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Life as a Principal Business Analyst

Have you ever wondered what life as a Business Analyst is really like here in Bristol? What does it take to become a BA and to stay top of the game?

In this context, we caught up with Paul Ketchlove, Principal Business Analyst at Nationwide to give you a little more insight – if you are considering a career within the Analytics industry or are planning on adding an expert to your team – you can find some first-hand perception right here.

ADLIB: In approx. 30 words what does your role involve?

Paul Ketchlove: Leading multi-disciplined analysis and architecture teams to translate business propositions (using the most appropriate methodologies) into cost-effective re-useable solutions, whilst ensuring alignment with Business and IT strategic roadmaps.

ADLIB: What has been your career highlight so far?

Paul Ketchlove: Tough one! A lot of personal successes, but overall my highlight has been witnessing the continued development of my teams at NBS. A fantastic group of practitioners that really took on board the coaching/mentoring opportunities available to them. Watching them grow and expand their capabilities has been truly inspiring and personally rewarding.

ADLIB: In a nutshell, what is a typical day like for you? (…if there is such thing)

Paul Ketchlove: There is no such thing as a typical day. Every day brings new challenges! It can range from evaluating pre-inception propositions, through to supporting implementation. Analysis and Architecture really do run from ‘cradle to grave’!

ADLIB: What do you like most about your role?

Paul Ketchlove: The collaborative nature of the role. BAs need to work collaboratively with a wide spectrum of stakeholders, from business SMEs through to the dev teams. If you think of yourself as a ‘people person’, there is no better role.

ADLIB: What do you see as the top 3 skills it takes to become a Business Analyst?

Paul Ketchlove: Observation, Collaboration and Articulation.

ADLIB: What top tip would you give someone to ensure that their skills and knowledge as a BA remain top notch?

Paul Ketchlove: Keep learning and evolving! The role (and sometimes title) of the BA is constantly evolving with new methodologies. Continuous development in line with these new tools and techniques is a must if you want to stay at the top of your game.

Thanks so much for sharing!