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BI Consultant

Job duties:

  • Provide expertise in design, development and implementation of Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics systems.
  • Work with technical resources to design and model the data warehouse systems.
  • Assist in developing BI reporting and analysis applications.
  • Provide optimal and cost-effective solutions to business teams in achieving business objectives.
  • Provide functional and technical guidance to business teams when needed.
  • Conduct business meetings with customers to determine project requirements and milestones.
  • Assist Project Managers in developing project plan including budgets , timelines and forecast.
  • Compare operational progress against planned project objectives and suggest corrective actions for variances.
  • Review the project information to identify the risks and opportunities and present it to the key leaders.
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  • Analyze the business performance and develop reports on performance metrics.
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  • Develop knowledge on business intelligence skills and processes.
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  • Develop best practices to achieve project objectives and deliverables.
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  • Develop positive working relationship with customers and other department staffs.
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  • Stay updated with ongoing business developments and latest market trends.
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  • Create a repository of the BI research results and findings.

Skills:

  • Business intelligence consultants must have an advanced knowledge of databases such as SQL server, Oracle, MySQL and Teradata, as well as various BI tools like IBM Cognos, Microsoft SSRS, SAP Business Objects and Qlikview.
  • Knowledge of programming languages and experience in software development can be a strong asset.
  • Strong communication skills are essential because BI consultants regularly deal with clients and their staff, as well as with specialists from related fields, including database developers and software engineers.
  • To be successful in this line of work, BI consultants must be good at developing customer relationships, which is why strong people-facing skills are essential.
  • BI consultants must have outstanding analytical and problem solving skills and a good grasp of both the technical and business side of business intelligence.
  • They must always keep up to date with the latest BI tools and technologies.

 

Qualifications:

  • Most prospective employers will look for candidates with an academic degree in IT, information studies, software engineering, or a related discipline and at least two years of relevant work experience.
  • Previous experience in consulting and implementing business intelligence tools is a strong advantage, as is a postgraduate degree in business.  
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