Profession business analyst

Business analysts research and understand the strategic position of businesses and companies in relation to their markets and their stakeholders. They analyse and present their views on how the company, from many perspectives, can improve its strategic position and internal corporate structure. They assess needs for change, communication methods, technology, IT tools, new standards and certifications.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Risk management

    The process of identifying, assessing, and prioritising of all types of risks and where they could come from, such as natural causes, legal changes, or uncertainty in any given context, and the methods on dealing with risks effectively.

  • Business analysis

    The research field which addresses the identification of business needs and problems and the determination of the solutions that would mitigate or prevent the smooth functioning of a business. Business analysis comprises IT solutions, market challenges, policy development and strategic matters.

  • Market research

    The processes, techniques, and purposes comprised in the first step for developing marketing strategies such as the collection of information about customers and the definition of segments and targets.

Skills

  • Conduct quantitative research

    Execute a systematic empirical investigation of observable phenomena via statistical, mathematical or computational techniques.

  • Build business relationships

    Establish a positive, long-term relationship between organisations and interested third parties such as suppliers, distributors, shareholders and other stakeholders in order to inform them of the organisation and its objectives.

  • Analyse financial performance of a company

    Based on accounts, records, financial statements and external information of the market, analyse the performance of the company in financial matters in order to identify improvement actions that could increase profit.

  • Conduct qualitative research

    Gather relevant information by applying systematic methods, such as interviews, focus groups, text analysis, observations and case studies.

  • Analyse external factors of companies

    Perform research and analysis of the external factor pertaining to companies such as consumers, position in the market, competitors, and political situation.

  • Interpret financial statements

    Read, understand, and interpret the key lines and indicators in financial statements. Extract the most important information from financial statements depending on the needs and integrate this information in the development of the department's plans.

  • Identify undetected organisational needs

    Use the collected input and information from interviewing stakeholders and analysing organisational documents in order to detect unseen needs and improvements that would support the development of the organisation. Identify the needs of the organisation in terms of staff, equipment, and improvement of operations.

  • Perform business analysis

    Evaluate the condition of a business on its own and in relation to the competitive business domain, performing research, placing data in context of the business' needs and determining areas of opportunity.

  • Advise on efficiency improvements

    Analyse information and details of processes and products in order to advise on possible efficiency improvements that could be implemented and would signify a better use of resources.

  • Analyse business plans

    Analyse the formal statements from businesses which outline their business goals and the strategies they set in place to meet them, in order to assess the feasibility of the plan and verify the business' ability to meet external requirements such as the repayment of a loan or return of investments.

  • Liaise with managers

    Liaise with managers of other departments ensuring effective service and communication, i.e. sales, planning, purchasing, trading, distribution and technical.

  • Make strategic business decisions

    Analyse business information and consult directors for decision making purposes in a varied array of aspects affecting the prospect, productivity and sustainable operation of a company. Consider the options and alternatives to a challenge and make sound rational decisions based on analysis and experience.

  • Align efforts towards business development

    Synchronise the efforts, plans, strategies, and actions carried out in departments of companies towards the growth of business and its turnover. Keep business development as the ultimate outcome of any effort of the company.

  • Analyse internal factors of companies

    Research and understand various internal factors that influence the operation of companies such as its culture, strategic foundation, products, prices, and available resources.

Optional knowledge and skills

define organisational standards advise on organisation climate business law interview people advise client on technical possibilities seek innovation in current practices advise on risk management business intelligence propose ict solutions to business problems business strategy concepts keep updated on the political landscape market entry strategies financial statements corporate law business process modelling advise on communication strategies quality standards organisational policies shape organisational teams based on competencies advise on personnel management report analysis results advise on financial matters support implementation of quality management systems

Common job titles

  • Busniess analyst, remote, usa
  • Business analyst
  • Business analyst (for us citizen and green card holders only)
  • Entry-level analyst