6. Strong skills in understanding and using standard applica-
tion development design, reporting and project management tools.
7. Ability to perform objective analysis and re-engineering of
8. Healthcare and/or billing experience preferred.
9. Excellent oral and written communication skills and the
ability to understand end-user needs.
n Business intelligence etl Developer
Participates in data acquisition and transformation delivery and
may provide oversight and technical checkpoints to enforce standards
and quality of BI solutions. Researches new ETL-related technologies, tools and methodologies. May lead the design, development and
testing activities for the data movement and transformation portions
of BI projects. Responsible for collaborating with the IT support teams
to ensure compliance with company guidelines and restrictions.
Leads meetings to refine technical standards for technologies used
within the data movement layer; reviews designs to ensure that those
standards are met. “Dream” qualifications:
1. Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems
or a related field, or equivalent work experience.
2. Five years’ experience in IT applications development or
related consulting work.
3. Two years in technical development and leadership roles on
BI projects, with some experience with ETL tools and relational
reporting tools, plus experience managing the time and activities
of other people and groups.
4. Specific software skills: Microsoft SSIS, Informatica,
AbInitio or similar ETL tool; Microsoft Reporting Services 2005;
Business Objects/Crystal Reports, Cognos ReportNet/Impromp-tu and MicroStrategy for Relational Reporting.
5. Demonstrated experience managing successful projects.
6. Willingness to accept and navigate political situations to
ensure the program continues to make progress.
CIO, Chesapeake Energy
chesapeake energy is
another company in rapid-growth mode, and CIO Cathy
Tompkins is looking for IT
professionals at all levels. “If
we filled all open positions,
we’d have well over 100 hires
this year in IT,” she says.
Tompkins knows what
traits she wants in job can-
didates. One is cultural fit,
which she assesses using a
behavior-based interview process that relies on the theory that past
actions predict future behavior. Others include stability, deep tech-
nology or functional expertise and experience at large companies.
Candidates also need to be focused on the business and its
customers, not just IT efficiency and methodology. “We keep a
constant focus on making this a successful oil and gas company
so we don’t lose sight of what we’re here to do in the first place,”
Tompkins says. And they need to be flexible, decisive, opportu-
nistic and innovative. New employees also meet with the CEO
after 90 days on the job to describe their background, emphasizing the importance of communication skills.
A strong work ethic is also essential. “This is a ‘get it done, no
mountain we can’t climb’ place, and I don’t think that’s for everybody. So we spend time emphasizing that upfront,” she says.
Here is a sampling of entry-level, midcareer and technology-path jobs at Chesapeake:
n associate security analyst
Under direct supervision, performs procedures to ensure the safety of
information systems assets and to protect systems from intentional or
inadvertent access or destruction. “Dream” qualifications:
1. Ability to preserve confidentiality and work with sensitive data.
2. An understanding of the implications of new information
for problem-solving and decision-making.
3. A solid understanding of and some experience with security
principles (including password management, identity management, virus scanning and intrusion detection).
n senior Business analyst
Formulates and defines systems scope and objectives through
research and fact-finding combined with an expert understanding
of business processes and industry practices. Devises or modifies
procedures to solve complex problems. Crafts, conducts and participates in effective communication forums with external customers
and internal IT staffers. “Dream” qualifications:
1. Active listening: Gives full attention to what other people
say, taking time to understand the points being made, asking
questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate
times. Listens with the goal of understanding, not with the aim
of persuading others to accept alternate viewpoints.
2. Information ordering: Is able to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes the ability to
find relationships among seemingly unrelated events).
3. Processing information: The ability to compile, categorize,
calculate, tabulate, audit and verify data.
4. An understanding of design, implementation, maintenance, control, monitoring and administration of databases in
applicable computing environment.
n it coorDinator (applications Development)
Reviews, monitors and evaluates complex work in assigned areas
of responsibility, and assists supervisor with daily administrative
support for operational activities of a team of employees.
1. Excellent collaboration, interpersonal and communication
skills, with the ability to build productive relationships.
2. Ability to work and communicate effectively with co-workers and clients and other external contacts of all levels.
3. Experience leading a technical and/or management team.
4. Strong knowledge of object-oriented analysis and design and
proven experience implementing the techniques in both n-tier
client/server and Web application development environments.
5. Experience with security best practices in an enterprise
applications development environment. u
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