A senior data analyst may work for many different types of businesses, most commonly in marketing or finance. A senior data analyst specializes in collecting data, organizing that data, and then analyzing the data so that they can accurately report their findings so that other departments to make informed decisions. As a senior-level employee, a senior data analyst also be oversees and mentors a small team and serves as a liaison between the data analysts and other departments.
A bachelor’s degree is required is typically required for this position, usually in statistics, computer science, or business administration; a master’s degree is increasingly required in the field. In addition, companies often require a minimum of three to five years in a data management, analysis, and reporting field before considering an applicant for a senior-level position. Furthermore, since a senior data analyst will oversee a small team, they often must demonstrate strong leadership skills.
Senior data analysts usually work a standard 40-hour work week, but the occasional high-priority project can require overtime. Senior data analysts do not usually work directly with clients or customers, but they often use data management and reporting systems to collect data from existing databases. A great deal of this process is automated, so strong computer proficiency is a must. Depending on the company, a senior data analyst may be able to occasionally work remotely from home.
Senior Data Analyst Tasks
- Ensure data accuracy and create ad hoc reports.
- May also be required to provide database maintenance and development.
- Gather, extract, manipulate, analyze and model data using analytical and statistical tools.