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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

  • $106,000

    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
Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Technical Manager Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Business Development Manager Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Project Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Senior Consultant Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Engineering Manager Manager, Systems Engineering
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Finance Manager Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Lead Consultant Technology Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Support Lead Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Support Lead Senior Operations Analyst Senior Marketing Analyst
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Lead Planning Manager Benefits Manager
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Information Technology Project Lead Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Functional Lead 3.0 years
Lead Consultant 2.4 years
ERP Consultant 2.3 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
Oracle Consultant 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Functional Lead
Consultant 5.8%
Developer 3.5%
Manager 2.2%
Top Careers After Functional Lead
Consultant 7.2%
Architect 2.9%
Manager 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$106,000
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$81,000
Min 10%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Median 50%
$106,000
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Median 50%
$140,000
Max 90%
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Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Functional Lead make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Functional Lead in the United States is $107,059 per year or $51 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $81,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $140,000.

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 San Francisco, CA Sep 04, 2015 $162,000
E-Commerce Functional Lead Accenture LLP Fremont, 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
Adobe Functional Lead Accenture LLP New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $130,000
ERP Cloud Oracle Financials Functional Lead General Electric Company Cincinnati, OH May 12, 2016 $130,000
Functional Lead Accenture LLP Des Plaines, IL Jun 15, 2015 $130,000
Functional Lead Accenture LLP Chicago, IL Dec 10, 2015 $120,000
Claimcenter Functional Lead Tata Consultancy Services Limited Los Angeles, CA Jun 09, 2016 $120,000 -
$130,000
Techno Functional Lead SLK America Inc. Las Vegas, NV Jul 08, 2016 $120,000
Finance Record To Report Functional Lead Ingersoll Rand Company Charlotte, NC Feb 23, 2015 $120,000
Functional Lead Accenture LLP San Ramon, CA May 27, 2015 $120,000
Functional Lead Accenture LLP Chicago, IL May 27, 2015 $120,000
Functional Lead Accenture LLP Irving, TX Dec 10, 2015 $120,000
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

  1. Business Requirements
  2. Test Cases
  3. Peoplesoft
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Mapped procurement business requirements to functionality available in the Purchasing Module and recommend potential process improvements.
  • Involved in detailed documentation (Requirements, Definition, High/Detailed Design, Test Cases) for the project.
  • Provided both functional analysis and support for HHS PeopleSoft Position Management data cleaning effort including strategy and tools.
  • Developed Custom reports and provided functional specifications for custom reports.
  • Enabled Global Supply Chain Planning and Manufacturing process for Starbucks Coffee Company focusing on resource and supplier capacity constrained manufacturing process.

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  4. District of Columbia
  5. Oregon
  6. Pennsylvania
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Functional Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

63.6%

Female

27.0%

Unknown

9.4%
Ethnicity

White

45.9%

Asian

25.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

6.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.8%

French

17.0%

Chinese

7.5%

Korean

5.7%

German

3.8%

Japanese

3.8%

Portuguese

1.9%

Irish

1.9%

Urdu

1.9%

Czech

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Mandarin

1.9%

Hindi

1.9%

Cantonese

1.9%

Malayalam

1.9%

Norwegian

1.9%

Afrikaans

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Thai

1.9%

Italian

1.9%
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Functional Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.4%

More Tech Institute

10.3%

George Mason University

5.7%

University of Houston

5.7%

American University

5.2%

University of Arizona

5.2%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.6%

George Washington University

4.6%

Drexel University

4.6%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

DePaul University

4.1%

Indiana Institute of Technology

4.1%

Clemson University

4.1%

Wayne State University

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.6%

Purdue University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

23.8%

Computer Science

13.3%

Finance

7.0%

Accounting

6.5%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Management

4.5%

Computer Applications

4.5%

Information Technology

4.1%

Mechanical Engineering

4.0%

Computer Engineering

3.9%

Engineering

3.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Business/Commerce

2.5%

Marketing

2.5%

Information Systems

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Human Resources Management

1.8%

Supply Chain Management

1.8%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

Economics

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

40.4%

Bachelors

40.3%

Other

10.9%

Associate

3.2%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.1%
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