Director of Data Analytics and Business Intelligence

Director of Data Analytics and Business Intelligence

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Edmonton, Alberta

Information Technology




Are you seeking a career opportunity within a rapidly expanding organization? Our client is a dynamic retail organization that is privately owned and headquartered in Edmonton with top-line sales revenue in the billions primed for substantial growth in the coming years. Over the past couple of years, our client has undergone remarkable expansion, nearly doubling its presence with locations spread across Canada. Their strategic vision involves further growth through targeted acquisitions nationwide in the near future.

Boasting a workforce of 3,000+ employees and with ambitious growth on the horizon, our client is actively engaged in modernizing its technological frameworks. This entails a complete overhaul of their legacy systems, transitioning infrastructure to cloud-based solutions, embracing cutting-edge cloud platforms, refining application architecture, merging redundant applications, reconstructing data and business intelligence reporting from the ground up, and implementing robust cybersecurity protocols and top-tier support services. This transformative journey is meticulously planned across several years to revamp their operational landscape, ensuring they are aptly prepared for the significant expansion they anticipate.

One of the key roles they are looking to recruit is for an experienced Director or Senior Manager to oversee the redesign of their Core Business Intelligence and Data Analytics platforms and underlying data infrastructure. This role will be responsible for both managing a team of professionals responsible for the design, implementation, and maintenance of these platforms and being a contributing member of the team with a "roll up their sleeves" approach to digging in with the team to uncover hidden opportunities and efficiencies within the existing platforms. 

  • Lead the delivery of a broad range of Data, Analytics, Advanced Analytics, Visualization, Data Science, and AI related Strategy / Advisory engagements 
  • Possess a deep understanding of trends and strategies for identifying and leveraging appropriate approaches and solutions to meet client business, financial and technical objectives
  • Conduct detailed analyses to understand and explain client problems and utilize standard management consulting skills such as facilitation, interviewing, gap analysis, etc.
  • Lead the design and delivery of Data/Analytics Advisory engagements involving strategy, roadmap, data monetization, operating model, CoE development.
  • Lead the scoping, definition and delivery of Data Governance assessments, workshops and client engagements
  • Conduct quick value discovery engagements in Data & AI to identify applicable industry use-cases, help clients understand the effort, and potential benefits, and develop an opportunity prioritization matrix
  • Lead strategy engagements with clients to create clear and actionable strategic roadmaps and supporting business cases that both delineate a broader endgame, while also prioritizing quick wins with near-term measurable impact
  • Demonstrate thought leadership to advise clients on Data/Analytics, AI and automation strategy and detailed use cases development by industry
  • Actively contribute to the creation of client proposals for consulting and/or transformation engagements focused on Data/Analytics/ AI and automation
  • Monitor technology trends and raise awareness of capabilities and innovations in selected domains of expertise and contribute towards industry-specific offerings 
  • Experience in developing Data Strategy, business cases and roadmaps associated with Data transformation, cloud migrations, etc. 
  • Experience in conducting Data Strategy and Governance assessments, developing future state process and governance definitions
  • Willingness to travel to client site periodically as needed
  • Previous experience working on multiple Advisory / Strategy engagements in a highly matrixed external client-facing environment, with Talent, Project, and Budget Management responsibilities
  • Superb communication, presentation, and facilitation skills
  • Aptitude for critical and analytical thinking as well as the capacity to design and accept out-of-the-box solutions
  • Autonomous, positive problem solver, and aptitude to work independently or part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Practical Business Architecture experience (business/operation models, personas, process modelling
  • Knowledge of the Data / Analytics strategy and COE definition and development
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, MBA preferred 
  • Industry or functional experience in Automotive or Retail
  • Experience with SQL Reporting Services (SSRS), SQL Integration Services (SSIS), and SQL Analytical Services (SSAS), Azure Synapse, Azure Fabric.
  • Experience using tools such as Looker, Power BI, Tableau or other modern visualization tools. 
  • Expertise in data modeling, data warehousing, and ETL processes 
  • Strong understanding of modern data platforms and designs - data warehouse, data lake, lake house, data mesh, etc. 

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