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Working As A Business Operations Analyst

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Operations Analyst Do

Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

Duties

Management analysts typically do the following:

  • Gather and organize information about the problem to be solved or the procedure to be improved
  • Interview personnel and conduct onsite observations to determine the methods, equipment, and personnel that will be needed
  • Analyze financial and other data, including revenue, expenditure, and employment reports
  • Develop solutions or alternative practices
  • Recommend new systems, procedures, or organizational changes
  • Make recommendations to management through presentations or written reports
  • Confer with managers to ensure changes are working

Although some management analysts work for the organization that they analyze, most work as consultants on a contractual basis. 

Whether they are self-employed or part of a large consulting company, the work of a management analyst may vary from project to project. Some projects require a team of consultants, each specializing in one area. In other projects, consultants work independently with the client organization’s managers.

Management analysts often specialize in certain areas, such as inventory management or reorganizing corporate structures to eliminate duplicate and nonessential jobs. Some consultants specialize in a specific industry, such as healthcare or telecommunications. In government, management analysts usually specialize by type of agency.

Organizations hire consultants to develop strategies for entering and remaining competitive in today’s marketplace.

Management analysts who work on contract may write proposals and bid for jobs. Typically, an organization that needs the help of a management analyst solicits proposals from a number of consultants and consulting companies that specialize in the needed work. Those who want the work must then submit a proposal by the deadline that explains how the consultant will do the work, who will do the work, why they are the best consultants to do the work, what the schedule will be, and how much it will cost. The organization that needs the consultants then selects the proposal that best meets its needs and budget.

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How To Become A Business Operations Analyst

Most management analysts have at least a bachelor’s degree. The Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation may improve job prospects.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is the typical entry-level requirement for management analysts. However, some employers prefer to hire candidates who have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

Few colleges and universities offer formal programs in management consulting. However, many fields of study provide a suitable education because of the range of areas that management analysts address. Common fields of study include business, management, economics, political science and government, accounting, finance, marketing, psychology, computer and information science, and English.

Analysts also routinely attend conferences to stay up to date on current developments in their field.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA) offers the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation to those who meet minimum levels of education and experience, submit client reviews, and pass an interview and exam covering the IMC USA’s code of ethics. Management consultants with a CMC designation must be recertified every 3 years. Management analysts are not required to get certification, but it may give jobseekers a competitive advantage.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many analysts enter the occupation with several years of work experience. Organizations that specialize in certain fields typically try to hire candidates who have experience in those areas. Typical work backgrounds include experience in management, human resources, and information technology. 

Advancement

As consultants gain experience, they often take on more responsibility. At the senior level, consultants may supervise teams working on more complex projects and become more involved in seeking out new business. Those with exceptional skills may eventually become partners in their consulting organization and focus on attracting new clients and bringing in revenue. Senior consultants who leave their consulting company often move to senior management positions at nonconsulting organizations.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Management analysts must be able to interpret a wide range of information and use their findings to make proposals.

Communication skills. Management analysts must be able to communicate clearly and precisely in both writing and speaking. Successful analysts also need good listening skills to understand the organization’s problems and propose appropriate solutions.

Interpersonal skills. Management analysts must work with managers and other employees of the organizations where they provide consulting services. They should work as a team toward achieving the organization’s goals. 

Problem-solving skills. Management analysts must be able to think creatively to solve clients’ problems. Although some aspects of different clients’ problems may be similar, each situation is likely to present unique challenges for the analyst to solve.

Time-management skills. Management analysts often work under tight deadlines and must use their time efficiently to complete projects on time.

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Business Operations Analyst Career Paths

Business Operations Analyst
Business Analyst Manager Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Consultant Program Manager
Manager, Program Management
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Manager Program Manager
Global Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager Operations Director
Director Of Business Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Manager Business Development Manager
Proposal Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Analyst Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Analyst Analyst Senior Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Senior Analyst
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Senior Consultant Technical Project Manager
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Systems Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Project Management Lead
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Production Manager Processing Manager
Business Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Technical Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Property Manager Asset Manager
Vending Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Process Analyst 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Business Operations Analyst
Internship 7.0%
Analyst 4.7%
Manager 3.5%
Consultant 3.3%
Specialist 2.8%
Accountant 2.6%
Top Careers After Business Operations Analyst
Consultant 4.4%
Analyst 3.6%
Manager 3.3%

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Business Operations Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

