A Week in the Life—Elaine, Business Analyst A Week in the Life—Elaine, Business Analyst

Monday

9:00 a.m.
Team Meeting

The project I am currently working on is an operational support structure review for a major telecommunications firm. It's an exciting and challenging project as there is a lot of responsibility to take on and a high level of client collaboration. The team consists of a principal and myself and each Monday morning, we discuss the major priorities for the week. This week includes a client workshop and a steering committee meeting on Friday.

10:00 a.m.
Workshop Preparation 

We are preparing for a client workshop where the objective is to brainstorm what the future state should be for the operations support, with client participants from across different divisions and functions. I research some examples of other workshops and IC on our A.T. Kearney database to get some ideas and draft a pack.

2:00 p.m.
Coffee with Client

 
I get my coffee fix with one of the team members in the Finance team, whom I had worked with in another work stream.
2:30 p.m.
Meeting with Director
We have a meeting to discuss some of the initial recommendations we have developed with one of the business unit directors. She has been a great sounding board for our ideas, as she only recently joined the organisation and comes with a fresh perspective. We also discuss our ideas for the workshop.
4:00 p.m.
Update workshop pack
I incorporate some of the ideas and feedback from the meeting with the Director into the workshop packs. I discuss the workshop plan and pack with some A.T. Kearney members working on another work stream at this client and they provide some really useful ideas.
7:00 p.m.
Dinner
I finalise the pack and head out to catch up with a friend over dinner in the city.

Tuesday

8:30 a.m.
Client Interviews
We catch up with one of the business unit directors to discuss his views on some initial solutions and he also points us to some of his team members to do some follow up interviews.
12:00 p.m.
Lunch with client
We catch up with the manager on the other work stream, as well as one of the client directors over lunch - we go to the manager's favourite dumpling restaurant in Chinatown.
1:00 p.m.
Scenario modelling
From the inputs discussed in the client interviews, I analyse some of the support structure scenarios and model the estimated savings associated with each scenario. I also build some slides on this for the steering committee we have this Friday.
6:00 p.m.
Gym
I go to the gym and make sure I get a good night's rest as we have a big day tomorrow with the workshops.

Wednesday

8:00 a.m.
Prepare for Workshop
We set up for the logistics of the workshop room - flipcharts, printouts etc and discuss the roles each team member will play during the workshop.
11:00 a.m.
Workshop facilitation
I am facilitating one of the break out discussion groups. The participants come from different business units and we discuss current process pain points and potential improvement solutions.
4:00 p.m.
Debrief and summarise findings
The team have a quick debrief of the workshop findings and I start building some slides to summarise our findings. We also set up some meetings tomorrow to follow up individually with some of the key workshop participants.

Thursday

8:30 a.m.
Follow up client interviews
We spend the morning catching up with different workshop participants and other clients who we have been referred to get more information and data on.
2:00 p.m.
Steering Committee pack
I prepare the pack for tomorrow's steering committee and discuss with the principal.
6:00 p.m.
Alumni Event
Tonight is the A.T. Kearney's Alumni event at the Eureka towers - great to meet some of the alumni and hear about their success, as well as catch up with colleagues over drinks and canapes.

Friday

8:30 a.m.
Team catch up
Today we have our steering committee meeting, so the team discusses what we will present today and allocate who will be discussing each section.
11:00 a.m.
Steering Committee meeting
I present a section of the estimated savings from different scenarios to the steering committee. It has been great to have opportunities such as presenting to senior clients to gain exposure and build strong relationships.
1:00 p.m.
Back to A.T. Kearney office
I head back to the office - it's always nice to be back to catch up with colleagues and to hear what they have been up to.
2:00 p.m.
Mentor meeting
I catch up with my mentor to discuss the upcoming annual performance review and we discuss my development goals and my self-assessment.
3:00 p.m.
Recruitment meeting
I'm involved on the undergraduate recruitment team and we have a discussion regarding the plan for next year.
4:00 p.m.
Drinks
The drinks cart comes around and we relax over a wine/beer, a great way to end the week!

 

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