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Working As A Functional Lead

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

  • Repetitive

  • $111,512

    Average Salary

What Does A Functional Lead 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 Functional Lead

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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Functional Lead Career Paths

Functional Lead
SAP Consultant Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
SAP Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Management Consultant Change Management Consultant
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager & Leader Principal Consultant Enterprise Architect
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Quality Assurance Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Global Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager & Leader Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Adjunct Professor Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Subject Matter Expert Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Senior Project Manager Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Architect Construction Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
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Functional Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

69.1%

Female

28.8%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

45.2%

Asian

27.0%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

6.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.5%

French

18.6%

German

4.7%

Japanese

4.7%

Portuguese

2.3%

Irish

2.3%

Czech

2.3%

Chinese

2.3%

Norwegian

2.3%

Korean

2.3%

Mandarin

2.3%

Hindi

2.3%

Malayalam

2.3%

Urdu

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Afrikaans

2.3%

Thai

2.3%

Italian

2.3%
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Functional Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.0%

More Tech Institute

8.5%

University of Houston

5.6%

Drexel University

5.6%

University of Arizona

5.6%

Wayne State University

4.9%

George Washington University

4.9%

Clemson University

4.9%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.2%

Michigan State University

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

George Mason University

4.2%

Southern Methodist University

4.2%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.2%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.2%

Indiana Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Old Dominion University

3.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.5%
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Majors

Business

24.2%

Computer Science

13.3%

Accounting

6.3%

Finance

6.0%

Electrical Engineering

5.6%

Management

5.1%

Computer Engineering

4.3%

Mechanical Engineering

4.2%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Computer Applications

3.8%

Information Technology

3.4%

Engineering

3.1%

Business/Commerce

3.0%

Marketing

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Information Systems

2.1%

Supply Chain Management

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%
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Degrees

Masters

42.1%

Bachelors

39.0%

Other

10.3%

Associate

3.3%

Certificate

2.8%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

1.0%
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Real Functional Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Functional/Technical Leader Prolifics, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Oct 14, 2016 $186,618
Director, Functional Delivery Lead UBS Services LLC Weehawken, NJ Jun 03, 2016 $185,000 -
$200,000
E-Commerce Functional Lead Accenture LLP Fremont, CA Sep 04, 2015 $162,000
E-Commerce Functional Lead Accenture LLP San Francisco, CA Sep 04, 2015 $162,000
Ecommerce Functional Lead Accenture LLP Boston, MA Jan 08, 2016 $159,000
CA PPM Functional Lead Rego Consulting Corporation Centerville, UT May 09, 2016 $150,000
SAP HCM PY Technical/Functional Lead Nbcuniversal Media, LLC CA Nov 23, 2015 $145,000
SR. SAP PP Functional Lead Pelican Products, Inc. Torrance, CA Feb 15, 2016 $140,000
CPQ Techno Functional Lead-Oracle ERP Cloud General Electric Company Cincinnati, OH Oct 08, 2016 $140,000
Principal SAP Functional Lead Mylan Inc. Canonsburg, PA Nov 18, 2016 $138,355
ERP Cloud Oracle Financials Functional Lead General Electric Company Cincinnati, OH May 12, 2016 $130,000
Adobe Functional Lead Accenture LLP West Orange, NJ Jan 06, 2016 $130,000
Functional Lead Accenture LLP Akron, OH Dec 10, 2015 $120,000
Functional Lead Accenture LLP Chicago, IL Dec 10, 2015 $120,000
Functional Lead Accenture LLP Irving, TX Dec 10, 2015 $120,000
Functional Lead Accenture LLP Chicago, IL May 27, 2015 $120,000
Functional Lead Accenture LLP San Ramon, CA May 27, 2015 $120,000
Finance Record To Report Functional Lead Ingersoll Rand Company Charlotte, NC Feb 23, 2015 $120,000
Techno Functional Lead SLK America Inc. Las Vegas, NV Jul 08, 2016 $120,000
Claimcenter Functional Lead Tata Consultancy Services Limited Los Angeles, CA Jun 09, 2016 $120,000 -
$130,000
Functional Safety Lead (Automation Technical Professional) Wood Group Mustang, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 09, 2016 $100,880
Functional Lead Circular Edge, LLC Somerset, NJ Apr 30, 2016 $100,755 -
$120,000
SAP Enterprise Resource Planning Leading Functional Architec Dynamics Resources, Inc. Vernon Hills, IL Dec 20, 2016 $100,000
Functional Lead IBM India Pvt Ltd Fairport, NY Aug 19, 2015 $98,220
Finance Functional Lead Gentex Corporation Zeeland, MI Sep 08, 2015 $97,500
Oracle EBS Financial Functional Lead General Electric Company Norwalk, CT Oct 27, 2016 $96,000
Oracle EBS Financial Functional Lead General Electric Company Stamford, CT Feb 11, 2015 $96,000
SRM Functional Lead Tata Consultancy Services Limited Eagan, MN Dec 15, 2016 $95,200 -
$128,800

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Top Skills for A Functional Lead

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  1. Business Requirements
  2. Modules
  3. Test Plans
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  • Mapped procurement business requirements to functionality available in the Purchasing Module and recommend potential process improvements.
  • Provided Post Production Support for Project Accounting and secondary responsible for financial modules.
  • Participate in Requirement workshops to finalize interface system requirements including functional specifications, transformations and test plans.
  • Consulted with architect and development team to identify and analyze technology needs, business needs and provide process improvements.
  • Developed custom reports for Asset Management and Maintenance Management.

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Top 10 Best States for Functional Leads

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  4. District of Columbia
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