Data Scientist - Product Range & Geospatial Analytics

Job reference: 147867BR Previous
Location: Nottingham Support Office
Function area: Insight and Analytics | IT
Shift pattern: Full-time
Contract type: Permanent
Hours per week: Over 35 hours per week
Data Scientist – Range & Geospatial Analytics

We’re looking for an energetic, innovative, people person who has the gift of translating complex analytics into easily understandable insights and principles.

This opportunity is for those of you interested in creating and implementing real retail solutions from your analytical thinking and capability.

You’ll be joining a team that develops and delivers the science, analytics and tools enabling Boots to give our Customers the products they want, when and where they want them.

About the opportunity

The role is a blend of analytics & data science with a focus on creating, translating and interpreting the science into commercial benefits within the Boots Business.

Very much a live hands-on role, in addition to developing analytics you’ll be involved in evaluating commercial trials and supporting with the development of our reporting capabilities within our Power BI community.

Sitting within the Data Science and Engineering team, you’ll have access to large datasets and varied insight which you’ll be using to inform and direct conversations on range optimisation, operational efficiencies and geospatial sciences.

It’s an opportunity for you to learn from experienced practitioners, but also for you to show us what you are capable of, you will be both supported and challenged as you deliver innovative results.

• We like to give our customers what they want. Towards this goal, we will support you in developing analytical and data science techniques to uncover product range opportunities. These decisions are made at product, category, geographic and channel levels.
• We believe we can always get better. You’ll help us develop not only analytically, but also as a business, looking for analytical solutions driving operational efficiencies.
• We love a bit of code. Whether its SQL or Python or a different passion of yours, you’ll be hands-on developing in cloud technologies supported by a team of Data Engineers.
• We don’t like to leave things to chance. You’ll be working with internal teams and our third-party partner to develop and statistically evaluate commercial trials; this is fantastic exposure to how a modern commercial retailer operates.
• We love to feel part of a team. You’ll be supporting the continued development of the Power BI community and embedding of the application as a reporting tool within the business.

About you
You’re an energetic, innovative problem solver, comfortable working both independently and collaboratively in a team. Excited by taking on responsibility and ownership, looking to create value from data and create the insight and tools to solve business problems.

• Relevant previous experience or a degree with strong quantitative elements (i.e. includes statistics modules), such as Maths, Physics, Geography, Psychology.
• Aptitude for logical thinking and problem solving, experience using relational databases for example, would be an advantage
• Proficiency in a coding language such as SQL, Python, R etc.
• Experience with data visualisation tools such as PowerBI
• Strong communication skills, you will be presenting complex results to less technical audiences.
• Ability to understand questions as analytical problems and using available data, quantitative modelling or statistical analysis techniques to develop solutions.
• Strong attention to detail and have the drive to investigate potential errors.
• Ability to organise and prioritise own workload, often balancing multiple projects and campaigns simultaneously

Desirable skills:

• Experience with GIS software and techniques.
• Demonstrable record of delivering results in a commercial environment.
• Expertise in working with large structured and unstructured data sets

A bit about the team:

Led by a DataIQ Top 100 ‘Data Titan’ and shortlisted for the ‘Best Data and Analytics Team’ DataIQ Award 2021, the Data Science and Engineering team is an industry acclaimed data science team within the Walgreens Boots Alliance group. The team provides globally scalable solutions for complex and diverse business problems and supports data-driven decision making across our global businesses


We have a great range of benefits* that go beyond salary and offer flexibility to suit you:
Competitive holiday allowance (with the option to buy more days)
Boots Retirement Savings Plan pension scheme
Discretionary annual bonus scheme
Enhanced Maternity / Paternity / Adoption leave pay
£100 gift card for colleagues expecting/adopting a baby
Flexible benefits scheme (via salary sacrifice) including financial wellbeing support, gym membership, holiday buying, dental cover, life assurance, restaurant discount cards, activity passes and much more (exclusions may apply, eligible roles only)
Access to our Employee Assistance Programme offering free, independent and confidential counselling and support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Generous staff discount (with enhanced discounts for Boots brands, Boot Opticians and Boots Hearingcare)
Access to corporate third-party discounts, including retail, cinema, holidays and more (UK only)
Access to the Boots Benevolent Fund, a registered charity that offers support to eligible current and former colleagues in the UK, as well as their immediate relatives, at times of financial hardship.
Access to a range of learning and development resources and programmes
Excellent onsite facilities including: staff shop, opticians, gym, coffee shops, cafeteria, outdoor seating spaces, dry cleaning service and excellent travel links including on campus bus stops

*All rewards and benefits are subject to change and eligibility.

Why Boots

Our mission is to help everyone to feel good. This starts internally – with every colleague and every team. In our stores and pharmacies, our warehouses and our Support Office, we work together, putting our customers first and our colleagues at the heart of everything we do. We aim to attract, develop and retain the best people, with a huge range of opportunities for you to continue to grow with us… just bring your passion and commitment and we’ll do the rest.

Diversity, equity and inclusion is at the centre of everything we do in our business. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, passionate about embracing the diversity of our colleagues and providing a positive and inclusive working environment for all.

We offer a variety of flexible working patterns to support our colleagues to achieve a good work life balance, just speak to our Recruitment team to find out more.

What’s next

If your application is successful, our in-house recruitment team will be in touch to arrange an interview and to answer any initial questions you have. If you have not been successful on this occasion you will be notified by email.