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How to Become a Business Systems Officer

Career News February 27, 2014

A business systems officer is a job highly immersed in technical and business expertise, though it is not quite at the level of business systems manager or executive. This is a job that involves establishing performance measures and seeking solutions to banking issues. Partly, your job is to identify weaknesses within the system, while also evaluating strategies to reach the goals set by the branch.

Getting Hired

It’s not being at the right place at the right time—it’s presenting you as a valuable asset to the company and demonstrating your value. Educationally speaking, this means a college degree. A bachelor’s degree will suffice, though a master’s degree and longer work experience would better highlight your qualifications. Most employers want at least five years of experience in the field. Work experience is essential because it gives you the opportunity to learn systems already in place, as well as the procedures that make these systems work.

As a systems officer, you will be making fast, but educated, decisions on how to accomplish the company’s goal. You work closely with the manager or the head of the department; still, the responsibility to oversee financial management and the computer systems in place to record these transactions is yours. It’s not just a computer repair person’s job. As an expert in banking and business, you understand what software and hardware are necessary and how each system allows for handling of funding, cost estimates, balancing accounts and making deposits.

Responsibilities on the Job

You ensure that the system your company uses is well maintained and that the data is protected and secure. It’s beyond troubleshooting because you plan ahead for the future, making sure software upgrades are in place, and identifying issues with the existing system. Understanding business analysis and project management is key, because oftentimes it is connected to the business system and software being used. The systems officer will do well to learn standards of business administration, and even personnel management to connect and resolve these issues efficiently.

When it comes to specific skills, make sure to develop a background in accounting, as well as computers and some IT. Funding allocations will probably be a major factor at most financial institutions and understanding how to plan, and direct funding will be a company priority.

Technical know-how can’t be underestimated, since systems officers are sometimes given the task of assessing the organization’s infrastructure, and identifying specific vulnerabilities. In addition, security measures might be on the agenda, which involves comprehending firewalls, password policies, intrusion detection, and other modern systems that protect data. This is all the more important given the prevalence of smart phones and tablet computers; emerging technologies beyond the traditional desktop PC and the usual security features.

Why not change your luck? If you desire to stop earning less than what you deserve, then it’s time to prove your value to an employer. Start by taking a college course on a subject with market value such as business administration. Within a few years, you will be progressing in your career at a steady pace, with a bright future ahead!

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In 2017, workers with a bachelor's degree or higher had almost twice as much
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