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Working As A Senior Functional Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $114,087

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Functional 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 Senior Functional 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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Senior Functional Analyst Career Paths

Senior Functional Analyst
Project Leader Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Owner, Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Management Consultant Change Management Consultant
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Sap-Sd Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Global Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Logistics Analyst Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Functional Lead Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager President/Chief Executive Officer Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Functional Lead Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Sap-Sd Consultant Lead Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Management Consultant Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Analyst Lead 2.8 years
Functional Lead 2.5 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 3.9%
Consultant 3.4%
Manager 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.5%
Manager 4.7%
Analyst 4.7%

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Senior Functional Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

58.3%

Female

40.0%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

53.4%

Asian

15.9%

Black or African American

14.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.8%

Unknown

4.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.5%

Italian

18.2%

Portuguese

9.1%

Chinese

9.1%

German

9.1%

Mandarin

9.1%
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Senior Functional Analyst Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

10.4%

Strayer University

10.4%

University of Phoenix

9.4%

George Mason University

6.6%

Webster University

5.7%

Saint Leo University

5.7%

Villanova University

4.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

Troy University

3.8%

American University

3.8%

Central Michigan University

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

University of Southern California

3.8%

George Washington University

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.8%

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

3.8%

Defense Acquisition University

3.8%

Arizona State University

2.8%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.8%
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Majors

Business

31.8%

Computer Science

9.6%

Computer Information Systems

6.9%

Accounting

5.7%

Information Technology

5.4%

Management

5.1%

Finance

4.5%

Management Information Systems

3.6%

Human Resources Management

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.6%

Supply Chain Management

2.7%

Marketing

2.4%

Project Management

2.4%

Communication

2.4%

Health Care Administration

2.1%

Mathematics

1.8%

Information Systems

1.8%

Political Science

1.5%

Engineering

1.5%

Electrical Engineering

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.6%

Masters

36.6%

Other

11.5%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

3.8%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

1.5%
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Real Senior Functional Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR SAP Functional Analyst & Project Lead Truqua Enterprises, LLC Chicago, IL May 20, 2016 $175,000
Senior SAP Functional Analyst PVH Corp. Bridgewater, NJ Dec 21, 2015 $170,000
SR SAP Functional Analyst & Project Lead Truqua Enterprises, LLC Chicago, IL May 20, 2016 $170,000
Senior SAP Functional Analyst PVH Corp. Bridgewater, NJ Dec 26, 2016 $155,000
SAP SR. Functional Analyst/Consultant Clarkston-Potomac Group, Inc. Durham, NC Jan 23, 2015 $153,000
SAP SR. Functional Analyst/Consultant Clarkston-Potomac Group, Inc. Durham, NC Jan 21, 2015 $153,000
SR. Functional Analyst-SAP Fico PVH Corp. Bridgewater, NJ Apr 21, 2016 $150,000
SAP SR. Functional Analyst/Consultant Clarkston-Potomac Group, Inc. Peapack and Gladstone, NJ Jan 19, 2016 $147,000
SAP SR. Functional Analyst/Consultant Clarkston-Potomac Group, Inc. Durham, NC Jan 19, 2016 $147,000
SR. Functional Analyst Populus Group LLC Menlo Park, CA May 27, 2016 $146,090
SR. Functional Analyst Populus Group, LLC Menlo Park, CA Mar 23, 2016 $146,090
SR. Functional Analyst Populus Group, LLC Menlo Park, CA May 10, 2015 $146,090
SR. Functional Analyst Populus Group Menlo Park, CA Jun 22, 2015 $146,090
Senior Functional Analyst, SAP Fico Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Inc. Burbank, CA May 11, 2016 $119,600
Senior Analyst, Functional T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 25, 2016 $118,706 -
$126,729
SR. Analysts, Functional T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Nov 15, 2016 $118,706 -
$125,000
Senior SAP Functional Analyst Recreational Equipment, Inc. Kent, WA Feb 07, 2016 $118,706 -
$151,507
Senior Functional Analyst E*Trade Financial Corporation Menlo Park, CA Apr 13, 2015 $118,061 -
$122,000
Senior Analyst, Functional T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jun 25, 2015 $117,500
SR. Functional Analyst Univar Inc. Redmond, WA Oct 30, 2016 $117,458 -
$133,900
Senior Analyst, Functional T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Feb 05, 2015 $116,272
Senior Functional Analyst E*Trade Financial Corporation Menlo Park, CA Aug 24, 2015 $105,789 -
$120,000
Functional Senior Analyst Xerox Business Services, LLC Dallas, TX Jul 04, 2016 $105,144
SR. SAP Functional Analyst Sigma-Aldrich Corp Saint Louis, MO Aug 15, 2016 $105,000
Senior Analyst, Functional T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Oct 15, 2015 $105,000 -
$115,000
SR. SAP Functional Analyst Fresh Direct LLC Islandia, NY Jan 10, 2016 $105,000 -
$145,000
Senior Functional Analyst Razorfish, LLC New York, NY Oct 28, 2016 $104,936 -
$124,936
Senior Functional Analyst Razorfish, LLC New York, NY Jul 25, 2016 $104,936 -
$144,500
Senior SAP Functional Analyst (ISU Billing) City of Huntsville Utilities Huntsville, AL Sep 19, 2016 $104,461

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Top Skills for A Senior Functional Analyst

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  1. Business Requirements
  2. Test Plans
  3. Process Improvement
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  • Translated Business Requirements and user expectations into detailed specifications employing Unified Modeling Language (UML).
  • Collaborated with Quality Assurance staff to review test plans and strategies to ensure compliance with specification and quality end results.
  • Identified process improvements and gaps by analyzing escalations and providing efficient recommendations and innovative solutions.
  • Participated in analysis and data mining procedures in order to extract relevant statistical information for process improvement of logistical operations.
  • Identified materials with WM views missing after the mock load and worked with master data team to update the WM views.

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