Business Analyst Level III

Job Details

Job ID: 11526

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As a Business Analyst III, you will be reporting to the Division Business Manager to support the Systems Engineering Division, an organization of approximately 500 people that provides systems engineering and system integration and test at various levels of flight projects and provide enterprise systems engineering for the JPL Engineering and Science Directorate.


Tasks include but not limited to:

  • Assist 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.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly scheduled and ad-hoc financial analyses, reports and data as requested by management for strategic planning, performance reporting and forecasting.
  • Develop automated reports, dashboards, and business metrics.
  • Serve as back-up for the division Business Manager and support various human resources activities. 
  • Serve as point of contact for directing safety, environmental, property and facility-related business operations.
  • Oversee the coordination of special events/programs for the Systems Engineering Division
  • Coordinate, provide direction and oversight on all aspects of a broad range of administrative functions
  • 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 6 years of related experience; Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 2 years related experience.
  • 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.
  • Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in Business Administration, Financial Planning, Workforce Administration, Safety and Facility Management.
  • Extensive experience in the use of budgeting and reporting tools including Institutional Budgeting Tool (IBT), Data Extractor, Discoverer, COPA, OBIEE etc.
  • Must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to resolve highly complex issues independently.
  • Ability to present complex findings in a clear, concise manner using graphics, tables and high level summarization – both verbally and in writing.
  • Must have advanced skills in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, etc.).
  • 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:

  • Thorough knowledge of Engineering and Science Directorate (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

Work Authorization

U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

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