IT Store Operations Analyst
3100 Windy Hill Road Atlanta, GA 30339
Under the direct supervision of the Manager, the IT Store Operations Analyst is responsible for assisting in handling third level technical support services provided to users of the Point of Sale Applications.
This position has a strong emphasis on advanced Incident Management and Problem Management as core deliverables. In addition to having a high sense of self-motivation, this individual must display superior problem management, root cause analysis, and issue resolution skills. The ideal candidate for this position must be a team player and demonstrate the ability to encourage and coach others. The ability to communicate, isolate and prioritize issues, research, resolve (or escalate), follow-up, and provide guidance to others is essential. Issues handled at this level are non-routine and will typically require a greater level of technical knowledge, coordination, and cross-group interaction than at lower support levels. The ability to clearly communicate with other support groups, development, product, IT leadership, external providers, and business contacts to resolve customer issues is also essential.
- Collaborates with first- and second-level Information Technology support organizations, external vendors and business unit teams to resolve critical or more complex problems in a timely manner.
- Provides on- call consultation as needed. Facilitates training, support and guidance to Production Support partners and Enterprise Help Desk partners by ensuring development and distribution of documentation within both areas.
- Help drive technical support projects and participates on cross-functional systems development project teams as needed.
- Monitors status of open trouble tickets to ensure that service level agreements and timelines are being met and follows up with vendor management as needed. Ensures that retail system and application problems and resolutions are logged, monitored and tracked through use of specialized software, such as Remedy database application for tracking problems, and a solution builder.
- Mentors, coaches and helps with training lower support tiers.
- Resolves a wide range of application and hardware problems in support of new systems and technologies implemented by the development team. Acts as a senior technical expert within the group and subject matter expert for the Retail Business Systems department.
- Collaborates with partners providing advanced technical support, problem analysis and resolution for users of retail computer systems and applications in domestic and international company store locations, in response to issues escalated by the Enterprise Help Desk and other support groups. Supervises vendors as needed to expedite repairs to hardware and wiring
- Promptly assess, triage, and respond to issues escalated from other support areas.
- Proactively manage escalated incidents through resolution and/or de-escalation to lower support levels, and communicate with other IT groups as appropriate to assure issue resolution
- Communicate with customers regarding responses to escalated issues.
- Act as a customer advocate to address concerns and resolve issues with due urgency and priority.
- Assure and validate all incidents received or created are properly logged and fully documented.
- De-escalate customer issues and concerns, and ensure a positive customer experience.
- Instruct customers on proper usage of the software.
- Communicate with lower support levels on issue isolation/resolution steps and techniques to improve first response capabilities.
- Proactively manage the lifecycle of Problems from first identification through further investigation, documentation, and eventual removal of errors with the goal of minimizing business impact, preventing problems and incidents, and eliminating recurrence of incidents.
- Participate and/or lead in short term issue-related SWAT activities.
- Proactively coordinate among various IT group for Incident/Problem triage, action steps, root cause analysis, and long-term resolution.
- Formally document and share issue-related and/or preventative knowledge.
- Coordinate with Store Support, Customers, project SMEs, product SME, and development as appropriate for long-term issue resolution.
- Follows Incident, Problem, Crisis, and Knowledge Management policies and procedures as documented.
- Adheres to the established attendance and schedule policies.
- Enter and follow up with development and other IT groups on software defects and other advanced issues relating to open problems.
- Assist with assimilating new technical areas designated for operational support.
- Participates in established projects as assigned.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively tailor communication of technically complex issues to various audiences
- Demonstrated capability for logical and consistent problem solving with emphasis on resolution of complex technical problems using root cause and other problem analysis techniques
- Intentional, assertive, diplomatic, and persistent, with a strong desire to see things through to completion
- Strong customer focus and orientation
- Strong time management and coordination skills.
- Strong analytical skills
- Self-motivated, detail-oriented and organized with the ability to prioritize work load and to perform in a high-pressure environment
- Must be open to working occasional weekends and after-hours, if required
- 3 years advanced level support experience for applications, infrastructure or service desk.
- 3 years of experience with Incident and Problem Service Management.
- 3+ years of experience in supporting PostgreSQL/Sybase/ Linux and Solaris databases
- Some networking troubleshooting experience
- Experience with administration, installation & configuration, development, version upgrades, data migration, backup and recovery, replication, disaster recovery, performance monitoring & tuning, index optimization, shell scripts, database development, writing stored procedures & triggers.
- Perform a variety of PostgreSQL tasks related to problem resolution and monitoring, administration, availability, performance and security
- Experience in web applications using Java/J2EE
- Experience maintaining, patching, and upgrading of servers
- Experience developing, updating and tuning SQL queries
- Exposure to Windows 10
- Exposure to ITIL and ITSM tools such as ServiceNow is preferred
- BS in engineering or computer sciences degree or equivalent experience