Banking on analysis

"A lot of freedom in the way you do things" is the promise of a business analyst vacancy within the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Title: Business analyst, knowledge services group, Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Function: Investigate and evaluate business systems and processes

Description: Senior skilled role answerable to applications manager

“A lot of freedom in the way you do things” is the promise of a business analyst vacancy within the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

The Wellington-based role is newly created within the bank’s applications team as part of its knowledge services group, reporting to applications manager Greg Perrott.

The Reserve Bank has a mixture of Novell NetWare and Windows NT Network with 250 Compaq workstations, using standard Novell and Microsoft desktop software, operating on a gigabit ethernet switched network.

The knowledge services group includes departments such as IT infrastructure (networks), helpdesk and web support, knowledge centre (library), a data unit and applications development. The applications team works with business units to establish and provide business analysis, documentation, specifications and process analysis so software development and implementation staff can meet these requirements.

The business analyst will be in a team of six, working on business analysis and applications development projects. They will also work for other teams, subject to their experience. Tasks include documenting user requirements while preparing the construction of information systems, helping investigate and document all or part of the bank’s functions, evaluating existing business systems, suggesting improvements and coordinating the implementation of new systems and reviewing them.

Perrott says the bank wants someone “as skilled as possible”, and with at least three years' business analysis experience.

“We are moving towards Java and web applications so an understanding of that is useful," says Perrott. The bank has a critical project this year reengineering a forecasting system. "It’s a manual complex part of the bank’s processes that we are looking at automating,” he says.

The bank uses technologies including Rational Rose and SODA documentation tools, and ER Studio design tools on legacy applications developed in PowerBuilder. They will be replaced over time so Perrott wants someone who understands web technologies XML, HTML, Java and object orientation.

Applicants, he says, should already be experienced in co-ordinating development projects and business analyses, building business cases and associated financial analyses. Understanding testing and experience in acceptance testing is also sought.

Perrott is unsure what the role will lead to as it is new, but says the Reserve Bank offers many training opportunities. Much freedom is offered in working practices, with flexible hours, not a strict nine-to-five regime.

Salary varies according to skills and experience, ranging from $50,000 to $87,000.

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