Senior Business Systems Analyst in Sponsored Projects Administration

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Senior Business Systems Analyst in Sponsored Projects Administration

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Information Technology

UTHealth Houston General Administration

Requisition #: 240001LV

UTHealth Houston is looking for a Senior Specialist in Systems and Reporting to work in our Sponsored Projects Administration area. This position reports to the Senior Director of eRA Data and Reporting in our SPA department. This employee is responsible for developing, configuring, maintaining, and supporting computer systems. Functions include enterprise operations, website management, implementation, and help desk operations by providing technical support and reports for research administrative offices. Work is performed independently.

Specifically, this position will oversee and manage the ongoing maintenance of UTHealth START modules(Proposal Tracking, Proposal Development, Award Tracking, Financial Tracking, Subawards, Entities, and Conflict Of Interest), develop a solid understanding of the modules from both technical and functional perspectives, configure and establish workflow logic, routing, and custom forms within the application and provide technical support to the appropriate institutional research offices as needed.

You will work a hybrid schedule, and your office will be in our University Center Tower in the Texas Medical Center. We prefer candidates with at least a bachelor's degree. We seek people with experience supporting large-scale enterprise software, as thousands of end users access our START modules. You must be flexible, as we may ask this employee to assist with implementations that expand the resource and increase its usage.

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

Once you join us, you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ well-being is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts include entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

Designs, develops and implements new or enhanced business processes supporting new or enhanced information systems and technology. Provides senior-level business expertise supporting business process changes for information systems projects. Identifies opportunities for business process improvement and initiates projects to make improvements with or without deploying information technology. Leads one or more application implementation team(s).

Position Key Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for the quality and integrity of the UTHealth START system.

  • Daily responsibility for operations requests to support the research enterprise by answering emails regarding system issues, report requests, and questions about system functionality. This requires troubleshooting, report development, file organization, testing, and user training.

  • Develop and maintain reports for the research administration offices and outside entities.

  • Manage ongoing maintenance of the UTHealth START system. Includes validating, troubleshooting, and prioritizing issues for multiple modules.

  • Work with vendor to fix system issues and create technical solutions, allowing business offices to complete their work effectively and efficiently.

  • Develop a solid understanding of UTHealth START modules from both technical and functional perspectives.

  • Configure and establish workflow logic, routing, and custom forms within the UTHealth application. Includes HTML, java scripting, and complex system design.

  • Create test scripts, and test strategies and execute system and regression tests for new fixes and regression testing for upgrades and patch maintenance cycles.

  • Serve as the liaison between business owners, end users, and vendors.

  • Design, document, and recommend appropriate system configurations.

  • Develop business design documentation for software enhancements, modifications, and interfaces.

  • Department communication regarding system issues, upgrades, and maintenance.

  • Record and track all issues that arise during implementation or post-production.

  • Contribute to project planning efforts by providing estimates and input into tasks.

  • Work with business owners to define, document, and prioritize functional requirements.

  • Update Sponsors and Sub-award entities.

  • Maintain department website.

  • Other duties as assigned


Prefer CPA and/or other business-related certifications

Minimum Education:

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Management Information Systems, a relevant business-related field (such as Human Resources or Accounting), or related experience in lieu of education.

Minimum Experience:

Eight (8) years of related experience. Two (2) years of experience must be in an application being used or implemented such as PeopleSoft, Oracle, WorkDay, SAP, JD Edwards, Lawson, etc. May substitute required experience with equivalent years of education beyond the minimum education requirement.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

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Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.