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IT Business Analyst

​Agricorp is seeking a highly experienced IT Business Analyst to join our Information & Technology Services division for a 12-month contract.


The Information Technology Client Services (ITCS) department at Agricorp provides IT business analysis services to all business and IT stakeholders.

A number of projects of various sizes and complexity are currently underway at Agricorp. As a result, there is a need for the additional business analysis capacity that an experienced IT Business Analyst can provide.

Agricorp actively employs a combination of waterfall and agile system development life cycle (SDLC) methodologies and is currently in the process of a gradual transition to using agile only. Agricorp is also in the process of moving away from custom developed applications to a paradigm of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions.

The Role

Agricorp is looking for a highly experienced IT Business Analyst who possesses a combination of technical knowledge with the ability to analyze business requirements, understand business needs, and determine how systems and applications can best fulfill those needs functionally. The IT Business Analyst works with other members of ITCS and project teams. In this role, you will:

  • Work with product owners, technology groups and business representatives to analyze business requirements and produce and review documented and approved specifications for any new or change to technology applications
  • Work with the Test Services and Development Services teams to promote an understanding of the specifications needed to deliver a quality product to the business
  • Work with the training team to document system scenarios, identify roles impacted and help develop a change management training plan
  • Identify, assess and document business requirements that align with business priorities and advise the business on options, risks and costs
  • Evaluate the feasibility of addressing business needs using existing capabilities within Agricorp
  • Assist in the production of conceptual sprint planning for requirements elaboration, development and testing

Specific Role Deliverables

The selected candidate will complete the following required deliverables:

  • Develop user stories and/or business requirement documents (BRDs) (including acceptance criteria) to explain and demonstrate business process and related requirements to the business and IT stakeholders
  • Convert requirements documented in a traditional BRD to user stories with input from business and IT stakeholders
  • Lead and conduct fit-gap assessments to determine the degree of functional fit of user stories and/or BRDs to commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) based out-of-box functionality (OOTB) (these assessments are used by Agricorp to consider the relative merit of each requirement that necessitates custom development)
  • Refactor user stories and BRDs (content and theme) based on the outcome of the fit-gap assessments and obtain stakeholder approval
  • Ensure that documented requirements and process flows can be easily translated into test plans and test cases and ensure the testing process covers all acceptance criteria
  • Work on other requirements-related tasks (as assigned) with internal Agricorp project resources
  • Transfer knowledge, such as creating user stories, conducting fit-gap analysis, and the agile requirements process, to Agricorp staff


To be considered for evaluation, submitted responses must clearly demonstrate the following skills and qualifications:

  • Proven business analysis experience in both Agile and Waterfall SDLC methodologies
    • Minimum 5 years' proven experience in documenting requirements, either in the form of traditional business requirements documents (BRDs) or in agile-based user stories
    • Demonstrated extensive business analysis experience that includes complex projects and assignments in a wide variety of different subject areas
  • Proven business analysis experience involving Agile projects and methodology
    • Minimum 5 years' experience in creating requirements based on user stories
    • Minimum 5 years' experience in sprint-planning Agile methodology
    • Demonstrated involvement as an integral team member in multiple Agile projects, including tasks such as creating user stories, completing fit-gap analyses and sprint management
    • Outline specific education and training related to Agile methodology
  • Proven leadership skills in a business analysis context
    • Formal planning experience related to business analysis deliverables and tasks
    • Business analysis decision making
    • Leading business analyst teams through workshops, etc.
    • Business analysis knowledge transfer and mentoring
  • Proven business analysis experience with COTS products and solutions
    • Minimum 5 years' proven work experience in large scale system development with complex integrations
    • Demonstrated experience in understanding COTS functionality, such as business processes and workflows, business rules, and business functions along with configuration, customization, and integration options
    • Demonstrated experience in conducting a fit-gap analysis of requirements against OOTB functionality provided by COTS products
    • Demonstrated experience in functional integration of COTS products with other applications in a complex environment
    • Experience with articulating requirements for Microsoft Dynamics CRM and/or Guidewire software an asset

​Job status: 12-month contract (with possible extension)
Salary range: Open
Location: Guelph

Key Competencies

  • Client focus – Provides service excellence to internal and external clients
  • Analytical thinking – Interprets, links and analyzes information and situations by breaking them down into component parts, and identifying patterns, connections and underlying issues
  • Critical judgment, decision-making and problem solving – Uses critical judgment to make decisions and solve problems involving various levels of complexity, ambiguity and risk
  • Communication – Listens to others and communicates effectively, fostering open communication
  • Initiative – Identifies and deals with situations and issues proactively and persistently, seizing opportunities that arise
  • Achieving quality results – Focuses efforts on managing one's self to achieve high quality results consistent with the organization's standards and measures, while managing risk
  • Planning and organizing – Develops, implements, evaluates and adjusts plans to reach goals, while ensuring the optimal use of resources
  • ​Business Analysis – Knowledge and ability to apply the principles of business analysis in the planning, reengineering and requirement gathering for business environments, operations, processes and practices

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As an agency of the Government of Ontario, Agricorp works with partners to contribute to a vibrant and sustainable agricultural industry. With more than 400 employees serving more than 44,000 producers province-wide, Agricorp delivers programs that help producers manage risk and remain financially secure. The agency was established in 1997 by the p​​​rovincial government under the authority of the AgriCorp Act, 1996.

Agricorp delivers a variety of programs and payments on behalf of the federal and provincial governments, including AgriStability, Farm Business Registration and Production Insurance. Please see the full list of ​programs for more information.

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