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Working As A Senior Business Analyst Lead

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

  • Repetitive

  • $117,969

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Business Analyst 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 Senior Business Analyst 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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Senior Business Analyst Lead Career Paths

Senior Business Analyst Lead
Program Manager Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Solution Architect Enterprise Project Manager Program/Project Manager
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Solution Architect Project Manager Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager/Analyst Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager/Analyst Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Project Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Business Developer Project Analyst
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Subject Matter Expert Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Program/Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Business Analyst 2.9 years
Top Careers Before Senior Business Analyst Lead
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Top Careers After Senior Business Analyst Lead
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Senior Business Analyst Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

55.2%

Female

42.0%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

48.4%

Asian

23.9%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

5.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Russian

23.5%

Spanish

17.6%

French

11.8%

Polish

11.8%

Chinese

5.9%

German

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%

Arabic

5.9%
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Senior Business Analyst Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.0%

University of Maryland - University College

9.3%

New York University

8.3%

George Washington University

7.4%

Villanova University

6.5%

University of Virginia

5.6%

Drexel University

4.6%

Northern Illinois University

4.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.7%

University of Connecticut

3.7%

Kennesaw State University

3.7%

Case Western Reserve University

3.7%

Cleveland State University

3.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.7%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.7%

Florida State University

3.7%

Syracuse University

2.8%

University of Florida

2.8%

Central Connecticut State University

2.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

27.8%

Computer Science

11.6%

Finance

7.4%

Project Management

5.9%

Computer Information Systems

5.5%

Management Information Systems

5.3%

Management

4.8%

Accounting

4.2%

Information Technology

3.8%

Electrical Engineering

3.4%

Information Systems

3.2%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Marketing

2.7%

Computer Applications

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Economics

1.9%

Music

1.7%

Education

1.3%

Management Science

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

42.4%

Bachelors

37.5%

Other

13.1%

Certificate

2.9%

Associate

2.8%

Diploma

0.7%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Business Analyst Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Lead Business Analyst HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Jersey City, NJ Jan 06, 2016 $168,963
Team Lead-Senior Business Analyst Iridium Consulting LLC New York, NY Aug 20, 2010 $168,000
Senior Lead Business Analyst HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jan 29, 2016 $165,000
Senior Lead Business Analyst HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. New York, NY Feb 11, 2015 $160,000
Business Planning and Analysis Analytics Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. Islandia, NY Oct 26, 2015 $140,000
Senior Lead Business Analyst HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. New York, NY Jan 21, 2015 $140,000
Senior Business Analyst (Lead II/Tm1 Developer) McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. Hightstown, NJ Mar 23, 2015 $125,000 -
$135,000
Senior SAP PM & PP Business Systems Analyst Lead Sunoco Partners LLC Philadelphia, PA Feb 27, 2014 $125,000
SR. Lead Business Analyst Hcentive, Inc. Reston, VA Jul 27, 2015 $120,000
Bus Svcs Senior Business Analyst/QA Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Nov 10, 2014 $120,000
Senior Lead Business Analyst HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. New York, NY Aug 19, 2013 $120,000
Senior Lead Business Analyst Specialist Resources Global, Inc. Nashville, TN Aug 22, 2016 $115,000
SR Business Analyst/Project Lead, Assist. VP, Asse Neuberger Berman Group LLC New York, NY Dec 02, 2013 $115,000
Senior Business Systems Analyst, Peoplesoft Security Lead CBRE, Inc. Dallas, TX Dec 30, 2014 $110,000
Team Leader-Senior Business Analyst Iridium Consulting LLC New York, NY Aug 27, 2010 $105,600
SR. Business Analyst/Project Lead, Assist. VP, ASS Neuberger Berman Group LLC New York, NY Aug 25, 2012 $105,000
Senior Business Analyst (Tech Lead) The Intersect Group Atlanta, GA Oct 16, 2014 $103,000
Senior Business Analyst/Project Lead Stratapps, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 30, 2012 $102,000
SR. Analyst Business Systems-Test Lead HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Elmhurst, IL Oct 01, 2015 $99,225
Senior Business Analyst/Lead Systems Analyst Atlas Software Technologies, Inc. Westborough, MA Jul 18, 2011 $97,000
Senior Business Analyst/Functional Lead Sagitec Solutions, LLC Columbus, OH Sep 01, 2015 $96,000
Senior Business Analyst/Location Lead Accenture LLP Columbus, GA Jun 25, 2010 $95,000
Senior Business Analyst/Lead Friendly Consultants, Inc. Princeton Junction, NJ May 05, 2016 $91,374

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  1. Business Requirements
  2. Test Plans
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  • Managed the translation of 100-600+ business requirements to written plans, ensuring programmatic and administrative business requirements are met.
  • Direct implementation and execution of business specific test plans through management of Model Office.
  • Identified and implemented requirements-related process improvements.
  • Conducted performance evaluations for direct reports.
  • Designed SQL stored procedures to simulate monthly, quarterly and yearly close and cash on hand based on account receivable entries.

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