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Working As A Process Improvement 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

  • $72,105

    Average Salary

What Does A Process Improvement 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 Process Improvement 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
Senior Analyst 3.2 years
Resource Analyst 3.0 years
Project Analyst 3.0 years
Management Analyst 2.9 years
Process Analyst 2.6 years
Process Consultant 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 8.0%
Internship 7.6%
Analyst 5.3%
Supervisor 3.4%
Associate 3.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.8%
Analyst 4.2%
Manager 3.7%

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Process Improvement Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

53.7%

Female

43.0%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

57.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Asian

11.7%

Black or African American

11.7%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.4%

German

8.8%

French

8.8%

Mandarin

8.8%

Chinese

5.9%

Cantonese

5.9%

Hindi

5.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Khmer

2.9%

Dutch

2.9%

Telugu

2.9%

Malay

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Bengali

2.9%
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Process Improvement Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.6%

Villanova University

11.2%

Webster University

9.0%

Purdue University

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

Case Western Reserve University

4.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.5%

North Carolina State University

3.4%

Eastern Washington University

3.4%

Thomas Nelson Community College

3.4%

University of South Florida

3.4%

Temple University

3.4%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.4%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.4%

University of Memphis

3.4%

Alabama A & M University

3.4%

University of Houston

3.4%
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Majors

Business

36.3%

Management

7.2%

Industrial Engineering

6.9%

Finance

6.4%

Information Technology

4.5%

Project Management

4.0%

Accounting

4.0%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Marketing

3.5%

Communication

3.2%

Supply Chain Management

3.2%

Computer Science

2.4%

Economics

2.4%

Psychology

2.4%

Information Systems

2.1%

Operations Management

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Industrial Technology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.9%

Masters

37.8%

Other

8.9%

Certificate

4.4%

Associate

2.4%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Process Improvement Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Global Process Improvement Financial Analyst NVT, LLC DBA Sunedison San Francisco, CA Sep 19, 2016 $140,000
Continuous Improvement Analyst Broken Hill Proprietary (USA), Inc. Houston, TX Sep 07, 2014 $120,000
Global Process Improvement Financial Analyst NVT, LLC DBA Sunedision San Francisco, CA Aug 13, 2015 $120,000
Supply Chain Process Improvement Analyst Apple Inc. Elk Grove, CA Dec 12, 2011 $113,000
Continuous Improvement Process Analyst, Principal Genzyme Therapeutic Products Limited Partnership MA Dec 21, 2014 $107,000 -
$127,000
Senior Process Improvement Analyst CTIS, Inc. Rockville, MD May 01, 2016 $101,000
Senior Process Improvement Analyst CTIS, Inc. Rockville, MD Sep 10, 2014 $100,010 -
$105,000
Business Process Improvement & Audit Analyst Natrol, Inc. CA Aug 21, 2014 $100,000
Process Improvement Analyst The Children's Hospital Aurora, CO Jan 08, 2010 $92,789
Business Process Improvement Analyst Searce Inc. Humble, TX Apr 27, 2015 $90,000
Business Process Improvement Analyst Searce Inc. Humble, TX Jan 30, 2015 $90,000
Analyst Business Process Improvement IGT Reno, NV Apr 18, 2016 $88,000
Business Process Improvement-Senior Analyst Searce Inc. Houston, TX Sep 20, 2015 $78,000
Senior Continuous Process Improvement Analyst Genzyme Corporation MA Oct 01, 2011 $76,253 -
$92,000
SR. Process Improvement Analyst Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Jan 02, 2016 $75,628
Qa/Ra Process Improvement Analyst/Engineer Medline Industries Mundelein, IL Sep 24, 2012 $75,000
Process Improvment Analyst Schwan's Global Supply Chain, Inc. Salina, KS Sep 23, 2013 $70,017
Process Improvement Analyst Schwan's Global Supply Chain, Inc. Salina, KS Sep 30, 2012 $70,017
Business Process Improvement Analyst Searce Inc. Dallas, TX May 10, 2015 $70,000
Continuous Improvement Analyst Henry Ford Health System Southfield, MI Nov 15, 2015 $70,000
Continuous Improvement Analyst AEP Energy, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 31, 2016 $63,000
Business Process Improvement Analyst II Searce Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 10, 2014 $60,000
Business Process Improvement Analyst Searce, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $60,000
Business Process Improvement Analyst Searce Inc. Houston, TX May 10, 2012 $60,000
Business Process Improvement Analyst Searce, Inc. Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2012 $60,000
System Process Improvement Analyst SSM Health Care Corporation Saint Louis, MO Aug 01, 2015 $60,000 -
$85,000

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Top Skills for A Process Improvement Analyst

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  1. Process Improvement
  2. Procedures
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  • Developed and executed overall sales and marketing process improvement strategy for 19 newly designated SAP partners in mobility product space.
  • Confer with business/production unit to assess and document current operating procedures in large or very complex operating environments.
  • Implemented Lean Six-Sigma project management initiatives to decrease the process time for Medicaid Waiver service authorization approval.
  • Conducted cost benefit analysis of current and upcoming initiatives to ensure crucial compliance initiatives are completed.
  • Initiated and introduced inventory management pilot program to reduce inventory and lead-times and improve delivery.

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