• Manager, Merchandise Analytics

    Job Location US-AZ-Phoenix
    Store Support Staff (Corporate/Field Support)
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  • Overview

    This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic, innovative, and growing team that will play a key role in driving profit growth for Sprouts.  The Sprouts Merch Planning & Analytics team is chartered with driving growth and profitability through designing business processes, reports, and insights that are scalable, analytically robust, and increasingly data-driven. 


    The Merchandise Analytics Manager will lead a small team that partners with Merchandising, Merch Planning, and other key stakeholders to drive financial and strategic objectives of the organization through insights and reporting. 


    This will be a foundational role in the development and continual evolution of the Merchandising Planning and Analytics function at Sprouts, and requires collaboration and analytical leadership across multiple projects.  The Manager will be expected to engage in sophisticated analyses including development of analytics for driving better decisions on buying, pricing, promotion effectiveness, revenue management, marketing, supply chain, and operations. The role is expected to provide timely, accurate and informative analytics used to assist management in making strategic decisions. The candidate is expected to be proficient in advanced statistical methods and/or optimization techniques, data mining and simulation.

    Essential Functions

    • Design and implement analytical tools and techniques for supporting merchandising, promotional planning and forecasting
    • Actively engage with business partners to fully understand the analytical needs, devise approaches and implement solutions via appropriate models
    • Generate, analyze and distribute key business reports; review weekly, monthly and quarterly results, and provide stakeholders with key findings and recommendations
    • Develop prototypes and proofs of concept for analytical approaches to validate assumptions and expected outcomes
    • Identify data and suitable test cases to prove the algorithms’ ability to handle boundary conditions, and for measuring accuracy and efficacy
    • Leverage consumer insights and data, combined with a structured test-and-learn approach, to maximize growth opportunities
    • Understand complexities and intricacies of multiple departments & channels to ensure that proposed analytical approaches work across the portfolio
    • Develop and refine forecasting methodologies and operating mechanisms to continuously improve forecast accuracy
    • Effectively present recommendations to colleagues for review and to all levels of the organization using various modes of communication/presentation
    • In some cases, work with Product Management and IT teams to develop scalable solutions applying the analytics developed
    • Accountable for team development to include recruiting, training, development, and succession planning
    • Serve as project lead for ad hoc projects by managing objectives, deliverables, and key milestones with minimal supervision

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Physical Requirements

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Economics, Statistics, Accounting, or a related field is required. MBA Preferred.
    • Minimum experience: 5+ years designing analytics in retail/CPG/services industries
    • Progressively increasing responsibility in analytical roles, merchandise planning, category management, or retail consulting (or related fields)
    • Analytical mindset with detail orientation and entrepreneurial work ethic – in short, a “general athlete”
    • Proven ability to execute with speed and a high degree of accuracy in a proof of concept environment
    • Comfortable manipulating large amounts of data and problem-solving, generating impactful recommendations – bringing insights to action
    • Highly adept in various systems, including superior Excel and PowerPoint skills
    • Strong in SQL and MS Excel; familiarity with databases such as MS SQL Server, Oracle etc.
    • In-depth experience and knowledge of statistical software (such as R, Python, SAS), machine learning packages, and/or optimization software (Gurobi, CPLEX, GAMS etc.)
    • Experience with open source big data platforms
    • Strong mathematical background and hands-on experience in conducting statistical analysis, development of quantitative models and machine learning algorithms, and/or optimization routines
    • Proven ability in applying theoretical knowledge to practical applications, data analysis, algorithmic prototyping, and data visualization
    • Demonstrated skill with root cause analysis; able to spot when something isn’t quite right and audit with limited guidance
    • A structured and creative thinker, able to toggle easily between the big themes and the little details
    • Experience building, leading, supervising teams
    • Strong communication skills and ability to influence


    In addition to a rewarding career, Sprouts offers a comprehensive program to help support you and your family. These programs include:

    • Competitive pay
    • Opportunities for career growth
    • 15% discount for you and one other family member in your household on all purchases made at Sprouts
    • Flexible schedules
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    Eligibility requirements may apply for the following benefits:

    • 401(K) Retirement savings plan with a generous company match
    • Affordable benefit coverage, including medical, dental vision
    • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts for healthcare and dependent care
    • Company paid life insurance and short-term disability coverage

    Why Sprouts

    Grow with us!

    If you have a passion for inspiring people and a flair for fresh food, consider applying for a job at Sprouts! With a focus on customer service, our neighborhood grocery stores offer high-quality, farm fresh produce, natural meats, plenty of scoop-your-own bulk goods and much more in a fun, friendly, old-fashioned farmer’s market setting.  Come grow your career in healthy living with a fast-paced, rapidly growing company and teams that pride themselves on empowering others along their journey.



    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Sprouts’ management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.


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