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Business Analyst

Flexible in England
£34,643.00 - £38,632.00 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
20 Jan 2021
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Main job title: Business Analyst

Business Analyst
Location: Flexible
Salary: £34,643.00 - £38,632.00 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, Annual Leave
Duration: 6 months

As the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, the RSPB has an ambitious developing strategy aiming to make a significant difference for nature. At a time of unprecedented change within the UK and around the world, the RSPB is evolving to respond to the natural world’s greatest threats, ensuring that we are in the best possible shape to deliver on our strategy. Our work programmes range from working in partnership to deliver major conservation outcomes on land and at sea through to transforming our own ways of working to have greater impact for nature.  A revision of how we measure and report strategic performance will ensure the new strategy and programmes are underpinned by evidence-based decision making. RSPB has a large supporter base and workforce of paid staff and volunteers, with many sites, partners, and digital systems.

What’s the role about

This new project adds to a suite of work to improve and align systems and processes in the strategic and business planning space. Working in the Strategy and Impact Department, you will have early engagement with key stakeholders to provide the context for delivery of a vision and roadmap for performance. This is a six-month full-time contract role. The team is normally based at our UK Headquarters in the heart of The Lodge Nature Reserve in Bedfordshire but the impact of Covid-19 means the ability to work happily at home in a suitable environment is essential and the successful candidate could be based anywhere in the UK with good broadband connectivity. You will be working with friendly staff who are passionate about conservation so if you are interested in making a real difference for the RSPB and nature conservation in the UK and globally, then we can offer you a unique opportunity to further your business analysis career.

Key contacts:

  • Reporting to: Head of Impact and Evaluation
  • Accountable Lead: Head of Strategy and Impact
  • Programme Team: Senior Leader and other Business Analysts
  • Key Stakeholders: Directors, Trustees, other decision-makers, decision support staff, key process owners, data managers and analysts.

Key result areas:

  • Interview stakeholders to gather requirements for a revised performance framework
  • Assist in delivery of a revised performance maturity model and performance framework
  • Design a roadmap to set out the path to an evidence base for strategic planning and review
  • Produce a business case for delivery of a fully populated framework, processes and systems to measure performance and report progress.
  • Design and facilitate workshops and training for decision-making groups and internal suppliers

What we need from you

You will be familiar with approaches to measuring organisational performance. You’ll be able to work confidently with a range of diverse stakeholders at all levels of the organisation applying a collaborative approach to bridge and bring together their sometimes conflicting demands. You will possess excellent written and verbal skills and the ability to assimilate large quantities of information and analyse problems and options. You will also have experience of describing vision statements and preparing roadmaps, procedures and standards. You’ll have prepared business cases, plans, and designed and facilitated workshops before. An understanding of portfolio, programme and project management is highly desirable, as is experience of working on major transformative projects or programmes. Your quick, innovative, and enquiring mind means you can bring energy to multiple concurrent activities as part of a busy team with a can-do attitude.

Essential criteria:

  • Qualified Business Analyst
  • Experience of conducting business analysis in a large organisation
  • Knowledge of strategic and operational performance management approaches
  • Quick, logical, and creative thinker with a collaborative and conscientious manner
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Knowledge of the role of business systems and data management in performance
  • Ability to assimilate large quantities of information, analyse problems and prepare options
  • Experience designing vision statements, roadmaps, procedures and standards
  • Experience preparing business cases, plans, and workshops

Closing date: 20 January 2021


If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the Apply button to be directed to our website where you can download the role profile and complete the online application.

When you make your application please ensure you include reference number DEC20205801 on all correspondence.

No agencies please.


The RSPB (the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) is a large, national charity dedicated to the conservation of birds and other wildlife and the environments on which they depend. Founded in 1889, the RSPB has more than a million members, over 2,000 employees and 13,500 volunteers. RSPB’s UK headquarters are in Bedfordshire and it has an annual income of nearly £133 million.

RSPB carries out conservation work in many different areas. It runs a network of 200 nature reserves covering almost 13,000 hectares, which are home to 80% of the UK’s rarest or most threatened bird species. It works with farmers to identify wildlife friendly farming methods, researches bird populations and partners with international conservation organisations.

RSPB is also an advocacy organisation, lobbying the government on diverse topics such as planning, wind farms and economics. It has a UK headquarters, three national offices and nine offices in the English regions. Its million-plus members, 200,000 of whom are youth members, make it the largest conservation organisation in the UK. RSPB also has 150 local groups and more than 80 youth groups. It has a volunteer to staff ratio of 6:1.

The charity was founded in Manchester in 1889 as the Plumage League (initially as a campaign against the killing of birds for the fashion industry). It received a Royal Charter in 1904, becoming the ‘Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’. RSPB moved to its present headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire, in 1961.

One of the RSPB’s most popular activities, carried out for children since 1979 and for adults since 2001, is the Big Garden Birdwatch. The Birdwatch is an annual data collection of bird populations that takes place every January. In 2016, 519,000 people were involved, counting over 8 million birds. The Birdwatch enables RSPB to build a picture of garden wildlife across the UK. It has shown, for instance, that the sparrow population has declined by 60% since 1979.

RSPB also urges supporters to ‘make a home for nature’ in their gardens. Activities include creating feeding stations and homes for hedgehogs, providing flowers and plants for moths, creating habitats for frogs and toads and forming safe corridors from one garden to the next.

RSPB, along with sister organisations, Stop Climate Chaos Cymru and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, is part of The Climate Coalition. It argues that the effect of climate change on wildlife and wild places can already been seen and that increased flooding and rain from climate change will spell disaster for birds and wildlife.

RSPB is also a member of BirdLife International, a global partnership of conservation organisations that share common objectives.

RSPB is a major fundraising charity and spends around 90% of its income on conservation, public education and advocacy.

Contact Us
  • The Lodge,
  • Potton Road,
  • Bedfordshire
  • SG19 2DL
  • GB
  • 01767 680 551
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