What does a Principal BI Analyst do?
BI analysts gather and study business intelligence data, using this information to develop insights about competitors and the marketplace. They meet with clients or stakeholders to determine what information is needed and how it will be used, develop a plan for gathering data, and compile reports that highlight conclusions or significant points of interest. These analysts use a variety of BI software programs and other tools, and may also use additional research tactics such as focus groups or interviews.
BI analysts typically have a bachelor’s degree in Business Intelligence or a computer science field. They must have strong data analysis and interpretation capabilities, and be comfortable evaluating and dissecting statistics. These roles require experience with a variety of research tactics, and the ability to determine the best methods for obtaining specific types of information. Analysts must be comfortable using BI software programs and related technology.
- Leverage databases, analytics, and other data tools to manage data.
- Analyze data from surveys, win/loss/miss, business travel news, and more to uncover trends and insights.
- The role often requires interfacing with business owners.
- Coordinate the design, development, delivery and management of targeted communications.
- Partner with others and program teams to promotes the effective use of data.
- Leverage change management structure to understand needs for report creation.
- Manipulate and format raw data extracted from primary data sources.
- Work closely with customers' internal development team to ensure project deliverables are met.
- Assist the operations manager with other duties as required.
- Identify and communicate operational impact of analytical findings/decision support.
- Maintain and improve data pipelines, master datasets, and dashboards.
- Work with sales and marketing to test new campaign approaches.
- Fulfill ad-hoc requests from business leaders for tweaks to metrics, added views, and updates to visualizations.
- Serve as a role model for others by providing coaching, guidance, and training.
- Lead the investigation (root cause analysis) and resolution of problems.
- Validate quality and appropriateness of source data and pertinence of results within client objectives.
- Build reports and charts to illustrate correlations, trends, forecasts, etc.
- Complete thorough peer review ensuring accuracy and validity of work.
- Review data and performance metrics and coordinates with sales team to meet program goals and accelerate business growth.
- Launch and train key stakeholders on new reporting or analysis.
- Monitor and maintain the accuracy and quality of payer remittance data.
- Direct client teams and leadership on Business Intelligence functions for precision product deployments, client engagements and strategic projects requiring complex data management, synthesis, and presentation.
- Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in information systems, engineering, computer science or business, or equivalent experience.
- A critical thinker and problem solver.
- Experience with SQL, SQL Server, SAS, R Language, SSRS, Siss, SSAS, and cloud software and systems.
- Prior experience as a consultant.
- Familiar with statistics and datasets as they apply to the work.
- Comfortable leading, making decisions and sharing processes such as business process analysis.
Principal BI Analyst Career Path
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Principal BI Analyst Interviews
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The most common qualifications to become a Principal BI Analyst is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.