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Business Analyst jobs and careers

A career in business analysis is all about identifying business goals and making them happen by managing constant change through innovation and opting for modern methods to make the business operate successfully. 

Business goals are achieved through projects that endorse consumer needs into new products and services, a business analyst helps organisations grow by implementing technology to further general efficiency.

Why consider a career as a Business Analyst?
If you enjoy measuring the success of your work through the achieving and working towards the company’s overall goals, improvements, having a deep understanding of client or business ambitions and working towards internal or external productions to make things happen, a career in business analysis could match you perfectly.

What a career or job as a Business Analyst may entail…
As a Business Analyst, your core abilities will be based on finding new and exciting ways to improve the business. This will be done through carrying out workshops understanding business and individual requirements, and turning them into real life project actions taking things where they need to go! You will need to be able to show through your previous work that you have the attitude and commitment that will lead to continued success. Experience of dealing with a multitude of stakeholders from customers and support staff right the way through to senior management and board level, you must be able to present findings clearly and accurately.

Gathering requirements and creating specs to be used across the business will be a core area of the role. You may be liaising between multiple teams within the business and bringing all their individual expertise together, as well as making sure that those you are project managing remain on task and to the deadlines agreed. Working with the tech team, you’ll be organising any system improvements, on top of managing testing programs. 

Typical role titles include
Business Analyst
Business Change Analyst
Agile Business Analyst 
Digital Business Analyst 
Business System Analyst
Business Process Analyst
Senior Business Analyst
Junior Business Analyst
Lead Business Analyst 
Senior BA
Customer Experience Analyst 
Business Intelligence Analyst
Head of Business Analysis
Product Owner

Career progression example
Business Analyst
Senior Business Analyst
Lead Business Analyst
Head of Business Analysis 

Salary and Day Rate Benchmarks

Here, we aim to provide an overall range of day rates and salaries.
There are always factors to consider when assigning a day rate and salary to a role, such as the skill demand, location, complexity, level of responsibility as well as what other benefits are on offer, such as remote working. It’s also worth noting that the ‘number of years’ of experience is not an ideal measure. However, as a general guide, it should provide some ballparks and pointers...

At an entry-level, junior/graduate Business Analysts on average will be earning between £20k-£30k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £32k-£45k and seniors would be looking to earn £50k+.

Day Rates
At an entry-level, for a junior/graduate a typical day rate would be around the £300 mark, at the mid-level around the £350 mark and seniors can expect a day rate of £450+ as a benchmark.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
To succeed in a business analysis career, you should be a strong, clear communicator with technical writing skills and a good understanding of business development, new and modern techniques.

What qualifications does it take?
You do not necessarily need a degree to start your career as a business analyst. However, it is recommended to have some qualifications specific to the industry, such as a qualification in project management, service improvement, project governance. specific Business Analyst qualifications would see you starting with a Business Analyst Foundation, Business Change Foundation or Commercial Awareness Foundation, leading on to Practitioner.

Once in your role, it’s common for Business Analysts to become certified and work towards BCS Advanced International Diploma in Business Analysis. 


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  • 21st Nov

    Junior Business Analyst

    — Leading Bristol Agency

    £25,000 + Perks
    Opportunity to join a leading agency as a Junior Business Analyst. Exposure to exciting projects and high profile clients. Fantastic offices and culture, based in the centre of Bristol. This is a brand-new opportunity to join a well-established and successful marketing, design and technology agency as a Junior Business Analyst located in the heart of Bristol. What you’ll be doing Whilst this company continues to grow you will be exposed to variety of interesting projects surrounding the development of industry leading web applications. You will be working closely with a Senior Business Analyst to offer support as part of a fun, friendly and very talented team consisting of developers, testers, designers and editors. As someone with the ability to turn requirements into solutions and a deep knowledge of user experience, you will help define the functional and digital solutions needed to surpass client expectations by ensuring the successful delivery of analytical, testing and deployment tasks for software features. You will have a real knack for identifying better ways of working and an ability to make suggestions around improving systems, processes and procedures with the confidence to implement improvements effectively. Such a varied role offers a real chance to develop and grow your knowledge and progress within a company that values their people more than anything else. What experience you’ll need Previous experience in a Business Analyst or similar role with exposure to website/mobile app development or CMS systems. Ability to create requirements, scopes, functional specifications and similar documenting. Understanding of mapping processes and creating flows. Superb organisation and time management skills. A hands on approach and positive outlook – professional yet sociable. An ability to read between the lines and truly understand client needs. Ability to work cross functionally with both technical and non technical stakeholders. Superb communication skills – verbally, written and technically. Experience with CRM would be advantageous. Comfortable in a fast paced environment. A process improvement mentality with a solutions orientated approach to problem-solving. What you’ll get in return for your talents You will receive a competitive salary with a lot of perks including regular team socials, extensive training and development opportunities and a profit share scheme. In addition to working in a friendly, fun and flexible office environment you will have the opportunity to be hands on with a variety of projects and exciting clients. What’s next? If you fit the above criteria then please apply ASAP with your latest CV or contact Aaron at ADLIB Recruitment for more information.

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