Business Analysts at the Financial Times (FT) are central to the change programmes that support our continued growth as one of the world’s leading business news and information organisations. We are looking for a Business Analyst to join the Technology team in Sofia to support our Data platform programme.
The capture, interrogation and use of data in decision making and business strategy have become more widespread across the FT in recent years. We use data to help the business measure targeted outcomes across all initiatives and teams - e.g. what is the impact of each change on readers’ engagement. We also enable customer experience experimentation on our digital products through near real-time tracking and feedback.
A centralised data source across the company presents many challenges and the role of the BA will be to understand the technical abilities of the platform and the data it holds and work with the Data Platform stakeholders to understand their needs and help them use a data-driven approach to making decisions.
Our BAs are adaptable, flexing their approach to analysis depending on the stakeholders and business needs. They are empowered to select the approach that will deliver the most value to our stakeholders and the business.
This role could be for you if:
Your stakeholders love you. You build effective working relationships and mediate in meetings and discussions to manage differing personalities;
Developers trust you. You are technically fluent and can express requirements in precise terms without losing nuance;
You’re able to abstract the true value and business need from a business request;
You can articulate the value of a platform or technology as well as the data it holds or the function it performs;
You can communicate the complexity and distil detail into clearly understandable concepts, no matter the audience;
You thrive on balancing appropriate levels of detail and shifting priorities whilst keeping an eye on strategy and outcomes.
The ability to translate business strategy into key needs and deliverables, and ultimately business value within a technology-led environment;
A wide variety of analysis and problem-solving techniques to call upon;
Experience of supporting business objectives or initiatives through the exploration of data;
Experience of conducting analysis in an Agile environment. You might have a background in Lean, Scrum, Kanban, or a mix of all of these;
Experience of working with Product Managers and stakeholders, from senior management level to end-users;
The ability to understand and predict the impact of a change in data stored, or when the presentation format is changed, such as between a business report and a data cube.
You might also have:
Ability to defend your position with arguments but listen to the arguments of others as well;
Experience in using data-driven metrics to assess the value of any changes made or needed, and measure the results;
Technical experience of working with different database technologies, ETL processes, data warehousing, and reporting tools;
Are you keen to know what makes us different?
We asked our team what makes working at the FT great for them. Themes emerged of values, autonomy and of respect for everyone. They mentioned the flat structure, being able to talk to anyone, and that people care and make time for you, no matter their position. If you like working in a dynamic, intelligent environment where things actually get done, this is the place for you.
Diversity means a lot to us.
The Financial Times Ltd. is committed to equality of opportunity. We are determined to build a diverse group at all levels of our company and welcome all members of the community we serve to apply for openings with us.