Business Analyst - Cheltenham
At Atkins, we help our clients achieve genuine benefits from their business programmes. We advise at senior levels on complex business challenges, but also take a hands-on role to ensure the solutions are actually delivered and that the intended benefits of the investment are realised.
Atkins isn’t like other management consultancies. Because of our wider, real-world expertise – delivering transformative projects and making strategies happen across public and private sectors – we know how to implement change in practice, not just on paper. We’re there to see change through from start to finish, whatever challenges arise. Our clients value the fact the we deliver at pace using the latest Digital and Agile methods, whilst applying discipline and care around complex infrastructure and government programmes of national importance. In short, we deliver rapid results in the most challenging of environments.
Helping our clients change their businesses in response to internal and external influences and opportunities is a core skill for our Business Analysts. We work with clients to solve some of the most interesting challenges facing organisations today, from augmented reality to artificial intelligence. Our wide-ranging clients include central government, defence, airports, universities and infrastructure. The team comes from diverse backgrounds that cover the spectrum of services giving them an innovative and creative approach that is key to its success. Everyone in the team is passionate about their work and the value that they can deliver.
Atkins set high standards of integrity and ethics for our people. When joining Atkins, you benefit from a working environment that prioritises integrity and we also expect each individual who joins us to display these characteristics.
You will be given significant responsibility and exposure to our clients and be expected to act as an ambassador for our business. You will be accountable for the overall quality and timeliness of the delivery of assignments and the role may also require you to lead an Atkins team responsible for specific project outputs.
Our consultants are also expected to help develop and grow our business. This may include contributing to bids or managing a bid team, and developing new business propositions or researching potential new markets. We want you to help us grow our business by:
• Managing and working within multi-disciplinary teams (at our clients’ premises and in our Atkins’ offices) to deliver excellent results for or clients.
• Leading the analysis of processes and operations, using appropriate tools and techniques to identify improvements and/or efficiencies in accordance with client objectives. This will include facilitating workshops to engage people, gathering inputs to your analysis and sharing emerging ideas and conclusions.
• Preparing reports and presenting to a range of client stakeholders.
• Contributing to the development of Operational Improvement tools, techniques and methods that can be shared to build capabilities within our Operational Improvement team and Business Consulting practice.
• Contributing to sales – including bid development and sales presentations to clients.
• Supporting the development and delivery of marketing campaigns.
We are looking to grow our team and are looking for people across two main roles:
Consultant level - ideal for those at the early stage of their career, technical, academically qualified applicants who are keen to pursue a career in Business Consulting and for those who are looking to transfer their previous experience into a consultancy environment
Senior Consultant level - for those with existing Business Consulting experience and for those who are looking to transfer significant previous experience into a consultancy environment
You may have started your career at another consultancy and are looking to move somewhere with a different approach more tailored to client need. Alternatively, you may have successfully delivered from within a company and now feel ready to expand your own skills and work in a more project based way to advise others.
The successful candidate will be given significant responsibility for client-facing work from day one. All our consultants are expected to have regular interactions with clients, to lead work-streams or projects, and to support senior colleagues in delivering specific project outputs. We therefore ask that you demonstrate capability and experience of Business Consulting delivery and / or have the potential to do so across four dimensions:
Development and maintenance of architecture deliverables using recognised modelling standards and notations (Archimate v3 would be desirable)
Knowledge and practical experience of recognised EA modelling products (ARIS, BizzDesign would be desirable)
Knowledge or awareness of Enterprise Architecture methodologies such as TOGAF 9.1 is desirable
Comfort in operating in highly fluid and dynamic working environments
Knowledge and experience of new technology trends and disruptive technologies, including cloud, government ICT strategy, social, big data and digital services.
Ideally you will have a relevant degree and/or relevant professional qualification (such as BCS CITP status, ISEB Diploma in Business Analysis or IIBA accreditation). You will have experience of agile and waterfall delivery, and possibly how the BA works in a DevOps environment.
You build trusted and lasting relationships with clients at all levels in a business environment
You have relevant sector experience – e.g. central government, defence, education, transport
You have at least a degree or equivalent qualification and may hold, or be working towards, a professional qualification (such as ISEB Diploma in Business Analysis or IIBA accreditation)
You have strong written communication skills and the ability to write documents which are compelling, engaging and unambiguous
You demonstrate high level of problem-solving ability in relation to technically complex or conceptually abstract ideas
You present complex solutions and concepts effectively and make persuasive cases based on analysis
You have a variety of consulting capabilities and techniques to suit different situations. These might include strategy development, research, analysis, organisational development, culture change, IT-enabled change, business process analysis, change impact assessment, coaching and/or mentoring; training development and delivery
It would be advantageous to have experience of creating deliverables using recognised modelling standards and notations (Archimate v3 would be desirable)
It would also be desirable to have knowledge and practical experience of recognised modelling products (e.g. ARIS, BizzDesign)
Practice and service development
You are an excellent team player with the ability to communicate and engage at all levels with a variety of stakeholders
You can demonstrate an ability to transfer skills and knowledge to colleagues
You are proactive in your approach to work and enjoy working with a variety of people as well as being comfortable with progressing work independently
You either have experience or potential to support or contribute to the sale of Business Consulting work – including bid development and presentation delivery
You have strong commercial acumen and are comfortable with managing bids and end to end assignment financial management
Additionally, you will display the following characteristics;
A passion for developing technically, professionally and behaviourally
A collaborative team-player who delivers great results and operates to high behavioural standards and business ethics
An ability to deal with competing tasks and operate successfully even when under pressure
A strong emotional intelligence and the ability to flex your style to suit different stakeholders, and is confident and self-assured in putting forward your views and able to hold your own with senior stakeholders
Why work for Atkins?
With Atkins you will be in a trusted, supported position, primarily client based, where you are able to apply both existing skills and develop new skills in complex and challenging situations. You will be able to share your knowledge and experience and learn from others within the team and you will have opportunities to become a mature, established and multi-skilled consultant.
You are required to be flexible in terms of work location and travel. If deployed at client site you should be geographically mobile and be prepared to work on-site anywhere in the UK.
Rewards and benefits
Atkins recognises the importance of helping its employees manage their work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements that enable them to balance their working life with parental and other caring responsibilities. For full details of our flexible working scheme and benefits package, please refer to our website.
This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.
If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.
ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.