Business Analyst

Job Description

Business analysts look at how a company operates – conducting research and analyzing data to develop their knowledge – and suggest methods for the company to improve their practices and processes. This is usually done with the aim of helping the company to make more money, solve existing business problems and/or better achieve their goals.

The work of a business analyst is very closely related to the IT sector, and in some companies business analysts may be considered a technical job role and sit within an IT department. Nowadays, business analysts’ solutions for their clients will usually involve the implementation of new, or improved, computer systems, and the analyst’s role may extend to familiarizing the wider business with the benefits of this new technology and instructing colleagues on how it is to be used.

The Job Scope

  • Analyses the structure of a business, how it uses technology and what its goals are
  • Identify problems within a business, including through using data modelling techniques
  • Communicate with senior people in organizations to find out what they hope to achieve
  • Formulate ways for businesses to improve, based on previous research
  • Persuade internal and external stakeholders of the benefits of new technology or strategies
  • Oversee the implementation of new technology and systems
  • Run workshops and training sessions

Skills Required

Commercial awareness

Communication and interpersonal skills

Time management and organizational skills

Problem-solving skills

Analytical skills

Leadership and management skills

An interest in, and understanding of, project management techniques and computing systems

Academic Requirement

Business analyst roles typically require a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, though employers may prefer a degree in a business-, computing-, economics-, or numeracy-related subject.

  • STPM
    2 Full Passes or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 2.0 in STPM and a Credit in Mathematics at SPM; or
  • A-Level
    2 Passes at ‘A’ Levels and a Credit in Mathematics at ‘O’ Levels / GCSE; or
  • Unified Examination Certificate
    5 Grade B's in UEC including Mathematics; or
  • Canadian Pre-University
    Canadian Pre-University (CPU) with minimum average of 50%; or
  • Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)
    Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) with minimum average of 60%; or
  • South Australian Matriculation
    South Australian Matriculation Certificate (SAM) with minimum of 60%; or
  • International Baccalaureate
    International Baccalaureate with minimum 24 marks;

Salary Range

  • Fresh Graduate
    The average salary for a Business Analyst is RM4,528 to RM5,930 per month in Malaysia.
  • Senior Business Analysts
    Senior business analysts often take on much more complex projects than that of an average business analyst, thus making their job that much more difficult and complex. Their starting salary is an average of RM 8,484 and a maximum of RM RM16,700.