Amherst is a financial services and technology company that helps investors invest in US real estate
Austin, TX

Business Analyst

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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.

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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    Where we are

    Austin at our HQ with beautiful views of Lake Austin in a modern office as well as our second office in the top floor of the Frost Tower downtown

    Technology we use

    • Engineering
    • Product
    • Sales & Marketing
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      • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
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      • FigmaDesign
      • InVisionDesign
      • AsanaManagement
      • ConfluenceManagement
      • JIRAManagement
      • SmartsheetManagement
      • SalesforceCRM

    What are Amherst Perks + Benefits

    Amherst Benefits Overview

    Competitive compensation + annual bonus
    Generous & Flexible PTO, paid holidays, paid volunteer time off
    Flexible work from home option
    Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, Life, EAP,
    401K with matching benefits
    Employee Referral Program
    16 weeks Maternity/4 weeks Paternity
    Career Development/Advancement

    Volunteer in local community
    The Amherst Foundation supports numerous initiatives in areas where we live and work, with a targeted focus in education, social services, medical research, and the health and welfare of our 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
    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) 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
    Full-time in-office employees receive a monthly meal stipend through local delivery
    Stocked Kitchen
    Happy Hours
    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
    Paid industry certifications

    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.

    An Insider's view of Amherst

    What’s the vibe like in the office?

    Something worth bragging about is our newly opened office in the Frost Tower, featuring one of the best views of downtown Austin, cutting-edge IT equipment, a well-stocked employee lounge, and state-of-the art infrastructure to host clients and facilitate cross-divisional team collaboration.


    Vice President, Capital Management

    What projects are you most excited about?

    One of the coolest projects I worked on was the automation and integration of the Concur, Yardi, and Workday systems. Before, employees followed a very time-consuming process for filing expense reports. Integrating these systems simplified the process and saved the Company time and money. It was great to share that news with my fellow team members.


    Assistant Controller - Shared Services

    How has your career grown since starting at the company?

    I have developed a robust knowledge of the single-family rental world and am part of the roundtable of leaders that continues to help the Company evolve through process improvement and execution. Having a voice that is heard and respected is what I always look for when maintaining a career with a company.


    Vice President, Property Management

    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


    Chief Technology Officer

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

    We use data to drive our innovations and decisions. As part of the modeling team, I study huge amounts of data, build models, and provide analysis and market signals. Our team never ceases to find ways to improve upon our work. That helps us produce market analyses that are months ahead of our competitors.


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