As an analyst, most of the work I do is research and data analysis to support a strategy or commercial due diligence (CDD) project. CDD is where a client is looking at buying a company, and we help to evaluate whether they should.
Part of this is looking at quantitative metrics like KPIs to see how the company has grown in the past, and how it may grow in the future. Another part is online research, where we look at the strengths and weaknesses of the company and its competitors. Then there’s the strategy side, where we consider whether (and how) our client could grow the company if they acquired it.
It’s definitely been a steep learning curve, especially when I first started. You pick up what you need pretty quickly, though. And one of things I really like here is that it’s no problem to ask your neighbour for help if you’re stuck – even if they’re very senior. It’s part of the open, relaxed but hard-working culture.