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Working As A Senior Lead Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $101,780

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Lead 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 Lead 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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Average Length of Employment
Analyst Lead 2.8 years
Lead Data Analyst 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Analyst 5.8%
Consultant 3.8%
Programmer 3.5%
Top Employers After
Manager 5.3%
Consultant 4.9%
Analyst 3.3%

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Senior Lead Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

65.0%

Female

32.2%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

70.7%

Asian

16.7%

Hispanic or Latino

8.5%

Unknown

3.0%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

French

18.8%

Persian

12.5%

Chinese

6.3%

German

6.3%

Japanese

6.3%

Dari

6.3%

Hindi

6.3%

Carrier

6.3%

Italian

6.3%
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Senior Lead Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.1%

American University

7.0%

University of South Florida

7.0%

University of Denver

7.0%

New York University

5.6%

University of Texas at Austin

5.6%

Community College of the Air Force

4.2%

Johns Hopkins University

4.2%

Alabama A & M University

4.2%

Wake Technical Community College

4.2%

University of Houston

4.2%

Regis University

4.2%

George Washington University

4.2%

Walden University

4.2%

Bowling Green State University

4.2%

Kent State University

4.2%

University of Connecticut

2.8%

University of Maryland - University College

2.8%

Arizona State University

2.8%

University of Richmond

2.8%
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Majors

Business

24.5%

Computer Science

14.3%

Finance

8.7%

Accounting

5.2%

Management

4.9%

Project Management

4.9%

Information Technology

4.9%

Computer Information Systems

4.9%

Economics

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.1%

Computer Applications

3.1%

Marketing

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.1%

Education

2.1%

Information Systems

2.1%

Computer Programming

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.7%

Computer Networking

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Management Information Systems

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.9%

Masters

34.6%

Other

14.6%

Associate

5.8%

Certificate

5.1%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.5%
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Real Senior Lead Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Planning and Analysis Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Management Corp. New York, NY Jul 23, 2012 $185,000
Planning and Analysis Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Management Corp. Islandia, NY Jul 23, 2012 $185,000
Vice President; Senior/Lead Research Analyst Merrill Lynch New York, NY Sep 09, 2015 $175,000
Balance Sheet Management Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. Islandia, NY May 18, 2015 $175,000
Senior Lead Analyst, Global Retail Bank Barclays Bank PLC Islandia, NY Mar 29, 2010 $170,000
Product Control Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Jan 20, 2016 $168,000
Solutions Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. Islandia, NY Apr 13, 2015 $160,000
Product Control Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY May 30, 2011 $160,000
Product Control Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Jan 20, 2013 $160,000
BSM Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $157,080
M and A Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Nov 01, 2016 $155,000
M and A Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Jan 01, 2016 $155,000
Solutions Senior Lead Analyst, Recovery and Resolution Planning Citigroup Management Corp. New York, NY May 15, 2015 $154,690
Solutions Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Apr 15, 2012 $141,000
Compensation Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Jul 01, 2012 $140,000
Solutions Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Management Corp. New York, NY Apr 07, 2014 $135,000
BP&A Analytics Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. Islandia, NY Jul 09, 2012 $135,000
BP&A Analytics Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Nov 16, 2009 $130,800
BSM Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Jun 01, 2015 $130,350
Planning & Analysis Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Management Corp. New York, NY Apr 27, 2016 $130,000
P & A Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Management Corp. New York, NY Sep 25, 2014 $130,000
SR. Oracle Hrms Payroll Lead Analyst Regal-Beloit Corporation Beloit, WI Sep 22, 2011 $100,000
Senior/Lead Programmer Analyst Alliancebernstein L.P. White Plains, NY May 11, 2012 $100,000 -
$120,000
Peoplesoft Senior Lead Analyst Iworks Corporation Chapel Hill, NC Dec 30, 2011 $100,000
Senior Analyst Technical Lead Caremark, LLC Pittsburgh, PA Nov 01, 2011 $99,601
Senior Lead Analyst Qwest Corporation Monroe, LA Jan 20, 2016 $95,014
Senior Lead Analyst Qwest Corporation D/B/A Centurylink QC Monroe, LA Jul 28, 2016 $95,014
Senior Lead Analyst Qwest Corporation Monroe, LA Jan 19, 2016 $95,014
Lead Decision Science Senior Analyst Barclays Bank PLC New York, NY Sep 10, 2014 $95,000 -
$138,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Lead Analyst

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  1. Procedures
  2. Financial
  3. Web
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  • Ensured timely updates and effectively exercised proper escalation procedures to keep management informed of all outages.
  • Developed cost-benefit, statistical, econometric, feasibility, financial analyses.
  • Write Application Programming Interface modules with the front-end Web application, and Interface modules with other systems for batch feeds.
  • Established a comprehensive data warehouse infrastructure that enabled actionable business insight to be more accurate and objective.
  • Used SQL Server and developed SQL Queries to perform back end database testing.

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