• Business Analyst

    Job Locations US-MN-Edina
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(4/13/2018 6:21 PM)
    # of Openings
    Information Technology
  • Overview

    Western National is in search of a Business Analyst who is looking to join a team where they can make a difference. As the Relationship Company, Western National strives to provide best-in-class service to its Agency Partners and Policyholders while promoting a culture of work/life balance to its employees.


    In this role you will work in an agile environment, helping to analyze, define, and document requirements that translate customer needs into technology solutions to help promote the company’s strategic goals. This role is critical to ensuring that the needs of the business are represented in an actionable way when developing, implementing, or refining the company’s use of technology.


    If you are interested in working with a company that has grown year-over-year, please review the job duties and requirements below and apply if you believe you are a fit!


    • Partner with business unit representatives, technology resources, and customer experience colleagues to design impactful customer journeys.
    • Collaborate with other team members to define business requirements to meet the end users’ needs, with proven ability to conduct one-on-one, small- and large-group interviews on technology and system concepts.
    • Document business requirements and align IT and business partners in understanding the technology solution.
    • Collaborate in development of business cases for approval and resourcing of customer journey innovations.
    • Translate customer and business innovations into documented, detailed, technical requirements for impacted technology teams.
    • Partner in defining system integration and user-acceptance test plans.
    • Assist with the analysis of bug issues/fixes, with ability to lead small groups of IT and business employees for troubleshooting, problem resolution, and brainstorming initiatives through analysis of available solutions.
    • Represent and support a business unit, acting as the business relationship liaison between the business unit and IT for IT work requests.
    • Contribute to the development of an overall implementation plan.
    • Execute internal, and some external, client communication including various written communications, one-on-one client conversations, large-group presentations, and assist with orientation and training of end-users for modified and new systems.
    • Analyze reporting needs by business area.
    • Participate in the development of processes for improving or further leveraging existing systems.
    • Partner with the business areas in the creation of process workflow documentation and user manuals.
    • Work closely with sponsors and front-line mangers and act as the main contact for specific work requests.


    • 3+ years of progressive experience in gathering requirements, testing, and supporting business/technology applications and/or systems.
    • Bachelor’s Degree in technology, business or a related field preferred; or equivalent work experience.
    • Experience with business analysis, and requirements, scope, change, and schedule management practices, with problem management, and strategic product planning; in an agile environment preferred.
    • Experience interviewing business sponsors and other stakeholders to gather and document requirements as stories into functional/non-functional specifications to include: objectives for project; business and functional requirements, page/process flows, success metrics and use cases.
    • Demonstrated experience of software development and QA testing along with knowledge of software development lifecycles and methodologies; including DevOps or agile delivery models, Scrum methodology preferred.
    • Demonstrated aptitude towards problem identification and resolution.
    • Ability to think critically and effectively communicate with customers and stakeholders (internal and external), the technology teams, and multiple business units, while leveraging a keen understanding of multiple leadership, communication, and thinking styles.
    • Understand how to influence change without direct control within a decentralized business unit culture.
    • Experience working with small teams that have high visibility across products/business capabilities.
    • In-depth knowledge of business department operations and processes.
    • Must possess organizational and prioritization skills; the ability to multi-task; the competence to organize and prioritize work; and the capacity to manage conflicting priorities.
    • Previous experience with insurance industry, or with insurance industry applications or tools preferred; commercial lines products and tools experience a plus.
    • Must have good oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Ability to work independently or minimal direction or supervision.
    • Basic experience with Confluence and JIRA preferred.
    • Proficient experience working with Microsoft Office 365 preferred.
    • Some knowledge of databases or willingness to develop skills; SQL.

    Western National Insurance is a growing, A+ rated (A.M. Best) group of property-and-casualty insurance companies serving individuals, families, and businesses in 20 states across the Midwestern and Western U.S. plus Alaska. Currently ranked as the 57th largest private company by revenue in Minnesota (Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal), Western National has consistently earned accolades as an employer of choice, including as a Star Tribune Top Workplace (2011 – 2016), and previously as a recipient of the Minnesota Business Ethics Award, as a Minnesota Business Magazine Top 100 Workplace, as a Principal Financial “10 Best” Company, and as a finalist for the Alfred P. Sloan “When Work Works” Award.

    Western National is known as “The Relationship Company®”, and caring for employees is a key part of that relationship commitment. Western National offers competitive pay, advancement opportunities, a generous benefits package, a robust wellbeing program, and a healthy work/life balance (including three weeks of paid time off, nine paid holidays, and eight hours of paid volunteer time as a starting point for new employees). These attributes are just some of the reasons why nearly half of our employees choose to stay on the Western National team for 10 years or more.

    Our benefits package includes:

    • 401(k) company match
    • Medical insurance – We offer affordable (thanks to a strong employer subsidy), above-average coverage and the choice of either a traditional Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) option OR a High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) option
    • Western Wellbeing program – Including on-site massage, yoga classes, salad and healthy snack days, sit/stand workstations, nutrition seminars, and more
    • 100% company-paid tuition reimbursement for approved, job-relevant coursework
    • Discounts on automobile and homeowner's insurance
    • Other standard employee benefits – Including dental insurance, vision benefits, life insurance, disability insurance, and more


    We could continue to list the things that we think make Western National a great place to work, but why not hear it instead from actual current and former employees? Here are some quotes that Western National employees have posted to the Glassdoor public review site:

    • “Excellent company which prioritizes customer service and community service.”
    • “Just a great place to come to work, and stay for a career. I love the personal touch from [the] executive suite on down. [The] CEO is on a first-name basis with everyone.”
    • “Above-average benefits, especially on the health insurance front.”
    • “I have felt welcomed here and I feel like the Senior Management cares.”


    (For more reviews from current and former Western National employees, you can visit the company’s Glassdoor page here: http://bit.ly/2qXtl4A .)

    ***Western National is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.***


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