Associate business analysts are typically employed by larger companies to assist executives and other business professionals in creating and honing efficient and productive business procedures. This typically occurs through the collection and analysis of verifiable and measurable data related to any number of business processes. Many associate business analysts work alongside senior business analysts to collect and collate information and sift relevant data for use in reports and directives for senior management.
These analysts work alongside other personnel in various departments to help them fully utilize all tools provided by the company, such as software and tech-related components and assisting employees in proper reporting procedures, clarifying data outputs, and assisting teams and team leads in using analysis tools to improve productivity. Associate business analysts may help customer service teams to improve customer satisfaction, and may work with development teams to show how reaching daily and weekly progress benchmarks can increase productivity for other teams. In many organizations, the associate business analyst is the hands-on helper who brings the vision of a business analyst to work groups themselves.
Those in this position also help senior analysts or analysis teams to collect data, and they may help sort and distribute relevant data and perform follow-up tasks to confirm the findings of a senior analysis team. As associates, they must provide valuable firsthand input that the senior analyst may include in memos and reports for directors within the company.
For some companies, this position requires only entry-level skills and experience, while other positions put the associate business analyst on track to greater responsibility within an analysis group in the corporation, and a degree in business administration, statistics, or a related field may be required. Most associate business analysts work in an office setting during regular business hours.
Associate Business Analyst Tasks
Identify user needs from user requests and develop strategies by which to meet those needs.
Critically evaluate information from multiple sources and clearly indicate quality of final analysis.
Communicate complex data in comprehensible ways.
Determine, implement, and evaluate business metrics to meet ongoing organizational or customer information needs.
Analyze and report on complex data to meet customer needs.