Senior Business Analyst

USS

Senior Business Analyst

Business Area: Group Transformation

Place of Work: Liverpool

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full Time

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has circa 396,000 members, and over £60 billion in assets, we’re one of the largest private pension schemes in the UK and in the top 50 worldwide. Established in 1974, we’re entrusted by over 350 higher education sector employers to manage and administer the pension scheme and its investments through our two companies, Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited and USS Investment Management Limited.
 
Our mission
To be the pension service of choice for the higher education sector for the long-term
 
The role
As a Senior Business Analyst working in the Business Analysis team, you will take a leading role in the capture and definition of high-quality business requirements, supporting USS’ large and complex change portfolio and small change initiatives. As a senior member of the team you will develop key relationships with business and technical colleagues, senior and executive stakeholders across the organisation, as well as external service providers. You will also provide mentoring to less experienced members of the team.

Ensuring that you maintain and develop your knowledge of USS’ business, products and services, the wider life and pensions industry and your business analysis technical skills, you will also take ownership of the responsibilities listed below, whilst recognising the role requires personal flexibility and adaptability to support the business in the delivery of change.

Key responsibilities
Take a leading role in the rigorous application of USS’ Change Model and Business Analysis Methodology (BAM) frameworks to ensure that business requirements are captured, validated, documented and managed, including:
Proactively engaging with proposition, product and business owners to deliver requirements by establishing clear objectives, scope and impacts of change initiatives.
Leading the development of solution designs with internal and external partners, through a deep understanding of the change initiative requirements, and validating these against USS’ design principles.
Ensuring that business requirements are quality-assured through the peer group review process, appropriate approvals obtained and end-to-end traceability maintained, and have oversight of this process for multiple change initiatives when required.
Leading stakeholders at all levels through the various stages of change, ensuring business requirements are unambiguous and well understood, presenting change initiatives in various forums as required e.g. Design Authority.

Proactive collaboration with the Business Architect and IT to ensure proposed requirements and solution designs are impact assessed against USS’ architecture frameworks:
Engage the Business and IT to assess solution designs, evaluate alternative solutions and understand the business and technical impacts.
Ensure impact assessments are documented, reviewed and understood by all change stakeholders.
Produce high quality inputs to the USS Design Authority to facilitate effective solution design reviews and approvals.

Oversee and lead the review, validation, and challenge of commercial impacts resulting from change requirements:
Validate that third party solution designs are aligned to the agreed business requirements and proactively engage providers with constructive challenge if required.
Provide leadership for stakeholders in their understanding of the impact assessment of change requirements.
Present third party supplier solutions designs to senior stakeholders/stakeholder groups in the context of business requirements, enabling proposals & estimates to be challenged by USS stakeholders where appropriate.
Validate that time and cost estimates are comparable to similar changes previously undertaken and applied rate cards are consistent with agreed terms.

Establish collaborative working relationships with Test teams (internal and external) to support the production of test plans, test scenarios, test scripts and acceptance criteria, ensuring traceability to business requirements and full test coverage.

Support the continuous improvement of the Change Model and BAM frameworks by ensuring its continued adoption throughout the organisation, identifying gaps in its application and recognizing when there are opportunities for enhancements.

Actively managing own workload, whilst supporting the team’s workload management by providing estimates for deliverables for the purpose of capacity and project planning activities.

Provide support and mentoring to less experienced members of the Business Analysis team in both technical skills and business or product knowledge when required.

Your experience
Essential 
Exceptional business analysis and problem-solving skills including detailed requirements definition and solution design assessment;
Requirements elicitation through interview, workshop & observation including techniques for analysis, definition & management;
Operating model impact assessments;
Business Process Modelling techniques;
Experience of the full change life-cycle from inception through design, testing & implementation;
Excellent communication skills: able to present complex business solutions, both written and verbal, to key stakeholders;
Strong pensions administration system and/or investment platform knowledge;
Stakeholder management up to executive level;
Desirable
Industry recognised qualification in business analysis e.g. ISEB Diploma in Business Analysis;
Data modelling techniques;
Calculation requirements definition & design, including modelling & test harness;
Supporting business case preparation;
Mentoring less experienced Business Analysts within the team;
 
USSL is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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