Business Analyst

Competitive Salary + Bonus + Excellent Benefits
28 Jun 2021
26 Jul 2021
Laura Leslie
Job Title
Finance Analyst
Contract Type
Full Time
Newly-created Business Analyst role with one of the North-West’s fastest-growing, PE-backed businesses based in Chester.

As Business Analyst, you will sit at the heart of the business-critical department, crucial in the discovery and documentation of new technical initiatives, systems / process changes and functional improvements within finance. The role will require involvement with other ah-hoc projects as and when necessary.

You will hold the following key skills:

Essential Experience:
- Mapping AS IS and TO BE procedures, performing gap analysis
- 2+ years of business analysis experience
- Accounting qualification or training for qualification e.g., ACA/ACCA/CIMA or significant QBE.
- Familiar with a range of Business Analysis tools and techniques
- Attention to detail
- Demonstrate ability to pick up new ideas and subject matter quickly
- Friendly approach to all members of the organisation
- Highly self-motivated and proactive
- Professional approach and attitude
- Takes ownership
- Maintains focus under pressure
- Demonstrates a positive attitude
- Experience working with Excel to an intermediate (or higher) standard.

Desirable Experience:
- Experience working with various accounting packages such as Sage 50, Sage 200, Xero.
- Experience of working with IT development teams
- Knowledge of IFRS
- Experience of group accounting.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Experience of agile methodology

As Business Analyst, you will report directly into the Finance Change and Development Manager and will be responsible for the following areas:

• Providing consultancy to the Finance team to capture, shape and triage initiatives / developments
• Ensuring alignment of initiatives and developments with strategic plans to focus investment of resources
• Working with external advisors to complete documentation of any initial accounting and legal requirements
• Researching initiative proposals and justifications.
• Eliciting, analysing, and validating business requirements across a range of finance teams.
• Liaising with colleagues around the business and at acquisition sites to document where required systems development necessary for integration.
• Evaluate and optimise business and system processes internally.
• Support the finance team in the documentation of solution specifications and developments.
• Supporting Finance projects to identify and define key data points and requirements to meet accounting standards and requirements.
• Working with the existing team to support projects and other aspects of financial reporting.
• Liaising with other departments and supporting ad-hoc requests
• Take a proactive approach to developing the internal systems where you see improvements, to increase efficiency.

The individual initiatives / developments are at the request of a range of internal stakeholders and are prioritised according to the needs of the business. You will be responsible for working with the Finance team to shape ideas, define proposals and business requirements using flowcharting alongside agile methodology as required to support the delivery and benefits realisation of each initiative.

You must have credible knowledge of the issues facing the business on a day-to-day basis and in the longer term. They should be able to pro-actively document the requirements of the team around them to facilitate the development and improvement of business processes whilst maintaining the Company’s professional image. They need to be able to provide clear communications between all parts of the business and will be forward looking in anticipating future challenges and opportunities and respond to these with effective planning.

Hybrid Working: The business are proud to support hybrid-working across the business with a mixture or remote and office working available and will be discussed at interview.