SAP BW Technical Analyst

Closing date: 10/03/2017
Experience level: Advanced
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: IS
Location: Northampton
The firm

Shoosmiths - UK Law Firm of the Year Winner at the Legal Week British Legal Awards 2015.

A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 100 law firm to achieve “Gold Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance and pomposity makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.

The role

Shoosmiths have recently implemented the first instance of the SAP legal template. We are therefore looking for an experienced SAP BW Technical Analyst with experience of the end-to-end development life-cycle including: requirements gathering, gap analysis, design, build, test, deliver and support.

Candidates must have experience of leading/owning full end-to-end cycles of development. 

In addition, candidates must be willing to take ownership of development tasks without the need for close supervision.

Preference will be given to candidates who meet the above criteria and who can demonstrate they have developed and implemented innovative solutions and/or solutions for complex requirements.

We are looking for someone who can hit the ground running and contribute ideas and to help build the BI team, helping to develop the reputation within the organisation.

As the team is in its infancy, this is a great opportunity to be part of a team at an early stage with many development projects in the pipeline.

Skills and qualifications
  • Minimum of 2 full life cycle implementations
  • Business Objects implementation experience
  • BW Back-end technical skills to include: 
    • Implementing Business Content
    • Development of Custom SAP Extractors and Datasources
    • Modification of SAP Extractors
    • Creation of BW Objects (Characteristics, Datasources, DSOs, InfoCubes, MultiProviders)
    • Strong ABAP skills (more than basic transformation ABAP)
    • Data migration experience or evidence of any project requiring close scrutiny of data.
    • Experience of designing solutions to include:
      • Liaising with business to fully understand requirements
      • Design and build solutions from requirements
      • Coordinating User Acceptance Testing
    • Writing and updating documentation.
    • Experience of FICO, SD, PS, CATS, HR (including functional understanding) 
  • SAP BW 7.x
  • Building Process Chains including steps such as ABAP calls, Interrupts, etc. 
  • SAP technical experience to include:
    • Knowledge of key SAP tables and structures 
    • Building custom tables
    • Developing Function Modules and BADIs
    • CMOD developments 
  • Business Explorer tools:
    • BEx Analyser
    • Query Designer
    • Web Application Designer
    • Custom Exits; RKFs; CKFs; Conditions; Exceptions
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • Provide support to business users and other team members.
  • Occasional out of hours support
  • Trouble-shooting and fixing of process chain errors, data issues, etc.
  • User Training

Additional skills and knowledge:

  • BW Authorisations
  • Portal knowledge

Soft skills:

  • Taking initiative
  • Creative ideas
  • High attention to detail and quality
  • Ability to quickly grasp new concepts
  • Personable
  • Team Player
  • Enthusiastic

Useful skills (not essential):

  • Experience of MS SQL (SSRS) to assist/cover other team member occasionally.
  • Knowledge/experience of SAP HANA
Equal opportunities

Shoosmiths is a committed Equal Opportunities employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.