Product Analyst, SPARK

Posted by
Simons Foundation
New York, NY
Published 18 days ago


SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge) is a national research study supported by the Simons Foundation that aims to recruit, engage and retain a community of at least 50,000 individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their family members living in the United States. Participation in SPARK involves contributing medical and behavioral information online, mailing in saliva for genetic analysis, the option to have genetic findings related to autism returned and consenting to be invited to participate in future research studies.

The SPARK Clinical team is recruiting thousands of eligible SPARK families annually. The SPARK registration and dashboard are the first screens the families encounter as their SPARK experience. Ongoing research tasks and results are served on the participant dashboard. Some families have one person with autism and others have five or six family members with autism. Families register in SPARK using mobile phones or laptops and with different web browsers.

Reporting to the SPARK Group Product Manager, the Product Analyst will be responsible for working with the clinical, data, and engineering teamsto guide the technical development and enhancement of participant registration and dashboards that meets the research needs as well as provides a seamless and uniform onboarding experience for all types of SPARK families.


The product analyst will be embedded within the SPARK product team and work closely with engineering, clinical and data teams to work on the full lifecycle of product development for the SPARK participant registration and dashboard. This individual will help plan and prioritize features, gather software requirements, document testing plans and release notes and contribute towards the overall recruitment and retention of the research cohort.

  • Work closely with the SPARK clinical team at the Simons Foundation to conduct data analysis, collect participant feedback and create use cases and user stories to maintain a pipeline of software development activities.
  • Draft software requirements for new features with technical specifications and data-driven predictions on participants and the study.
  • Collaborate with clinical team and data analysts to identify quantitative metrics and develop dashboard for monitoring and evaluating performance of the features.
  • Maintain a documentation library of requirements, test plans, product performance and update the documentation as required.
  • Work with engineering teams to identify and evaluate different technical solutions to meet functional requirements.
  • Support and work closely with testers to ensure conduct requirement testing, integration testing and to ensure implementation meets expectations and quality.
  • Drive project success by assuming project management responsibilities related to new workflows and features from concept to launch.



  • Bachelor's in computer science or a related field


  • At least 3+ years' experience as a business or product analyst or other data professional specializing in web, digital, mobile app, product, marketing, in healthcare, research or similar discipline
  • Experience interacting with business users to understand and document business requirements for complex projects, as well as collaborating with technical teams across the full software development life cycle (SDLC)
  • At least 1-3 years of experience with SQL
  • Strong written and communication skills a must, with the ability to document complex business requirements
  • Excellent with MS Office
  • Experience working in an Agile environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest in working with technology
  • Database knowledge/understanding
  • Python/R or other scripting language proficiency
  • Data exploration and analyses (cohort analyses, long-term trends, funnels, user segmentation, regression models and more) experience to find actionable insights and make product recommendations

The Simons Foundation's Diversity Commitment

Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

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SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge) is a national research study supported by the Simons Foundation that aims to recruit, engage and retain a community of at least 50,000 individuals with…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    August 6, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


New York, NY, USA

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