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Application Analyst At IFDS Group

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Job Description

The Application Analyst is responsible for providing business solutions to our external and internal clients through the enhancement of the OPC products and functionality. Application Analyst is key participants in the project life cycle from inception to production. They are required to liaise between our clients and internal teams to ensure detailed requirements are understood and documented, and to facilitate the building or modifying of our client output applications to meet client needs. The Application Analyst is responsible for creating, maintaining and executing test plans for our client output applications. Application Analyst s are also engaged in new client launches, conversions, activation of products/functionality, and support of production issues. This position requires strong analytical, leadership and problem-solving skills.

Additionally, the Application Analyst will:

  • Elicit and translate customer product requirements into comprehensive, complete and accurate business, functional and non-functional requirements
  • Have strong understanding of process flows, requirements gathering techniques, conducting structured analysis, data modeling, process mapping, Software Development and Project Management Life Cycle
  • Conduct process analysis, gap analysis and investigation of existing functionality
  • Work with the client to obtain an understanding of their products and services
  • Participate in project walkthroughs: business requirements, design, functional test plans and implementation sessions
  • Participate in defining test strategy and perform business product testing to ensure product quality is maintained
  • Deliver on assignments within the required timeframes and escalate to the project team members in an effective and timely manner
  • Manage to vendor schedules/timeframes
  • Participate in product documentation including, file layouts, user and implementation guides
  • Provide direction to the overall testing strategy
  • Responsible to ensure thorough functional test plan walkthroughs with project teams and clients are conducted
  • Responsible for ensuring high quality testing of enhancements/defects, oversight of environments, suggesting and implementing process improvements
  • From time to time attend walkthroughs, review estimates on enhancements, review test plan strategies, test plans and assist testers with Test Plan strategies and test plans
  • Maintain effective working relationships with peers/teams

Minimum Qualifications:

Critical Skills:

  • Minimum 2-4 years of Mutual Fund experience in an operational or application change capacity and/or internal product knowledge and applicable software quality/testing experience including the use of testing tools and utilities
  • In-depth knowledge in the Finance/Banking industry, particularly in the Mutual Fund/ Segregated Fund/Transfer agency domains
  • University degree or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrates excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Experience with Agile methodology
  • Exceptional ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Is self-directed and has the ability to multitask
  • Ability to build strong relationships, team player
  • Innovative – seeks out innovative solutions and champions continuous improvement
  • Initiative – takes independent action and goes beyond what the job or situation requires
  • Client focused as required to obtain business requirements and assist in implementations
  • Prioritization – ability to organize workflow in order to accomplish multiple and changing priorities within specified timeframe
  • Flexible – ability to quickly and easily adapt to changes within the business and organization
  • Results oriented – strives to achieve high levels of individual and organizational performance
  • Risk Management Skills
  • Detailed knowledge of Software Testing phases
  • Thorough knowledge of Software Development Life Cycle methodologies
  • Negotiation, influencing and relationship building skills

Beneficial Skills:
  • iFAST knowledge
  • IFIC Operations and Procedures course

IFDS Canada encourages applications from all qualified individuals. Applicants with disabilities may notify us of any accommodations needed to support your participation in the recruitment process. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying. Please be aware that only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted for this position.