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Working As A Senior Operations Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $81,360

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Operations Analyst Do

Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help organizations solve problems and make better decisions.

Duties

Operations research analysts typically do the following:

  • Identify and solve real-world problems in areas such as business, logistics, healthcare, or other fields
  • Collect and organize information from a variety of sources, such as computer databases, sales histories, and customer feedback
  • Gather input from workers involved in all aspects of a problem or from others who have specialized knowledge, so that they can help solve the problem
  • Examine information to figure out what is relevant to a problem and what methods might be used to analyze it
  • Use statistical analysis, simulations, predictive modeling, or other methods to analyze information and develop practical solutions to business problems
  • Advise managers and other decision makers on the impacts of various courses of action to take in order to address a problem
  • Write memos, reports, and other documents explaining their findings and recommendations for managers, executives, and other officials

Operations research analysts are involved in all aspects of an organization. They help managers decide how to allocate resources, develop production schedules, manage the supply chain, and set prices. For example, they may help decide how to organize products in supermarkets or help companies figure out the most effective way to ship and distribute products.

Analysts must first identify and understand the problem to be solved or the processes to be improved. Analysts typically collect relevant data from the field and interview clients or managers involved in the business processes being examined. Analysts show the implications of pursuing different actions and may assist in achieving a consensus on how to proceed.

Operations research analysts use sophisticated computer software, such as databases and statistical programs, and modeling packages, to analyze and solve problems. Analysts use these mathematical programs to simulate current and future events and evaluate alternative courses of action. Analysts break down problems into their various parts and analyze the effect that different changes and circumstances would have on each of these parts. For example, to help an airline schedule flights and decide what to charge for tickets, analysts may take into account the cities that have to be connected, the amount of fuel required to fly those routes, the expected number of passengers, pilots’ schedules, maintenance costs, and fuel prices.

There is no one way to solve a problem, and analysts must weigh the costs and benefits of alternative solutions or approaches in their recommendations to managers.

Because problems are complex and often require expertise from many disciplines, most analysts work on teams. Once a manager reaches a final decision, these teams may work with others in the organization to ensure that the plan arrived at is successful.

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How To Become A Senior Operations Analyst

Although applicants may need a master’s degree for most operations research positions, a bachelor’s degree is enough for some entry-level positions. Because few schools offer bachelor’s and advanced degree programs in operations research, analysts typically have degrees in other, related fields.

Education

Although some employers prefer to hire applicants with a master’s degree, many entry-level positions are available for those with a bachelor’s degree. Although some schools offer bachelor’s and advanced degree programs in operations research, some analysts have degrees in other technical or quantitative fields, such as engineering, computer science, analytics, or mathematics.

Because operations research is based on quantitative analysis, students need extensive coursework in mathematics. Courses include statistics, calculus, and linear algebra. Coursework in computer science is important because analysts rely on advanced statistical and database software to analyze and model data. Courses in other areas, such as engineering, economics, and political science, are useful because operations research is a multidisciplinary field with a wide variety of applications.

Continuing education is important for operations research analysts. Keeping up with advances in technology, software tools, and improved analytical methods is vital.

Other Experience

Many operations research analysts who work with the military are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

Some positions may require applicants to undergo a background check in order to attain a security clearance. 

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Operations research analysts use a wide range of methods, such as forecasting, data mining, and statistical analysis, to examine and interpret data. They must determine the appropriate software packages and understand computer programming languages to design and develop new techniques and models.

Communication skills. Operations research analysts often present their data and conclusions to managers and other executives. They also need to communicate technical information to people without a technical background.

Critical-thinking skills. Operations research analysts must be able to figure out what information is relevant to their work. They also must be able to evaluate the costs and benefits of alternative solutions before making a recommendation.

Interpersonal skills. Operations research analysts typically work on teams. They also need to be able to convince managers and top executives to accept their recommendations.

Math skills. The models and methods used by operations research analysts are rooted in statistics, calculus, linear algebra, and other advanced mathematical disciplines.

Problem-solving skills. Operations research analysts need to be able to diagnose problems on the basis of information given to them by others. They then analyze relevant information to solve the problems.

Writing skills. Operations research analysts write memos, reports, and other documents explaining their findings and recommendations.

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Senior Operations Analyst Career Paths

Senior Operations Analyst
Project Manager Management Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Subject Matter Expert Team Manager
Assistant Vice President Operations
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Cost Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Manager Call Center Supervisor Customer Care Supervisor
Customer Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Program Manager Operations Director
Executive Director Of Operations
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Finance Consultant Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Co-Founder Trader
Fixed Income Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Human Resources Manager Talent Acquisition Manager
Global Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Regional Manager
Group Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Operations Director Operations Vice President
Head Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Team Lead Network Engineer Lead Network Engineer
Incident Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Controller Assistant Vice President
Manager, Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Contractor/Consultant Senior Analyst
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Office Manager Finance Manager
Pricing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Process Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Branch Manager Vice President And Manager
Vice President Operation Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Senior Analyst 3.2 years
Principal Analyst 3.2 years
Project Analyst 3.0 years
Management Analyst 2.9 years
Analyst Lead 2.8 years
Operations Analyst 2.7 years
Associate Analyst 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Analyst 6.2%
Consultant 4.4%
Manager 3.8%
Internship 3.7%
Supervisor 2.8%
Accountant 2.7%
Top Employers After
Manager 6.2%
Consultant 5.3%
Analyst 4.0%
Director 3.0%

