Business Analyst: Job Description
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Business Analyst: Job Description

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Business Analysts are responsible for understanding and assessing the changing needs of the business. They’re frequently asked to analyze the impacts of change, document and support communication between relevant groups and stakeholders, and capture requirements needed to initiate a change.

Many times, business analysts act as liaisons between groups or departments. They become intermediaries who help support and translate needs across business units and functions.

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Typical Business Analyst Responsibilities

The day-to-day tasks of a business analyst vary greatly based on their industry, department, and projects. That being said, many business analysts find themselves acting and working with different groups, departments, and team members. Business analysts will hear new ideas and requests every day. They must understand when and where to act, and which requests will be most critical to the success of business end-goals. In general, they will be responsible to:

  • Prioritize requirements from various stakeholders
  • Communicate, translate, and simplify business requirements to ensure buy-in from all stakeholders
  • Assess change-proposals and define solutions to help the organization achieve its goals
  • Discover, organize, and clarify business needs and review/produce specifications for change
  • Work with the Technical Analyst and development team to ensure that they understand the specifications.
  • Work with training team to document system scenarios and identify roles impacted to help develop a change management/training plan.
  • Conduct business process modeling and generate applicable scenarios for the technology functionality testing team.

Skills of a Great Business Analyst

First and foremost, business analysts are communicators. They work with multiple stakeholders and need to be able to convey needs, requirements, and solutions to different departments. But that’s not all they do; great business analysts have many skills, including:

  • Exceptional ability to position and “sell” solutions that are reasonable, actionable, and cost-effective, including the ability to properly gauge the requirements and “plug” the appropriate solution.
  • Forward-thinking and resourceful to skirt red tape and ensure solutions are brought to fruition and requirements are closed properly.
  • Ability to problem solve and apply methodologies such as Unified Modeling Language and Rational Unified Process, to prepare detailed specifications using case statements and related documentation
  • People skills, with the ability to engage diplomatically with stakeholders and communicate changes that may not be aligned with the original expectations
  • Knowledge of proper requirements specification and development, such as process/functional requirements definition methods, JAD/RAD sessions, use case development, process flow diagrams
  • Working knowledge of Agile and Waterfall Methodologies

Salary Outlook

Business are becoming more complicated due to globalization, and the need for business analysts is expanding. As companies work hard to innovate and stay ahead of the competition, business analysts are a critical piece of the puzzle towards making organizational improvements.

According to Glassdoor, business analysts make an average base salary of $70,887 in the United States. The more specialized the role, the higher the salary. For example, Villanova University cites $92,600 as the average salary for an Information Security Analyst. Likewise, the more experience you gain as a business analyst, the more likely you are to get larger, more complex project – and consequently a higher salary.

Looking for the next step in your career? Collabera has many current openings for business analysts, with more posted every day. Browse our business analyst job openings and apply online, or submit your resume to get started with us today!

Expected Education and Certification

Most employers will be looking for at least a bachelor’s degree, usually in business administration. While it’s possible to get a job as a business analyst without a specific certification, holding the certificate communicates to potential employers that you understand the basic necessary skills and are familiar with the role, even if you don’t have hands-on experience.

Potential Business Analyst Interview Questions

With communication skills at the core of your role as a business analyst, you will need to have a strong interview in order to land the job. Show your strengths and come prepared for any question. Here’s a few to think about in order to get started:

  • Which analysis and modeling techniques and methodologies do you apply to your work as a business analyst, and why?
  • How would you deal with a stakeholder who insists that a complex process is the ideal solution to a problem?
  • Tell me how you’ve created long-range plans for a business in the past, including the diagrams and/or other materials you used to describe their needs, and how it helped you present technical information in a clear and palatable way.
  • What tools or systems have you worked with?
  • How would you handle a last-minute change to a requirement?
  • How do you know when you’re done with a requirement?
  • How do you manage a difficult stakeholder?
  • Where do you go when you are researching new solutions for a requirement?
  • How do you go about prioritizing requirements from different stakeholders with similar deadlines?
  • In [x] situation, what methodology would you apply? Walk me through your reasoning and solutions you might propose.

Professional Organizations and Associations

Joining a professional organization demonstrates your commitment to the role, and helps to develop your professional network. You can stay abreast of new skills, innovations, and the latest news in the field of business analysis.

Brush up on your Business Analyst Knowledge

Staying up-to-date on the latest business analyst best practices also includes self-learning. From reading blogs and attending conventions, to taking a free course online, there are many ways and places to expand your skills.

  • BA Times: articles, white papers, events
  • Business Analytics Specialization: while this is a paid course, you can usually audit the class to get the skills, you’ll just miss out on the projects portion of the class.
  • bpmNEXT: Business Process Management conference covering cutting-edge tech and advancements in BA best practices

Explore our Top Business Analyst Roles

Collabera places business analysts in roles at leading companies worldwide. There is always a need, and we are always on the lookout. Searching for a new role as a business analyst? Check out some of our top jobs today!

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