Business analyst

Business analyst help guide businesses in improving processes, products, services and software through data analysis.
These agile workers straddle the line between IT and the business to help bridge the gap and improve efficiency.

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Job description

BA's are responsible for creating new models that support business decisions by working closely with financial reporting and IT teams to establish initiatives and strategies to improve importing and to optimize costs. You’ll need a “strong understanding of regulatory and reporting requirements as well as plenty of experience in forecasting, budgeting and financial analysis combined with understanding of key performance indicators,” according to the needs of the customer.

A business analyst job description typically includes:

  • Creating a detailed business analysis, outlining problems, opportunities and solutions for a business

  • Budgeting and forecasting

  • Planning and monitoring

  • Variance analysis

  • Pricing

  • Reporting

  • Defining business requirements and reporting them back to stakeholders

  • Identifying and then prioritizing technical and functional requirements tops the business analyst's list of responsibilities, says Bob Gregory, a professor and academic program director for the business analysis and management degree program at Bellevue University.

Elicitation of requirements and using those requirements to get IT onboard and understand what the client really wants, that’s one of the biggest responsibilities for BA's. They have to work as a product owner, even though the business is the product owner. What do the systems need to do, how do they do it, who do we need to get input from, and how do we get everyone to agree on what we need to do before we go and do it? The BA’s life revolves around defining requirements and prioritizing requirements, and getting feedback and approval on requirements.

The role of a business analyst is constantly evolving and changing — especially as companies rely more on data to advise business operations. Every company has different issues that a business analyst can address, whether it’s dealing with outdated legacy systems, changing technologies, broken processes, poor client or customer satisfaction or siloed large organizations.

Business analyst skills

The business analyst position requires both hard skills and soft skills. Business analysts need to know how to pull, analyze and report data trends, and be able to share that information with others and apply it on the business side. Not all business analysts need a background in IT as long as they have a general understanding of how systems, products and tools work. Alternatively, some business analysts have a strong IT background and less experience in business, and are interested in shifting away from IT to this hybrid role.

Some of the most important skills and experience for a business analyst are:

  • Interpersonal and consultative skills

  • Facilitation skills

  • Analytical thinking and problem-solving

  • Being detail-oriented and capable of delivering a high level of accuracy

  • Organizational skills

  • Knowledge of business structure

  • Stakeholder analysis

  • Requirements engineering

  • Costs benefit analysis

  • Processes modeling

  • Understanding of networks, databases and other technology

Offer description

In our experienced and driven team, you will have the opportunity to introduce and use new technologies, you work remotely with our team in Microsoft Teams. For this challenging position, you will receive an attractive salary. We start with two weeks of education in the Odoo functional working mythology. Hereafter, we start with the basics of our development and what we can do with our team from a technical point of view. Then you get the chance to get familiar with the ongoing projects and start meeting the customers, where we will introduce you. First 6 months, you will report to our department chief, and we will assign you one to two project managers to keep track of changes and developments for your projects.