Meet the Analyst: Margaret Mc Grath

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Incline’s tagline  “Driven by Data. Powered by Genius.” encapsulates what’s best about Incline. As well using the latest analytical methods and tools, our analyst team works with our clients to help them grow their businesses. This month we’re meeting Margaret Mc Grath.

Who are you?

Hi, my name is Margaret Mc Grath. When I’m not analysing data at Incline, I have fun playing and strategizing in board games such as Settlers of Catan and 7 Wonders.

What’s your background?

I’ve lived in Cape Town my whole life and completed all my studies here. I graduated with a MA in Psychological Research from the University of Cape Town.  After an initial interest in the field of neuropsychology, I pivoted my career direction to see how my research and analytical skills could be used in the business environment.

How long have you worked at Incline?

I started at Incline in August 2016. The company has trained me as an analyst, as well as giving me the opportunity to be involved in other projects such as our corporate social investment and managing Incline’s online presence.

How are you currently helping Incline’s clients?

I work mainly with one client’s processes, offering their primary point of analytical support. I help them with a range of tasks including: reporting and analytical consulting, with the objective of investigating their data to help answer business questions as well as helping them automate and streamline their processes to free up time for other tasks. At a high level, this support enables access to answers such as: is a particular sales line profitable?

What analytical insights has Incline taught you?

Incline has emphasized the importance of quality control with every piece of analytical work. The saying at Incline is: “Every solution, can be better”. You can mitigate your own mistakes by having a working process that checks the data. But it’s vital to have another analyst also check your work.

Any advice for new analysts starting in the field?

Be as curious as possible. Always ask why something is done a certain way. Ask how the project adds to the business. The more you understand why and how something is done, the more effective an analyst you can be.