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Business Analyst, UK Research and Innovation [UKRI]

Location: UK - Swindon
Salary: £39,748 per annum

About UKRI

Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 

Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits including a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.

Purpose of the Role

The UKRI Project Delivery and Improvement Directorate provides programme, project and change management together with business analysis support, leading the design, implementation and embedding of change across UKRI to deliver its vision and realise its strategic objectives.

We are a team of around 70 working on a range of assignments, some of our projects support research initiatives and activities, but the primary focus of our work is to lead and deliver business change, including the implementation of new corporate systems, operating environment and organisational structures and the development of strategies and processes.

We are seeking a Business Analyst with the ability to understand and analyse user and business needs. As a Business Analyst you will be responsible for ensuring outcomes are aligned with service vision and business strategy by contributing to the link between current and future business models and delivering to the business architecture. The Business Analyst will facilitate collaboration and lead effective communication with all stakeholders to support design, build and delivery to meet the user needs.


These will include;

  • Requirements Gathering – Drive the research and gathering of business requirements against those articulated for the project, determining the need and value of performing the activity based on the context
  • Process Modelling – If required, employ a range of tools and techniques to map ‘As-Is’ and To-Be’ business processes
  • Gap Analysis – Evaluate requirements against the present state (where we are) and the target state (where we want to be) identifying opportunities to develop successful business requirements needed to make the transition
  • Impact Analysis – Analyse the potential consequences of a change and estimate what needs to be modified to accomplish that change. Focus on scoping changes within the details of the overall project design identifying potential stakeholders
  • Benefit Analysis – Lead on identifying business-related actions that will assist with project delivery.  Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of identified benefits
  • Stakeholder Management and Engagement – Engage with business owners, business change leads and users to ensure delivery of common purpose
  • Facilitation – Work with business owners and business users to identify needs
  • System Analysis – Coordinate the work of systems analysis to ensure business needs are translated into solutions against identified timelines, and work with technical leads to ensure business needs are translated into the technical solutions
  • Assurance and Quality – Application of recognised methodologies and audit test and quality gates
  • Traceability – Ensure the delivery of change is made against a fully auditable process
  • Business Improvement – Coordinate the work with Business Improvement teams and the identification of BAU enhancements and their solutions to ensure that defined project benefits are delivered
  • Business Solution Design – Engage with policy and strategy to ensure business systems, workflows and processes contribute to target operating model
  • Deliver Products, Tools, and Documentation – Ensure the successful design and delivery of high-quality business analysis deliverables and outputs, in accordance with business analysis and project management frameworks, methodologies and techniques.

Position and Person Requirements

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • A degree in a relevant discipline, or have equivalent relevant experience in Business Analysis
  • Proven experience using a variety of business analysis techniques in a project environment
  • The ability to engage with senior stakeholders to identify user and business needs, breakdown business problems and offer solutions
  • Excellent written communication skills, including a good working knowledge of MS Office packages (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
  • Experience facilitating stakeholder workshops.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to see more details and to apply please visit our job board at https://www.careersportal.co.uk/UKRI-careers/jobs/business-analyst-501. Please include a CV and covering letter outlining how you fit the role criteria. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 22nd April 2021 and interviews will take place on the 14th and 19th May 2021. 


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