Business Partner Profile: James Taylor

Career History

My career started with my industrial placement here in the City of Plymouth as a Trainee Systems Analyst for Plymouth City Council. I was able to quickly gain sponsorship of my final year project in the use of sustainable IT; also gaining employment with them during my final year of study. Upon graduation, I was promoted to Senior Systems Analyst and held several positions thereafter; in change management, project and programme management, requirements management and finally in business relationship and supplier management – where I was responsible for the day-to-day business relationship and contract for a circa £7M per annum shared IT service on behalf of the Council.

I have enjoyed returning to the University and have found it fascinating being on the other side. I couldn’t, as a student, have imagined the complexities that go in to governing and operating such an organisation and feel it a privilege to support my current account sets: Talent and Organisational Development, Finance and Sustainability and Research and Innovation, as their IT Business Partner.

Some of my key achievements include:

* The implementation of business relationship, service and contract management

* Establishing a governance framework for high-value IT investment

* Savings of circa £100,000 through making better use of assets

I am a member of the Smart Cities Working Group and will be closely supporting Digital Plymouth over the coming year.

Personality and Interests

A proud Alumni of the University of Plymouth’s School of Computing. I consider myself to be highly ambitious and self-motivated, love a challenge and enjoy working with people and making improvements to business practices, processes and systems. I am particularly interested in the transformative opportunities technology offers and have a proven ability to meet business objectives in the selection and management of a broad range of technical projects and improvements.

I am married (we met at university!) and living in Plymouth with our cat and dog, we’ve settled here and love all Plymouth has to offer – especially its coastline and countryside. I enjoy running, cycling and walking and am a keen ameture photographer.

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