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Principal, BA, Insight & Innovation

Posted: 7 Apr 2021 Closes: 8 May 2021
London, GB Competitive
Permanent & Full-time 1608891941

Purpose of Job

The Principal BA, IT Insight & Innovation works in partnership with business stakeholders to develop, implement and align technology solutions with business strategies. They are responsible for leading the collection, analysis and documentation of a client's business requirements as part of the design of enterprise solutions and the definition of process improvements. Working as part of IT project delivery teams, the role nurtures a close relationship with business managers within the Bank to ensure that both project and long term strategic business objectives are clearly understood, documented and agreed.

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

•Advocate the business requirements and priorities to IT in order to influence the development of enterprise architectures. Represents the IT vision and requirements to the business to ensure the best possible outcome for the enterprise.

•Lead business analysis to design and gain acceptance for as-is and to-be business processes to produce sound solutions that meet business needs and supports the wider objectives of the Bank.

•Work closely with Solution Architects and relevant clients at all levels of the organisation to ensure appropriate solutions are proposed and agreed by all parties.

•Review test plans and monitors the testing process to ensure that business results are adequately tested.

•Assist Project Managers and/or act as project manager on initiatives as appropriate to deliver agreed work programmes.

•Coordinate project assessment supporting the production of business cases for investment projects necessary to secure project approval and funding.

•Develop and maintain stakeholder relationships across the Bank and externally in order to drive change and help to achieve the project's anticipated benefits. Act as a focal point in resolving queries, issues and ambiguity during all phases of the project and working alongside the Project Manager to ensure the appropriate Change Management disciplines are applied.

•Act as Project Managers for small to medium initiatives for items on the Demand Pipeline and ensure close collaboration with business owners on large scale projects.

•Represent business cases and facilitate demand through 'Demand Forums' with the business and within IT.

•Supports processes and practices for the Business Analysis practice curated by Insight & Innovation by creating standardised processes and templates to engage with the business.

•Drive innovation initiatives across the Bank along with championing new ways of working such as analysis practices and methods using Agile.

•Ensure strategic alignment between business and IT strategies by communicating technology strategy, plan and status to business stakeholders.

•Act as liaison between business units, technology and service/support teams.

•Support the Associate Director, Insight & Innovation in initiating innovative projects, pilots and proof of concepts.

•Stay up to up-date with current market and industry trends by attending internal learning opportunities and external events such as seminars and industry events, bringing new thinking and ideas back to the team.

Monarch Ecosystem

This role will be responsible for leading the multi-team Monarch Ecosystem Business Analysis capabilities, and for overseeing the collection, analysis and documentation of business requirements in line with overall product vision and scope. This includes:

•Supporting Product Owners to produce and maintain product roadmaps; facilitating the breakdown of large, complex areas of process and functionality into usable incremental slices of value; bringing a focus on "putting the user first"; prioritising Programme wide Product Backlog, which feeds multiple development teams

•Coach and lead a team of BAs in activities to ensure backlog management within the team (and Product Owners); story writing, slicing and splitting; and agile planning (at sprint, increment, release and roadmap levels)

•Contribute towards the wider IT Agile community of practise - mentoring, coaching, sharing ideas in support of a wider agile transformation within EBRD

All roles will reinforce EBRD Business Analysis standards and will contribute towards their improvement. Alignments may shift depending upon demand.

Qualifications & Skills / Experience & Knowledge

•Knowledge of agile methodology and frameworks like Scrum, Kanban, XP, etc

•Understand the fundamentals of iterative and incremental development

•Strong knowledge of Agile methodologies, theory, rules and practices, like: Scrum, Kanban, Crystal, FDD, XP, etc.

•Solid experience knowledge of software development processes and procedures

•Experience of Agile techniques, such as, User Stories, Continuous Integration, ATDD, TDD, Continuous Testing, Pairing, Automated Testing, Agile Games.

•Ability to take and understand the commitment to deliver the product on time.

•Know about the value of metrics and incremental delivery

•Knowledge about tasks, backlog tracking, burndown metrics, velocity, user stories etc.

•Familiar with common development practices, Service oriented environments, and Agile practices

•Experience in successful application deliveries, system implementations / upgrades.

•Experience of delivering software in a formal regime using source control management and controlled gates with relevant artefacts to support design, quality and support.

•Experience of working in a mid-sized corporate environment, successfully aligning solutions appropriately with wider roadmaps, architecture and other initiatives

•Experience as a collaborative leader

•Ability to hold team members accountable via appropriate empowerment, set clear performance standards, resolve performance issues, keep team engaged and on task

•Demonstrable evidence of facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, and increasing transparency.

•Evidence of building a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame, retribution, or being judged, with an emphasis on continuous improvement and problem solving.

•Experience managing teams and systems implementations across different technologies

•Experience working with financial services


•Professional Expertise - ability to make effective and appropriate use of functional knowledge and technical skills

•Strong analytical and problem solving skills

•Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information.

•Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular, service orientation and people empathy.

•Ability to influence internal and external stakeholders

•Fluency in written and spoken English.

•Ability to operate sensitively and effectively in a multicultural environment.

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