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Employer: Sammons Financial Group
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Employment Type: Employee Full Time



Responsible for investigating business systems, identifying options for improving business systems and bridging the needs of the business with the use of IT.  Act as a consultant and review all documents on project teams.  In addition to the Business Analyst and Business Analyst II roles, use deep practical experience and experience with a variety of complex projects to work independently as well as mentors others on large projects and take full responsibility for project work.  Applies techniques of waterfall or lean-agile development methodologies as needed for assigned projects. Facilitates requirements elicitation and negotiation of priorities, and fosters team collaboration. Accountable for large scope projects that often involve multiple business functions and business units.  The project work often involves a high level of business risk thus requiring a resource that uses sound independent judgment.


Essential Functions:

  1. As a rule act as a liaison among stakeholders on large (8000 hrs effort) size projects that may have a budget up to $500,000.  These projects that impact multiple business units and functions and are time critical to the organization; project s may also involve vendor relationships that must be coordinated by the business analyst.
  2. Develop business analysis plan approach, estimates and communication plan for each assignment.
  3. Use collaboration and investigative work to identify accurate requirements as dictated by the development methodology (waterfall / scrum / kanban). Analyze Current State Processes and Systems using a variety of techniques like Dataflow Diagrams, Functional Decomposition, Interviews and Analysis of Metrics and Key Performance Indicators. Understands and communicates the business sponsor’s vision and needs.
  4. Act as the subject matter expert and mentor other less experienced Business Analysts in using different elicitation and documentation techniques; perform mentoring on all Business Analysis activities when needed.
  5. Work closely with Business Partners at all levels in the organization and across business units to proactively define required capabilities and acceptance criteria; opening and maintaining lines of communication to monitor and improve business unit satisfaction with IT.
  6. Use a variety of techniques like User Stories, Use Cases, and Diagrams in requirements documentation.
  7. Help manage project scope and risks by recommending and negotiating solutions and effectively communicating with the Project Manager or Project Owner in a timely manner; make recommendations for product enhancements.
  8. Define the future state related to projects for both internal and external Stakeholders and advocate on behalf of all stakeholders.
  9. Participate in projects utilizing external consultants and being cognizant of the need for different communication styles and processes.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field from a four-year accredited university; consideration will be given to past Business Analysis experience, certifications, and Financial Services background
  • Six to Ten years of previous appropriate work experience required
  • One to two years’ experience and/or training in agile philosophy (scrum or kanban methodologies) is preferred
  • Previous Business Analysis experience or leadership experience in the financial services industry preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including strong questioning and listening skills and the ability to look beyond obvious answers to understand the impact across the organization
  • Ability to quickly obtain the knowledge of SFG member company systems, the business and related technology processes and apply knowledge to current project work
  • Ability to work on large scale strategic initiatives that cross business units, sometimes serving as the key Business Analyst on a team of many analysts
  • Proven problem solving, decision making, and process thinking skills
  • Strong analytical skills, and the desire and ability to research and formulate appropriate analytical technology or resolve problem situations
  • Proven teamwork skills and ability to interact well with others; ability to work with and communicate to a variety of personalities and locations
  • Self-motivated, and ability to work independently and effectively under deadline pressures
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Proficient use of the Microsoft suite of products and other Business Analysis Tools as necessary
  • Ability to lead teams and resolve conflicts in problem solving and decision making using emotional intelligence to move the project forward




Contact Information

Sammons Financial Group
Human Resources
5400 S Solberg Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Phone: .

Other Information

Category(s): Information Technology
Experience Req.: No
Degree Req.: No
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About this Employer
Sammons Financial Group
Sioux Falls, SD
Don't just work for a company...

Sammons Financial Group is a privately-held company, owned by Sammons Enterprises, Inc., an Employee Stock Ownership Plan company (ESOP). Because of our unique ownership, our employees are highly engaged in our business, focusing on long-term success rather than short-term earnings pressures. As an employee, the decisions you make have a real impact on the company's success. This can add to the value of your retirement as a participant in the ESOP and help you build your own future. Our culture and the Employee Stock Ownership Plan make us unique in the financial services industry.

Who we are

Sammons Financial Group (SFG) is a holding company of several successful financial services member companies offering a variety of financial products through multiple distribution channels. Our products include fixed and variable annuities, life insurance, bank, corporate, and credit union-owned life insurance, and retirement products. Sammons Financial Group includes the following companies and operating units:
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