Job details


Strategic Insights and Planning

Responsible to

Head of the Change Portfolio Management Office


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


£32,871 to £35,622 per annum

Closing date

Sunday 31 October 2021

Contract type

Fixed term contract 12 months

Post type




About the role

The University of Derby returns student data on an annual basis to the Higher Education Standards Authority. We are now undertaking a project to meet regulatory requirements to return student data 3 times a year. To achieve this, an opportunity for a Business Analyst is available on a 12 month fixed-term contract, with the possibility for extension.

This role will be based within the University’s Change Portfolio Management Office and will support the delivery of significant change as part of the Data Futures project. You will be able to demonstrate analytical skills to successfully deliver high profile projects and realise significant benefits for the University’s students and employees.

Working primarily on the Data Futures Project, the successful applicant will work closely with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that the University can transition from submitting an annual student return to three times a year student return.

The Business Analyst will lead in reviewing and building on the existing gap analysis, process and system re-engineering and building new workflows to support the generation of the HESA Data Futures Student Return.

Principal accountabilities

  1. Reviewing and building on the existing "as is" end to end business processes and systems usage and develop the "to be" processes, systems and workflows to improve business performance.
  2. Define and document change requirements conducting detailed analysis to produce business requirement documentation, operational specifications, user stories and product backlog items
  3. Design, specify and produce detailed output documentation (e.g., process diagrams and reports)
  4. Organise and run workshops, walk-throughs, and reviews with internal and external stakeholders
  5. Conduct feasibility studies where needed, contribute to the business case and perform impact analysis on business change requests
  6. Identify and complete Data Cleansing activities to support the transition to the agreed “to be” state
  7. Undertake and complete process re-engineering activities as per agreement with key stakeholders
  8. Work with IT colleagues and support with testing and system and process training
  9. Support the Data Futures Project Manager in managing issues and risks in line with the CPMO recommended processes, such that there is clear understanding of issues and risks, options to mitigate such risks and active management to reduce any potential impact.
  10. Support the Data Futures Project Manager with identifying and monitoring benefits
  11. Maintain accurate, up-to-date records of work undertaken to enable the Project Manager to deliver effective reporting mechanisms that provide timely and understandable information in respect of the business analysis delivery for all stakeholders including the Project Board.
  12. To be able to understand, and interpret both technical, and functional specifications in order to ensure the appropriate level of development work is undertaken when producing solutions.
  13. To take a pro-active approach in identified new technologies, and software platforms which would provide a business benefit to the University. To consider emerging trends in technologies across higher education sector and beyond, and to identify where possible we can exploit such technologies.
  14. Any other duties commensurate with this role.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge & abilities

Business requirements

Desirable Criteria




As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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How to apply

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