Sr. Business Analyst

Location: Stafford, VA
Date Posted: 10-14-2016
The Ariel Team provides focused agile software development and maintenance for CODIS, a mission-critical application for the FBI. CODIS is a client server application developed using Microsoft .NET that supports a database repository of DNA profiles from individuals, unsolved crime scene evidence, and missing persons. CODIS software allows local, state, and national laboratories to compare DNA profiles electronically, thereby linking serial crimes to each other and identifying suspects by matching DNA profiles from crime scenes to individuals’ profiles. Additionally, the CODIS software is used to assist with the identification of unidentified human remains, missing persons and disaster victims.
This position will support the CODIS Automated Test Team responsible for further developing a test automation suite transforming the CODIS software from manual testing to an automated testing framework in a Continuous Integration environment. The BA will be responsible for working with the customer to manage the Test Automation Backlog, finalize Acceptance Criteria for each User Story, and translate the Stories into a specification format using a gherkin-based tool called SpecFlow. Prior experience with SpecFlow is ideal but not required. Familiarity with Gherkin is desired.

  • Support the Automated Test Team by ensuring common understanding of Requirements (User Stories) and Acceptance Criteria by the customer and development team.
  • Develop Test Specifications in SpecFlow, an automated Unit Testing tool, using Gherkin.
  • Provide test analysis, reporting, and documentation as required.
  • Collaborate with other teams to understand how CODIS system changes may affect the test automation efforts.
  • Perform analysis of business and user needs through research and fact-finding.
  • Develop or modify moderately complex documentation to ensure fulfillment of all SDLC requirements for all releases.
  • Facilitate weekly customer status meetings, develop agendas, and capture meeting minutes.
  • Facilitate reviews with Subject Matter Experts to ensure products are ready for customer acceptance.
  • Facilitate cross-team communication and collaboration.

  • 5+ years managing requirements and supporting the development, testing, and documentation of complex software applications.
  • 3+ years working in an Agile/Scrum environment, including managing User Stories in a Product Backlog.
  • Experience collaborating with customer representatives, program management, and quality managers to define and document requirements and acceptance criteria in small increments.
  • Demonstrated multi-tasking ability, problem solving and analytical skills, and a consistent record of on time delivery and customer service.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to translate complex technical concepts into plain English and effectively communicate directly at all levels within the customer organization.
  • Fluent in use of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Power Point.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • BA/BS degree.
  • U.S. Citizen and ability to pass a public trust investigation.
  • Solid experience with Gherkin.
  • Experience with SpecFlow.
  • Experience writing and analyzing test cases.
  • Demonstrated Project Management Skills.
  • Familiarity with Quality Assurance principles.
  • Familiarity with Team Foundation Server (TFS).

At Ariel Partners, we solve the most difficult problems that inhibit technology from enabling our customers to achieve their goals. Our vision is to be recognized by our stakeholders as an elite provider of IT solutions, so when they have their biggest challenges we’re on their short list. We’re looking for team members who share our values of: Integrity to do the right thing even when it hurts; Commitment to the long term success and happiness of our customers, our people, and our partners; Courage to take on difficult challenges, accept new ideas, and accept incremental failure; and the constant pursuit of Excellence

Ariel Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.
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