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Working As A Senior Project Analyst

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $76,663

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Project Analyst Do

Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

Duties

Management analysts typically do the following:

  • Gather and organize information about the problem to be solved or the procedure to be improved
  • Interview personnel and conduct onsite observations to determine the methods, equipment, and personnel that will be needed
  • Analyze financial and other data, including revenue, expenditure, and employment reports
  • Develop solutions or alternative practices
  • Recommend new systems, procedures, or organizational changes
  • Make recommendations to management through presentations or written reports
  • Confer with managers to ensure changes are working

Although some management analysts work for the organization that they analyze, most work as consultants on a contractual basis. 

Whether they are self-employed or part of a large consulting company, the work of a management analyst may vary from project to project. Some projects require a team of consultants, each specializing in one area. In other projects, consultants work independently with the client organization’s managers.

Management analysts often specialize in certain areas, such as inventory management or reorganizing corporate structures to eliminate duplicate and nonessential jobs. Some consultants specialize in a specific industry, such as healthcare or telecommunications. In government, management analysts usually specialize by type of agency.

Organizations hire consultants to develop strategies for entering and remaining competitive in today’s marketplace.

Management analysts who work on contract may write proposals and bid for jobs. Typically, an organization that needs the help of a management analyst solicits proposals from a number of consultants and consulting companies that specialize in the needed work. Those who want the work must then submit a proposal by the deadline that explains how the consultant will do the work, who will do the work, why they are the best consultants to do the work, what the schedule will be, and how much it will cost. The organization that needs the consultants then selects the proposal that best meets its needs and budget.

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How To Become A Senior Project Analyst

Most management analysts have at least a bachelor’s degree. The Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation may improve job prospects.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is the typical entry-level requirement for management analysts. However, some employers prefer to hire candidates who have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

Few colleges and universities offer formal programs in management consulting. However, many fields of study provide a suitable education because of the range of areas that management analysts address. Common fields of study include business, management, economics, political science and government, accounting, finance, marketing, psychology, computer and information science, and English.

Analysts also routinely attend conferences to stay up to date on current developments in their field.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA) offers the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation to those who meet minimum levels of education and experience, submit client reviews, and pass an interview and exam covering the IMC USA’s code of ethics. Management consultants with a CMC designation must be recertified every 3 years. Management analysts are not required to get certification, but it may give jobseekers a competitive advantage.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many analysts enter the occupation with several years of work experience. Organizations that specialize in certain fields typically try to hire candidates who have experience in those areas. Typical work backgrounds include experience in management, human resources, and information technology. 

Advancement

As consultants gain experience, they often take on more responsibility. At the senior level, consultants may supervise teams working on more complex projects and become more involved in seeking out new business. Those with exceptional skills may eventually become partners in their consulting organization and focus on attracting new clients and bringing in revenue. Senior consultants who leave their consulting company often move to senior management positions at nonconsulting organizations.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Management analysts must be able to interpret a wide range of information and use their findings to make proposals.

Communication skills. Management analysts must be able to communicate clearly and precisely in both writing and speaking. Successful analysts also need good listening skills to understand the organization’s problems and propose appropriate solutions.

Interpersonal skills. Management analysts must work with managers and other employees of the organizations where they provide consulting services. They should work as a team toward achieving the organization’s goals. 

Problem-solving skills. Management analysts must be able to think creatively to solve clients’ problems. Although some aspects of different clients’ problems may be similar, each situation is likely to present unique challenges for the analyst to solve.

Time-management skills. Management analysts often work under tight deadlines and must use their time efficiently to complete projects on time.

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Senior Project Analyst Career Paths

Senior Project Analyst
Program Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Business Manager Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Business Manager Contracts Administrator Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Product Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Director General Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Account Executive Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Project Manager 3.6 years
Principal Analyst 3.3 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Management Analyst 3.0 years
Project Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Program Analyst 2.9 years
Project Team Lead 2.5 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Project Consultant 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.9%
Analyst 4.2%
Manager 3.6%
Accountant 2.6%
Supervisor 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.1%
Manager 2.8%

Senior Project Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

48.9%

Male

48.6%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

75.9%

Asian

11.6%

Hispanic or Latino

9.5%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.3%

Mandarin

11.8%

Russian

5.9%

Chinese

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

Italian

5.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

German

2.9%

Bosnian

2.9%

Hebrew

2.9%

French

2.9%

Carrier

2.9%

Hindi

2.9%

Urdu

2.9%

Polish

2.9%

Korean

2.9%
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Senior Project Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.6%

George Washington University

10.2%

University of Maryland - University College

6.3%

University of South Florida

5.5%

San Diego State University

5.5%

Iowa State University

5.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

West Virginia University

4.7%

Arizona State University

3.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.9%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.9%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

