Business Analyst

24 May 2024
27 May 2024
Job Title
IT Director
Contract Type
Full Time

Information Services and Security have a vital role to play in a crucial national mission. We're here to enable the organisation to deliver through the use of technology. As AWE transforms itself to meet the needs of the UK's next–generation nuclear deterrent, we need to adapt to deliver data–driven decision making, flexible and future–proofed IT services, adaptable cyber security, support to a multi–billion Pound building programme, and many more.

The scale might be daunting to some, but you'll find it stimulating. We've got a long journey that we've only just started and we're looking for motivated people who can take us in the right direction. Your role will contribute directly to that shared mission. We won't deceive you, in some areas we're starting from a low base, but within ten years this organisation will look very different, and you can help make that happen. This is a role where you'll contribute to a legacy of national security for decades to come. So come and join us

The Business Analyst role takes responsibility for investigative work to determine business requirements and specify effective business processes, through improvements in information systems, information management, practices, procedures, and organisation change. They select, adopt and adapt appropriate business analysis methods, tools and techniques; selecting appropriately from predictive (plan–driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches.

The BA collaborates with stakeholders at all levels, in the conduct of investigations for strategy studies, business requirements specifications and feasibility studies. They prepare business cases which define potential benefits, options for achieving these benefits through development of new or changed processes, and associated business risks.

The Business Analyst role forms part of a pooled resource with a reporting line into the IS BA Team Lead and task–managed by an IS PM.

Location – Reading area. Although there are opportunities to work from home occasionally you will be required to travel to site as per business demands.

Salary – GBPNegotiable depending on experience

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
  • Life Assurance
  • Discounts – access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing – more information available on our careers site

Key Accountabilities:

  • Ensuring the business requirements are defined and addressed.
  • Identifying and evaluating relevant solutions to business problems.
  • Work with the BRMs to assure the realisation of business benefits.
  • Maintain good knowledge of IS Governance and IS processes; specifically the front end and delivery processes.
  • Maintain good overall understanding of AWE Business and Business Strategy and if appropriate specific areas of the business.
  • Maintain and promote high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security and quality and be a great team player.
  • Additional accountabilities for this job profile may be defined and appointed through the Chief Engineer Management Arrangements, with appointees listed within the Company Design Authorities and Technical Authorities, as held in the company management system.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop Request Brief documentation that clearly defines the business issue, need for change and recommended approaches, for presentation to IS Governance Boards (including Front End Governance Board (FEGB), Delivery Governance Board (DGB .
  • Provide scoping services to help clarify business problems, objectives and potential solutions by using appropriate business analysis techniques including: Data Analysis, Process Analysis, Business Case Assessments and Root Cause Analysis.
  • Elicit and validate requirements through the effective use of requirements gathering workshops and resolve any complex requirement conflicts through effective stakeholder engagement.
  • Work with the BRMs and Delivery Managers to identify stakeholders who are affected by a proposed initiative or who share a common business need.
  • Work closely with IS Architects to identify and evaluate potential solutions and also to validate the recommended solution addresses the business requirements.
  • If appropriate, identify and document project risks, issues, assumptions and dependencies and undertake impact analysis.
  • The Company may require you to fulfil any other reasonable duties aligned to your position from time to time in line with business needs.

Essential skills:

  • Experience delivering BA artefacts at pace to concurrent projects or programmes:
  • Work Package and Problem Statement definition
  • Impact Analysis, Gap analysis, Root cause Analysis
  • Definition of Scope and Objectives, Stakeholder mapping
  • RAID development
  • Requirements Management: elicitation, documentation, validation, prioritisation, review and sign–off
  • Workshop facilitation, stakeholder 121s, questionnaire creation, focus groups
  • Functional and Non–Functional Requirements definition: Functional Breakdown Structure, High and Low–level Requirements definition, User stories and Acceptance criteria; Requirements Catalogue, Business Rules, Wireframing, Business Context Diagrams, Business Process Modelling and Mapping; Business Process Re–engineering
  • Solution assessment and validation
  • Input to Release and Launch planning; User Training and Education strategies
  • Definition of MVPs, KPIs and metrics for Financial and Operational Benefits Realisation
  • Good Stakeholder Management and Communication skills
  • Experience delivering work–packages at pace in a highly regulated, change–focussed environment

Desirable skills

  • Professional certification e.g BCS International Diploma is Business Analysis; IIBA CBAP or equivalent work experience
  • Familiarity with Project Management techniques
  • Familiarity with Waterfall and Agile Delivery methodologies
  • Experience with Sharepoint, DevOps, Jira
  • Holds or willing to undergo UKSV SC/ DV clearance

All Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.

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