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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

  • $101,780

    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
Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Research Manager Marketing Analyst
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager General Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Sales Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Accountant-Contractor Senior Accountant
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Systems Architect 3.2 years
Business Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Finance Analyst 2.8 years
Design Analyst 2.8 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Accountant 8.7%
Analyst 3.7%
Consultant 3.5%
Controller 3.2%
Manager 2.7%
Supervisor 1.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.5%
Controller 2.5%
Manager 2.5%
Director 2.4%

Finance Systems Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

54.2%

Female

43.5%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

74.9%

Asian

12.4%

Hispanic or Latino

8.7%

Unknown

2.7%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Chinese

10.0%

French

6.0%

German

4.0%

Cantonese

4.0%

Japanese

4.0%

Mandarin

4.0%

Urdu

4.0%

Swedish

2.0%

Danish

2.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

Norwegian

2.0%

Bosnian

2.0%

Shanghaiese

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Dari

2.0%

Hindi

2.0%

Thai

2.0%

Navajo

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%
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Finance Systems Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.0%

Villanova University

6.0%

DePaul University

6.0%

University of Maryland - University College

5.5%

Drexel University

5.5%

Strayer University

5.5%

George Washington University

5.0%

University of Connecticut

5.0%

George Mason University

4.5%

New York University

4.0%

American InterContinental University

4.0%

University of Denver

4.0%

Franklin University

3.5%

Northeastern University

3.5%

Syracuse University

3.0%

Michigan State University

3.0%

San Jose State University

3.0%

Pace University - New York

3.0%

San Francisco State University

3.0%

Arizona State University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

28.9%

Accounting

23.4%

Finance

14.9%

Computer Information Systems

5.2%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Computer Science

3.4%

Management

3.2%

Information Systems

2.6%

Project Management

2.4%

Information Technology

2.2%

Economics

1.8%

Mathematics

1.5%

Marketing

1.4%

Psychology

1.3%

Education

0.8%

Management Science

0.8%

Human Resources Management

0.7%

Computer Applications

0.7%

Business Economics

0.7%

Health Care Administration

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Masters

38.7%

Other

9.1%

Certificate

3.8%

Associate

3.4%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.2%

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
Financial Systems Business Analyst Silver Spring Networks, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 03, 2015 $130,000
SR. Financial Systems Analyst Visa USA Foster City, CA Jul 09, 2016 $130,000 -
$150,000
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
Senior Financial Systems Analyst Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2015 $130,000
SR. Financial Systems Analyst Invensense, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 05, 2016 $127,900 -
$135,000
Financial Systems Analyst Ringcentral, Inc. Belmont, CA Nov 30, 2016 $125,000
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 III Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Sep 19, 2016 $85,000
Financial Systems Analyst Dropbox, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 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

FinancialSystemsGeneralLedgerAccessDatabasesPl/SqlAssetsPeoplesoftBusinessProcessAuditPayrollERPBusinessRequirementsFinancialDataFinancialReportsBusinessUnitsEssbaseFinancialStatementsManagementSystemSQLServerUATProjectManagement

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Top Finance Systems Analyst Skills

  1. Financial Systems
  2. General Ledger
  3. Access Databases
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Served as project implementation leader for multiple, complex financial systems applications.
  • Performed standard general ledger account reconciliations and analysis as needed.
  • Imported data into Excel and worked with users support Access databases.
  • Perform software development using PeopleTools 8.49 - 8.54, Java, PL/SQL as per user requirements.
  • Specialize in the General Accounting, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Fixed Assets modules.

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