Systems analysts examine a company’s IT systems and infrastructure and write requirements for new ones, help implement them and monitor their effectiveness. They analyze how well software, hardware and wider IT systems fit the business needs of their employer/client.
Your role is to liaise between, and report to, internal and external clients and stakeholders, including programmers and developers, throughout the development process.
You will conduct a cost analysis and agree the time frame to implement the proposed solution. You’ll specify and shape the system requirements and operations, the user interface and output and present the proposal to the client. You will work closely with the client team, including commercial managers and software developers, during both the report and implementation phase.
Junior analysts: £20,000 and £25,000. Senior positions: in excess of £40,000.
Typically work 37 to 40 hours a week. Longer working hours may be the norm in the financial sector and consultancy.
You'll need to upskill in line with current trends in the sector, such as, analytics, big data, cloud technology, data protection, mobile apps, and security.
Skills Valued by Employers
- broad knowledge of hardware, software and programming
- the ability to learn quickly
- teamworking skills
- a logical approach to problem solving
- good interpersonal and client-handling skills
- a methodical, investigative and inquisitive mind and attention to detail
- excellent oral and written communication skills and presentation skills
- planning and negotiating skills
- an interest in the way organizational processes work.
Common programming skills include:
- Visual Basic, C++ and Java
- Unified Modelling Language (UML)
- SAP business software applications
- web-based technologies.