Business Analyst (Finance & Reporting)

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£40,000 - £45,000

Business Analyst (Finance & Reporting) – Leeds  
SearchDATA is currently recruiting a Finance & Reporting Business Analyst for a popular and well-known retail brand headquartered in Leeds. 
The role will form part of a newly created change function within the business to deliver a continuous programme of modernisation across all digital platforms and processes. 
The ideal candidate will come with a strong background in Business Analysis, a solid understanding of various finance and reporting solutions and a track record of delivering business change within finance departments. We’re also looking for an excellent communicator able to foster collaboration across Finance, IT and the wider business.  
The overall goal will be to support the business in implementing best practice solutions, support decision making and improve processes within the business’ Finance & Reporting department.  
Job Role and Responsibilities 
·Provide a bridge role between IT teams and the business, communicating and translating business operational requirements into technical solutions 
·Deliver integrated technical solutions to address business problems and requirements 
·Produce conceptual high-level designs that are aligned to business processes 
·Define and gather requirements and undertake data analysis and data modelling activities 
·Define functional specifications including creation of user stories and following Change Request processes 
·Work with 3rd Parties/Vendors to ensure technical solutions are completed within project timeline, quality standards and requirements 
·Coordinate and support User Acceptance Testing with Business Key Users 
·Maintain ownership of the functional and non-functional requirements throughout the project lifecycle process 
·Collaborate with the Development Manager to manage the development backlog 
·Participate on Change Advisory Board (CAB) 
Key Skills and Attributes 
·Background in a multi-national, multi-channel business in a manufacturing, FMCG or similar organisation 
·Strong experience across all finance and reporting/BI functions, transactions, processes and governance – ideally financially qualified 
·Practical experience in successfully managing IT projects from inception to delivery utilising a mix of internal and external resources 
·Solid knowledge of interfaces and interactions between core internal applications (e.g. ERP & BI) and external partners e.g. via EDI 
·Experience of defining, documenting and delivering system integration as part of process reengineering and change programmes  
·Experience of defining and documenting processes, identifying gaps and proposing improvements in line with business strategy 
·Practical experience of working with multiple technology platforms and applications with a broad spectrum of knowledge across projects, solutions and services 
·Experienced in sustaining strong working relationships with business stakeholders and the IT Development Team 
·Practical experience of best practice methodology in solution and service delivery and in project management, using both waterfall & agile methodologies 
·Enthusiastic and flexible with a pragmatic, hands-on approach, with the ability to understand the bigger picture 
·Ability to work autonomously and to plan and organise own and others workloads and work within challenging deadlines 
·Hands-on experience of outsourcing and 3rd party contract management 
·Ideally ISEB/BCS qualified, with ITIL and/or Prince2 Foundation or similar 
·A strong understanding of applications such as: 
·Hyperion Financial Management 
·BI/Analytics Solutions (e.g. IBM Planning Analytics/Cognos TM1) 
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