Lead Data Scientist - Sales Forecasting

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul 20, 2021
Aug 02, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time

About Target Data Science and Analytics:

Behind one of the world's best loved brands is a uniquely capable and brilliant team of data scientists, engineers and analysts. The Target Data Sciences team creates the tools and data products to sustainably educate and enable our business partners to make great data-based decisions at Target. We help develop the technology that personalizes the guest experience, from product recommendations to relevant ad content. We're also the source of the data and analytics behind Target's Internet of Things (iOT) applications, fraud detection, Supply Chain optimization and Demand Forecasting engine. We play a key role in identifying the test-and-measure or A/B test opportunities that continuously help Target improve the guest experience, whether they love to shop in stores or on Target.com!

The main scope of work for this role is data science model creation for Sales Forecasting in support of Labor Planning which is inclusive but not limited to the following: model selection, feature selection, model accuracy and measurement while providing transparency and collaboration with internal partners. The person in this role will additionally provide input and analytics expertise to the product development team; lead analytic scoping, planning, and prioritization in collaboration with the product owner; and serve as a change agent to help drive adoption and acceptance of analytical approaches.

This role will have the credibility and technical acumen to influence business stakeholders, product owners, and peers by providing analytical insight and transparency throughout development lifecycle. The role will also contribute to the development / improvement of processes as they pertain to Analytics and Reporting and lay out the vision for development of new reports, models and analytics that will create the value for Merch businesses.

Essential functions:

· Gather and analyzes data to solve and address highly complex business problems and evaluate scenarios to make predictions on future outcomes and support decision making

· Design and drive the creation of new standards and best practices in the use of statistical data modeling, big data and optimization tools for Target

· Partner with cross functional teams to deliver on business objectives

· Provide financial insight and guidance to business partners and leadership

· Drive efficiencies across analytics and reporting processes using automation

· Deliver meaningful insights to business teams, partners and stakeholders that support meaningful decisions.

· Experience in designing business intelligence reports and dashboards

About you:

· BA/BS degree in Statistics, Math, Econometrics, Data Analytics or equivalent experience

· Programming depth: Python, R, SQL or Scala and the ability to learn and apply new languages and test driven development

· Demonstrated knowledge of Math and/or Statistics; Mathematical logic (AND, OR, NOT); Descriptive and Inferential Statistics; Applied Calculus (weighted averages, rates of change, single variable)

· Statistical modeling experience on large data sets

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Target will provide reasonable accommodations (such as a qualified sign language interpreter or other personal assistance) with the application process upon your request as required to comply with applicable laws. If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please visit your nearest Target store or Distribution Center or reach out to Guest Services at 1-800-440-0680 for additional information.


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