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American Equity Business Analyst II, (Data focus) in West Des Moines, Iowa


American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company is a leading retirement income provider specializing in fixed index annuities designed to protect principal and guarantee income. American Equity is committed to quality products and high-level customer service, integrity, excellence and safety, delivering customers the promise of protected growth of their savings and the dignity of a paycheck for life.

Founded in 1995, they currently fund over half a million retirements nationwide. The company is the #3 producer of fixed income annuities, has over $57 billion in assets, 21,000 active agents and over 600 employees. They succeed by hiring people who embody the beliefs that drive their unique, energetic, fast-paced and caring culture. The team is built on trust, motivated to accomplish a shared mission through collaboration, ownership, drive and innovation.


Responsible for analyzing, specifying, and validating the business needs of various internal customers. This includes communicating with stakeholders and defining user requirements to the development team throughout the product life cycle as well as managing the project. Precise documentation will be necessary to track and manage the progress of projects. This position will also be involved with improving business processes for different departments as necessary.


  • Responsible for medium project analysis (20 to 80 hours).

  • Charts existing business processes in order to define current business activities for the development of procedures and models.

  • Prototypes new procedures for the purpose of enhancing business processes, operations, and information process flow.

  • Prepares and delivers reports, recommendations, or alternatives for improving processes in operating systems across the organization.

  • Researches various business processes for improving efficiency and quality at the departmental and organizational level.

  • Performs cost-benefit and return on investment (ROI) analyses for proposed changes to aid management in making implementation decisions.

  • Creates and deploys feedback mechanisms for end users. Analyzes results, makes recommendations for support process improvement, and implements changes.

  • Defines requirements and specifications for users with all related design ideas and completes documentation.

  • Researches, reviews, and analyzes the effectiveness and efficiency of existing requirements gathering processes and develops strategies for enhancing or further leveraging these.

  • Works with stakeholders and project team to prioritize collected requirements.

  • Identifies and establishes scope and parameters of process analysis in order to define impact, outcome criteria, and measure-taking actions.

  • Submits project plans to be approved by manager, follows up with necessary communication as needed.

  • Manages projects and follows up with requirements as necessary to ensure scheduled delivery time of the product. Enforces and redefines as needed.

  • Evaluates documented resolutions and analyze trends for ways to prevent repeated future problems.

  • Meets with decision makers, systems owners, and end users to define business and operations requirements and systems goals.

  • Assists in conducting research on software and hardware products to justify recommendations and to support purchasing efforts.

  • Researches issues for Quality Assurance, business users, and development teams.

  • Communicates with QA, business users, and development teams on project requests.

  • Assists in beta testing or testing first release on projects.

  • Queries and analyzes data.

  • Support of current systems and any new that may be implemented

  • Project management duties as necessary

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Direct Reports: None

General Description of Indirect Reports (2 and 3-downs): None


Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university; and 4 or more years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Must have specific experience overseeing the design, development and implementation of software and hardware solutions, systems or products.

Experience with Informatica, Azure and Microservices, is a plus

Knowledge of OPUS and/or LifePro for Software testing is a plus.


None required for this position.


  • Strong customer service orientation.

  • Will work with all departments of the company and will need to consistently display a courteous and professional attitude as they represent the department.

  • Ability to analyze information with strong problem-solving skills.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

  • Mathematical skills and strong attention to detail.

  • Ability to work cooperatively and successfully with employees, customers, and other outside third parties.

  • Strong organizational and planning skills.

  • Proficient in the use of MicroSoft Office Suite.

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals and technical/operational procedures.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

  • Ability to successfully handle pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.