vendors strongly preferred.
  • Experience with user interfacing technologies and design preferred.
  • Team leadership experience a plus.
  • Knowledge of banking and/or financial services industries is a plus.

Other (i.e. physical requirements, travel, etc. that is not covered above):

  • Travel estimated to be less than 10%

Qualified candidates may send their resume to:

Palace Gate Corporation is an information technology consulting and full-time placement firm that is committed to the success of our clients and our talented placements alike. Palace Gate is consistent in matching the right people with right opportunity. Our company approach is simple: understand our clients’ requirements, business needs and cultures in order to quickly identify the best resources to meet those needs and achieve business success. Palace Gate Corporation offers full medical and dental insurance, 401K, as well as weekly direct deposit.