Finance Programme Business Analyst

London (Greater)
23 Apr 2019
17 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Business Analyst / Finance / Accountant / Insurance / London Markets / £600

Our client, a leading London market insurance business has a requirement for a solid Finance Business Analyst to join their London based team. The ideal candidate will be a qualified Accountant with extensive London market experience.

Key Responsibilities

The Finance Programme Business Analyst will be responsible for business readiness activities for Finance relating to specific priorities and liaising with a number of stakeholders to ensure effective delivery.
The role requires an individual with a strong track record of delivering major finance change programmes in the insurance industry.
Working with the priority SME, the key responsibilities of the role are:

  • Responsible for business readiness activities relating to assigned specific priorities within the Finance Programme - this is a broad role that covers people, processes, testing, controls and communication readiness
  • Define the problem statement and desired outcome
  • Work closely with the priority SME to determine and manage impacts on the existing processes, supporting the engagement with multiple stakeholders
  • Work closely with the priority SME to determine and manage impacts on the existing data flows including interfaces and data consumption
  • Work closely with the Controls Lead to define changes required and ensure controls are effectively designed. Work with Internal Audit on ensuring any redesign is effective.
  • Identification of any transitional arrangements that are required to ensure the business is ready to support new processes and ensure solutions in place to bridge any gaps
  • Development of Business Process Procedures ("BPP's"), Test Scenarios and Test Scripts, ensuring alignment with the overall testing strategy / approach
  • Work closely with Internal Audit, IT and MI to agree the Statement of Works relating to the Internal Audit assurance review for governance, delivery and testing purposes
  • Support UAT and Pre-Production testing, to ensure effective and timely testing
  • Monitoring of testing activities and resolution of queries to ensure Finance delivers to the testing plan
  • Ensure "evidence" is in place to support all finance testing activities that will satisfy Internal Audit, External Audit and Change Management purposes
  • Provide assurance that testing activities are sufficient to support Go / No Go Decisions for both UAT / Go Live
  • Support "Business Change" in the preparation for Pre Change Authority Board ("CAB") and Post CAD
  • Work with Internal and External Audit on any queries relating to the assurance review of the specific priority
  • Knowledge transfer to relevant BAU owners removing dependency on the programme team following successful delivery of the priority
  • Train relevant BAU owners
  • Provide support to the business as required relating to the review of data and reconciliations
  • Ad-hoc support as required to other work streams to ensure cohesion in the programme

Skills and Experience

  • Understanding of insurance accounting is essential, including Syndicate specific issues
  • Experience of major finance transformation projects
  • Experience in project delivery and test execution
  • Ability to work as part of a team, or on own to solve problems
  • Qualified Accountant

The successful candidate will have the following areas of competence

  • Knowledge in Insurance and Finance processes, with the ability to communicate and challenge appropriately
  • Strong knowledge in project delivery with a focus on user test and go-live phases
  • Team player. Collaborative style. Energised and self-motivated. Positive outlook and "can do" attitude
  • Effective communicator. Capable of quickly gaining the confidence of the Core Project Team, Finance Leadership, other stakeholders and all users
  • A collaborative approach allowing the individual to develop strong positive working relationships with other members of the wider finance team and the business as a whole
  • Good peer influencing skills and the ability to work comfortably in a complex matrix environment and to interact constructively with a wide variety of personality types
  • Comfortable with ambiguity
  • The drive, energy and initiative to spot what needs doing and to run with things
  • Ability to think strategically as well as at the detailed level
  • Ability to work effectively to tight deadlines
  • A service oriented attitude to delivering the business requirements
  • Strong organisational, written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong focus on quality, efficiency and customer service

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