An electronic data interchange (EDI) coordinator is responsible for the coordination and maintenance of an information system that exchanges data. An EDI coordinator works within an information technology company that has a diverse client list that may include law firms, medical practices, consulting and financial firms. A degree in information systems or a related discipline and at least three years of experience is generally required for promotion to this position.
The EDI coordinator is responsible for the coordination and management in order to ensure that all system changes are processed as according to change control guidelines. Recommendations for improvements based on existing operating procedures and maintaining high customer service is required. Administratively, coordinating and implementing all-production on-call schedules and participating in the budgetary process for the department may also be necessary. Technically, the coordinator is responsible for tracking and resolving EDI production system problems, developing and maintaining SQL queries, writing reports for proper operational procedures, interfacing with other internal systems and learning the area's direct flow and its impact on neighboring operations.
EDI coordinators must have a solid understanding of the business practices of the client company as the coordinator's ability to understand the client's impending needs will have a direct impact on the efficiency of the client company. Excellent interpersonal communication skills are a must, particularly in the ability to relate technical information to non-industry personnel.
Education and Work Experience
A bachelor's degree in computer science, information science or management information systems is required. A supervisory type position as a coordinator may also require a master's in business administration, though that requirement will vary by employer. An electronic data interchange analyst is generally promoted to the position of coordinator after a period of three to five years with a company, though this may vary according to company size.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected a job growth of 15percent for computer and information system technology managers for the 2012 to 2022 period. This is faster than average for all other occupations and job prospects were expected to be excellent as demand for qualified applicants was expected to be greater than the supply.
According to Indeed.com, the median salary for an EDI coordinator is $43=7,000, as of May 2014.
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