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Working As A Senior Functional Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $105,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Functional Consultant 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 Consultant

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 Consultant Career Paths

Senior Functional Consultant
Lead Consultant Solutions Architect Program Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior SAP Consultant Project Leader Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Functional Lead Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Functional Lead Senior Business Analyst Senior Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Analyst Lead Support Lead Systems Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Information Technology Specialist Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Support Lead Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior SAP Consultant Lead Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Analyst Lead Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Support Lead Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Business Analyst Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Sap-Sd Consultant 3.7 years
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
ERP Consultant 2.5 years
Functional Lead 2.5 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
SAP Consultant 2.3 years
Oracle Consultant 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Executive 6.9%
Mate 6.3%
Consultant 4.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.5%

Senior Functional Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

67.3%

Female

29.1%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

49.2%

Asian

35.6%

Hispanic or Latino

7.4%

Unknown

5.6%

Black or African American

2.2%
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Languages Spoken

Portuguese

20.0%

Filipino

20.0%

Japanese

20.0%

Tagalog

20.0%

Spanish

20.0%
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Senior Functional Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Texas A&M University

9.6%

Howard University

7.7%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.8%

Villanova University

5.8%

University of San Diego

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

Harvard University

3.8%

Tulane University

3.8%

Trinity University

3.8%

Auburn University-Montgomery

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

University of Illinois at Springfield

3.8%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.8%

Clemson University

3.8%

Kent State University

3.8%

University of Arizona

3.8%

DePaul University

3.8%

Suffolk University

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

22.6%

Business

12.8%

Computer Applications

12.2%

Engineering

7.4%

Accounting

5.9%

Electrical Engineering

5.6%

Finance

5.3%

Information Technology

5.0%

Management

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Information Systems

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Management Information Systems

1.5%

Physics

1.5%

Project Management

1.2%

Marketing

1.2%

Mathematics

0.9%

Business/Commerce

0.9%
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Degrees

Masters

41.9%

Bachelors

39.6%

Other

9.5%

Diploma

3.5%

Associate

2.8%

Certificate

2.0%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Real Senior Functional Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Principal Functional Consultant Daz Systems, Inc. El Segundo, CA Apr 28, 2015 $164,800
Senior Principal Functional Consultant Daz Systems, Inc. Van Buren, AR Apr 28, 2015 $164,800
Senior Principal Functional Consultant Daz Systems, Inc. Irving, TX Apr 28, 2015 $164,800
SAP Senior Functional MM Consultant Attune Consulting USA Inc. Burlington, MA May 12, 2016 $150,000
SR. Fusion HCM Functional Consultant Everge Group, LLC Pleasanton, CA Sep 13, 2016 $145,000
SR. Functional Consultant, Oracle EBS Applications Daz Systems, Inc. El Segundo, CA Feb 26, 2015 $139,650
Senior Functional Consultant, Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Daz Systems, Inc. El Segundo, CA Sep 09, 2016 $137,592
Senior Functional Configurator GBG USA, Inc. Redlands, CA Dec 08, 2016 $135,000
Senior Functional Configurator GBG USA, Inc. Redlands, CA Oct 01, 2015 $135,000
Microsoft Dynamics AX Senior Functional Consultant Developer Insulet Corp. Billerica, MA Sep 10, 2015 $126,851
SR. Hyperion Functional Infrastructure Consultant Edgewater Technology-Ranzal, Inc. White Plains, NY Oct 16, 2015 $126,422
Senior JD Edwards Functional Consultant DNPR Services, LLC Philadelphia, PA Aug 29, 2016 $125,000
Senior Lead Functional Consultant Systime Computer Corporation Brookfield, WI Jul 04, 2016 $120,000
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Deerfield, IL Feb 10, 2015 $101,884
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Hopkins, MN Jul 30, 2015 $101,146
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Hopkins, MN Jun 27, 2015 $101,146
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Saint Paul, MN Aug 18, 2015 $101,146
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Mason, MI Apr 21, 2016 $100,800
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Mason, MI May 07, 2016 $100,800
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP New York, NY Nov 06, 2016 $100,775
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP NY Apr 19, 2016 $100,755
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Milwaukee, WI Sep 09, 2016 $91,374
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Milwaukee, WI Jan 11, 2016 $91,374
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Milwaukee, WI Feb 11, 2016 $91,374
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Princeton, NJ Jul 07, 2015 $91,374
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP Cherry Hill, NJ Jan 25, 2016 $91,300
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP New Providence, NJ Jun 25, 2015 $91,291
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP White House Station, NJ Jul 29, 2015 $91,291
Senior Functional Consultant Accenture LLP New Providence, NJ Aug 18, 2015 $91,291

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Top Skills for A Senior Functional Consultant

ModulesBusinessProcessCustomReportsInterfacesOrderManagementSetupPayrollGLBusinessRequirementsMasterDataPeoplesoftHCMWorkflowFinancialFunctionalSpecsPl/SqlLegacySystemAssetCoreHRPOProcedures

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Top Senior Functional Consultant Skills

  1. Modules
  2. Business Process
  3. Custom Reports
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop customized reports that require extensive knowledge on foreign currencies, local requirements and various modules including Finance and Controlling.
  • Developed Functional Specifications based on Business Process Needs and wrote test scripts and supervised entire process along with technical Team.
  • Developed several custom reports in XML publisher based on the requirements.
  • Provided support from offshore for entire interfaces and reporting tracks.
  • Developed Order Management, Inventory, Receivables queries to compare summary information of the standard and custom reports.

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