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As lockdown restrictions ease and we start to consider travelling again, the future of cross-Channel operator Eurostar remains uncertain.
Eurostar is seeking financial support from the UK Government, citing higher access charges here as a reason.
The French Government has pledged to provide support for the operator, while £200 million has been provided by one of its shareholders, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure.
Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
So: Should the UK Government provide financial assistance to Eurostar?

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Business Analyst Manager – Rail Sector

  • Job added:   20 January 2019
  • Salary:   £550 - £600/day IN Scope
  • Location:   Birmingham
  • County:   West Midlands (County)
  • Job Type:   Contract
  • Reference:   209351987
  • Company:   CV-Library
Our rail infrastructure client is now looking for a contract Business Analyst Manager to work out of their Birmingham based location and be reporting directly into their Head of Information Management.

**The client has stated that this role is “IN Scope” the new off pay-role worker legislation -Maximum day rates: £550 To £600 Umbrella.

This role would someone to work out of the Birmingham office, although London would be considered. There will need to be a degree of flexibility, as travel between the Birmingham and London offices will be required.

This is a fast-paced environment and full of experts in their particular field. This role will suit someone with a demonstrable experience in stakeholder management, who can provide stability and leadership to the team and have a good experience and knowledge of working on full projects through the whole lifecycle.

As well as managing a team of Analysts, you will have the ability to prioritise and be organised, be able to communicate changes and also have experience of managing 3rd party staff.

Job Purpose

Accountable for the delivery of business analysis to the organisation. Working with business teams to analyse and document processes and requirements, with colleagues in IT and suppliers to propose, justify and deliver solutions with the business to support change and delivery benefits.


-Leads on business analysis activities in our client, liaising with stakeholders across the business to explain how the business analysis team can help, and responds to requests for support.

-Leads and manages the Business Analysis team, to ensure business analysis work is prioritised and allocated to provide value to the business, defines and sets standards for business analysis activities and outcomes.

-Leads engagement of ICT with the business for new requirements for ICT services, supporting other teams to deliver high quality service outcomes.

-Develops and continually improves the capability and capacity of the Business Analysis team.

-Supports the Business Analysis team in – and take a share of -work to recommend, justify and deliver improvements to the way our client operates, through changes to information systems, technology, business process, practices and organisation. This involves a range of activities including:

. Investigate work to determine user needs for digital information technology

. Development of business cases to recommend solutions delivering best balance of cost, benefit and risk

. Business Process Improvement

. IT-enabled benefits and change management – help business teams to create business change and readiness (bringing IT issues such as deployment, data migration and training), ensure stakeholders are committed to change prior to going live.

-Lead a small team of Business Analysts to help business teams work more effectively, ensure that they understand their needs for information and that it is supported by appropriate and cost-effective technology

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

-Highly motivated and able to energise and support a team to deliver

-Confident, clear and organised thinker able to plan and implement delivery of a high-quality business analysis service

-A good listener, able to distil essentials from conversation and to challenge appropriately

-Able to explain and communicate complex technical issues in a way that non-specialists can understand

Key specific skills required are:

-Business Analysis. Takes full responsibility for business analysis within a significant segment of an organisation where the advice given, and decisions made will have a measurable impact on the profitability or effectiveness of the organisation. Establishes the contribution that technology can make to business objectives, defining strategies, validating and justifying business needs, conducting feasibility studies, producing high-level and detailed business models, preparing business cases, overseeing development and implementation of solutions, taking into account the implications of change on the organisation and all stakeholders. Guides senior management towards accepting change brought about through process and organisational change.

-Stakeholder relationship management. Develops and maintains one or more defined communication channels and /or stake-holder groups, acting as a single point of contact. Gathers information from the customer to understand their needs (demand management) and detailed requirements. Facilitates open communication and discussion between stakeholders, using feedback to assess communication and discussion be of need for future changes in services, products and systems. Agrees changes to be made and the planning and implementation of change. Maintains contact with the customer and stakeholders throughout to ensure satisfaction. Captures and disseminates technical and business information

-Business Process Improvement. Analyses business processes, identifies alternative solutions, assess feasibility and recommends new approaches. Contributes to evaluating the factors which must be addresses in the change programme. Helps establish requirements for the implementation of changes in the business process.

-Requirements definition and management. Determines policy on discovery, analysis and documentation of requirements. Defines requirements standards and quality targets for an organisation in agreement with key stakeholders. Organises scoping and business priority setting for strategic business changes involving business policy makers and direction setters

Decision Making

-The Business Analysis Manager is accountable for all decisions to do with the business analysis service in our client including strategy, approach, standards, quality measures and selection and assignment of resources

-The Business Analysis Manager will need to refer to the Head of Information Management for agreement on the overall strategy and direction for the business analysis service and for decisions outside the agreement

Facts and Figures

-Wide ranging responsibilities across the whole of our client including partners and suppliers

-Complex and evolving process and IT environment

-Managing a team up to five business analysts

Other Contextual

-Develops excellent relationships with a wide range of senior stakeholders and

technical experts and to coordinate the delivery of complex and multi-faceted programmes and any policy approaches required

-HMG security clearance (Security Check) may be required for this role

Great opportunity to work on one of the UK’s major infrastructure projects!

Please only apply if you meet the required criteria, if so, then we look forward to receiving your CV ASAP

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