Willis Towers Watson

Business Analyst 2 - Health & Welfare

Posted on Aug 4 Chicago, IL 358 views

Summary of Role

Willis Towers Watson’s Benefits Delivery and Administration solutions empower employers, employees and retirees to better navigate the changing world of benefits. Our solutions provide a tailored, integrated experience that combines benefit consulting expertise with innovative, user-centered technology. Our solutions, benefit expertise, consultative approach and focus on quality are unrivaled.

As a Business Analyst 2 within the Benefits Delivery & Administration segment of Willis Towers Watson, you will use your technical knowledge, analytical and problem solving skills to provide benefits administration solutions & services to some of the world’s biggest corporations.

The Team and Role

The Team:

Our Benefits Outsourcing business provides benefits administration and outsourcing solutions to many of the world’s leading organizations.

Our Purpose is to help our clients’ employees realize the full potential of their benefits; helping them be happier, healthier and more secure.

Our Mission is to deliver the highest quality work in the industry, providing an engaging and fulfilling environment for our colleagues, while managing significant and profitable growth.

Awards & Recognition:

  • The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) has named Willis Towers Watson a leader on the Global Outsourcing 100 since 2011.

  • Everest Research named Willis Towers Watson a Star Performer in the Leaders category in 2014, and has recognized Willis Towers Watson as an industry leader since 2010.

  • Fortune magazine ranked Willis Towers Watson number one in the diversified outsourcing industry on its annual World’s Most Admired Companies list in 2015.

  • Willis Towers Watson has been listed on Fortune magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies list since 2012.

The Role

As a Business Analyst 2 working with systems, data, and the client, you will serve a key role for our outsourcing benefits business by serving as the link between consultants, clients and our system developers. You will contribute to the implementation of new services and ongoing administration by translating business needs into actionable programming and process steps for developers, practicing the fundamentals of systems analysis, design and testing. You will also consult with clients on best practices, provide technical support, and train client teams.

Note that this role will involve some travel to client sites and other Willis Towers Watson offices.

A Few Select Responsibilities:


  • Research issues and cases to determine root cause and provide impact analysis for ongoing issues and changes and requests for new functionality with assistance from more senior Business Analysts on some issues.

  • Responsible for any carrier file/database table or manual updates and rollbacks that may be needed because of an issue not related to carriers

  • Perform the system testing process for more complex requirements, defines test scenarios, develops comprehensive test plans with minimal oversight

  • Has a solid understanding how the application is expected to work for a particular client and partners with the internal team to determine the best course of action to resolve issues

  • Secondary support of participant issues (e.g., cases and calc or data issues) that are unable to be resolved by the Business Analyst 1


  • Support client change requests by providing detail and accurate budget estimates to project manager regarding system requirements necessary to implement client change requests

  • Understand Statement of Work (SOW) and be responsible for communicating any work that is requested by the client and is out of scope to the Project Manager for change order identification and review.


  • Provide training on large-scale change orders to internal team and service center, as needed

  • Complete a peer review and sign-off on test plans completed by Business Analyst

  • Responsible for partnering with Business Analyst 1 to generate and sign-off on new ongoing client procedures for recently added services (e.g., new carrier export)


  • Work closely with Developer to ensure project requirements and requests for changes are understood and within standards.

  • Follows the System Development Lifecycle.

  • Research system or data issues that impact carriers that are unable to be resolved by the Business Analyst 1. May need assistance on some issues from a more senior resource.

  • Responsible for creating test plans, and for testing system changes and enhancements following our defined standard practice to ensure completeness and quality (regression testing as necessary) with minimal oversight

  • Understands full testing cycle, including regression testing

  • Proficient understanding and consistent usage of our internal test planning tool

  • Execute all test scenarios within a test plan, report and assist in remediating any issues identified.

  • Assist with identifying and/or creating test cases for our Data Service Team and consult with them on carrier structure issues or changes.

  • Create tickets in issue tracking systems for each Health support code release item

  • Perform medium to complex data queries and analyzes results using applicable querying tools (SQL, Excel) and knowledge of the application’s database structure; digs beneath the surface and tests the validity of information

  • Proficient understanding and consistent usage of our internal test planning tool

  • Possesses the ability to fully regression test


  • Desire to learn, accept new challenges, and have fun!

  • 3-5 years’ experience as a Business Analyst

  • Understanding of the fundamentals of health and welfare and broader benefit plan design preferred

  • Ability to complete Willis Towers Watson Business Analyst training program

  • Intermediate to advanced SQL skills

  • Experience with relational databases. SQL preferred

  • Experience with test plan creation, testing procedures and test plan execution

  • Strong analytical, integrative and problem solving skills

  • Solid interpersonal skills and client service orientation

  • Ability to work both independently and on client teams, including virtual work teams with members in different geographic regions

  • Strong organizational abilities and flexibility to work in a performance driven environment managing multiple project priorities

  • Sense of accountability, owning one’s work and taking pride in it; commitment to quality and continuous improvement

  • Ability to travel and work extended hours as needed

What We Can Offer You:

Competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package including choices of medical, dental, vision, spending accounts, life insurance, disability coverage, 401(k) and pension plan, as well as many other options available to full time employees.

The Company:

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas – the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential.

Learn more at willistowerswatson.com

WTW may be subject to mandatory employment-related COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Therefore, to the extent any such mandates apply, you may be required to certify and provide documentation of full vaccination against COVID-19 if you are hired in the U.S. If you accept an offer from WTW and are subject to a mandate but are unable or unwilling to be vaccinated because of medical reasons or sincerely-held religious beliefs, you may request a medical or religious accommodation. If you require an accommodation, the Company will evaluate your request and work with you to identify reasonable alternatives to vaccination, if available.

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