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Data Scientist

Location:Johannesburg, Sunninghill, Sandton
Education level:Honours
Job level:Mid
Reference:#Data Scientist

Job description

Main Purpose of the job: To provide Makro with key insights into online customer behavior for the purpose attracting more customers and increasing their value to Makro. 

Key performance areas

Technical competence
  • Be the subject matter expert on Advanced Analytical techniques as well as adhoc data analyses.
  • Display competence in developing complex statistical algorithms.
  • Become the ‘go-to’ person for any statistics or calculation related questions.
  • Support and upskill the team as needed.
  • Provide recommendations and justifications for specific techniques to use.

Development design
  • Responsible for designing an approach, identifying relevant tasks and providing effort estimates involved with various development projects within the analytics environment.
  • Meeting with relevant stakeholders to understand project requirements.
  • Solution design and identification of distinct tasks within the project.

Time management
  • Manage time and continuously track progress on tasks to ensure on time delivery.
  • Provide accurate time estimates for tasks.
  • Make use of task scheduling tools to keep track of progress.
  • Manage time between multiple simultaneous projects.

Project delivery
  • Ensure all deliverables meets expectation and are of the highest quality.
  • Work with the relevant parties to acquire necessary data if not readily available.
  • Manage expectations throughout project.
  • Continually engage with stakeholders to ensure deliverable meets requirements.
  • Follow all QA processes and implement additional checks where necessary to ensure deliverables are accurate and of highest standard


SQL & R Support
  • Provide support to the other SQL and R users.

Adhoc Analyses
  • Execute adhoc analyses to gain a better understanding into customer behavior and the effect of Makro actions.
  • Meet with all stakeholders to ensure a clear understanding of project requirements.
  • Ensure all projects are briefed properly before work begins.
  • Create analysis plans for all medium to large projects with estimate timelines.
  • Ensure on time delivery of results and presenting of findings where necessary.


Advanced Analytics and statistical modelling
  • Improve the effectiveness of business decisions through advanced analytical techniques to enable measurement, tracking and automation for various decisions/tasks.
  • Design methods of measuring the impact of various activities.
  • Improve the performance of activities by developing analytical models to optimize impact.
  • Work with the IT, UCS and other analytics teams to identify the best tools and approaches to ensure all outputs are implemented in the most useful and efficient way.


Minimum Academic Requirements, Professional Qualifications, and Experience:
  • Honours degree in Actuarial sciences or related field.
  • Strong statistical programming skills (SAS, R or similar).
  • Strong SQL programming skills.
  • Experience in statistical model development.
  • SAP experience beneficial.
  • QlikView or QlikSense experience beneficial.
  • 3+ years’ experience in advanced analysis role.

Posted on 12 Feb 15:26

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Makro has evolved in the retail space from a stalwart warehouse chain to now being able to offer customers a convenient online shopping hub.

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