Business Analyst
Strategic Design function hiring in: United Kingdom
Engagement Option(s): Full Time
Work Preference Option(s): Work From Home | In Office | Hybrid

Be at the heart of helping our customers achieve amazing things with software and data!

 

About the role

Business Analysts break down complex problems into clear, simplified backlog work items that deliver demonstrable client value as early as possible. They articulate explanations and vision, leveraging use-case examples for less technical audiences. At Ascent, we take extra care to work closely with our customer stakeholders to ensure we create great user experience, and our business analysts will collaborate with UX specialists where needed to ensure we’re creating those “wow” moments for customers.

As a Business Analyst as Ascent, you’ll work with interesting customers, across diverse sectors, and complex challenges, on both major transformations (typically 6-18 months) and smaller scope engagements. This is a critical customer-facing role that will require you to understand the customer business deeply, allowing you to provide value by recommending impactful solutions through effective communication with the technical team. 

 

What you'll do

  • Discover information and seek out important facts and points of view, by asking questions in a way that enables problem visibility and solution generation
  • Be a great relationship builder and constructive negotiator - someone everyone is happy to talk to about the project
  • Carry out demos with users and stakeholders to validate concepts that are being developed 
  • Ensure that release notes are written in a format that’s clear and understood by the end-users and stakeholders 
  • Empathize with stakeholders and customers, and be able to articulate their point of view to development teams

You might be working with unclear requirements from customers, so you’ll need to use structured techniques to drive clarity, customer confidence, and problem resolutions. Your role will also be to articulate the long-term solution vision for the customer and development team. You will manage the expectations of business and technical stakeholders, driving refinement sessions that facilitate understanding of the user stories and estimate the stories accurately.  

You need to ensure that there are enough items ready for development to maximize the team’s throughput during the project. You’ll define sprint goals that ensure that the team is focusing on the right thing. You will work with the team to unblock any impediments that might occur during the sprint and validate the developed items to ensure they are aligned with what we said we’d achieve.

 

Skills and Experience

You need to have experience working with Agile software delivery teams and a deep understanding of working as a business analyst or in a similar role, with a consultative background or a real desire to be customer-facing. If some of your previous experience has been in a technical role, that is really beneficial, but not a must-have. It’s more important to us that you can “talk tech” credibly with people, so a deep understanding of software development is important. Exceptionally strong English communication, both written and verbal is needed to do this role well.

 

Working at Ascent

We're looking for people based ideally in the South or South West of the UK, but you don't need to visit our offices in Bristol or London every day. We choose hybrid working, where you balance time at the office or with your customers with working at home. You'll earn a competitive salary, with a range of essential benefits like life assurance and wellness benefits and a contribution to your pension. Our offices are places to connect and collaborate with colleagues, with socials and regular get togethers. We take your development and growth seriously, with plenty of opportunities to acquire skills and get certified. 

Ascent is an equal opportunities employer. We take intentional steps to ensure inclusion and belonging are something real here, not just something we talk about. No person will be treated less favorably because of their gender, pregnancy, and maternity status, marital or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, or disability status. If you require any reasonable accommodation, please let us know when you apply.

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Why join Ascent?

We’re fast becoming a leading European digital transformation business.

Joining Ascent means you’ll be involved in delivering exciting technology projects for leading global brands. You’ll be part of a growing team of super-talented people who are actively choosing to join us on our journey rather than working in big corporates.

Your voice matters at Ascent. We are always keen to hear your opinions and those ideas that come to you at 3am (some of them are definitely as good as they seemed at the time). You’ll develop your talent through our internal Academy, providing a wide range of personal development, up-skilling and cross-skilling opportunities.

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