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Business Analyst - Ricardo Strategic Consulting

  • Role type
  • Full time

  • Location
  • Detroit

  • Closing Date
  • 30/04/2018

Job Description

Located at our office in Van Buren Twp., Michigan, Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC) is currently seeking to hire a highly motivated Business Analyst (BA). At RSC, we deliver tangible results to our clients, so we recruit people who will thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. Our entrepreneurial working style and the size of our firm allow our BAs to become an integral part of the team immediately and to have an impact early on in their careers at RSC.

The Business Analyst will focus on the analysis of issues and challenges faced by today's businesses, contributing to the design and development of innovative strategies as well as delivering market and product knowledge for our clients. Typical assignments include competitive intelligence gathering, voice of the customer/market activities, aptitude for analyzing large databases of information, conducting financial and market analysis, developing client presentations and supporting clients with implementing the resulting recommendations.


  • Support clients on a wide variety of topics, including, but not limited to -
  • New product development and new market entry strategy development
  • Assessing market drivers and customer needs as part of product strategy development
  • Technology assessment, road mapping and adoption scenario modeling/forecasting
  • Competitive benchmarking of products and technologies - Product cost estimation, performance benchmark, life cycle cost analysis, overall business model review
  • Operations strategy - Design and commercial cost reduction, sourcing strategy development and execution, manufacturing process assessment
  • Due diligence engagements for leading early stage venture funds, private equity clients to help assess investments in the energy and transportation sectors
  • Collect data from secondary sources and assist the team in identifying new and unique information sources
  • Design and execute qualitative and quantitative primary research
  • Quantify economic implications of strategy recommendations for the client
  • Translate data into meaningful insights and recommendations
  • Communicate findings to the consulting team and the client verbally and in writing
  • Support senior leadership team in business development activities, as required
  • Engage in overall RSC marketing activities by being active in authoring white papers, industry publications and presenting at market specific conferences


  • BBA or Engineering degree from a top-tier institution
  • Master's degree is preferred
  • Relevant professional work experience in product planning, product development, purchasing/procurement in one of the following industries:
    • Automotive
    • Medium/heavy duty vehicles and off highway equipment
    • Large engines
    • Natural gas and oilfield equipment
    • Defense
    • Clean energy
  • Strong analytical skills and experience conducting in-depth data analysis
  • Self-starter with excellent organization and time management skills able to structure own work and work independently
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas clearly, with excellent written & verbal presentation and communication skills; also able to recommend solutions to senior client leadership
  • Proficiency using MS Word, Access, Excel, VBA, PowerPoint and other database skills
  • Basic statistical modeling and regression analysis
  • Willingness to be globally staffed on short notice and stretch work-life balance, as required
  • Previous experience in consulting role a plus