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Where can I find a Business Analyst job in New Zealand?
What does a Business Analyst do?
What skills does an IT Business Analyst need to have?
Business Analysts are often the first person assigned to scope out and determine if a project is viable and then secure funding through the creation and maintenance of a business case. If the project is then approved by the business, they are expected to contribute using the “as is” and “to be” processes. In the initial stages, a Business Analyst must be able to understand and define the “as is” – otherwise known as the current state of the business.
Once the requirements of a project have been determined and documented, a Business Analyst should be able to provide a clear, concise, and actionable list of the “to be” – or future state, requirements. Being able to define the scope of work will ensure that the appropriate analysis is conducted to achieve the desired outcomes. Strong business acumen and knowledge of business analysis models will help you stand out in this aspect.
Analytical thinking and excellent problem-solving skills are more required than desired. A key component of a Business Analyst role is to recommend solutions that will help an organisation achieve its goals. Bridging the gap between IT processes and the business may include the modification of processes, services, products, or software.
What is a Business Analyst’s job description?
- Gather and analyse critical information and data, eliciting and documenting functional and non-functional (technical) requirements
- Managing the “as is” and “to be” process
- Discover primary business objectives by analysing processes, technologies and systems
- Business process mapping: Provide clear, concise project plans and effectively manage them
- Liaise with other IT professionals such as developers, administrators and system architects to ensure solutions are correctly implemented
- Build, develop and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
- Utilise excellent communication skills to manage expectations, maximise output and present critical information such as recommendations
- Identify areas of improvement by outlining problems, opportunities and solutions which are to be reported back to stakeholders
What skills and experience are employers are looking for from a Business Analyst?
The drive for constant improvement has seen organisations turn to business analysis in the pursuit of gaining an edge over competitors. Moreover, the rapid progression of technological advancement has resulted in IT becoming a critical component of any organisation.
We have found that the Business Analyst skills and experience employers require fall under two categories:
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Solutions Development
- Data Models/Database expertise
- User Acceptance Testing (UAT)
- Process Modelling (BPMN)
- Data Visualisation
Being able to display experience in systems development will be recognised as a valuable skill by employers. The process of being able to evaluate requirements, select the appropriate solution and implement it successfully is what employers are looking for.
The ability to recognise problems and find solutions are core fundamental skills which successful Business Analysts have. A Business Analyst should be skilled at improving, modifying, or creating new information systems, processes, services, products, or software. Understanding data is presumed by employers while critical problem-solving skills and the capacity to manage multiple tasks are considered invaluable.
Employers have indicated that an underrated asset of an excellent Business Analyst is communication. Certain aspects of a business such as information technology can be difficult to understand for key stakeholders who do not possess technical knowledge.
In many cases, the Business Analyst is seen as the bridge and translator between IT systems and an organisation. Excellent interpersonal skills and strength in presenting recommendations are fundamental to the success of a Business Analyst.
What type of employers hire Business Analysts?
- Manufacturing – New technologies require new processes in the ever-evolving manufacturing industry. Consequently, the need for development, maintenance, and use of technological systems has been further enhanced.
- Mining – Great opportunities for those with solution architecture skills.
- Construction – As the role of technology becomes more significant in construction, employers are looking to close the gap between business and IT. A strong understanding of business processes and excellent communication skills will have you well placed.
- Public Administration – The public sector has been relatively slow to adopt digital technologies. It means that IT Business Analyst jobs exist across all levels of government.
- Ecommerce/Retail – Ecommerce businesses are constantly looking to design, build, test and integrate new systems. Experience in Agile environments, ERP solutions or as a Systems Analyst will help you stand out to these employers.
What tools and software does a Business Analyst use?
- Business Analytics Software: Google Analytics, Tableau, Excel
- Business Management Suite: Oracle NetSuite or equivalent
- Communication Platforms: Email, Slack, Teams, Zoom, Google Meets etc
- General Software: MS Office or equivalent
- Programming languages: SQL
We strongly advise that you list all software or tools that you are proficient in as they may help you stand out to employers in a specific industry.
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