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Analyst Principal- Functional in Houston, TX at Westlake Chemical Corporation

Date Posted: 7/19/2018

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Job Description


This position is accountable for project delivery for the project lifecycle (design, build, test) of IT Infrastructure projects. This role is specifically responsible for the planning, direction, management, control and execution of the activities to ensure that projects are completed on time, within the approved budget, and within stated strategic business goals and objectives. This role has ultimate responsibility to monitor the details and status of projects, prepare standard ad hoc reports, identify and resolve project issues, and establish quality measures and standards that ensure milestones are met; projects are completed, and transitioned to maintenance and support teams.


  • Plans, controls and manages the delivery of an IT project(s) to meet the agreed business needs, acquiring and utilizing the necessary resources and skills, within agreed parameters of cost, timescales and quality.
  • Develops project plans (i.e., detailed plan, milestones, and work breakdown structures) and assigns tasks to resources to ensure the project will be completed on time and according to specifications.
  • Manages project lifecycles, including project scope, resources, schedule, initiation, start-up/design, building, and deployment to see projects from beginning-to-end.
  • Forwards project documents to stakeholders to obtain sign-off, agreement on project costs, and needed resources; and also works with Transition Managers to facilitate the introduction of new capability to the organization.
  • Follows up with assigned resources formally (e.g., status meetings, etc.) and informally to continuously manage the productivity of the team, project timelines, and deliverables.
  • Conducts “lessons learned” meetings with customers to validate commitments were met, and identify gaps and shortfalls.
  • Balances multiple projects and deployment schedules to meet stakeholder goals and expectations and communicates with management to ensure agreement on design and status of the project.
  • Communicates potential conflicts and/or problems (e.g., missing milestone deadlines) to management to manage expectations and solicit assistance and assesses project team member contributions to provide input to management on performance.
  • Manages requirements gathering through coordination and facilitation of work sessions with business partners and appropriate IT groups to ensure inclusion of all stakeholders.
  • Oversees the development of requirements documentation (e.g., business requirements, functional specifications, etc.) to ensure requirements are properly defined and provides assistance in the analysis of current processes to identify system and business impacts.
  •  Other duties as assigned


  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field or an equivalent level of relevant IT experience.
  • Five years of IT infrastructure experience
  • Three years of IT project management experience.
  • PMP Certification is preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Strong command of MS Office toolset (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access) and MS Project


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate as normally based in an office.  Some of the work may be required in the operating units which can require usage of required PPE including safety glasses, hearing protection, etc.  May also result in exposure to outside elements and may require usage of stairs and elevators.  Travel up to 10% including air travel or auto travel.


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