Principle Business Analyst

R60,000 - R90,000 monthly
  • Third Quarter Business Resources
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • 31 May, 2018
Full time General Information Technology

Job Description

Job Title:

Principal Business Analyst




Cape Town, Southern Suburbs





This role exists within the financial industry and is responsible for creating, refining and clarifying the detailed definition of a complex business need within the organisation, designing the corresponding business processes and supporting the end-to-end implementation of the business solution. The incumbent would be recognized as a lead specialist in Finance business analysis, with a background in Finance.


The role requires the incumbent to lead, support and manage a team on an assigned business problem or initiative and to determine which activities are necessary in order to successfully complete a business analysis effort. Provides thought leadership, mentoring and guidance to others. Expert in business analysis techniques.


·         Ability to present highly complex ideas and solutions and demonstrate value.

·         Analysis of the Finance business environment as input into the organisations strategy.

·         Application of in-depth expertise to complex organisational problems and development of innovative solutions and end-to-end operating models.

·         Create and refine the detailed definition of complex business needs at an enterprise level, and the corresponding business solutions.

·         Design and review new complex business processes.

·         Elicitation of requirements, including requirements analysis, management and communication.

·         Identifies and manages stakeholders and their needs.

·         Selects, implements and governs the use of Business Analysis techniques, methodologies and templates to suit the specific business problem.

·         Solution assessment and validation.

·         Leading change - Designs change to match organisational need; drives the change process forward; maintains momentum and a clear sense of overall purpose and strategic impact of change.

·         Works collaboratively with Business Owners and Architects to understand business problems and recommends solutions across process, technology, data and people that enable the organization to achieve its goals.

·         Ability to participate in developing Business Strategies.

·         Leads business requirement/design phases on Finance projects or programmes with significant risk and complexity to develop strategic solutions.

·         Builds mutually beneficial relationships within the organization.

·         Responding to stakeholder needs and influencing the development of alternative solutions.

·         Holds first line managers accountable for managerial work, including selection, performance management and effectiveness of the organisations Business Analysis capability.

·         Acts as mentor to the team and supports an environment of continual improvement.

·         Accountable for service delivery predominantly through own efforts and those of junior analysts assigned to the deliverable.

·         Plays a leadership role as facilitator, mentor and coach to the broader team.

·         Individually accountable for managing own time, tasks and output quality for periods of up to a year.


  • Tertiary qualification in Finance/Accounting (e.g. BCom Accounting, BBSc) and Business Analysis qualification (e.g. FTI) is essential. Post-graduate and/or professional qualification in Finance/Accounting preferred eg. Honours, CA.
  • 8 years’ experience in business process, systems and data analysis, solutions design & testing, data modelling.
  • 5 years’ experience in similar environments i.e. within finance, risk, tax functions of large corporates.
  • An excellent communicator who can adapt to different levels of audience expertise and different sizes of audiences in both their written and verbal communication.
  • Well-versed in managing senior stakeholders’ expectations.
  • Proven ability to shape a vague, complex business need or issue into a clear, well-defined problem statement/opportunity which is well understood by relevant stakeholder group.
  • Proven ability in multi-tasking and managing several deliverables at once.
  • Good business acumen.
  • High EQ and ability to read stakeholder groups and adjust style to most effectively elicit information, obtain buy-in and support and develop trust.
  • Good inter-personal skills, including influencing skills.
  • Collaborates effectively with others to achieve personal and team results.
  • Self-starter, able to show initiative and work with little to no guidance.
  • Capacity to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Solution-driven, passionate and energetic.
  • Collaboration (Relating)
  • Customer First
  • Execution
  • Innovation (Perspective)
  • Leading with Influence
  • Personal Mastery (Learning)
  • Strategic