45.9%

Male

43.2%

Unknown

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

56.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Asian

12.9%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.1%

French

11.0%

Mandarin

9.8%

Chinese

8.7%

German

7.5%

Portuguese

4.6%

Russian

4.0%

Hindi

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Cantonese

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Korean

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Gujarati

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Igbo

0.6%

Marathi

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Danish

0.6%
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Business Operations Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.6%

Northeastern University

7.9%

Strayer University

6.3%

Pennsylvania State University

6.1%

San Jose State University

5.8%

George Mason University

4.9%

Webster University

4.5%

George Washington University

4.0%

Villanova University

4.0%

University of Houston

3.8%

New York University

3.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.4%

University of California - Berkeley

3.1%

University of Washington

3.1%

Drexel University

3.1%

Capella University

3.1%

University of South Florida

2.9%

University of Texas at San Antonio

2.9%

Arizona State University

2.9%

University of Texas at Dallas

2.9%
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Majors

Business

38.0%

Finance

12.6%

Accounting

6.4%

Management

5.3%

Economics

4.6%

Computer Science

4.1%

Marketing

3.9%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Project Management

2.7%

Information Technology

2.5%

Psychology

2.4%

Communication

2.1%

Management Information Systems

2.0%

Management Science

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Industrial Engineering

1.5%

Mathematics

1.5%

Political Science

1.4%

Health Care Administration

1.4%

Supply Chain Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.6%

Masters

30.8%

Other

11.3%

Associate

4.6%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

0.8%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$47,000
Min 10%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
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Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Baltimore, MD
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Business Operations Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Business Operations Analyst in the United States is $69,874 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $47,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $102,000.

Real Business Operations Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business Operations Analyst Ameri Property Management, Inc. Davie, FL Jun 13, 2016 $166,941
Business Operations Analyst Rheem Bell & Mermelstein, LLP New York, NY Oct 26, 2016 $147,805
Sourcing and Operations Engineering Business Analyst Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Mar 14, 2016 $132,000
Business Operations Analyst Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 13, 2016 $130,166 -
$145,000
Business Operations Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 07, 2016 $125,000
Business Analyst-Sales Operations Autodesk, Inc. San Rafael, CA Nov 30, 2015 $124,000
Business Operations Analyst Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 19, 2016 $122,762 -
$152,500
Business Analyst Operations Oracle America, Inc. Frisco, TX Feb 13, 2015 $121,696 -
$139,133
Business Operations Analyst Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 10, 2015 $120,000
Principal Consumer Business Operations Analyst Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Aug 01, 2015 $120,000
Operations/Business Analyst BAP Power Corporation Carlsbad, CA Sep 16, 2015 $120,000
Business Operations Analyst Groupon, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 30, 2015 $120,000 -
$150,000
Business Operation Analyst Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Dec 15, 2015 $81,000
Business Operation Analyst Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Nov 20, 2015 $81,000
Business Operation Analyst Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Aug 05, 2015 $81,000
Business Operations Analyst MIK Group Inc. DBA MIK Fund Solutions New York, NY Jul 23, 2015 $80,995
Business Operations Analyst Ryzlink Corp. Milpitas, CA Jan 09, 2016 $80,933
Business Operations Analyst INTL Service Optimization Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $80,330
Operations Business Analyst Insidersreferral.com, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 12, 2015 $80,276
Investment Business Operations Analyst China Construction America, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Sep 21, 2016 $62,026
Investment Business Operations Analyst China Construction America, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Aug 09, 2016 $62,026
Business Operations Analyst II Dish Network LLC Englewood, CO Aug 28, 2016 $62,005 -
$70,233
Business Operations Analyst Iqlogg, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 05, 2015 $62,000
Business Operations Analyst Iqlogg, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 23, 2015 $62,000
Business Operations Analyst Vintage Food Corp Kearny, NJ Oct 09, 2016 $61,818
Business Operations Analyst World Vision, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 16, 2015 $61,800 -
$66,800

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Top Skills for A Business Operations Analyst

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Procedures
  3. Ensure Compliance
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  • Analyzed financial statements of company's operating divisions.
  • Supervised and trained staff to ensure operational policy and procedures are followed.
  • Implement best practices in auditing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines for State regulatory reporting and tracking.
  • Gathered audit data and criteria and determined customer service business process changes based on quality monitoring and performance review.
  • Managed projects, develop use cases, gather/compose business requirements, and facilitate/execute user acceptance testing, document standard operating procedures.

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