Lead Business Analyst

Financial Conduct Authority

Regulating financial services firms and financial markets in the UK, https://www.fca.org.uk/careers

Requirements of the role

Within the Change Directorate, our Departmental Change Teams (DCT) work closely with business areas to deliver business change activities in support of technology, regulation, process and behavioural changes. DCTs are made up of key change disciplines such as business change, project management and business analysis.


The Lead Business Analyst sits within one of the three DCTs within the Change Directorate and works closely with the Business Analysis Manager of that team. The role holder will have significant experience in delivering business analysis on complex projects and programmes, to a high standard. They will also be adept at delivering business analysis and business outcomes through a team of BAs on a single programme/portfolio, and able to provide support, direction and quality assurance to the team. The role is primarily delivery focused, supporting our high profile sub-portfolios of work, with a limited amount of people management (1-3 direct reports).


The EMO, ESG & International (EEI) Change Department is seeking an experienced Business Analyst to join the team and, in the first instance, guide Business Analysis across a key sub-portfolio of work – Strengthening Wholesale Markets & Market Abuse (SWMMA). SWMMA is a high-priority public commitment for the FCA and encompasses key government initiatives to drive excellence within UK wholesale markets including the FMI Sandbox and EMIR Refit.


What you will be doing (the role)

  • Defining the business analysis approach for critical programmes and projects in alignment with the FCA Business Analysis (BA) Framework, ensuring that BA output on the project is fit for purpose, represents value for money, is correctly sized and is delivered on time
  • Facilitating the identification of and documenting the business requirements and working with colleagues from the sponsoring business area and our technology partners to agree suitable solutions
  • Completing BA deliverables, or guiding the work of other BA’s within a Business Analysis workstream on large and complex programmes, producing comprehensive and accurate documentation (e.g. process mapping, data flow diagramming), facilitating workshops with the business utilising a variety of business analysis methods embracing GAP analysis, requirements gathering and validation
  • Quality assuring BA deliverables completed by others
  • Establishing and maintaining agreement between the business customer and solution provider on requirements including traceability management across the full project lifecycle
  • Fostering innovation and collaboration, be a key contributor to the BA Practice, supporting the ongoing development of the BA Framework and practice members, mentoring junior staff, and building capability within the Practice


What you will get from the role

  • Exciting opportunity to be at the heart of making the FCA a data led regulator of the future
  • Working on innovative and technology focused change, using data, intelligence and digital solutions to improve our decision making and reduce harm within financial services
  • Part of a strong and effective community of practice that has regular engagement, events and is constantly striving to improve the BA profession
  • Dedicated personal development planning and encouragement to become professionally certified business analysts, with organisation support and plenty of career development opportunities that are supported

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Edinburgh, Leeds, London

 Contract type

Full time, Permanent


Business analyst, Lead

 Working pattern

Flexible working, Hybrid

 Closing Date