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Data Analyst
Atlanta, Georgia  

We have a Contract position for "Data Analyst" with one of our direct clients in Atlanta, Georgia for initial contract duration of  5+ months.

Job Description

The Data Analyst will be responsible for discovering analytics and system integrations requirements, identifying data sources and criteria needed, documenting specs for developers, testing the output, and ensuring user acceptance. This position will work directly with our internal customers, business process owners, leadership, Business Analysts, and BI, ETL, and Webservices Developers.

The ideal candidate has proven working experience taking a vaguely stated business question and unpacking it into specific requirements, data sources, and criteria. The skillset is a cross between a business analyst working with the customer on requirements discovery and a "data detective" identifying and interpreting data using SQL and analysis skills. Analytical /conceptual/ curious/ problem-solving mindset is an absolute must. Experience writing SQL against complex tables containing historical/future data is a must. Working knowledge of HR data and processes (esp. PeopleSoft HCM data) is strongly preferred. Selected candidates will be expected to walk through their data gathering, analysis, and SQL experience in detail.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Analyze large volumes of complex data that requires consideration of multiple factors to interpret the   information
  • Work closely with stakeholders to understand the business process and turn vague one-liner requests into detailed, testable requirements that meet the business needs
  • Propose and implement analytics solutions to support business needs and data-driven decisions
  • Support new system implementation projects, including data feeds, data design, and mapping
  • Identify and document data sources, criteria, and data mapping
  • Develop subject matter expertise and understand dependencies between source systems
  • Use SQL to explore, extract, and analyze data, including historical data
  • Assess data quality and completeness and implement solutions to ensure accurate reporting
  • Propose solutions to collect new data points to support metrics and identify trends
  • Design reports/dashboard layouts to present data in a clean, consumable, and insightful format
  • Write report and data feed specifications for BI, ETL, and Webservices Developers
  • Receive and prioritize requests for reports
  • Assist customers with ad-hoc reporting needs
  • Audit existing reports and propose improvements for findability of data
  • Serve as a resource to Business Analysts and Developers for data-related needs
  • Support development of other team members' data analysis skills though knowledge share

Required Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Business, Finance, or related field
  • 3-4 years performing data analysis
  • 3-4 years as a business analyst (working with stakeholders on requirements and business process)
  • 2-3 years of experience writing complex SQL queries

Qualifications (required)

  • Above average analytical and conceptual thinking; resourceful problem-solving
  • Fascination with data, desire to learn new concepts, finds business process and data analysis rewarding
  • Expert level SQL skills; experience writing complex queries with multiple table joins, subqueries, and historical data
  • Basic knowledge of database design principles, deep understanding of relational databases
  • Familiarity with data warehouse, data mart, ETL, and webservices concepts
  • Exposure to reporting tools and some hands-on experience building reports
  • Advanced Excel skills (formulas, charts, pivot tables)
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience communicating with all levels in the organization in a clear and concise manner using non-technical language
  • Excellent documentation skills
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong experience working with HR data and processes
  • Process analysis skills
  • Ability to lead others to articulate requirements and uncover hidden needs
  • Familiarity with SDLC
  • Experience managing multiple requests and projects
  • Adaptability to changing requests and priorities

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with PeopleSoft HCM data
  • Eye for aesthetics and usability in report design
  • Data visualization experience, such as dashboards
  • Familiarity with statistical methods
  • Predictive analytics/forecasting experience
  • 1-2 years of BI experience working with Cognos, Tableau, or similar BI suites
  • Strong presentation skills


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