George Mason University

3.9%

Johns Hopkins University

3.9%

Syracuse University

3.1%

Michigan State University

3.1%

University of California - Irvine

3.1%

Ashford University

3.1%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.1%

Texas A&M University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

32.8%

Project Management

9.2%

Finance

8.9%

Accounting

7.3%

Computer Science

6.0%

Management

4.7%

Computer Information Systems

4.5%

Information Technology

4.3%

Marketing

3.6%

Economics

2.4%

Psychology

2.4%

Human Resources Management

2.4%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Political Science

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

Education

1.3%

Management Science

1.1%

Liberal Arts

1.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.9%

Masters

33.3%

Other

13.2%

Associate

5.1%

Certificate

4.5%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.3%
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Real Senior Project Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Project Analyst Experis Us, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 10, 2013 $180,379 -
$225,459
Senior Project Analyst Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Feb 17, 2012 $175,000
Senior Project Analyst Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Dec 04, 2012 $175,000
SR. Project Analyst Tregaron India Holdings, LLC Louisville, KY Jun 14, 2016 $131,061
Senior Salesforce Analyst-Large Projects Camso USA, Inc. Charlotte, NC Dec 19, 2016 $125,000
Senior Project Analyst Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2012 $120,000
SR. SAP Project System Functional Analyst Sigma-Aldrich Corporation Saint Louis, MO Oct 03, 2016 $120,000
SR. SAP Project System Functional Analyst Sigma-Aldrich Corporation Saint Louis, MO Mar 10, 2016 $120,000
SR. Project Analyst Cybersource Corporation Foster City, CA Oct 06, 2014 $116,800 -
$162,400
Global Project COE Senior Analyst Kraft Heinz Foods Company PA Apr 10, 2016 $115,000
Senior Project and Global Legal Compliance Analyst Us Immigration Fund LLC Jupiter, FL Jan 04, 2016 $115,000
Global Project COE Senior Analyst H.J. Heinz Company Pittsburgh, PA Oct 27, 2014 $115,000
Global Project COE Senior Analyst-MTD H.J. Heinz Company Pittsburgh, PA Oct 13, 2014 $90,000
Senior Project Launch Analyst, Global Accounting Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Apr 28, 2014 $90,000 -
$100,000
Global Project COE Senior Analyst-MTD H.J. Heinz Company PA Mar 04, 2015 $90,000
Senior Project Launch Analyst, Global Accounting Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Mar 31, 2014 $90,000 -
$100,000
Senior Project Analyst/Peoplesoft Financials Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings Burlington, NC Sep 30, 2011 $89,086 -
$125,819
SR. Project Analyst Esurance Insurance Services, Inc. Rocklin, CA Apr 22, 2013 $89,000
SR. Game Project Analyst Gazillion, Inc. San Mateo, CA Mar 16, 2011 $89,000 -
$105,000
Project Delivery Senior Analyst Deloitte Consulting LLP Arlington, VA Apr 11, 2016 $87,800 -
$119,900
Senior Project Analyst Forum Consulting, LLC New York, NY Oct 05, 2013 $75,000
Senior Project Cost Analyst Aquatech International Corporation Canonsburg, PA Sep 30, 2015 $74,316
Senior Analyst and Special Projects Liaison Milton Roy Company Ivyland, PA Dec 05, 2012 $73,070 -
$82,750
Senior Project Analyst PLH Group, Inc. Irving, TX Dec 18, 2013 $72,592
SR. Project Budget Analyst Sea Louisiana Construction, LLC Westlake, LA Sep 19, 2016 $72,342
Senior Strategic Project Marketing Analyst Fedex Corporate Services, Inc. Memphis, TN Oct 01, 2012 $72,093 -
$111,576
Project Delivery Senior Analyst Deloitte Consulting LLP Arlington, VA May 31, 2016 $72,000 -
$86,200
Senior Project Analyst (Buisness Analyst) Fidelity Employers Services LLC Merrimack, NH Dec 30, 2011 $71,926 -
$82,826

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Top Skills for A Senior Project Analyst

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Top Senior Project Analyst Skills

  1. Financial Analysis
  2. Procedures
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created and managed monthly financial analysis reports and budget charts for global team.
  • Complete forecasts, monthly and annual close procedures.
  • Generated monthly profitability and cost analysis reports for all active projects to Project Management Teams.
  • Managed Client classroom requirements, included scheduling, technical troubleshooting, supporting and implementing compliance standards across business units.
  • Developed Project Plans to identify Critical Success Factors, Critical Path Analysis, Major Milestones, Issues and Risks.

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