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Working As A Business Solutions 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

  • $110,373

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Solutions 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 Solutions 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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Average Length of Employment
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Project Analyst 3.0 years
Business Analyst 3.0 years
Management Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Process Analyst 2.6 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Product Analyst 2.4 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.5%
Internship 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.5%
Analyst 3.1%

Business Solutions Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

56.2%

Female

42.8%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

72.5%

Asian

12.0%

Hispanic or Latino

10.4%

Unknown

3.8%

Black or African American

1.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Portuguese

6.7%

Chinese

6.7%

Czech

6.7%

Marathi

6.7%

Cantonese

6.7%

French

6.7%

German

6.7%

Slovak

6.7%

Hindi

6.7%

Russian

6.7%
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Business Solutions Analyst Education

Schools

Villanova University

9.4%

University of Phoenix

7.5%

Capella University

7.5%

Kent State University

7.5%

Illinois State University

5.7%

Virginia Commonwealth University

5.7%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.7%

Pennsylvania State University

5.7%

Saint Joseph's University

3.8%

University of Memphis

3.8%

University of Washington

3.8%

Eastern Connecticut State University

3.8%

Emmanuel College (Massachusetts)

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.8%

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

3.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.8%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

Eastern Illinois University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

30.7%

Computer Science

7.3%

Information Technology

7.3%

Management Information Systems

6.7%

Computer Information Systems

5.6%

Finance

5.0%

Marketing

4.5%

Project Management

4.5%

Management

3.9%

Information Systems

3.4%

Accounting

3.4%

Management Science

2.8%

Communication

2.8%

Political Science

2.2%

Statistics

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.7%

Operations Management

1.7%

History

1.7%

Nursing

1.7%

International Business

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.8%

Masters

26.0%

Other

10.6%

Associate

6.1%

Certificate

5.3%

Doctorate

0.8%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Business Solutions Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business Solutions Analyst Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Apr 26, 2015 $148,694
Business Solutions Analyst Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Jan 20, 2016 $145,000
Business Solutions Analyst Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Aug 23, 2016 $140,000
Business Solutions Analyst Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Aug 08, 2016 $140,000
Business Solutions Analyst Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Apr 01, 2015 $140,000
Senior Business Solutions Analyst Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Mar 15, 2015 $140,000
Business Solutions Analyst IBM Corporation San Francisco, CA Apr 04, 2016 $130,001
Business Solutions and Architecture Analyst AIG Employee Services, Inc. New York, NY Apr 18, 2016 $130,000
Solution Strategy Business Analyst Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 20, 2016 $125,000
Senior SAP Business Solutions Analyst-Mm, LE and WM Modules WWF Operating Company Broomfield, CO Dec 11, 2015 $115,232
Senior SAP Business Solutions Analyst MM, LE and WM Modules WWF Operating Company Broomfield, CO Nov 23, 2015 $115,232
Business Solutions Analyst-Enterprise Sales Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Apr 07, 2016 $115,000
Business Solutions Analyst Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Jan 05, 2015 $115,000
Business Solutions Analyst Lead Amerisourcebergen Corporation Chesterbrook, PA Sep 19, 2016 $112,029 -
$156,800
Business Solutions Analyst Zeomega, Inc. Plano, TX Apr 26, 2016 $98,904
Business Solutions Analyst Ericsson Inc. Duluth, GA Jul 19, 2016 $95,956 -
$135,000
Business Solutions Analyst SLK America Inc. OH Oct 19, 2015 $94,432
BIO Business Solutions Analyst 5 Suntrust Banks, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jun 29, 2015 $94,300
BIO Business Solutions Analyst Suntrust Banks, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jun 15, 2015 $94,000
Business Solutions Analyst III Archer Daniels Midland Decatur, IL Jul 02, 2015 $93,000 -
$103,000
JDE SR. Business Solutions Analyst Archer Daniels Midland Company Erlanger, KY Mar 08, 2016 $90,272 -
$115,000
Business Solutions Analyst III Archer Daniels Midland Company Decatur, IL Jan 04, 2016 $85,000 -
$95,000
JDE SR. Business Solutions Analyst Archer Daniels Midland Company Erlanger, KY Jul 01, 2015 $84,989 -
$130,000
Offers Management Business Solutions Analyst .02) Brook Consultants Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 25, 2016 $83,200
Analyst 3, Business Solutions T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 09, 2016 $83,040 -
$92,000
Business Solutions Analyst Vitech Systems Group New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $80,995
Senior Business Solutions Research Analyst Chen Tech LLC Miami Gardens, FL Apr 14, 2015 $80,974
Senior Business Solutions Analyst Amadeus North America, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 12, 2015 $80,974 -
$100,443

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Top Skills for A Business Solutions Analyst

BusinessProcessesDataWarehouseDeliveryProjectManagementWebProceduresUserAcceptanceUATPl/SqlSharepointBusinessUnitsERPVisioProcessImprovementProjectPlansComplianceBusinessPartnersQATestCasesFunctionalRequirements

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Top Business Solutions Analyst Skills

  1. Business Processes
  2. Data Warehouse
  3. Delivery
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Risk Analysis and Management; Problem Identification and Solution Formulation; Defining Structures to Business Processes; Strategy Development and Implementation.
  • Developed Oracle Data Warehouse based Performance Metrics to enable senior management to track backlog, turnaround time, and inventory levels.
  • Key Liaison between HR Shared, Services, Finance and IT for successful delivery of projects and accountable for operational support.
  • Facilitated training sessions for project management and billing analysts.
  • Organize and lead requirements elicitation workshops with office web client v3 system application.

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