To come up with the right solutions, you need to ask the right questions first. The company name probably rings a bell as co-sponsor of the cycling team that won multiple stages in the Tour de France. Chances are, you’ve also encountered their solutions many times over. Their Youforce platform helps 1500+ giants (and countless smaller companies) streamline their HR processes, with services that range in scale from standardized payroll to bespoke eHRM solutions. With dual HQs in Oslo and the Netherlands, they facilitate clients in several countries.
Their product is an integrated suite of systems in the Azure cloud, that they continuously improve in their CI/CD pipeline. Although the platform was initially set up by contractors, an internal scrum team will assume end-to-end responsibility. They’ve come a long way since embarking on this ‘gargantuan’ task. Legacy point-to-point interfacing technologies were replaced with robust Azure resources, a large number of new interfaces have been added, and a test-driven development process is in place, propelling us towards full automation. Having completed the integration of their services and products with their headquarters, they can now start looking outward and offer these services to the world. Can you drive that process?
As their Jr./medior Business Analyst
You are the linking pin between the business (and thus their clients) and their internal development community in the Netherlands. You define the vision, gathering traction for it along the way. You establish product features and prioritize delivery on a ‘max added value basis. On the development side, you set an ambitious (but realistic) software release plan and scope activities with the platform lead, their business and information analysts, and the DevOps team. Your responsibilities include analyzing and defining the functional needs of their customers and transforming those needs into functionalities to be developed by the team. This includes close collaboration with the UX designers to provide a better user experience.
As a Junior/medior Business Analyst, you also require a deep understanding of what makes the business tick and strong stakeholder skills. By asking the right people the right questions, your epics can become legendary. What should the overall platform vision, strategy, and roadmap be in order to align with the company’s broader strategies and initiatives? Also, give back to the stakeholders; Keep everybody engaged and aligned. This is an important driver of adoption.
Key performance indicators
- Effective and well-groomed backlog;
- Sharp acceptance criteria per feature;
- Up-to-date Agile processes and cross-functional communication;
- High quality, low-cost service delivery processes, streamlined solution delivery;
- Continuous improvement becomes the de facto standard;
- Constant communication and alignment of stakeholders during product visioning and concept development;
- Successful cross-functional teams, and strong bonds with all stakeholders;
- Stories and epics maximize value and advance the product strategy.
This is what you bring to the table
First and foremost: a feel for the business. You need a ‘heartfelt’ understanding of business objectives in order to effectively visualize/quantify opportunities and risks. So, asking the question behind the question is imperative. Your track record should prove you are able to deliver the goals you set out to achieve. On an individual level but even more so as a member of cross-functional teams. You feel comfortable working in fast-changing environments, where change is the only constant, and are versed in developing epics and stories that readers believe in.
- Academic degree and affinity with Information Technology;
- +1 years experience as a Product Owner or Business Analyst in technology preferably for complex online or cloud-based products;
- 1+ year experience in IT Projects;
- Familiarity with Agile methodologies;
- Project management skills; you’re a true team player, and never cross the finish line alone;
- A pioneering spirit: you’re not looking for a job in a setting where everything is set in stone;
- Full professional proficiency in Dutch;
- Besides Dutch, you got excellent written and verbal English skills (B2 + level);
- Working experience in an international business context.
The company has 1000 employees and 4 locations (Amersfoort, Drachten, Amsterdam, and Sittard.) in the Netherlands. They have their Headquarters in Amersfoort.
They provide HR software and data analysis for the government sector in particular. Provide IT, consulting, sales HR0 and salary administration, and interim services.
Inclusiviteit en diversiteit
Uiteraard staat deze vacature open voor iedereen die zich hierin herkent. We geloven dat diverse teams van belang zijn voor ons als lerende organisatie, die voorop wil blijven lopen in de wereld van werk. Want juist verschillen tussen mensen zorgen voor groei. Van collega's, klanten, kandidaten en daarmee van Yacht. Heb jij een uniek talent? We ontmoeten je graag.