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Are you a highly analytical individual dedicated to establishing yourself as a reliable IT partner, collaborating closely with key stakeholders to drive essential business operations and strategies? Are you a proactive self-starter capable of anticipating client needs and offering innovative solutions? Do you possess a keen intellectual curiosity, thriving on delving into data to address pertinent business requirements? Moreover, do you exhibit a fervent enthusiasm for staying updated on cutting-edge technologies and assisting business partners in evaluating them for their advantage? If so, continue reading for more details.

Our Business Analysts engage in collaborative efforts with cross-functional teams to conduct analysis for projects, serving as a bridge to deliver high-quality outcomes. We foster a culture of collaboration in an Agile environment, all aimed at enhancing value for Baird’s business.

This is a hybrid opportunity working 2-3 days per week in office at our headquarters in Milwaukee, WI.

As a Business Analyst, you will:

Analyze and Develop Solutions – think about it!

  • Independently elicit requirements by the use of interviews, workflow analysis, requirements workshops, and surveys to provide business process descriptions, business requirements, use cases, and user stories.
  • Collaborate with project team members (developers, architects, product owners) to establish the technical vision and analyze tradeoffs between usability and performance needs.
  • Perform analysis of potential solutions against business requirements and financial impact to identify the best solution for the business.
  • Actively engages with the client community (internal and external) throughout all stages of project lifecycle, including business requirement elicitation through implementation.
  • Partner with internal business units to define information requirements and translate them into appropriate data solutions
  • Perform data analysis to gain a solid understanding of the business data in order to collaborate effectively with the business users, business analysts, and data owners.
  • Develop and validate source to target mappings and transformation logic required to support business needs.  Understand the importance of capturing data lineage.

Collaborate - build relationships!

  • Consult and develop relationships with all client personnel that foster closer ties between the business and Information Technology department.
  • Continually seeks opportunities to increase client satisfaction and deepen client relationships.

Test and Troubleshoot – focus on quality!

  • Supports quality assurance through test plan and/or script creation, QA team collaboration, and project team validation.
  • Act as a facilitator for UAT (User Acceptance Testing) with the client, third party vendors or other testers that use the product, leveraging acceptance criteria defined with the business partner.

Project Execution – get it done!

  • Assists project managers in defining project milestones, based on business need, requirements, and defined solution.
  • As needed, facilitates project management role on small projects, ensuring the right capabilities are encompassed in the project team and scope.

What makes this opportunity great:

  • Ability to work on critical projects with a variety of teams and leaders, proving your ability to influence and make business impact through providing technology solutions
  • Information technology is a core part of Baird’s business strategy and plays a critical role in the growth and transformation of the firm
  • Collaborative culture that values diverse backgrounds and perspectives while emphasizing teamwork and a strong sense of partnership
  • Team of associates passionate about achieving great results for clients and give back to the communities where we live and work

What we look for:

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of prior IT experience, including at least five (5) years related BA experience.
  • A college degree, ideally a B.S. in Computer Science, MIS, Business Administration, or Finance is preferred, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience, comfort level and success working in agile environment
  • Strong experience with writing business requirements, use cases and user stories
  • Previous experience with data analysis including writing SQL queries, Power BI, Tableau, or other similar data visualization applications, and interpreting results to help answer business questions, troubleshoot and support client data needs.
  • Experience working on projects related to the creation, support and enhancement of web applications. 
  • Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Office is required.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, ability to influence without authority.
  • Detail oriented and possess exceptional organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Motivated by small quick wins and process improvement


Commitment to Inclusion & Diversity

Baird is committed to inclusion & diversity for our clients, our associates and the communities where we live and work. This commitment stems from our culture of integrity, genuine concern for others and respect for the individual. We view inclusion & diversity as an ongoing journey – one of shared responsibility, continuous improvement and a focus on progress. We invite you to join us as we work together to foster an environment where diversity unites rather than divides us. Learn more here.


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