Awarded to Vesta Consulting Limited

Start date: Tuesday 30 November 2021
Value: £48,000
Company size: SME
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)

IT Business Analyst

13 Incomplete applications

11 SME, 2 large

9 Completed applications

9 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Monday 11 October 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 18 October 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 25 October 2021 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Business analyst
Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Supply of resource: the off-payroll rules will apply to any workers engaged through a qualifying intermediary, such as their own limited company
Summary of the work
IT Business Analyst will work with target business areas to understand their services and business processes, and to identify transformational opportunities within them and address IT risks and issues.

Specialist will produce business, functional and user requirements based on their findings, and identify and quantify efficient and effective IT solutions.
Latest start date
Tuesday 30 November 2021
Expected contract length
Up to 31 March 2022
Northern Ireland
Organisation the work is for
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)
Maximum day rate
£650 for exceptional candidate.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Specialist will be embedded in the software development team and work closely with relevant internal business stakeholders, both in science and corporate areas.
What the specialist will work on
IT Business Analyst will work with target business areas to understand and analyse user/business needs and map their processes, identifying information and data dependencies at each stage.

Specialist will lead and deliver on stakeholder engagement, analysis of business processes, functional specification and user acceptance criteria, and document the requirements to industry standard best practices (use cases, requirements catalogue etc.) so that they can be developed by IT solutions providers.

Analysis should highlight the benefits of changing process and procedures which, once agreed, will inform identification of IT solution types and recommendations.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Base Office:-
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
18a Newforge Lane
Belfast BT9 5PX
Working arrangements
Flexible approach offering mix of on-site and home-working 5 days a week. On-site working for face-to-face meetings, workshops etc.
Security clearance
Must have BPSS clearance to begin work.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience of working in an IT analysis role or a role that requires considered analysis of options and definition of solutions.
  • Good understanding of IT processes and functions (Functional & Application Design, System Development Lifecycle, and Architecture).
  • Formally trained in business and systems analysis to BCS (formerly ISEB) Practitioner level.
  • Demonstrable evidence of strong communication, problem-solving skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience of interacting with stakeholders at different levels, including written communications on detailed and complex subject matter.
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Demonstrate commitment to excellence and improvement, for example through seeking actionable feedback and setting targets.
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions and recommendations.
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes.
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members.
  • Take responsibility for their work.
  • Challenge the status quo.
  • Be comfortable with working with clients with both high and low technical expertise.
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there any incumbent?
There is no incumbent.
2. Will you accept an equivalent level of formal training to BCS (formerly ISEB) Practitioner level?
3. What is the approximate anticipated number of days required on site per month?
Per month approximately 12-15 days on site or 3 days a week.