Job Objective and Purpose :
The Business Application Team Leader works with client IT and business users to create solutions that meet business objectives, reduce cost and complexity, and / or save costs and improve profits.
Position Responsibilities :
Communicate with business users to identify requirements.
Clearly articulate requirements to IT personnel and work with them to identify solutions that :
Take advantage of existing IT assets and resources
Meet business requirements
Integrate with client's existing application portfolio
Meet existing client technical architecture requirements
Review business requirements, define components of target solutions, and identify existing package software products that will meet business requirements.
Build business case for proposed solutions and "sell" proposals to client IT and business management people.
Lead projects through the stages of high-level design, scope definition, detail design, and delivery planning.
Work with project manager during development and deployment phases to ensure that project meets design, schedule, and budget constraints set forth in initial project plan.
Escalate problems and issues to project, department, and corporate leadership, as needed, to ensure that project meets design, schedule, and budget constraints set forth in initial project plan.
Report progress and budget status to project sponsor and stakeholders.
Key Skill Requirements :
Strong business acumen
Understand importance of capital and operational expenses in setting project budgets and their influence on solution design, project planning, and problem solving.
Be able to read financial statements and converse with financial officers and business owners to build business case for projects and calculate project return on investment (ROI).
Display forward thinking
Consider new products, vendor-offerings, new and emerging technologies, changes in client industry, and how to best position client IT investments to take advantage of future developments.
Understand Architectural Frameworks and Business Domain
Understand project life-cycle and business-solution life-cycle.
Understand available enterprise frameworks and their value to project execution.
Select, modify (when necessary), and use design and delivery methodology.
Understand operational frameworks and processes and how the business solution will be managed through and after deployment.
Leverage deep knowledge of business domain
Apply business domain knowledge and leverage ability to learn quickly.
Demonstrate knowledge of business domain during problem definition, solution design and architecture, implementation planning, and user adoption phases of projects.
Enhance current knowledge though research, participation in industry and support groups, and association with subject matter experts.
Investigate new products and technologies
Investigate new trends in technology and IT business applications.
Provide topical and current opinions that are relevant to the current project phase.
Work well with ambiguous and incomplete information
Seek additional information to identify best approach for business solutions.
Experience Required :
Several years experience in the areas of : IT transformation; business process re-engineering; functional and technical design;
package software selection; and system development, implementation, and testing.
Understanding of business drivers; business operations including : processes, organizations, systems, and data; technology enablers (especially IBM and Oracle) , and industry vendors and applications.