This business consultant acts as the requirements lead and/or requirements practitioner on projects depending on the size and stage of the initiatives. The business consultant is often engaged with the business partner before project initiation to help clarify and formalize the project goals, objectives, and scope. In addition to project work, the Business Consultant may consult with the business to help define the need for new and/or enhanced services, or optimized business processes and provide advice on the functionality, applicability, and usability of technology solutions to support business requirements. The Business Consultant has the ability to review enhancements from a business architecture perspective to ensure optimal implementation both from a business process and technology perspective and ensure long term scalability.
Collaborates with business partners, including senior management, to define business objectives, process, and requirements in various areas.
Facilitates requirements gathering sessions, including leading discussions, managing group dynamics, and maintaining group focus, to work towards accomplishing the stated goal(s) of the session within the context of the project objectives
Within the context of the project, leads discussions with business partners to better understand the business environment, to determine potential impacts on the project scope and objectives, and to modify the requirements management plan, if required
Builds, sustains, and leverages relationships with individuals within his/her area of immediate responsibility when gathering, validating, and approving requirements to establish a comfort level in managing relationships and understanding business needs and assurance that a quality result will be delivered
Determines the best approach for eliciting, analyzing, validating, and prioritizing requirements to ensure that the necessary information is captured from the relevant stakeholders to address the business needs
Identifies and documents project requirements in order to capture required outcomes and ultimately support the business’s overall objectives
Adheres to and ensures that others adhere to the organization’s Requirements Management Process to support the organizational standards and ensure consistency of deliverables
Ability to build current state and future state business process maps
Identifies inconsistencies and gaps within a business process description and collaborates with stakeholders to clarify and simplify complex processes
Ensures all necessary stakeholders are engaged in communications between the Information Technology (IT) project team and the business to help identify who should be involved in the identification and development of the requirements
Seeks to integrate digital methods for agile, rapid prototyping, and for stakeholder involvement.
Participates in the full development life-cycle, including requirements change requests, clarifications with developers and quality assurance analysts and guidance for business user acceptance testing (UAT)
Participates in the development of strategic and tactical IT plans to help inform future project work of the direction of the business
Provides coaching, professional guidance, and support to Business Analysts, as required, in order to foster professional development.
Stays abreast of industry technical and business trends through participation in professional associations, practice communities & individual learning