In Summary - Business Analyst
The Work - Business Analyst
A Business Analyst analyses business using appropriate methods, with clients and users of the system. They design and redesign business processes using automation and technologies where appropriate, plan for business testing of the system, and the implementation and conversion to the new system.
Business Analysts are also involved in reviewing the operation of the new system, and are responsible for the quality assurance aspect, ensuring that the original concepts and design intentions are fulfilled.
A Senior Business Analyst may lead a team of business analysts and assure the quality of their work, interacting regularly with systems analysts on the technical design and testing of the computer elements of the business process.
Business Analysts provide advice on improving the organisations efficiency and effectiveness, and provides ways on how to reorganise the company in order to achieve this goal. They also consult with managers and other professionals, such as those in IT, accounts, environmental management, quality management, marketing and human resources.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Gather and organize information on problems or procedures.
- Analyze data gathered and develop solutions or alternative methods of proceeding.
- Confer with personnel concerned to ensure successful functioning of newly implemented systems or procedures.
- Develop and implement records management program for filing, protection, and retrieval of records, and assure compliance with program.
- Review forms and reports and confer with management and users about format, distribution, and purpose, and to identify problems and improvements.
- Interview personnel and conduct on-site observation to ascertain unit functions, work performed, and methods, equipment, and personnel used.
- Document findings of study and prepare recommendations for implementation of new systems, procedures, or organizational changes.
- Prepare manuals and train workers in use of new forms, reports, procedures or equipment, according to organizational policy.
- Design, evaluate, recommend, and approve changes of forms and reports.
- Plan study of work problems and procedures, such as organizational change, communications, information flow, integrated production methods, inventory control, or cost analysis.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Interests - Business Analyst
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
A good knowledge of general business principles is necessary and an ability to be analytical about current business issues. Good interpersonal skills and a proven ability to relate to business managers are important.
You need to be computer literate. Good interpersonal and communication skills whether written and verbal are desirable in a business analyst.
Entry Requirements - Business Analyst
Most entrants to this career are typically educated to a mimum degree standard in a Business/IT related area and many have undertaken some post-graduate training e.g a bachelor’s degree in business administration, followed by an MBA business degree.
The Business Analysts Association of Ireland run a Certificate in Business Analysis( HETAC Level 8) in The National College of Ireland, IFSC centre, Dublin 1. Applicants from other disciplines will be expected to have a primary level 7 degree or proven work experience in the area.
Last Updated: March, 2015
Pay & Salary - Business Analyst
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 26k - 80k
Sigmar / CPL / Robert Walters / Hudson / Lincoln
Last Updated: February, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Labour Market Updates - Business Analyst
Employment growth was strong for this occupation and there is evidence that employers are finding it difficult to find suitable candidates in the available labour market. Demand appears to relate primarily to the IT and financial sectors.
National Skills Bulletin 2018
Useful Contacts - Business Analyst
Irish Business & Employers Confederation (IBEC)
Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME)
Business Analyst Association of Ireland