Business Analyst - Dorset

Business Analyst Jobs

Wherever there are processes taking place in a business, there are expenditures, turnovers and opportunities that can all be optimized in favour of the company performing them. Often, the people doing the work are not best placed to spot these savings – which is why business analysts are such an important addition to the team. They work alongside project managers and assess the business model in use on an ongoing basis, returning with regular reports on every aspect of the workflow, so that positive intervention can be carried out.

Large companies need a whole team of business analysts, either working on a by-site basis or focusing on a small number of processes, in which case it is the manager who decides what actions to take to avoid unforeseen conflicts. In smaller companies, however, the business analyst could well work solo and not only assessing the situation on the ground but also suggesting remedial measures.

The skills required

Your key skill will be to monitor, analyse and interpret business data as it comes from the team you are assigned to. You need a precise, methodical mindset that can spot trends, outliers and emerging movements and take the appropriate action. You will therefore must be the kind of person who understands the inner workings of Excel or similar software packages that can collate, image and present data.

With so many business models competing at the moment, experience in the one that is in use at the company is of enormous benefit, as experience in analyzing traditional projects may count for little in a company that practices agile processes, for example. Similarly, experience in the same sector will be of use as each ecosystem has its own qualities that will not necessarily carry over. You need to be able to demonstrate genuine, measurable gains brought to a company through your actions.

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Business Analyst Jobs in Dorset

An English county in the south-west, Dorset shares borders with Devon, Wiltshire and Somerset - it also has an extensive coastline along the English Channel.

Dorset includes a number of towns - like Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, Dorchester, Portland and Weymouth - and while the majority of the region is rural, it offers a number of options for those seeking Business Analyst vacancies.

For much of Dorset's past, the economy was based on agriculture, while mining and fishing were also important industries.

These days, however, things are a bit different in Dorset and the region now relies mainly on the service sector, hospitality and retail. Construction and manufacturing are also important industries, while a number of armed forces facilities are also located here - such as the Royal Armoured Corps in Bovington and the Royal Marines in Poole.

Several large companies can be found in Dorset, including J.P. Morgan and Sunseeker International, which manufactures yachts. Aerospace companies like BAE Systems and Cobham plc have facilities in the region, while Bournemouth University is also a big employer.

Other companies include Dorset Cereals, Fitness First, Merlin Entertainments, Lloyds TSB Insurance and Imagine Publishing.

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