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Lead Business Analyst

Company: The NPD Group
Location: Reston
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Learn and work on meaningful initiatives with some of the best and brightest in the market research industry. The NPD Group provides the world's most successful brands with leading market research, combining consumer and retail point-of-sale data with analytic solutions to interpret today's market trends while anticipating tomorrow's. In addition, we offer a career filled with innovation and growth to the forward-thinking problem solvers who join our team.

Position Overview

Be the first of your friends to declare, "I love where I work!" and actually mean it. Have fun and work hard with some of the best and brightest in the market research industry. NPD is one of the leading market research providers in the world. We offer competitive market research and intelligence to our customers and many of the world's largest companies. In addition, NPD offers a career filled with innovation and opportunity to the forward-thinking problem solvers who join our family. If you enjoy working with Big Data to help business solutions, are looking for challenges and career growth , love analyzing trends and are a dynamic, passionate and highly motivated individual who's looking for an opportunity to have an impact on some of the most well-known companies in the world, then this job is for you!

The Lead Business Analyst is a senior-level position that will work with one or more business units, supporting multiple complex assigned projects aimed at delivering IT solutions and services that meet company cost, quality and strategic targets. The role will predominately focus on gathering and analyzing work group data, defining current processes and requirements, researching best practices and identifying and documenting process improvements and functional specifications.

This position can be located on the East or West Coast

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Analyze, define and document complex requirements and business processes.
  • Develop complex systems specifications, process flow and conversion strategies.
  • Create complex technical and functional user documentation.
  • Contribute to the development of new tools, processes and solutions to meet desired product needs.
  • Follow established business processes, protocols and quality standards in the development and deployment of complex solutions.
  • Maintain stakeholder expectations and raise appropriate issues to project managers as necessary.
  • Develop "trusted advisor" relationship with senior stakeholders through effective communication and efficient, quality execution on projects.
  • Gather business requirements and translate them into user stories/functional specifications.
  • Identifies and documents process improvements and functional specifications based on research of best practices and analysis of work group data.
  • Perform analysis on existing systems; identifying options for potential solutions and assess for both technical and business suitability.
  • Work between remote development teams, internal IT and business to ensure requirements are being met.
  • Serve as liaison for the integration and communication among applications, databases, and technology platforms on a business and technological level.

Additional Job Responsibilities:

  • All other duties as assigned.
  • Stay abreast of new technologies.

Physical Requirements:

  • Typical office environment, extended sitting and computer work.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of experience.
  • BS / BA degree in relevant discipline required
  • ISEB qualified Business Analyst or an advanced Master's degree required

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities Required:

  • Strong communication skills that allow for effective communication across all levels of the organization
  • Strong analytical and process planning skills

Technical Skills:

  • Strong analytical and data visualization skills.
  • Broad understanding of software development methodologies, platforms, tools and languages
  • Experience using a recognized development methodology e.g., Agile, SCRUM, KANBAN
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products
  • Moderate facilitation skills, ability to facilitate workshops
  • Broad technical understanding across various software development methodologies, platforms, tools, and languages.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills applicable to a wide audience including senior and executive management, customers, etc.
  • Written communication skills including process documentation
  • Business requirements gathering
  • Understanding of the role of BA in the full software development lifecycle.
  • Experience in gathering business requirements and translating them into user stories/functional specifications on complex or large projects.
  • Previous experience of working in an agile environment and using recognized development methodology e.g., Agile, SCRUM, KANBAN.
  • Ability to guide and mentor less-experienced team members.


  • Technical skills - data and visual analytics, design, creativity
  • Problem solving - set priorities and process management
  • Process/planning - perceptive and perseverance

The NPD Group, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: The NPD Group, Reston , Lead Business Analyst, Other , Reston, Virginia

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