This post is written by Eugene Kozlov who was head of analytics of Yandex.Taxi – the leading ride hailing service worth several billion dollars. In this article, Eugene demystifies analytics roles at companies by breaking them down into different levels and management roles. Hopefully, with this guide, you’ll be better positioned to evaluate your position as analyst and those of analysts you will be hiring and managing at your company.
In eight years of work in analytics, I have interviewed and hired hundreds of people and have a good idea of the ins and outs of the analyst market.
The key knowledge here is that this market practically doesn’t exist. In 2019, I hired 34 analysts for my team, 23 of whom (68%) were interns or juniors. I would have been happy to hire someone more experienced, but people of such level didn’t exist, so I had to hire people with potential and help them grow.
In comparison, we hired 23% junior team members (five people out of 22) for data engineering teams, so the market is there. Data engineering is common and well developed in banks, telecom, and retail, which means that there are more ready-made specialists in the market.
This essay serves two purposes.
First is to clarify the terms in which we think about the levels of analysts. This will reduce the existing entropy in the market, where an arbitrary set of expectations and skills can be hidden behind a job opening or an analyst’s CV, ranging from project management and systems analysis to automation of routine business operations. In this market environment such prefixes as junior/senior/leading carry no information at all.
The second purpose is to provide a clear roadmap for growth and development as a data analyst or a person who has to do the work of a data analyst but has a different title to make it more applicable to everyone. At Yandex.Taxi, we are forced to build a growth career ladder for our employees, because otherwise we won’t be able to cope with the demand. The very formalization of analysts’ levels described in this essay is a consequence of this approach. However, not everyone works in large companies, and not everyone has access to a strong mentor. So this essay aims to help such people take a look at their growth points and work on them.
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