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Data Scientist (Contractor)

City & State: 

Chicago, IL, US, 60654

Job Category:  Marketing

ARYZTA is a global baking company with a Passion for Good Food. We provide our retail and foodservice customers with a portfolio of bakery solutions so they can deliver memorable, delicious food to consumers. With operations in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, ARYZTA has become a global leader in the baked goods industry and one of the largest specialty bakery companies in the world. Our leading bakery brands in North America include La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. We have 58 state-of-the-art bakeries and kitchens around the globe, with 20 of those in North America, and are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. The Americas team champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.



As a Data Scientist, you will work on the design, development and strategic application of the analytics, machine learning and statistical modeling functions within the marketing team. This position will be responsible for data mining, integration, and preparation for use in advanced analytics to help drive actionable insights for category management, pricing, innovation, portfolio recommendations and other ad hoc needs.


In addition, this position will oversee model integrity and performance while working closely with marketing and sales teams to continuously improve/enhance advanced analytics effectiveness. They will also serve as the business owner for all advanced analytics tools, including their access and application. In this capacity, they will establish structure, methodological approach, and direction on projects, which will bridge the gap between transactional analysis, business research and strategy.

The Data Scientist will report directly to the VP of Marketing and Innovation and work closely with the marketing, Customer and Finance teams.


Key Accountabilities

  • Work efficiently with client data, retailer data and analytics partners to define, configure, extract, aggregate, package, synthesize, and share data, results, and actionable insight to support business decisions, products and campaigns.
  • Act as an advertising and retail measurement data subject matter expert
  • Bring a strong understanding and expert knowledge of the various data sources and methodologies for retail and brand marketing analysis in order to perform analyses and make expert recommendations – retail transaction data, 1st-party CRM data, ad exposure and response data, and 3rd-party data provider attributes (demographics, psychographics, lifestyle segments)
  • Collaborate with internal and external teams on how to creatively leverage this rich data asset for their respective insight, segmentation, portfolio, measurement, and activation needs
  • Identify data gaps and advocate for additional data sources to meet unmet marketplace need(s)
  • Prepare and present compelling analytical presentations and effectively communicate (both in writing and verbally) complex concepts to marketing and business audiences
  • Provide analytical direction and support for category management customer solutions using store level retailer data to create recommendations on optimal shelf sets including ARYZTA and competitive brands


Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • MS or Ph.D. in in Statistics, Mathematics, Data Science, Computer Science or related disciplines preferred
  • Minimum 5 year’s progressive experience in applied quantitative analysis in CPG, retail, hospitality, supply chain, distribution/transportation or large B2B services or other vertical with a high volume of transactional data highly preferred.
  • Experience with structured and unstructured data, Nielsen, Techonmic and IRI data is a must.
  • Experience as a proven leader generating advanced analytics solutions to address business needs with a strong business acumen with proven experience developing analytical models, monitoring them in production, and measuring their business impact.
  • Experience working with and implementing one or more key technologies / platforms including: Python, R, SQL, SAS, Spark, Hadoop/HDFS, NoSQL databases, Tableau or related technologies, data preparation, model management, machine-generated data visualization platforms, and NLP solutions
  • Strong written, oral and presentation skills are required. 
  • Demonstrate ability to collaborate and work well cross-functionally.
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Proficient in MS Office, specifically PowerPoint, Word and Excel








ARYZTA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.