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Working As A Finance Systems Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $86,964

    Average Salary

What Does A Finance Systems Analyst Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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How To Become A Finance Systems Analyst

A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Education

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Advancement

With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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Finance Systems Analyst Career Paths

Finance Systems Analyst
Accounting Manager Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Product Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Database Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Business Consultant Business Intelligence Manager
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Project Manager Program Manager
Global Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Technical Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Accounting Consultant Accounting Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.3 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Accountant 9.1%
Consultant 4.1%
Analyst 3.6%
Controller 3.3%
Manager 2.5%
Supervisor 2.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.5%
Manager 2.7%
Controller 2.7%
Director 2.4%

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Finance Systems Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

54.4%

Female

43.3%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

58.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Asian

12.8%

Black or African American

11.5%

Unknown

4.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.1%

Chinese

9.8%

French

7.8%

German

3.9%

Cantonese

3.9%

Japanese

3.9%

Mandarin

3.9%

Swedish

2.0%

Danish

2.0%

Shanghaiese

2.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Bosnian

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Hindi

2.0%

Norwegian

2.0%

Thai

2.0%

Navajo

2.0%
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Finance Systems Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.1%

University of Maryland - University College

5.9%

DePaul University

5.9%

Villanova University

5.9%

George Mason University

5.5%

Drexel University

5.5%

Strayer University

5.0%

George Washington University

4.6%

American InterContinental University

4.1%

University of Connecticut

4.1%

University of Denver

3.7%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%

Franklin University

3.2%

New York University

3.2%

San Jose State University

3.2%

San Francisco State University

3.2%

Temple University

3.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.2%

Nova Southeastern University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

28.7%

Accounting

23.7%

Finance

15.7%

Computer Information Systems

4.7%

Management Information Systems

3.5%

Computer Science

3.4%

Management

3.1%

Information Systems

2.8%

Project Management

2.4%

Information Technology

2.3%

Economics

1.9%

Psychology

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Marketing

1.3%

Education

0.8%

Management Science

0.8%

Health Care Administration

0.8%

Computer Applications

0.7%

International Business

0.6%

Business Economics

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.5%

Masters

37.9%

Other

9.2%

Associate

3.6%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.1%

License

0.1%
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Real Finance Systems Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Financial Systems Analyst Adecco USA, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 13, 2015 $240,005 -
$281,745
Financial Systems Business Analyst Celerity It, LLC New York, NY Apr 06, 2015 $136,500
Equities Financing Systems Analyst Barclays Capital Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2016 $136,500
Financial Systems Analyst Granite Solutions Groupe Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 18, 2016 $135,655 -
$208,700
Financial Systems Analyst Granite Solutions Groupe Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 02, 2015 $135,655 -
$208,700
Senior Financial Systems Analyst Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 28, 2015 $135,000
SR. Finance Systems Analyst Pandora Media, Inc. Oakland, CA Nov 21, 2016 $132,000
Senior Financial Systems Analyst Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2015 $130,000
SR. Financial Systems Analyst Visa USA Foster City, CA Jul 09, 2016 $130,000 -
$150,000
Financial Systems Business Analyst Silver Spring Networks, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 03, 2015 $130,000
Senior Financial Systems Analyst Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Nov 01, 2016 $130,000
Senior Oracle Financial Systems Analyst Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Mar 09, 2015 $130,000
SR. Financial Systems Analyst Invensense, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 05, 2016 $127,900 -
$135,000
Financial Systems Analyst Visa U.S.A. Inc. Foster City, CA Jul 27, 2015 $106,145
Financial Systems Business Analyst Chicago Transit Authority Chicago, IL Jul 27, 2016 $105,000 -
$115,000
Financial Systems Senior Analyst Experian Services Corp Costa Mesa, CA Jun 29, 2016 $104,520 -
$115,000
SR. Financial Systems Analyst Visa U.S.A. Inc. Foster City, CA Jan 19, 2015 $103,730 -
$131,430
Financial Systems Analyst Vedic Consulting Inc. Princeton, NJ Aug 26, 2015 $103,300
Senior SAP Finance Systems Analyst Spartan Solutions Santa Clara, CA Apr 10, 2016 $102,107 -
$140,000
Financial Systems Analyst Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Paulsboro, NJ Sep 21, 2015 $85,812
Analyst, Financial Systems Staples, Inc. Framingham, MA Dec 09, 2016 $85,311
Financial Systems Analyst NRG Energy, Inc. Princeton, NJ Jan 19, 2015 $85,000
Financial Systems Analyst Dropbox, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2016 $85,000
Financial Systems Analyst III Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Sep 19, 2016 $85,000
SR. Financial Systems Analyst Medtronic, Inc. Mounds View, MN Mar 10, 2016 $83,000 -
$90,000
Financial BUS. Systems Analyst (Computer Systems Analyst) Safeway Inc. Phoenix, AZ Jan 09, 2016 $82,400
Financial Systems Analyst Sheralven Enterprises Ltd. NY Feb 10, 2016 $82,000

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Top Skills for A Finance Systems Analyst

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  1. Financial Systems
  2. Financial Statements
  3. General Ledger Accounts
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  • Assist in the maintenance and configuration of financial systems and system control tables in accordance with desired operational processing requirements.
  • Developed and implemented an application to produce the financial statements for four electric operating companies using one template.
  • Provided assistance to Treasury in reconciliation of general ledger accounts receivable accounts monthly.
  • Administer Hyperion Server; developed Access databases to process financial data.
  • Worked closely with Developers and Configuration Management team to ensure system specifications reflected all business requirements.

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