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Business Analyst

Posted: 21 Sep 2020 Closes: 27 Dec 2020
Sofia FT Competitive
Permanent & Full-time JR005445

Business Analyst

Content & Metadata Platform Programme

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’re looking for a permanent Business Analyst to join FT Core in Sofia as soon as possible to help us establish and support the Content programme.


The Content & Metadata programme owns the platform and APIs which publish FT content to our digital products, including, and provide ways for customers to find it and to fit its insights into their world through a comprehensive concept graph. The platform also supports the editorial processes of managing concepts and annotating content with those concepts, using machine learning to help maintain accuracy and efficiency.


We are in the process of scaling the Sofia development centre and being one of the members of the BA Sofia team, you will have the opportunity to bring your vision and help us make it an even better place to work.


Are you a BA who enjoys flexing your approach to analysis depending on the stakeholders and business needs? We’re empowered to work in the best way for the project and ultimately deliver value for our colleagues, customers and the organisation as a whole.


Business Analysts at the FT typically have at least 3 years’ experience, but if not, you no doubt have a wealth of expertise in a number of areas below. 

This role could be for you if:

  • Your stakeholders love you. You build effective working relationships and mediate in meetings and discussions to accommodate different personalities.

  • Developers trust you. You are technically fluent and can express requirements in precise terms without losing nuance.

  • You’re able to rapidly understand new concepts and business areas, as well as the fundamentals of underpinning technologies.

  • You can communicate the complexity and distil detail into clearly understandable concepts, no matter the audience.

  • You flourish when balancing appropriate levels of detail and shifting priorities whilst keeping an eye on outcomes, strategy and scope.

  • You’re an effective devil’s advocate, constructively and impartially questioning the status quo.

You have:

  • The ability to translate business wants into needs, and ultimately identify value and meaning to the business within a technology-led environment.

  • A wide variety of analysis and problem-solving techniques to call upon.

  • Experience of conducting analysis in an agile software development environment. You might have a background in Lean, Scrum, Kanban, or a mix of agile approaches.

  • Experience of working with product managers and stakeholders from senior-level management to end-users.

  • A knack for understanding, documenting and assessing data flows, dependencies and the impacts of change.

You might also have:

  • The ability to have your voice heard within passionate team environments.

  • Ability to defend your position with arguments but listen to the arguments of others as well.

  • Experience in using data and metrics to assess the value of requirements or change requests.

You’ll be joining a dynamic BA community.

 Whilst we all work in different programmes across the business, we meet every fortnight to share knowledge, skills and food. Sharing your ideas and experiences will help us learn from each other and further the reach, visibility and standing of the BA function at the FT.

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.

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