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Job Title Business Analyst
Department IT
Role Business Services
Job Location London

The role:

This key user facing role within the IT department will be responsible for capturing, analysing & documenting business requirements for the IT and Online Services teams, working with stakeholders to determine the priority of requirements based on value to the business, defining the scope of the change activity, and then working with both users and IT staff to guarantee the change activity meets the business needs.

What will you do:

Simmons & Simmons uses both Waterfall and Agile project delivery methodologies, as appropriate. The role holder will be conversant in both approaches.

• Working with project sponsors, the IT leadership team and the wider engaged stakeholder community to gain a detailed understanding of the mandatory and desired outcomes of project/change activities; capture and maintain the associated requirements log.
• Supporting the development of options for the range of technical solutions available to meet the project brief.
• Making solution recommendations based on fit, technical feasibility and cost analysis.
• Ensuring solutions follow the guidance laid out by the Strategy and Architecture function, most notably when making choices between 'off-the-shelf'/standardised and 'internally developed'/bespoke and in ensuring fit to Simmons & Simmons long term IT objectives.
• Developing testing and performance measurement/quality plans that enable the project team to measure whether the solution delivered is fit for purpose and meets the brief.

• Capturing, analysing & documenting business requirements
• Working with key stakeholders to determine the priority of requirements
• Working with stakeholders during the design, build and test phases to ensure the solution meets the needs of the business
• Leading or supporting project meetings, tracking progress against targets, ensuring commitment from team members to future milestones and recording issues and risks
• Leading or supporting maintenance of the project RADICALL log
• Taking accountability for highlighting issues, engaging the team to find solutions and ensuring that the necessary remedial action is pursued
• Providing input into all relevant project and departmental documentation as required to ensure the solution can be maintained and supported in-life; actively support the training team in developing the necessary training for both IT and end-user audiences

What we are looking for:

• Able to work effectively as part of a diverse and inclusive team
• Track record of applying business or logical analysis to break down complex problems and identify viable solutions
• Able to work with user groups to break down loosely defined requirements into actionable facts that define the success of the project
• Has good understanding of transversal enterprise IT applications and the supporting IT and telecoms infrastructure, with specific reference to Microsoft products
• Effective at building and sustaining relationships across all levels of the organisation, both within IT and beyond
• Credible in relaying detailed information to a non-expert audience in a manner that creates action and gets results
• Experienced in acting as a point of reference to a delivery team, confident in working and negotiating with technical experts to ensure the project's mandate is achieved
• Experienced with various tools and techniques applicable to breaking down problems, formulating solutions, and tracking and prioritising risks and issues
• Experienced at developing financial tools to track and forecast spend against budget
• (Desirable) A good understanding of project lifecycle methodologies such as Prince 2 and IT best practice frameworks such as ITIL

Here at Simmons & Simmons:

We believe our people define us. Our working environment is genuinely collegiate with a supportive atmosphere and team ethos - we have a reputation for being a friendly culture which we are very proud of. An inclusive and diverse culture, our innovative approach and being truly international are just a few more things that make us, us.

• Competitive Offer Package including bonus's dependant on role/level, private medical insurance & pension contribution to name a few.
• Dress 'for your day' Code.
• Hybrid working approach of 2 days a week required in the office with flexibility dependant on role/team/client demands.
• A wide range of international offices including: Hong Kong; Dubai; Tokyo; Dublin; Milan; Bristol; Madrid; Singapore.
• All offices have their own artwork collections - with a Damien Hurst and a Tracey Emin in the London office. We have a long standing history in supporting the art community especially up and coming artists.
• The creation of Simmons & Simmons Solutions - bringing together the best legal advice from our established legal teams with non-traditional capabilities that enhance, expand and differentiate the Simmons offering.
• We were ranked as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women and Top 30 Employer for Working Families in 2020.
• We have Social and Sport Committees contributing to Xmas & Summer parties, end of month drinks and various sporting events.
• We also have a range of Diversity Network Groups including LGBT+, Emerge (Race & Ethnicity) and The Number One Club (Women's network) who have organised various talks and events firmwide.

If you are interested in finding out more about this position then please contact the Recruitment Team with any questions. To apply for the role please click on the link at the bottom of the page/visit the career pages on our website, where there is also a detailed job description.

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