SR IT SYSTEMS ANALYST - Software Analysis

Date: Jul 25, 2019

Location: BROOMFIELD, CO, US, 80021

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.

 

Job Summary

The Vendor Management Office (VMO) is within the Strategic Planning & Transformation (SP&T) organization and collaborates with internal business partners to manage CenturyLink activities with software and services suppliers.  In an ever-changing industry, we help our stakeholders navigate business relationships and contracts, maximize the value of our agreements, ensure that current and future business needs are met, mitigate business risks, and align with financial objectives. 

The VMO is currently hiring a Senior IT Systems Analyst (“Software Analyst” or “SWA”) who will manage a multi-million dollar portfolio of software maintenance and subscription renewals, assess business-impacting decisions (i.e., software, financial, operational, service levels) for each transaction, implement VMO best practices, and participate in cross-functional teams.  Work assignments will include many vendor products, including major IT industry vendors. 

Job Description

Software Analyst (SWA)Manage the renewal process for a multi-million-dollar portfolio of ~200 software maintenance and subscription agreements, by partnering with SP&T technical teams and Procurement to align decisions (i.e., renew, change, cancel) with current and future business needs; achieve optimal terms and best practices for CenturyLink;  engage VMO peers to assess contract terms and software asset management implications.  Act as internal VMO project manager for vendor transactions, ensuring effective decision making and meet client’s timelines.  Perform financial analyses of assigned transactions (e.g., comparison of options and deal structures, budget impacts, accounting).  Provide recommendations to continue / cancel renewals of software maintenance and subscriptions, considering cost, value, and risks.  Assess and refine, as needed, internal processes and metrics to measure and document SWA team performance and results. Educate internal clients and new team members about the VMO processes for purchasing software and renewing software maintenance.  Work assignments will include a high volume of transactions and suppliers

Budget and Administration:  Support the VMO’s Senior Lead budget analyst in activities related to SP&T’s financial plan for software maintenance and expense, including monthly, quarterly and annual close activities; variance analyses; periodic forecast updates; data maintenance within the “VMO Checkbook” database.

Financial Operations:  Participate in financial processing for an assigned set of software related transactions, including purchase requisition creation, goods receipt, and invoicing in SAP. 

Leadership:  Communicate with internal clients (from subject experts to Executives).  Lead group projects and decisions to resolve issues efficiently.  Collaborate with VMO, Procurement and technical teams.  Navigate corporate organizations, processes and tools, while facing high-visibility and challenging deadlines.  Influence others to adopt best practices; automate, where appropriate; identify process improvement opportunities.

Qualifications
  • Strong analytical skills
    • Data analysis,
    • Financial analysis (budget and forecasts, accounting concepts, evaluation of alternatives),
    • Understand necessary information; discern relevant facts for decisions
    • Maintain focus on details, while keeping the big picture in mind,
    • Communicate complex concepts and actionable recommendations to Leadership.
  • Ability to determine root cause of operational and financial challenges and offer options for risk-based mitigation
  • Ability to lead and work in a team, be self-directed (requires minimal supervision to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously), creative problem solver, quality focused; applies independent judgment to accomplish objectives.
  • Follow repeatable processes and apply best practices consistently
  • Preferred experience
    • Financial transactions and purchasing tools
    • contracts
    • software licenses and asset management
    • IT infrastructure and/or development lifecycle
    • processing of financial transactions in SAP
  • Demonstrated strong and positive interpersonal talents; able to interact with and influence people from all disciplines; able to balance persuasiveness and assertiveness to build relations while meeting objectives.
  • Self-awareness of skills and organizational impacts
  • Organized and structured approach
  • Strong ability to use Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and SharePoint
  • Preferred:  4-6 years of related experience
Education
Bachelors or Equivalent
Masters or Equivalent in Business or Computer Science

Alternate Location: US-Colorado-Broomfield; US-Colorado-Denver; US-Colorado-Littleton; US-Kansas-New Century

Requisition #: 213777

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at http://find.centurylink.jobs/testguides/ 

EEO Statement

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic characteristic or information, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, family status, pregnancy, or other legally protected status (collectively, “protected statuses”).  We do not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotion, benefits, discipline, termination, job assignments or training.

Disclaimer

The above job definition information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.  Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on changing business needs and conditions.


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