Functional Design Business Analyst

DLA Piper
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
17 Sep 2020
16 Nov 2020
Role Classification
Other Professional
Vacancy Type
Finance, Financial systems
Contract Type


DLA Piper, an international leading law firm, currently on its transitional journey of becoming the law firm of the future, embracing change, investing in and driving modern initiatives, including vast support of data management in all areas of the business, is commencing a major finance systems transitional project - Vector and looking for an experienced Functional Design Business Analyst. 

The Vector programme's objective is to replace the firms Practice Management System(PMS) which will be out of service in 2022. The Practice Management system (PMS) is core to the operations of the firm, handling the creation and distribution of bills, revenue management along with the core accountancy functions and controls, therefore the project in questions is high exposure and complex programme, which will impact all aspects of the firm functions, people, and offices. 

The Functional Business analyst will sit within the Functional Design Stream. This team will be central to the success of the programme. The Business Analysts role will support the definition and delivery of business requirement for the new finance system. The role will be expected to deliver the required design deliverables as well as supporting the functional and business testing cycles, change management /training activities and deployment. The programme has a matrix structure and the role will require to work across all streams and other leads. The role is based ideally in Sheffield or London.


  • Positively contribute to the Functional Design team

  • Support the definition and delivery of all required functional design deliverables

  • Facilitate workshops and meetings to capture and define business requirements

  • Support the prioritisation of business requirements

  • Define detailed design principles to underpin the' to-be' design

  • Coordinate and input into 'as-is' process mapping of current processes as well as defining the 'to-be'

  • Work with vendors to develop robust functional documentation/specification 

  • Produce high quality documentation and process maps

  • Build and nurture relationships with SME's, process owners and other programme and firm key stakeholders

  • Ensure design outputs correlate back to the core objectives of the programme

  • Work across the international offices to ensure a collaborative and representative design is compiled

  • Ensure across the programme the designs are clear and understood, support the central design knowledge pool for supporting the programme throughout the delivery cycles e.g. Data design, Build and test, change management, training and post go live support

  • Ensure that any necessary business information is requested and provided in advance of any deadline set. 

  • Escalate issues which cannot be resolved by the stream to the Programme Manager


Essential skills and experience:

  • Minimum of 6 years of experience within a project management environment with a focus on finance systems transformation 

  • Proven success in the execution of finance transformation activities or projects

  • Effective communication skills including documentation and workshop facilitation and ability to present and discuss at all levels within the firm

  • Understanding of business goals and objectives

  • Understanding of the core components of the project lifecycle

  • Great team working skills and a passion for delivering results

  • Able to work independently and adapt to change

  • Ability to judge and manage priorities effectively and work to tight timescales

  • Worked in both Waterfall and Agile environments 

  • Recognised Business Analyst qualification/certification

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Experience of working with Elite Enterprise or similar legal PMS

  • Relevant business analysis accreditation

  • An understanding of database design

  • In depth understanding of financial processes (Ideally in a legal context)


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


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