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Senior Operations Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

58.5%

Female

38.9%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

11.0%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.1%

French

11.3%

Portuguese

6.3%

Japanese

4.9%

German

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

Chinese

3.5%

Russian

2.8%

Cantonese

2.8%

Carrier

2.8%

Tagalog

2.8%

Italian

2.8%

Hindi

2.1%

Mandarin

2.1%

Gujarati

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Bosnian

1.4%

Croatian

1.4%

Swahili

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%
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Senior Operations Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.2%

Northeastern University

6.4%

Strayer University

5.4%

University of North Florida

5.1%

Arizona State University

4.8%

Franklin University

4.1%

University of Florida

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Syracuse University

3.8%

New York University

3.8%

Troy University

3.5%

Villanova University

3.5%

University of North Texas

3.5%

Hofstra University

3.5%

Appalachian State University

3.2%

Webster University

3.2%

University of Texas at Austin

3.2%

DePaul University

3.2%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.2%

Boston University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

32.1%

Finance

14.3%

Accounting

9.0%

Management

5.5%

Computer Science

5.2%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Marketing

3.6%

Economics

3.2%

Information Technology

3.1%

Project Management

2.7%

Communication

2.4%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Psychology

2.1%

Political Science

2.0%

Health Care Administration

1.7%

Operations Management

1.6%

Supply Chain Management

1.4%

General Studies

1.4%

Management Information Systems

1.4%

Education

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.0%

Masters

31.0%

Other

14.6%

Associate

6.5%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.2%
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Real Senior Operations Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Operations Analyst Consultants Exchange Management Services Inc. Woodcliff Lake, NJ Apr 01, 2016 $174,348
Senior Operation Analyst Zymergen, Inc. Emeryville, CA Jan 03, 2016 $162,500
Senior Manufacturing Operations Systems Analyst Align Technology, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 19, 2016 $149,000
Senior Analyst, Operations Support Pacific Drilling Services, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 29, 2016 $131,186
Senior Operational Analyst Alcoa, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $130,000
IS OPS SR. Analyst Citigroup Technology, Inc. New Castle, DE Oct 26, 2015 $118,000
Senior Analyst, Operations Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Oct 10, 2016 $117,000
Senior Operations Analyst Peco Pallet, Inc. Irvington, NY Feb 12, 2015 $116,813
Senior Operations Financial Analyst BP&A Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 03, 2015 $116,000 -
$136,000
Senior Operations Analyst Keystone Strategy, LLC Brisbane, CA Jan 23, 2015 $115,000
Senior Analyst, Operations Analytics GOGO LLC Chicago, IL Sep 15, 2016 $115,000 -
$140,000
SR. Analyst Global Operations Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 08, 2016 $110,000
IS OPS SR. Analyst Citigroup Technology, Inc. Irving, TX Sep 15, 2015 $109,242
Senior Operations Analysts Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 12, 2016 $107,390
Senior Operations Analyst Lion Re:Sources, Inc. Boston, MA Dec 14, 2015 $92,644
Senior Operations Analyst Model N, Inc. Waltham, MA Aug 15, 2016 $92,250
Senior Analyst, Operations RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Mar 02, 2015 $91,500 -
$99,400
Market Operations Analyst SR. Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. Taylor, TX Jan 08, 2016 $91,395 -
$101,395
Senior Analyst-Operations Data & Analysis CSC Holdings LLC Bethpage, NY Dec 29, 2016 $91,021 -
$115,000
Senior Operational Analyst Alcoa, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Jan 09, 2016 $90,000
Senior Analyst-Operations Data and Analysis CSC Holdings, LLC Bethpage, NY Jun 05, 2016 $90,000
OPS Senior Analyst Mkts Merrill Lynch New York, NY May 02, 2015 $90,000 -
$110,000
SR. Operations/Business Analyst Cardinal Health Twinsburg, OH Nov 20, 2015 $81,009
Senior Operational Analyst Netjets Services, Inc. Columbus, OH Jul 09, 2016 $80,815
Officer; SR. Analyst-Sys OPS Main & Mid Bank of America Richmond, VA Aug 03, 2016 $80,267
Senior Operational Analyst Netjets Services, Inc. Columbus, OH Sep 10, 2015 $80,000
Senior Operations Analyst AIG PC Global Services, Inc. New York, NY Jan 26, 2015 $80,000
Senior Operations Analyst Ca, Inc. Islandia, NY Jan 08, 2015 $79,667
Senior Operations Analyst Summa Health System Akron, OH Dec 16, 2016 $79,649
Senior Operations Analyst Merkle Inc. Arlington, VA Jun 20, 2016 $78,749

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  • Addressed requests for service; maintained accurate documentation; and ensured adequate resource capacity, system performance and data integrity.

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