January 30, 2023

Business Analyst (12-month FTC) – London

Our Publishing Systems Centre of Excellence are recruiting for a Business Analyst to join their Business Analysis function on a 12-month fixed term contract.

As a publishing Business Analyst, you’ll understand the business value of efficient and reliable workflows, processes and system features. You’ll also have a history of managing and satisfying complex requirements in a multi-stakeholder environment.

You’ll play a critical role in working and engaging with stakeholders across the business to understand current and future business requirements, supporting the implementation of solutions that will deliver true business value. You’ll strive to capture business requirements and address true business needs across Publishing, Inventory Management and Bibliographic business areas, working with a consultative manner aiming to achieve stakeholder confidence and satisfaction.

Some of your responsibilities will include:

  • Working with our Product Manager to drive roadmaps for the publishing and content management systems used across Penguin Random House UK

  • Ensuring that business requirements are captured, prioritised and analysed

  • Prioritising changes to determine which, and when, to implement – within resource constraints

  • Operating collaboratively with other Centres of Excellence to ensure that cross-system developments and interfaces are correctly specified from a Publishing System user perspective

  • Ensuring that “as-is” and “to be” states are clearly documented, understood and communicated

  • Assisting the Test and Release function where required to understand and test new developments

  • Building and maintaining relationships with key business stakeholders, being comfortable to challenge and influence where required

To succeed in this role, you’ll have:

  • Experience of working as part of a multi-skilled technical team through the full systems development life cycle, working successfully with technology teams and in-house stakeholders

  • Strong experience of writing and managing requirements as use cases and/or user stories

  • Strong experience and working knowledge of frameworks such as Agile or Waterfall

  • An open and collaborative approach in a One Team environment

Our Publishing Systems team operates as part of a wider Centre of Excellence community across Technology, so you’ll become comfortable with working with various peers across the division. You’ll assist in identifying opportunities to rationalise and harmonise cross-system integration and interoperability, and will be involved with enterprise wide initiatives where required.

We as a Technology team appreciate and thrive best with an open, collaborative and supportive way of working, creating trusted relationships at all levels, and believe that a diverse team is what will make us all successful. We are happy to discuss our flexible working approach with you if invited to an interview. All interviews will be held virtually.

Please apply with your CV and cover letter by Thursday 5th May.

What you can expect from us:

Salary: £43,000 – £55,000 dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.


Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:

 •    27 days paid holiday entitlement in year one (plus bank holidays), increasing a day each year up to 30 days
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Discounted gym membership
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Summer working hours (role dependent) 
•    Volunteering policy and charity matching
•    Employee Assistance programme
•    Mentoring programme
•    Extended gender neutral parental leave
•    Access to books and eBooks across Penguin Random House UK
•    Each site has trained mental health first aiders 
•    We plant a tree for every new employee to our business


Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated.


As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we’re part of the offer an interview scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can’t take all eligible candidates to interview.


We want to make sure disabled applicants can be their best at each step of the recruitment journey. If you need adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to get in touch with us at http://[email protected]


Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your adjustment request. Find out more about our approach here: www.penguinrandomhousecareers.co.uk/applying-for-roles-with-a-disability

We partner with The Book Trade Charity, who provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here: http://booktradeentrysupport.org/

Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.