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Principal Analyst / Lead Analyst

** Major UK Retail Clients **


Location:             Reading & London

Salary:                  £65k - £70k plus 20% bonus & bens

The Company & Culture       

A global business, with its heart in the UK, they have worked hard to define a new culture over the last year, resulting in a nomination for 2019’s Business Culture awards. It’s fast paced, with open plan offices, hot desking, funky furniture and is filled with punchy, bright, sparky and young employees! They organise away days every Quarter for the whole UK office, so people can get to know each other and like to think of themselves as forward thinking, innovative, ensuring people are more empowered, braver, and try to make data fun for the clients.

The Person

Creative, Collaborative, Adept at Complex Problem Solving and Critical Thinking.

We are looking for someone to provide simple, compelling solutions to customers and someone who enjoys dealing with people ranging from junior right through to c-suite execs across multiple teams and even stakeholders globally.

You will work in partnership with the existing Principal Analyst, supporting the VP Analytics, your manager, to develop and grow the UK analytics offering. You will work to provide a range of marketing and customer analytical services including more advanced data science and machine learning projects. You should be adaptive, solutions focused, hungry for the opportunity, and have the energy for it!

The Role

In order to be successful in this role you will need to build strong relationships with the Commercial team (from junior through to senior level) in order to help them understand how to sell analytics propositions to clients, identify opportunities for new business wins and work in collaboration with the analytics function both in the UK and in Paris to deliver exciting and cutting edge analytical solutions and products.

You will be ‘the expert in the room’ during pitches and meetings, and to help create a ‘way of working’ for the UK office.

This is a great opportunity for someone with a background in data science, predictive analytics and modelling to join a company which is really focused on developing this area. You also have the chance to help shape the analytical capability for this global organisation, so you should be confident coming into a role which has huge potential for growth and ownership.        


Should you be interested in managing a team eventually, there is definite potential for that with this role too.

Technical Environment

The business are moving towards a cloud based set up, so any experience with AWS, Azure or Google Cloud Platform would be viewed favourably as well as personable knowledge and experience with machine learning techniques. They are also excelling in using R and Python to deliver projects for clients.

The Senior Leadership Team

The GM is an inspiring character, with the gusto, ambition, experience and passion to provide all the support, cheerleading required to make this business a market leader in this field. He himself is a real selling point for this role, given his approachable, genuine and likeable character. He also holds enormous businesses credentials having spent many years in senior level positions within the retail market and financial services industry, a highly commercial individual who will not only asks the absolute best from his teams, but rewards with a fun, social working environment, importance placed on relationships and collaborative working as well as delivering profit. 


  • Educated to degree level in a numerate subject
  • Strong and efficient coder using R OR Python and SQL
  • Strong background in customer and marketing analytics and data science required
  • Solutions focused approach to analytics, with ability to identify ways to improve current process, proving a consultative analytical service to clients
  • Ability to identify insights from large amounts of customer data, ideally within a retail or environment
  • Excellent communication skills in order to liaise with clients and internal colleagues




For further information or to apply please contact:

Kate McDermott
Managing Consultant - Blue Pelican Marketing
01892 507129

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Kate McDermott