Business Analyst - Digital CMS

ID
2022-8966
Function
Project Management

Introduction

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Who we are


The Economist is a leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs, published weekly in print and digital editions, and daily through our Espresso app and Economist.com. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences, films and digital editions. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.


Headquartered in London, The Economist Group has offices and people across the globe, and is valued by its customers for its world-class insights and rigorous analysis. We value individuals who think differently and can challenge the status quo.


What we’re looking for


We are looking for a Business Analyst to join The Economist Group’s Business Analysis and Change team. This role is part of the Digital CMS programme, currently engaged in upgrading content creation and curation workflows as well as the distribution platforms that distribute content across our products and feeds. This is a complex foundational change with dependencies across multiple teams that will lead to editorial innovation and product improvements for our customers.


The successful candidate will be working to support the end to end content production flow across both legacy and new publishing systems and Editorial processes they support. This role will also extend through the publish process to the content platform and APIs to our digital products and distribution as we migrate and grow in the new world. This will range from leading initiative analysis to framing backlogs and supporting delivery phases. It will include feasibility & scope assessments to ensure business and editorial outcomes are being met during times of complexity across dual platforms.


They will be partnering with another Business analyst and a Change manager working across the entire programme to deliver effective change and value.

Accountabilities

  •  Collaborate with Editorial to understand their future aspirations and how they need to adapt, helping to determine the role of technology and tools in this change.
  • Collaborate with Product and Engineering to deliver technology and products that delight our customers through simplicity and clear value.
  • Define and support data migration processes between legacy systems and target architecture.
  • Scope and plan the analysis to support investigation into the value and purpose of potential changes with a self starter and proactive approach.
  • Produce high quality analysis at the appropriate level of detail that generates a consistent understanding or prompts constructive discussion across Editorial, Data, Product and Engineering teams.
  • Propose solutions or options that align with Architectural, Technology, Product or Editorial strategy or be able justify tactical solutions or deviations. Drive optimisation, through visualisation of current and target states, informed by quantitative or qualitative metrics that demonstrate progress
  • Support and collaborate with the Engineering team through the delivery phase with detailed and well structured requirements and clear acceptance criteria with measures of success
  • Support the backlog with appropriate analysis from the most appropriate focus and at the level required to solve the problem faced or answer the question at hand
  • Facilitate productive and engaging workshops at any and all stages of the process with clear aims and outcomes.
  • Drive for improvements to ways of working within the PMO, Delivery team or programme that increases the delivery of value and improvements in team culture.
  • Help establish the role of the Business analyst and the value they can bring to this area.

Experience, skills and professional attributes

  • Experience of working across end to end Publishing architectures from CMS to Digital and Print product distribution and with an understanding of the challenges faced.
  • Knowledge and understanding of successfully implementing Editorial and Media publishing best practice, through people and process change to meet a vision
  • Proven methodologies and techniques for transforming analysis and investigation into recommendations across processes, systems, data and products.
  • Experience of working as a BA in an agile delivery environment, with an ability to break down larger initiatives into smaller capabilities that deliver incremental value towards the strategic mission.
  • Ability to recognise when analysis and investigations should go wider than initially expected and the experience to focus and prioritise their approach.
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement skills and the ability to constructively challenge and play devil's advocate that results in trusted relationships.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills with suitable information at the best level for the audience.
  • A highly collaborative work style and the ability to successfully work in a team environment driving collaborative behaviours and psychological safety.
  • Understanding and experience with APIs and data migration processes

 

The Economist Group values diversity. We are committed to equal opportunities and creating an inclusive environment for all our employees. We welcome applicants regardless of ethnic origin, national origin, gender, gender identity, race, colour, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation , age or marital status. See more on our careers page.

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