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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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  • 13th Sep

    Business Analyst

    — Fantastic Consumer Brand

    Up to £35k
    Opportunity to join a market-leading financial services provider. Cool, modern offices in the heart of Bristol, easily commutable from Bath, Newport, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Chippenham and Swindon. Salary up to £35k, plus a generous benefits package. We’re working with a forward-thinking FS client to appoint a Junior Business Analyst into the busy tech team in the vibrant Bristol head office near the harbour.  What you’ll be doing Your role will report into the Senior Solutions Consultant and you will be working on business change projects; predominantly IT systems and architecture and data-led projects. Your team will look after the more technically complex projects. The business is growing and there’s never been a better time to join as they’re about to start a large transformation project, involving data warehouse, onboarding a new supplier for all of the IT infrastructure, building a new data model, source data processes and reporting. This is a large long term project and it’s kicking off in the next few weeks so there’s lots to get stuck in to from the get-go in addition to BAU projects.  What experience you’ll need Previous experience as a Business, Data, Insight, Change Analyst for example within a commercial environment. Experience of IT/Technical or change and transformation projects. An understanding of VBA, SQL or ability to read basic code. Bright, enthusiastic and keen to learn. Experience of a process improvement environment. Solutions orientated approach to problem-solving. Strong communication skills, ability to manage stakeholders at all levels and work with cross-functional teams.  Good knowledge of technologies (existing and emerging) and Office products such as Visio, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  Ideally, financial services experience but it is not essential, so if you are ticking all of the boxes apart from this, we’d welcome an application. What you’ll get in return for your talents You will receive a salary up to £35k (dependant on experience), bonus and a generous pension. In addition to working in a creative, exciting office environment and be part of a culture that likes to give back to charity and really make a difference.  What’s next? If you fit the above criteria then get in touch with Aaron at ADLIB with an up to date CV to be considered.
  • 13th Sep

    Junior Business Analyst

    — Financial Services

    Up To £30k
    Opportunity to join a leading Financial Services company as a Junior Business Analyst. Fantastic offices and culture, easily commutable from Bristol, Bath, Chippenham, Swindon, Frome, Weston Super Mare. Fixed Term Contract with a Salary up to £30k. This is a brand-new opportunity to join a very fast growing and successful Financial Services company as a Junior Business Analyst on a Fixed Term Contract of 12 months acting as Maternity Cover. What you’ll be doing Whilst this company continues to grow you will be exposed to variety of interesting projects surrounding software development, web-based work, a CRM update and BAU projects so there is a lot to get your teeth stuck into. You will be part of a team of 8 other Business Analysts and reporting directly to the Product Owner who will offer a lot of support, guidance and opportunity to learn and develop your skillset. It will be your responsibility to gather, document and manage requirements, perform analysis of cost benefit and investment, execute UAT, manage project delivery and overall offer support surrounding all ongoing projects. You will naturally have a continuous improvement mentality and identify better ways of working making suggestions surrounding systems, processes and procedures. What experience you’ll need Previous experience in a Business Analyst (BA) role within a commercial environment. Understanding of Software Development (ideally web based) and the whole SDLC working alongside developers and testers. Experience of multiple methodologies including Agile. Process improvement mentality and experience. Solutions orientated approach to problem-solving. Strong communication skills (written, verbal and IT) with the ability to manage stakeholders at all levels and work with cross-functional teams.  Ideally experience of CRM. Ideally, financial services experience but it is not essential, so if you are ticking all of the boxes apart from this, we’d welcome an application. What you’ll get in return for your talents You will receive a salary up to £30k (dependant on experience). In addition to working in a friendly, fun and flexible office environment you will have the opportunity to be hands on with large scale and exciting projects and learn a lot of new skills. What’s next? If you fit the above criteria then get in touch with Aaron at ADLIB with an up to date CV to be considered!
  • 5th Sep

    Senior Business Analyst

    — Digital Transformation Projects

    Up to £45k
    Senior Business Analyst opportunity, play an influential role within the digital arm of the business. New role in the digital transformation function of a growing and successful organisation. Join the business at an exciting time following a significant investment. We’re working with a leading digital business that are growing at pace; therefore, they’re recruiting for a Senior Business Analyst to join the team to join them on their digital transformation journey. What you’ll be doing You will enjoy working on a variety of projects for this tech forward business from CRM implementation projects through to website development build, maintenance and updates with a strong focus on front-end/ user-centered design - driving maximum efficiency and business value. You will manage information flow and requirements, as well as making strategic decisions about what functionality belongs in what system. You will gather, document and manage business requirements, managing projects and ensuring they're delivered on time and budget, developing cases, prioritising workload ensuring that the deliverables are in line with the strategy whilst maintaining a healthy backlog of sprint ready user stories. There will also be an opportunity to review and analyse the efficiency and effectiveness of the systems, develop strategies to improve the systems and overall performance, in addition to this as a senior you will be influential, a go-to for the more junior members of the team - mentoring and supporting them with their projects.  What experience you’ll need Previous experience in a Business Analyst role, with a good amount of experience edging to senior or you may be operating at Senior level as a Senior Business Analyst in your current role. Background in software development, understanding of full lifecycle. As is, to be process mapping. Experience working with Agile. Good communication skills, leading cross-functional teams internally and externally and stakeholder management. Strong processes, ability to implement change and review processes to improve effectiveness. You will have experience in managing a digital transformation project in previous roles and understand challenges. Ability to utilise your broad knowledge of multiple ways of working with the digital capacity – from front-end and user-centered design projects (UX) through to CRM migration and Salesforce Implementation. What you’ll get in return for your talents The salary on offer is in the £35k - £45k range, in addition to a clear path to progression and personalised development plan. You will also receive a generous benefits package operating within a fun, friendly and flexible environment as a key influencer on a significant digital transformation package. What’s next? If you fit the above criteria then get in touch with Fran at ADLIB with an up to date CV today!

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