Business Analyst (PMO)

Herbert Smith Freehills
South East England
15 Sep 2017
13 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Our Corporate services group is comprised of a number of teams from the firm's central management functions, which support key activities both within the firm and in the external market. They coordinate common initiatives, improve communication and drive greater efficiency across our operations. These teams are Management Services, Pro bono and citizenship, Internal/external communications and the Business Services Programme Management Office (BSPMO).Business Services Programme Management Office (BSPMO)The BSPMO manages an extensive portfolio of global firm-wide projects, including new systems and major transformation programmes. Services offered include programme/project management, change management and business analysis.The Role:Reporting to the Business Analysis Manager, PMO and part of the London PMO team (comprised of project management, business analysis and PMO specialists), the Business Analyst will be responsible for investigating business systems and processes, identifying options for improving business systems and bridging the needs of the business with the use of IT. Key responsibilities:Eliciting the business need and quantifying this into tangible goals and objectivesExamine the business needs in terms of present and future IT requirementsCreate requirements documents and model the relationship between different requirements, business goals and project objectivesWork with the Business Analysis Manager and other Business Analysts within the team to deliver work inception analysis as part of a defined processWork with Project Managers, Technical Delivery Managers and sponsors via Waterfall and Agile methodologies to scope projects and define success criteriaWork with SME's and others to understand how far the available systems can meet the business needsManage expectations and communicate with stakeholders within and outside of the PMOProvide analysis for the development and delivery of RFI / RFP and product / vendor selection activitiesDefine and manage analysis tasks through to implementation ensuring that requirements are accurately captured and signed off by the businessContribute to the knowledge of the team, the department and the firmCreate, maintain and develop relationships with business stakeholders in the legal and support communitiesAbility to drive small initiatives forward when requiredQualifications, Skills & ExperienceExperience and or knowledge of Agile development / delivery environments would be an advantageGood educational background to degree standard or equivalentProfessional and widely recognised qualifications or accreditation which relate to change management, business analysis or project / programme management. Qualifications/accreditation in all three would be a distinct advantageExperience of working in a BA capacity Proven and demonstrable experience of capturing and improving business process as part of a range of projects or initiatives Excellent practical understanding of business analysis techniques, methods and toolsAbility to understand and communicate business systems at a high, firm-wide solution level, and also at a detailed data object or process-step levelSolid understanding of project management techniquesAbility to analyse problems and present solutions to management or the businessSolid commercial skills, including reviewing and validating proposals, making recommendationsGood understanding of current and future technology trends, with experience of legal technology an advantageAbility to contribute to the continuous improvement of the business analysis offering delivered via the PMO Fluency in Mandarin or Cantonese desirable but not essential