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Amherst is revolutionizing the way U.S. real estate is priced, managed and financed in order to unlock opportunities for all market participants. Driven by data, analytics, and technology, Amherst has a 20-year history of anticipating where the next risks and opportunities are likely to emerge and designing actionable strategies for investors to capitalize on opportunities across residential real estate, commercial real estate and public securities. Amherst, along with its affiliates and subsidiaries, has more than 900 employees, $5 billion under management and approximately $15 billion under advisement and oversight. www.amherst.com.

The Business Analyst (Amherst Homes) will be the key liaison between the technical product and Amherst Homes Team at Amherst. This role will partner with a growing business line to develop, implement and optimize software to support land development, procurement and residential construction operations. This position will work closely with the internal development team, third party integrators and business stakeholders to define and implement best practice workflows in the ERP and Construction Management platforms.

The successful candidate will assist in providing technical solutions to business needs and will be involved in all phases of the SDLC from identifying the business problem, gathering and documenting the business requirements through the development, testing and implementation of the technical solution. The Business Analyst must be comfortable working on tight timelines with a cross functional team with minimal supervision, working alongside and reporting to the product manager for Amherst Homes in Technology.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Gathering and documenting business requirements, writing formal project documentation, planning, and performing user acceptance testing, and assisting with implementations.
  • Works closely with Product and developers to understand how our systems work, to identify innovative solutions and to troubleshoot and resolve issues.
  • Building detailed ‘as is’ and ‘target’ process maps with the business that model how they work and identify optimization opportunities
  • Provide pre and post-production system support to end users following implementations as well as ongoing tier 2 support.
  • Assist with special projects as assigned by the Head of Product.

What you’ll need to have:

  • Experience with financial systems and implementing new processes
  • 3-5 years of experience as a Business Analyst with a bachelor’s degree in a related field required.
  • Highly structured approach to documenting requirements, interviewing stakeholders, process modelling and analytical research a must.
  • Ability to collaborate and quickly build relationships with cross functional teams
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Must be tech-savvy with the proven ability to understand and explain software.
  • Must be able to work both independently and with a team.
  • Must be comfortable working on tight timelines in a start-up like environment.

Additional Skills and Experience: (Preferred, but Not Required):

  • JD Edwards or comparable ERP System
  • Lean Six Sigma certified
  • Finance / accounting / business administration experience
  • Knowledge of accounting and finance processes (close / financial reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable)
  • Working knowledge of PMO tools such as Jira, Confluence, Asana, Sharepoint and roadmap visualization tools such as Roadmunk

    Our full-time employee benefits include:

    • A competitive compensation package, annual bonus, 401k match
    • Flexible PTO including 7 paid holidays, 1 floating holiday, and 1 volunteer day
    • Employer-paid benefits (medical, dental, vision, health savings account)
    • Professional career development and reimbursement
    • Up to 16 weeks paid maternity leave; up to 4 weeks of paid parental leave
    • Backup childcare offered through Bright Horizons
    • Relaxed casual environment with virtual office events

    Amherst is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or veteran status, and encourage all applicants to apply.

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    Location

    Austin at our HQ with beautiful views of Lake Austin in a modern office

    An Insider's view of Amherst

    What are some social events your company does?

    Amherst is always participating in exciting events. From Dell Match Play to SXSW, Amherst engages in a variety of local events. We also host smaller events for employees such as summer BBQ's and happy hours. Nothing tops our holiday party, a true family celebration!

    Austen

    Director of Talent Programs

    What projects are you most excited about?

    I'm most excited about our Budget Revision Project! We were tasked with the challenge of moving a tedious process into a more user and mobile friendly system. This will allow the field teams to submit budget revisions from MSR Properties and have one system to manage the majority of their work. This excitement is why I love being a part of the team

    Gage

    Business Analyst

    How has your career grown since starting at the company?

    “At Amherst, I am able to work collaboratively with peers who have had years of experience similar to mine. The technology is current and evolving as the company grows. Therefore, my skills stay current and always improve.”

    Stan

    Senior Systems Engineer

    How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

    My team is expected to create new IP (Intellectual Property) through innovation in software, hardware, workflow process and data. Our goal is to build franchise value/shareholder value, solve difficult problems through creative solutions, and improve over-all efficiency that in turn makes life easier for all of Amherst

    Todd

    Chief Technology Officer

    What are some things you learned at the company?

    Within my first year, I have acquired solid enterprise-level knowledge in developing .NET applications by using Angular 4+, ASP.NET MVC, WPF, Entity Framework, and advanced SQL. We’re transitioning into ‘React’ apps that I'm excited about as it will add to my tech skills. I like that we have autonomy regarding the tech decisions in development

    Ruchi

    Software Engineer

    What are Amherst Perks + Benefits

    Amherst Benefits Overview

    Competitive salaries
    Choice of Mac or Windows hardware
    Flexible vacation days, paid holidays, and work from home options
    Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, Life, EAP, and 401K with matching benefits
    Stellar colleagues with proven track records

    Culture
    Volunteer in local community
    Friends outside of work
    Eat lunch together
    Intracompany committees
    Amherst has established the Amherst People Council focused on Engage, Grow and Give to promote employee engagement such as Affinity Groups, Career Growth and Mentorship and Philanthropy events.
    Daily sync
    Open door policy
    Team based strategic planning
    Group brainstorming sessions
    Open office floor plan
    Diversity
    Highly diverse management team
    Unconscious bias training
    Amherst provides unconscious bias training to all employees
    Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
    We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age or disabilities.
    Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
    Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
    Disability Insurance
    Dental Benefits
    Vision Benefits
    Health Insurance Benefits
    Life Insurance
    Life insurance is equal to 1 times an employee's annual salary.
    Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
    401(K)
    401(K) Matching
    Acme Co. provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by [provider]. We match 4% of contributions up to $5,000 of an employee's annual gross pay.
    Performance Bonus
    Amherst has a discretionary annual bonus program based on performance.
    Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
    Child Care Benefits
    Amherst provides Backup child care assistance.
    Generous Parental Leave
    We provide up to 16 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Amherst also provides 4 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
    Flexible Work Schedule
    Amherst provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
    Remote Work Program
    Family Medical Leave
    Company sponsored family events
    Amherst sponsors family oriented events Annually.
    Vacation & Time Off Benefits
    Generous PTO
    Amherst employees receive between 20 and 30 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
    Paid Volunteer Time
    Our employees receive 8 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
    Paid Holidays
    Perks & Discounts
    Casual Dress
    Free Daily Meals
    Stocked Kitchen
    Happy Hours
    Parking
    Relocation Assistance
    We offer relocation assistance depending on location and position.
    Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
    Amherst provides a monthly stipend for remote employees.
    Professional Development Benefits
    Job Training & Conferences
    Amherst offers employees professional development opportunities like Annual individual budget for training, Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
    Diversity Program
    Lunch and learns
    Amherst hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
    Promote from within
    Time allotted for learning
    Amherst. allows employes to set aside 50% of working hours for learning.
    Online course subscriptions available
    Customized development tracks

    Additional Perks + Benefits

    Competitive compensation and bonus program. Flexible PTO. Health, vision, dental and long term disability coverage. Paid maternity/paternity leave. Attractive office space. Training certification assistance. Monthly birthday celebrations. Casual work environment with regular team-building outings.

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