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Functional Analyst (Fixed Term 24 Months)

UIS seeks to appoint a Functional Analyst initially for a two year fixed term within the UIS Functional Analyst team. In this role, you will build on your existing knowledge and develop skills in new enterprise technologies to support the University's IT systems, while working within a collaborative and supportive team.

You will work alongside experienced developers, functional analysts, testers, trainers, and project managers on a range of activities. You will become a self-sufficient functional analyst through the practical application of the training provided and will have the chance to explore all aspects of service support and software development lifecycle. In your new role you will help to support and enhance our core systems and services. We will provide hands on training for the role and systems being supported.

You should be able to demonstrate the willingness to tackle challenging tasks in a highly effective and professional manner, often under tight deadlines. We are looking for team-players with a keenness for learning, an enquiring and analytical mind, and the commitment and enthusiasm to become a successful functional analyst and improve the software solutions we provide.

In this role you will have the opportunity to learn about enterprise business systems, how to support and how to configure these to provide the best outcome for our users. We are looking for someone with a positive and can do attitude with good problem-solving and organisational skills who wants to make a difference. This role is for someone very keen to further their knowledge of Research Systems Administration area and the successful candidate will join the project to update/replace IT systems within this area.

Main Responsibilities

  • Analyse and model the solutions and ensure these fit user requirements
  • Create solution implementation plan
  • Create and execute system configuration plan
  • Conduct fit gap analysis between the current solution vs new system
  • Provide Subject Matter Expertise for the research systems area
  • Analyse and decompose complex requirements
  • Create functional specifications where required for any functionality gaps identified
  • Create workarounds for any gaps that are not likely to have the immediate resolutions
  • Facilitate change and configuration management
  • Validate the functionality of the end product according to the requirements specification
    • Aid in preparation of any user manuals and user training
  • Oversee system testing and User Acceptance Testing
  • Review the backlog of existing change requests and identify the solutions within the new system or gaps
  • Identify functionality in the new system that would be useful in the future that may not be possible to implement from day 1.
  • Aid in creation of the future implementation roadmap
  • Identify maintenance overheads and bottlenecks and create a plan of action, input into future BAU resource planning
  • Aid in preparation of the hand over to Service Desk and Functional Teams

Competencies, Skills & Qualifications

  • Enthusiastic self-starter eager to learn new technologies
  • Positive customer focused attitude
  • General knowledge of IT systems
  • Knowledge of Research Systems and Business knowledge of Cambridge Research would be very welcome but it is not essential as training will be provided
  • Comfortable finding solutions across technology boundaries.
  • Degree (2:1 or higher) or equivalent work experience.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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For any queries regarding this position please contact Beata Oxlade, via email

Please quote reference VC26915 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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Further information

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