Senior Business Objects Engineer

Connect Group
11 Jan 2018
10 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Business Objects Engineer

About the Senior Business Objects Engineer Role:

Joining us as a Senior Business Objects Engineer, you’ll support, develop and analyse Smiths News’ Data Warehouse and reporting systems.

This interesting and challenging role in our Business Systems Team will see you ensuring part development and part support for Business Objects, SAP Data Services and Oracle Data Warehouse, taking responsibility for:

  • Being part of a rota that provides 24/7 support cover for Business Objects reporting and SAP Data Services loading

  • Managing the resolution of faults in Business Objects, Data Services and Oracle to meet the defined service levels

  • Creation of new Business Objects reports and dashboards

  • Undertake small, medium or large development projects participating in all phases of the project lifecycle, monitor own progress against the project plan & advise of any deviation from plan

  • Undertaking Business Objects upgrade projects to retain support and maintenance from SAP

  • Performance analysis and tuning in Business Objects, Data Services and Oracle Data Warehouse

  • Undertake requirements gathering and detailed design (including analysis and proof of concept support as necessary), estimation, development and unit/integration testing

About You:

  • Experience of Business Objects Universe design and report design

  • Experience with Business Objects CMC and CMS and of administering row level security

  • Experience of upgrading Business Objects

  • Experience of Business Objects Sizing, Business Objects Server landscaping (i.e. no of servers, load balancing) and Business Objects Server monitoring

  • Experience of Business Objects Data Services 3.x/4.x Extract Transform and Load tool (formerly Business Objects Data Integrator (BODI)) and extraction of data from SAP. Ability to use Business Objects Data Services to load flat file data feeds. Ideally BODS v 4.2

  • Experience of requirements gathering, complete design, build, testing and deployment of Business Intelligence solutions within Development Standards & Change Control processes

Although not essential, exposure to or experience of Oracle version 12 from an application development perspective would be desirable. This can be trained in the role.

Other desired skills:

  • Experience and expertise in the new SAP BI Suite toolsets, Web Intelligence, Design Studio (Dashboard) and Lumira (Data Visualisation) and Explorer (Data Exploration) and mobile capability

  • Experience of modelling tools and an understanding of Entity Relationship diagrams

  • Use of SQL tools such as SQL*Plus, SQL Developer or TOAD. Use of Oracle SQL*Loader and ability to program PL/SQL. Ability to understand explain plans and to investigate query performance

  • Experience of a real-time data warehouse in Oracle 12c in Memory or other


  • Living within commutable distance from Swindon

  • Committed to working onsite 5 days a week in the IT Department of the Swindon Head Office

  • Where the situation dictates, mobility to other company offices or depot

About Us:

Connect Group PLC is a specialist distribution company, which offers market-leading expertise in a range of industries. With a combined revenue of £1.6bn, we employ 6,000 staff and operate in the UK and worldwide.

Connect Group offers unrivalled expertise in:

  • Early Distribution - Encompassing: Smiths News, Dawson Media Direct and Pass My Parcel. Smiths News is the UK's largest newspaper and magazine wholesaling business with an approximate 55 per cent. market share; Dawson Media Direct is an international media direct business supplying newspapers, magazines and inflight entertainment technology and content; Pass My Parcel, a wholly-owned 'click and collect' delivery service, operated by the Smiths News business, has a network of over 3,000 parcel shops and clients which include Amazon and ASOS

  • Mixed Freight - Tuffnells is a leading provider of next-day B2B delivery of mixed parcel freight consignments, specialising in items of irregular dimension and weight, with 37 depots, delivering over 13 million consignments per annum to over 4,500 customers

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