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Business Analyst Consultant, R&D IT

Req # JR - 024117 Location Deerfield, Illinois, United States Additional Locations 40 Job Category Information Technology Date posted 07/08/2020

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This position will be part of the R&D IT team, supporting the Regulatory Affairs, Global Patient Safety, Medical Affairs and Clinical Affairs portfolio of projects.  This is a senior-level IT business analyst position.  This position will spend the first year or more assigned as a business analyst on a large global project to implement a validated Regulatory Information Management (RIM) suite SaaS vendor solution and necessary system integrations to existing Baxter systems, as well as migrate legacy data into the new RIM solution.

The ideal candidate will have the following experience:

  • Implemented a new validated SaaS software vendor solution from beginning to end, including system integrations
  • Led the work effort of other business analysts on a large project
  • Managed the creation and approval of the deliverables in a validation package
  • Analyzed legacy data; analyzed legacy and new data models; designed data mapping from legacy system to new system; migrated legacy data into new system
  • Designed the data flow through a new software solution, including upstream and downstream interfaces
  • Redesigned business processes to match the new software solution’s functionality and data flow
  • Led requirements gathering across many global functional teams for a new software solution
  • Designed and led the validated testing effort for a new software solution
  • Collaborated with a software vendor (i.e., understanding the capabilities of the software vendor solution and identifying gaps/mitigations, resolving test defects, etc.)
  • Regulatory Affairs, Regulatory Information Management

Critical Responsibilities

Business Enabling and Envisioning

  • Engage and communicate effectively with business leaders and business subject matter experts to define and align on constructive and tangible strategies
  • Collaborate with business partners to influence core technology selection and standards across a diverse range of business-critical R&D solutions
  • Partner with business partners, vendors and peers as part of shaping and delivering the overall solutions.
  • Best in class vendor selection and management, including niche vendor strategies as needed
  • Collaborate with business partners to estimate and quantify the impact and business value of key initiatives  
  • Plan and execute global requirements gathering through workshops/product demonstrations at both global and regional level whilst maintaining traceability and compliance at the core.
  • Deliver presentations; facilitate and address issues at all levels of management.

Business Analysis

  • Lead and set direction for business functional requirements, technical requirements and solution delivery on enterprise/large projects within Baxter’s R&D IT function.
  • Gather, understand and document business objectives, requirements, functional specifications through workshops/interviews/meetings.  
  • Manage the creation and approval of the deliverables in a validation package
  • Identify, evaluate, develop and /or redesign systems and procedures that meet user requirements.  
  • Define, design and document business flows and processes for large, highly complex projects.  Understand interdependencies of systems for multiple businesses or functions.  Provide cross-functional and business knowledge to develop business system and process alternatives. 
  • Design data flow through software solutions, including upstream and downstream interfaces
  • Use technical tools (queries, process maps, etc.) for problem resolution.     
  • Conduct data analysis; design business rules for data accuracy and consistency; design data mapping and data migration.  Identify and resolve data quality issues.
  • Establish validation test strategy; develop and execute test cases; lead validation testing with IT and business partners; manage defects with software vendors and IT.
  • Assist in development of training materials and/or conduct training.
  • Provide support on R&D business applications. 
  • Understand and follow appropriate SDLC, quality validation processes and application processes.
  • Communicate status, solutions and concerns.
  • Disseminate information in a timely manner within the team and across functions.
  • Make decisions that have a cross-functional or business impact and analyze financial impact.  

People/Project Management

  • Provide input to project manager on project charters, project plans, project estimates/budgets and status reports.
  • Manage work effort for self and less experienced business analysts assigned to your project.
  • Mentor less experienced business analysts.  
  • Train others on specific area of business or systems expertise.

Vendor Management

  • Collaborate with software vendors (i.e., understand capabilities of software vendor solution and identify gaps/mitigations, resolve issues, etc.)

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Information Technology
  • 15+ years of business analysis experience and implementing IT solutions
  • Prefer 3+ years of regulatory affairs and/or regulatory information management experience
  • Demonstrate strong business acumen, solution delivery expertise and a strong understanding of systems for both on-premise and SaaS offerings
  • Proven success (3+ years) managing large project requirements highly desired
  • Ability to accomplish results through others, utilizing effective influencing and leadership skills
  • Must be able to solve complex business problems and present recommendations to senior management effectively
  • Must be able to define, shape, and drive projects to completion while effectively collaborating with others
  • Experience working on all SDLC business processes: requirements, design, development, testing, training and deployment
  • Experience working with third-party external teams in the support and implementation of IT solutions
  • Data analysis and data migration experience
  • Require limited direction; give significant direction; detail and quality oriented; possess extensive knowledge of policies, standards and procedures; have excellent presentation, communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Baxter is an equal opportunity employer. Baxter evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

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Reasonable Accommodations

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