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Working As A Senior SAP Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $108,373

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior SAP 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 SAP 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 SAP Consultant Career Paths

Senior SAP Consultant
Consultant/Team Lead Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Functional Lead Project Leader Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Coordinator Project Manager/Analyst
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Functional Lead SAP Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Business Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
SAP Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Leader Operations Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Solutions Architect Program Manager
Global Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Architect Technical Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
SAP Project Manager Program Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Team Lead Senior Project Manager Business Development Director
Solutions Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Leader Information Technology Project Manager Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Sap-Sd Consultant 3.7 years
SAP BW Consultant 3.5 years
SAP MM Consultant 3.4 years
SAP Consultant 2.4 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
SAP Analyst 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 9.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.5%
Architect 3.7%

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Senior SAP Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

74.7%

Female

21.5%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

38.8%

Asian

34.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Black or African American

8.5%

Unknown

6.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

25.0%

French

15.6%

Spanish

15.6%

Chinese

6.3%

Hindi

6.3%

Russian

6.3%

Vietnamese

3.1%

Nepali

3.1%

Turkish

3.1%

Cantonese

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Mandarin

3.1%

Ukrainian

3.1%

Italian

3.1%
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Senior SAP Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.8%

More Tech Institute

10.5%

Texas A&M University

6.3%

University of Houston

5.3%

Arizona State University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

University of Kentucky

4.2%

Temple University

4.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.2%

University of North Texas

4.2%

University of Miami

4.2%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of Oklahoma

4.2%

University of Pennsylvania

3.2%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

3.2%

Indiana Institute of Technology

3.2%

California Coast University

3.2%

Villanova University

3.2%

Wayne State University

3.2%

Northern Kentucky University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

22.0%

Computer Science

19.1%

Finance

6.2%

Engineering

5.8%

Accounting

5.0%

Information Technology

4.8%

Mechanical Engineering

3.8%

Management

3.7%

Electrical Engineering

3.5%

Management Information Systems

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Marketing

3.2%

Industrial Engineering

3.0%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Supply Chain Management

2.2%

Information Systems

2.0%

Computer Applications

1.7%

Project Management

1.3%

Civil Engineering

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.0%

Masters

41.1%

Other

10.5%

Diploma

3.2%

Certificate

1.7%

Associate

1.1%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Real Senior SAP Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior SAP Consultant Sutoer Solutions Inc. Hercules, CA May 10, 2015 $214,000
SR. SAP Consultant (Warehouse Management) Volke Consulting, Ltd Greenville, SC Apr 28, 2015 $170,560
SAP Fi/Co Senior Consultant Clarkston-Potomac Group, Inc. Durham, NC Dec 25, 2016 $162,500
SAP Fi/Co Senior Consultant Clarkston-Potomac Group, Inc. Durham, NC Jan 21, 2015 $160,800
SAP Fi/Co Senior Consultant Clarkston-Potomac Group, Inc. Durham, NC Jan 23, 2015 $160,800
SR SAP EIM Consultant Data Migration Resources Inc. Mission, KS Dec 19, 2016 $155,000
SR SAP Consultant Truqua Enterprises, LLC Chicago, IL May 16, 2016 $152,250
SR SAP Consultant Truqua Enterprises, LLC Chicago, IL Jul 26, 2016 $152,250
Senior SAP Systems Consultant Attune Consulting USA Inc. Burlington, MA Apr 15, 2015 $152,000
SAP Senior Consultant Attune Consulting USA, Inc. Burlington, MA Jan 19, 2016 $152,000
SR SAP Consultant Traittek LLC Houston, TX Nov 30, 2015 $150,000
SAP Senior Consultant WM MM Attune Consulting USA Inc. Burlington, MA Jul 28, 2016 $150,000
SAP Senior Consultant WM MM Attune Consulting USA Inc. Burlington, MA Aug 25, 2015 $150,000
SR. SAP TM Consultant GOPA It Consultants Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 02, 2016 $110,000
Senior SAP Consultant T-Systems North America, Inc. Frisco, TX Aug 10, 2015 $110,000
SR. SAP Functional Consultant Coherent Technology Solutions Inc. Indianapolis, IN May 23, 2016 $110,000
Senior Engineer-Sap Workflow Consultant Optima ECM Consulting LLC Scottsdale, AZ May 08, 2015 $110,000
SR. SAP Functional Consultant Coherent Technology Solutions Inc. Buffalo Grove, IL Jan 04, 2016 $110,000
Senior SAP Transportation Management Consultant GOPA It Consultants Inc. San Mateo, CA Feb 19, 2015 $109,000
SR. SAP Consultant DVR Softek Inc. Edison, NJ Jan 07, 2015 $108,368 -
$110,368
Senior SAP Consultant IBM India Private Limited San Jose, CA Jan 02, 2016 $108,052
Senior SAP Consultant IBM India Private Limited Chesterbrook, PA Dec 08, 2016 $89,901
SAP FI Senior Advisory Consultant IBM India Private Limited Wayne, PA Jan 06, 2016 $89,901
Senior SAP Consultant IBM India Private Limited Skokie, IL Apr 28, 2016 $89,901
Senior SAP Consultant IBM India Private Limited Chesterbrook, PA Aug 13, 2016 $89,901
Senior SAP Consultant IBM India Private Limited Schaumburg, IL Dec 08, 2016 $89,901
Senior SAP Consultant IBM India Private Limited Chesterbrook, PA Jul 29, 2016 $89,901
Senior SAP Consultant IBM India Private Limited Schaumburg, IL Jan 07, 2016 $89,901

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  2. Modules
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  • Demonstrated purchase to pay processes in SAP and provided options for integrating existing e-procurement application.
  • Configured Derivation procedures and valuation rules used to supplement CO-PA obtained from source modules FI, CO, SD and MM.
  • Documented business requirements, business process documents, key decision documents, business process steps and system design specifications.
  • Studied existing design and made recommendations to business process improvements and implemented new processes.
  • Gather and analyze quantitative and qualitative OM/PA data and develop reports and recommendations.

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