I’m currently looking for either contract or consulting work or possibly a full time position with the right company.
I’ve been working in the Construction sector for all of my career. I would love to continue working in construction but think it may be time to branch out into the wider world of IT and Internet companies. Construction is what I know, but IT is what I love doing. When I previously tried branching out of construction about 5 years ago, recruiters would just bypass my resume as it did not have the exact set of skills they were looking for. However Construction is not different than other businesses. The factors required for a profitable and successful construction company can be transferrable to any other company.
- It’s about visualising the steps required to get things done.
- Time = Money
- People are the key
- Streamline and document processes
- Reduce or Eliminate Waste
I am a Business Systems Analyst. Yeah, it’s a made up title but most of the jobs I’ve had over the past years have been jobs that you would not ever see advertised. Basically it’s like being a Business Analyst but internally for a company – Analysis of the internal workings, productivity and profitability of the company. Most companies do not realise that they need a Business Systems Analyst until they’ve got one. This makes recruiting very difficult. So that’s why I need to start with a company as a Business Analyst or other role and then show them what I can do, once I’m there.
I can’t give you a list of 20 acronyms of code that I’ve developed in or 20 IT projects that I’ve helped to develop, but I can say that I have a very broad range of experience, and know a little about a lot of things, and I’m a very detailed thinker, so I can drill down into specific areas when I need to. Plus I can read and understand most code and can translate between the coders and the rest of the team.
So what does a Business Systems Analyst do?
- Analysis of systems and procedures within the organisation to identify where systems can be improved or streamlined to increase productivity and profitability.
- Analysis across the different departments of the company to identify where the gaps are in the systems (eg reporting and information flows between departments).
- Implementing Production, profitability and other KPI reporting from line of business systems to executive and making the reporting process more streamlined, accurate and timely.
- Utilising existing tools and resources within the company to enhance systems and procedures in a cost effective way.
- Technical research, vendor liaison, selection and comparison and independent analysis of the organisation’s requirements.
As companies grow the “gut feel” and “finger on the pulse” doesn’t work so well anymore therefore this needs to be enhanced by Well designed documented and fully trained systems and procedures – this is where I can help.
Some people call this Business Intelligence (BI). Business intelligence is not just for the large companies, and does not require an unlimited IT budget. In a lot of cases existing systems can be utilised or BI systems can be sourced that don’t break the budget. However, BI Dashboards are not always the answer – sometimes paper rules. With a full understanding of the businesses, together we can determine what is the best solution for the business.
Sometimes technology is not the solution – a paper or human based system may be the best way to handle a problem or may be part of the solution, (Eg the Mechanical Turk service by Amazon), and Sometimes there is not a technological problem to solve and no amount of technology will help the situation. Together, we need to be aware of this and not propose a technology solution if it won’t help.
So, what’s in it for the prospective company that wants to employ me, I hear you ask…
- I am very loyal
- I am a hard worker
- I am intelligent
- I am passionate
- I want to work hard
- I want to be valued for the work I do
- I am a very fast learner
- I can translate between all levels of the business.
Basically, I want to help businesses with this question.
How can the worlds of Web 2.0, Open Source, Line of Business Apps and Custom Software merge into a solution that helps support the company’s core business now and into the future.
I’m currently in Sydney but would love to live and work almost anywhere else in Aus or OS especially Melbourne, Perth, Dubai, UK, USA in that order.
Other jobs I would also do well at are:
- Business Analyst
- Database Design
- Construction Contracts Manager
- Construction Client Side Contracts Manager
- Construction Design and Document Control
So, by now, if you are still reading it, you are probably desperate to contact me and offer me a job? Well, let’s have a chat anyway – the Coffee’s on me. So have a look at my LinkedIn Profile http://www.linkedin.com/in/jminers and send me an email if you would like to get in touch jminers -at- gmail -dot- com.