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Data Analyst

At Sainsbury’s 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.

Sainsbury’s Argos is at the heart of the Group’s growth strategy. Since joining Sainsbury’s, Argos has revolutionised the way we do business, bringing expertise, technological innovation and hugely talented people to the team. We have outperformed the market in a number of our key business areas by presenting customers with convenience, choice and value. As well as opening c.280 Argos stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets, customers can also pick up their Argos and Tu clothing orders from 320 collection points in our supermarkets and Convenience Stores, where customers can also collect eBay and DPD parcels. Our own delivery network is also breaking new ground. We are the only retailer in the UK who can deliver to 92% of UK postcodes within four hours.

In a nutshell:

We are looking for an exceptional Data analyst to join the Strategic Initiatives team.

The team generates ideas, identifies and delivers initiatives to support the Flywheel, the strategic priorities of the business, challenging assumptions and the status quo to ensure we have a relentless focus on improving our customers’ experience and profitability across our different shopping channels. The team works end to end across all key operational and development teams in the business- from Marketing to Supply chain, Digital to Stores, breaking down functional silos, to work on initiatives that don’t naturally sit with a single function, or that don’t have clear ownership or the necessary traction.

The Strategic Initiatives team is structured around four main areas:

Delivery & returns
Stock availability / Findability

Teams of Development Managers look after each of these missions to identify issues to fix or opportunities to develop within the wider business. Enabling them is a team of Data Analysts that provide insight and analysis to inform, shape or support actionable hypotheses.

What I need to do:

You will need to understand the context and background to a business question, determine suitable methodologies and tools to extract and analyse data from single or multiple sources to answer that question and support the Development Managers in using the data to create responses that clearly articulate insight and actions. Questions and analysis are very diverse reflecting the breadth of issues the team is tackling. These may include investigatory analysis (e.g What is the impact of lead times on the digital sites on collection rates, Should we hold stock centrally, and if so how much, to reduce out of stock rates?), trial tracking and assessment, automated report creation.

How I will succeed:

You will be a strong analyst, you will be adept at understanding the problems at the heart of business questions and able to determine and execute the most appropriate analytical methodologies to answer it. You will work collaboratively with the Development Manager and others to iterate and explore the data further, helping to communicate your findings clearly to a non-technical, senior leader, audience. You will be comfortable working with ambiguity, working at pace to leverage a network of relationships across the business to access and use multiple data sources and leverage the analytical teams in other parts of the business.

What I need to know:

To succeed in this role, you will need the following expertise:

Strong analytical skills, you will have experience in high paced business environments in turning, often vague, business questions into a piece of analysis that will answer the problems behind the original question.
A good ability at understanding a business question and selecting one or more analytical techniques and data sources to obtain as accurate and robust answer as possible.
Strong technical skillset across multiple platforms including Advanced Excel & Microsoft office skills, SQL, R, Python, visualisation software such as Tableau, PowerBI or Qlikview. Digital toolsets such as Adobe Reporting & Analytics or Google Analytics.
Experience of analysing large datasets, be familiar with common pitfalls in analysing data and how to apply rigorous methodologies to get to a robust answer.
A people person, confident and able to build long term relationships within the business.

What I need to show

To succeed in this role, you will be:

Astute and creative, with a logical and methodical approach to problem solving.
Passionate about not just data but finding the what, why and how.
An excellent communicator, credible and articulate, with excellent presentation and interpersonal skills.
Comfortable pulling the interesting story from complex datasets and presenting your findings in an engaging manner.
Able to demonstrate the ability to explain your findings to Senior levels within the organisation (up to Senior Manager level), good stakeholder management capability.

What you’ll get in return:

If being part of a hugely influential team wasn’t enough, you’ll also receive a host of great benefits. As well as a competitive salary and bonus scheme you will receive a huge range of learning and development opportunities, holiday allowance, a save-as-you-earn scheme, pension and staff discounts at Argos, Sainsbury’s and Habitat.

We know that candidates may be put off applying for a job unless they can tick every box. We also know that ‘normal’ office hours aren’t always doable, and while we can’t accommodate every flexible working request we are happy to be asked. So if you are excited about working with us and think you can do much of what we are looking for but aren’t sure if you are 100% there yet… why not apply and see how it goes?

Here at Sainsbury’s Argos we’re a proud equal opportunities employer that values diversity at every level of our business. Inclusion and Diversity are fundamental to our culture and values, fostering an innovative, collaborative and fast paced work environment that means we can build a better future for our colleagues and our customers. Everyone is welcome at Sainsbury’s Argos. Want to find out more? Then visit our Diversity & Inclusion page on our Careers site –

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