Senior Business Analyst

London, UK
Full-time

Company Description

Octopus 
Octopus is a group of innovative, entrepreneurial businesses investing in the people, ideas and industries that will help to change the world. We are experts in financial services and energy, and we’re also a certified B Corp, meaning we care as much about the impact of our investments as the returns they generate. Today we manage more than £12.4* billion on behalf of retail and institutional investors. Our energy supply business is one of the fastest growing companies in the UK, reaching 3.1 million customers in just five years, and is the only supplier to be recommended by Which? four years in a row.  

Octopus Energy, Octopus Giving, Octopus Moneycoach, Octopus Investments, Octopus Renewables, Octopus Real Estate, Octopus Ventures, Octopus Wealth and Seccl Technology are all part of Octopus Group. Visit octopusgroup.com.  

*Funds Under Management data includes undrawn commitments, funds under advisory mandates, funds monitored and the Octopus Cash service as of 31st December 2021 

Labs
Labs use the latest technology to build state of the art systems to support our business processes. Our team are constantly looking for new technologies, and people at all levels of the function are encourage and expected to contribute with ideas on how we can improve our products. We embrace diversity and have people from a wide range of backgrounds working both in the UK and from countries around the world. 

Job Description

About the Role

Role Purpose  
Initially, the role will focus on delivering a strategic project to upgrade Octopus’ core investment management systems.  The project is being delivered in phases.  Phase 1 focuses on the selection and implementation of a new order management system (OMS).  Phase 2 will focus on upgrading the Investment Book of Records (IBOR) and related back office systems and processes.  Phase 1 is in flight and expected to deliver in the first half of 2023.  Initiation of Phase 2 will kick off in parallel with the implementation of Phase 1 and is expected to run for 18-24 months. 

Beyond the delivery of this project, there will be numerous exciting opportunities to get involved in a wide range of operating models and process improvement initiatives.   

At Octopus we value ideas and creative thinking and are seeking a bright mind with a drive to see their ideas bought to life and deliver real-world results. 

What you’ll do 

  • Project discovery and scope analysis 
  • Market research into vendor products and best practices 
  • Document As-Is business processes utilising existing documentation and working with Product, Technical, Front, Middle and Back Office SMEs 
  • Facilitate solution design workshops to design To-Be business processes working closely with vendor resources and internal SMEs 
  • Contribute to as-is and target (TOM) operating model design 
  • Analyse and reengineer processes to eliminate risks and inefficiencies  
  • Present proposals and solutions in appropriate formats and forums to all stakeholders including C suite 
  • Analyse and present the pros and cons of alternative solutions  
  • Elicit, document, prioritise and ensure traceability of requirements  
  • Produce functional specifications for any bespoke customisations or product developments 
  • Perform a range of data analysis tasks using Excel and Power Bi 
  • Document test scripts and test plans 
  • Manage system integration testing (SIT) and user acceptance testing (UAT). 
  • Manage multiple workstreams and subtasks simultaneously and ensure progress, risks, issues and dependencies are clearly communicated 
  • Support the lead senior technical business analyst and project manager to ensure the project is adhering to key dates and deliverables. 
  • Provide industry subject matter expertise 
  • Input to request for information (RFI) and request for proposal (RFP) processes 
  • Participate in vendor briefings 
  • Define vendor assessment criteria for responsible workstreams 

Qualifications

What you’ll need 

  • Good level of business analyst experience in the funds and/or wealth management industry 
  • Previous experience with back office accounting systems in a funds and/or wealth management environment 
  • Previous systems implementation experience with a focus on Middle and Back Office functions 
  • Detailed understanding of the end to end investment lifecycle for listed(quoted) and unlisted(unquoted/private) equities including back office accounting and custody 
  • An understanding of MiFID II regulations and trade and transaction reporting requirements 
  • An understanding of the mechanics of equities dealing and FIX 
  • Extensive experience working with internal and external stakeholders at all levels 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Previous experience performing SWOT/Cost Benefit/ Pros Cons analysis of systems and solutions 
  • An understanding of the core processes and responsibilities of front, middle and back office teams 
  • Understanding of CASS rules including internal and external reconciliation requirements 
  • Strong initiative, ability to work unsupervised and conduct independent research to find solutions to complex problems  
  • Extensive experience documenting and reengineering business processes 

Beneficial to have  

  • Previous experience building Power Bi data queries and dashboards 
  • Experience in business process documentation following BPMN2.0 standards 
  • Previous experience using BPM software (Signavio, Camunda, Orbus, Bizagi)  
  • An understanding of wealth management tax products. Business Property Relief qualifying (BPR) Venture Capital Trusts (VCT), Enterprise Investment Schemes(EIS).   
  • Knowledge of the Alternative Investments Market (AIM)  

Additional Information

What we offer

💰  A competitive salary, bonus, pension and share incentive plan
✈️ Take what you need holiday
🏡 Flexible working 
⚓ Anchor (our wellness hub) which includes Headspace, one to one coaching through Sanctus, Parent Cloud, Digital GP, Shout & more
👪 Enhanced family leave policies
❤️ Life insurance, critical illness cover and income protection
🏥 Private medical insurance for you and your family
🚗 Electric vehicle leasing
🌍 The option to work overseas up to a month per year

Our Values 

At Octopus we don’t just focus on what we do but also how we do it. Everyone shares our values of being straightforward, helpful and bold. 

We’re committed to creating a diverse and inclusive employee experience for all. We promote equal opportunities for growth and development regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or socio-economic background. We believe strongly that teams are at their best when every member of the team feels safe to bring their whole self to work.