Transformation IT Business Analyst

Job reference:
BAS 115/19
Contract type:
Fixed-Term Appointment (2 Years)
Starting from £38,318
We offer generous benefits
ICT team
Although based in Cambridge, the job may require travel to the Antarctic. It is essential that the individual appointed to the job is flexible, physically fit and able to work in an often-challenging environment. Tours of duty in the Antarctic can vary each year but normally last from 4 to 12 weeks. Antarctic visits will not necessarily occur each year.
Closing date:
1 December, 2019 1:26 pm


British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a world-leading centre for polar science and polar operations, investigating issues of global importance and helping society adapt to a changing world.

To help us do this, a significant amount of investment has been allocated over the next 10 years to:

  • Deliver a New Polar Research Vessel (RSS Sir David Attenborough)
  • Develop sustainable and efficient infrastructure in Antarctica
  • Identify future air capability for working in the polar regions

To ensure we fully realise the benefits of this investment, a programme of wider Transformation activity has been established that will see us modernise and re-shape our processes, systems and strategies, and work more effectively with our parent organisation UK Research and Innovation, and the other Research Councils under its umbrella.

We are looking for experienced, passionate and motivated individuals to support us on this journey of transformation making BAS fit for the future.


Perform detailed requirements analysis, documenting processes, and performing some user acceptance testing. Make recommendations that will improve business efficiency.

Evaluate and recommend ways of rationalising the current IMS landscape.

Facilitate collaboration and lead effective communication with all stakeholders to support design, build and delivery to meet the user needs.


  • Run workshops to elicit and document business processes and requirements.
  • Business Process Modelling
  • Interact with business stakeholders and subject matter experts in order to understand their problems and needs.
  • Encourage collaborative solution design across IT disciplines & business departments.
  • Keep abreast of technology advances and assist in the formulation of a technology road map to ensure systems are kept in an advanced state and the business is aware of potential advances.
  • Liaise with technical teams to ensure that the deliverables are met in accordance with project timescales.
  • Leading ongoing reviews of business processes and developing optimization strategies.
  • Ensure solutions meet business needs and requirements.
  • Research possible software solutions to increase efficiency.
  • Determine risk and return on investment for stakeholders.
  • Maintain a register of systems and interfaces in use across BAS. 
  • Writing reports, instructions, specifications and creating flowcharts.
  • Challenge constructively and act as a critical friend to achieve solutions that are fit for purpose
  • To attend relevant courses and actively seek to broaden knowledge and skills relevant to responsibilities.
  • Undertake other duties as appropriate as requested by the BAS Director.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 115/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 1st December 2019
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: Monday 16 December 2019

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options, including job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Able to communicate effectively at all levels of the organisation. - Essential

Decision Making

  • Good problem solving, and critical thinking skills - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team. - Essential
  • Flexible and proactive approach to work. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of information - Essential
  • Able to manage, motivate and engage a small team and delegate effectively. - Essential
  • Experience of managing project budgets - Desirable [3]

Numerical ability

  • Good Numeracy skills - Essential


  • Relevant BA qualification. This could be either a degree or equivalent relevant experience - Essential

Resource Management ability

  • Able to work within tight deadlines and achieve specific goals as required by the project - Essential
  • Understand managing projects using the Agile methodology. - Desirable [3]

Skills / Experience

  • Significant proven experience in a relevant role - Essential
  • Previous experience of managing complex projects - Essential
  • Ability to identify opportunities for service and business improvements - Essential
  • Experience in defining user requirements based upon user needs, ideally as user stories. - Essential
  • Understanding of Software development lifecycle - Desirable [2]
  • Business Modelling – Able to represent real world situations to aid the communication and understanding of different scenarios. - Desirable [2]
  • Able to plan, design, manage and report business process tests and usability evaluations - Desirable [3]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, you can print the application form(s) and post it back to us.

Please ensure you complete all required sections of the application form(s) and include a Cover Letter and a copy of your CV.

When posting your application, ensure there is sufficient postage.

These forms are in an OpenDocument format and may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. An accessible format may be requested by contacting us.

Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.