Analysis Lead

Store Support Centre - London

Competitive plus benefits

Permanent - Full Time

22 August 2017

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Analysis Lead

In a nutshell

At Sainsbury’s data is key to our decision making and our newly formed Data & Analytics Centre of Excellence shows our commitment to ensuring we realise the value that our data can generate and significantly step on the vast opportunities this presents.

As an Analysis Lead you will be responsible for leading a small team of analysts to deliver high quality analysis and insight, always seeking to add the ‘so what’ to data in response to business questions.  The individual will interact with Heads of, Managers and other colleagues to drive up understanding of an area of our business in order to shape future strategies as well as delivering ad-hoc project analysis.  The purpose of this role is to give the business greater insight into its performance and potential areas of improvement as well as facilitating data-based assessment of issues and initiatives.

What I need to do

You will:

  • Lead a team to conduct high-quality analysis on all aspects of current performance for an area of the business, providing key insightful commentary.  Applying advanced analytical techniques including predictive modelling to go beyond what the data initially presents.
  • Day to day stakeholder management of specific business area, working with them to implement their strategy through data and insight
  • Develop recommendations as to how retail and / or trading propositions should be adjusted to drive improved performance. 
  • Instil a data driven approach within the teams you support so that data is used to understand performance balancing the need to maximise sales and reduce costs whilst also keep the customer at the heart
  • Provide analytical expertise in the development and delivery of large scale development projects to deliver value to the business as defined by the benefits realisation team
  • Support and actively promote the reporting, tools and data developed by the wider Data and Analytics Centre of Excellence in day to day business activity
  • Responsible for the analysis plan development and prioritisation of work for your team of Analysts to appropriately support business area

How I will succeed

You will:

  • Deliver accurate, timely and insightful analysis which is easy to process and understand and ultimately leads to a change in approach or an understanding of the drivers of performance
  • Convey complex analysis into action driving insight, always communicating in a way that meets the need of end users
  • Manage, motivate and develop a team of analysts and junior analysts to reach their full potential
  • Become the go-to knowledge bank for understanding performance in an area of the business, earning a reputation for adding value to the teams you support and influencing colleagues so that they buy into data driven recommendations
  • Demonstrate a high level of team contribution – becoming known to the wider community as pro active and commercially collaborative yet with strength and confidence to challenge frequently as needed

What I need to know

  • High calibre graduates (2.1 or above) in mathematics, statistics, operational research or quality computing degree – BSc or MSc level. A-level Mathematics is essential.
  • Strong analytical skills, with an ability to analyse, present and communicate data in a compelling format to drive action
  • A detailed understanding of how to apply analytical tools and associated technologies to data to solve business problems (SAS, R, Python etc.) with the aptitude to adapt to new technologies quickly
  • How to quickly assimilate information and extract key themes, understand numerical problems and make educated guesses where appropriate
  • An understanding of how to coach & upskill colleagues in the analytical techniques that can be applied to data. 
  • How to get the best out of analytically minded colleagues so they feel engaged & valued

What I need to show

Over and above what you need to know, you will need to show:

  • Logical approach to problem solving with strong attention to detail
  • Proven track record of winning the hearts and minds of non-technical audiences with complex findings and recommendations that impact their day to day workload.
  • Extensive experience of working with large volumes of data, applying tools such as SAS, R, Python and / or SQL
  • Experience of visualising data in a compelling format.  Advanced skills in MS Excel, Powerpoint or alternative software
  • Confident in questioning a proposed strategy or approach to analysis and in offering ideas and solutions
  • Proactive attitude that embraces change in a fast moving environment – a desire and ability to develop and progress
  • Knowledge of, or an interest in retail

Resources available to me

  • A team of analysts and junior analysts
  • A wholly engaged business with no shortage of appetite for analytics and insights to help them be more successful
  • Training as required

What decisions I can make

  • Contribute to future direction of a business area through providing greater insight into its performance and potential areas of improvement
  • Prioritisation of work within your team of Analysts to best support the business area
  • Approach to answer key business questions and best way to present analysis for maximum impact
  • Team recruitment and development

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