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Insight Analyst

We are Argos, the UK’s leading multi-channel retailer. So, whether you’re shopping online, from our smart phone app or popping into one of over 840 stores across the UK you’ll probably know that the service, value and variety we offer our customers is awesome - and the same goes for a career at Argos too! At Argos, the great digital transformation is under way. It’s our aim to become the digital market leader in choice, value and convenience, so our teams are more important to us now than ever before. They’re the people who provide support across the business and help make the crucial decisions that will allow us to develop into a leading digital retailer.

The Business Protection Team is part of our Finance structure and provides proactive support to mitigate operational risk and reduce losses to help maximise profits. The Team focus on the provision of Insight, Assurance and Innovation whilst Protecting our brand, customers and colleagues from crime and the threat of crime. The Collation team is responsible for the development and maintenance of both financial and commercial reporting to drive improved quality decision making and provide insight to the wider Business Protection team to support effective solutions to reduce /mitigate risk and maximise business profit.

The Inform team is responsible for the development and maintenance of both financial and commercial reporting to drive improved quality decision making and provide insight to the wider Business Protection team to support effective solutions to reduce /mitigate risk and maximise business profit.

The role of the Insights Analyst is to be the subject matter expert in the collation of information from multiple data points, including internal and external sources. The role holder must have the ability to interpret and communicate the reports in a suitable business format that focuses on loss events and enables partners to take mitigating action. They will lead the analytics capability within the wider Business Protection Team, coaching and mentoring new and innovative methods for data analysis and generating efficiencies in processes. They will deputise for the Inform manager in periods of absence.

What I need to do:

Support the Senior Management Team and the Inform Manager to provide insightful analytical approach to the provision of, assurance and identification of risk.
As the subject matter expert, identify and implement internal & external best practices to enhance process efficiency and quality of Analytics outputs including:
Delivering financial/commercial analytical tools in collaboration with partners to improve business insight which enables us to minimise operational risk.
To use tools and information provided to lead effective risk focussed change
To support the Informa Manager with the application of a “loss lens” to business change projects
Driving a continuous improvement and agile culture to ensure analysis and reporting meets all business needs
Lead the development of insights which drive productive action / improved business performance.
To lead ad-hoc analytical investigations in support of business priorities.
Understand and interpret requirements to deliver a clear concise answer to questions from the leadership when required.
To identify ongoing business reporting requirements either as part of an investigation or other business trends.
Make best use of business information to help predict risk trends to develop responses that provide insight.
To initiate contact with a wide range of stakeholders to understand emerging business issues and reporting requirements
To propose insightful solutions to business wide issues and influence their adoption

How I will succeed:

By coaching and mentoring a high-performance team of finance and analytics professionals at various skills levels
By effectively interpreting data and identification of areas of concern. Making data accessible and understandable for operational partners
Deliver best in class analytics that enables the business to make quick and effective decisions
Experience in using systems that support financial accounting and reporting processes (e.g. Lawson, Essbase, SQL and other reporting, visualisation and analytics tools)
Inspire and proactively engage key stakeholders in the prioritisation of risk and loss issues through your ability to influence and challenge professionally
A track record of driving value creation and continuous improvement
Strong planning and prioritisation skills
Maintain current knowledge of industry trends and approaches

What I need to know:

High level understanding of data analytics and techniques
Able to implement innovative strategies within an ever changing business environment
Broad data analytics experience.
An ability to lead teams and project manage the implementations of new systems and processes to drive improvement
Knowledge of SQL
Strong commercial acumen and business partnering skills
Ability to present complex information in a simplified manner
Strong analytical skills, Excel & Power point skills and attention to detail
Sound coaching, team leadership and development skills
Track record of value creation

As well as a competitive salary, our company benefits include, 24 days holiday, save as you earn scheme, annual bonus, health care, company discount and pension scheme, you will work in an exciting environment with the potential to develop your skills for a career that fits with your own aspirations.


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