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Supply Development Business Analyst

Want to be part of a transformation journey? Want to be part of a team delivering real changes and challenging the status quo? Here at Sainsbury’s Argos we are looking for people to join our General Merchandise Supply Chain team to drive a real step change in operational execution and technology adoption.

As part of becoming a more digital, data driven orientated organisation we are looking for people who are com-fortable evaluating and analysing complex datasets, creating robust solutions to current and future business problems (with our customers at the forefront of their mind), can translate and present complex issues and scenarios to a varied audience and ultimately have an excellent understanding of the latest technological trends and how they can be utilised across the Sainsbury’s Argos Supply Chain to derive real value.

The role has considerable breadth and the occupant must demonstrate several core skills – strategic thinking, strong outward focus, ability to work autonomously, strong analytical skills, business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking.

This is truly a unique opportunity to deliver world class processes and tools in a fast moving, agile environment.

As a Supply Development Business Analyst, you will:

Work collaboratively with fellow Supply Development Business Analysts, you will play a significant role in the “idea” generation and “think tank” culture we are looking to drive at Sainsbury’s Argos – through exploratory conversations, market research etc.
Demonstrate curiosity, and the desire to understand the future strategic direction of the Sainsbury’s Argos business, utilising your skills and autonomy to identify future needs and areas of opportunity in relation to new technology and software systems.
You need to have an excellent outward focus on the “mega trends” and advancements within the technology/digital sector, seeking to remain “on-top” of the latest thinking – with an ability to ascertain where opportunities reside for adoption within the processes we have.
At pace, you need to be able to research and gain an appreciation of the current technology we utilise to execute our current set of operations, to then inform how it can be evolved further to drive a real step change in Supply Chain efficiency and accuracy.
Seek to operate across the Sainsbury’s Argos supply chain and look to contribute and input into the strategic agenda for Sainsbury’s Argos Supply Chain. Touch points will vary from operational functional teams, strategic business forums to external third parties.
You’ll need to formulate hypotheses and tests (within various model frameworks), analysing the results and determine if an opportunity exists within the chosen area – this will mean conducting analysis and evaluation in isolation.
You’ll need to “write up” and document your findings appropriately, formulating clear recommendations ready for handover to project teams who will then look to define routes to production.

How I will succeed:

Strong mathematical skills
Demonstrate curiosity to seek out opportunities to drive forward our Supply Chain Future Agenda
Strong presentation skills
Communicate with internal colleagues to understand and seek the needs of the business
Work collaboratively with external strategic partners to understand and investigate feedback into the service/technology/change you have proposed
Use data modelling techniques to analyse your findings and create suggestions for strategic and operational improvements and changes
Consider the opportunities and potential risks attached to the suggestions you have made – formulating clear requirements implementation teams to consider
Identify the processes and information technology required to introduce your recommendations
Produce written documentation to support your work, report on your findings and to present to stakeholders where necessary
Have an ability to energise and mobilise colleagues to solve problems
Demonstrate strong curiosity skills
Can manage multiple work streams against a demanding agenda, and cope under pressure

Minimum and desirable:

Desirable – BCS certificate in ‘Science” based subject

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