Business Analyst

Job Introduction

Reporting up into the Head of Visualisation and Analytics. The business analyst (BA) will focus on capturing the requirements for Hive Alpha and the BI team. HiveAlpha is Trinity Mirror’s content analytics application, it includes article publication data for all Reach Plc publications and for a number of competitor news feeds and social media feeds.

End users of HiveAlpha include:

  • Journalists & Editors-
  • Journalists and editors use the “Publication Trends” view to monitor both our own feeds and competitor news feeds for trending topics and volume of stories published by day. Editors use the “Duplication Tool” to check for content duplication across our own publications to improve SEO and use other reports to view metrics by publication, by article and by author.
  • Social Media- The social media team uses the “Social Trends” view, in collaboration with other tools, to monitor if (and how) articles have been shared across our social media platforms to check we are effectively promoting our output.
  • Commercial & Legal- The legal team uses the paid image search feature to identify and create a report with our use of paid images on articles and cross reference to ensure image suppliers are paid. The commercial team publishes reports accessed via HiveAlpha to promote initiatives to generate revenue editorial, such as paid affiliate links, and use the competitor news feeds to support commercial tools we sell to other publishers.

Users of the platform include journalists, editors, commercial and legal teams within Reach Plc, including specific features that support specific use cases. Further use cases have been outlined within the backlog but will need further refinement.

100% Home based (UK or Ireland). Our HQ is in Canary Wharf and we are happy for you to come in from on occasion to meet with the team.

So, who are we?

Every day our newsbrands – national and regional, in print and online – reach millions of people up and down the country. We are the UK’s largest news publisher and 5th largest digital platform. There are 47m online readers in the UK, 30.8m of who get local news from the Live network – 65% of all adults. Our network of over 70 websites provides 24/7 coverage of news, sport and showbiz stories, with 8.1 billion page views per year.

Key Responsibilities

  • You will liaise with technical and non-technical staff in order to understand the data landscape, analyse, and prioritise key data processes.
  • Create direct channels of communication between the business and data team that facilitates the creation of data pipelines into Hive Alpha without managerial interjection.
  • Using your ability to understand data you will highlight and flag potential impacts to data pipelines in use for Hive Alpha.
  • You will need to capture and investigate data to determine its viability for reporting alongside the business requirements.
  • Mapping out business processes to understand how data flows between systems, this includes liaising with stakeholders explaining to them what data is available and how it could be used from a strategic perspective.
  • Complete the business analysis around Hive Alpha requirements to a high standard, including definition glossary terms, business concepts and data workflow mapping.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Degree-level education Computer Science or Information Management, or equivalent experience.
  • 3+ years as a business analyst working with data teams, ideally focused on work in or around data products specifically within the AWS stack.
  • Ability to work effectively remotely and resourcefully, with excellent remote management and communication skills.
  • Experience of working in an AGILE fashion.
  • Worked with business facing Data and BI teams to capture requirements and translate them into specific items of work that answer the needs of the business.
  • Experience of working on Data projects from the outset/ requirement gathering stage.
  • Detailed analytical abilities focused on content consumption and Customer interaction patterns and frequencies.
  • Can help with realistic estimation and planning for delivery, working with data modellers, tech leads and the product owner.
  • Experience in Agile delivery environment as a data business analyst.
  • Excellent people, communication and negotiation skills at all levels.
  • Should possess excellent analytical and decision-making skills with the experience/ability to prioritise based on benefit/value.
  • Understanding of Data Analytics best practices.
  • The ability to write and comprehend simple SQL (postgres is a plus) queries is a requirement to help facilitate a thorough understanding of the data.
  • Experience working in media, publishing, or related industries is a plus.

Package Description

We are offering a competitive salary and benefits including;

  • 100% home based (UK & Ireland)
  • 25 days holiday per annum
  • Healthcare & Dental
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Holiday purchase scheme
  • Free wellbeing apps and coaching support
  • Lots of high street discounts!

Job Information

Job Reference: 007331_1632487714
Salary: £50000 - £55000 per annum + pension, healthcare/dental
Salary From: £50000
Salary To: £55000
Job Industries: IT
Job Locations: England
Job Types: Permanent
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