Business Analyst II

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Job ID: 12628

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Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


As a Business Analyst II, you will be reporting to the Section Business Manager to support the Flight Systems Engineering, Integration & Test Section, an organization of approximately 280 people that provides leadership in systems engineering at several levels of system design and integration & test. The section primarily engages in development phase activities and spans a wide variety of systems engineering disciplines.   

Tasks include but not limited to:

  • Assisting the Business Manager with a variety of activities including budget development and financial planning, analysis, and reporting oversight, workforce analysis, rewards and recognition, facilities, safety, and property management across the division.
  • Preparing monthly and/or quarterly scheduled and ad-hoc financial analyses, reports and data as requested by management for strategic planning, performance reporting and forecasting.
  • Developing automated reports, dashboards, and business metrics.
  • Coordinating monthly and quarterly reporting activities across the section.
  • Assisting with JPL and NASA Awards activities, including calls for nominations, reconciliation of section-managed funds, documentation of transfers, and creating award certificates for distribution.
  • Having broad general knowledge of safety, environmental, property and facility-related business operations in the section.
  • Assisting with the acquisitions process using various software and purchasing methods: iProcurement, Oracle Acquisitioning (POs, PSs); sole source documentation, and ServiceNow (ManTech).
  • Coordinating the planning and execution of special events/activities for the Section, in collaboration with team members and technical group members, as needed.
  • May act as liaison to other laboratory organizations, including representation of and participation on various committees.
  • Perform ad hoc duties as assigned.


  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related discipline with a minimum of 3 years of related experience; Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 1 years of related experience.
  • Experience with developing automated reports, dashboards and business metrics.
  • Must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to resolve highly complex issues independently.
  • Must have advanced skills in MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, etc.).
  • Wide-ranging experience and advanced knowledge in one or more of the following: budgeting, financial analysis, reporting, human resources, workforce planning, safety, property, and facility management.
  • Ability to present complex findings in a clear, concise manner using graphics, tables and high level summarization – both verbally and in writing.
  • A successful history of establishing trust with customers and working as a strong, collaborative business partner.
  • Must have the ability to use tact and discretion when working with sensitive or confidential data.
  • Strong professional characteristics: trustworthy, responsible, hardworking, intellectually curious individual who takes initiative and ownership of work.
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently and in a team environment, and be able to effectively lead teams of both business and technical groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, multi-task and complete assignments with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent customer service, organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.


Preferred Skills:

  • Extensive experience in the use of budgeting and reporting tools including Institutional Budgeting Tool (IBT), Data Extractor, Discoverer, COPA, OBIEE etc.
  • Thorough knowledge of ESD organizational operations, applicable Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations.
  • Significant exposure to JPL’s Institutional business processes and architecture, JPL’s Project Resource List, and Institutional Workforce Forecasting Tool.
  • Working knowledge of direct project support.


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