1+ months

Predictive Data Analyst - Costco Wholesale

Issaquah, Washington

Description of position

We are looking for an intellectually curious, collaborative Predictive Data Analyst who has a proven track record of combining statistics, machine learning, programming, and business acumen to help business partners make informed decisions. As a Predictive Data Analyst, you will work closely with clients to define the business problem, desired outcome, model deployment context, and project success criteria. Using both traditional statistical analysis and modern machine learning techniques, you’ll develop a wide variety of models to predict and better understand customer behavior, develop targeted marketing strategies, and provide Costco with research-based actionable insights. A successful candidate will be a problem solver who obsesses over data, enjoys diving into data, is excited by difficult modeling challenges, and possesses strong communication skills to effectively interface between technical and business teams.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Conducts exploratory data analysis and prepares visualizations summarizing key insights.
  • Evaluates, reports, and presents results of marketing initiatives to the management team.
  • Translates business and strategic insights into actionable recommendations.
  • Creates, tests, and implements statistical models to solve specific business problems.
  • Develops test/control and A/B tests, ensuring statistically meaningful results.
  • Writes and optimizes complex SQL queries to build analytic data sets for both exploration and modeling.
  • Researches and adapts existing open source algorithms when possible, develops novel techniques when needed.
  • Curates data sets to enable self-service BI within other marketing groups.
  • Performs ad hoc analyses related to member purchasing, lifecycle, and engagement.
  • Identifies process and system improvement opportunities by monitoring existing metrics, analyzing data and partnering with internal teams as needed.
  • Enables effective decision making by retrieving and aggregating data from multiple sources and compiling it into a digestible and actionable format.
  • Develops and maintain strong working relationships with internal business partners and external vendors, to improve list targeting strategies and make recommendations.
  • Conducts, develop, and manage qualitative research based projects (e.g. surveys and other potential methods) to inform marketing strategy.
  • Identifies and recommend new member acquisition and loyalty channels to test.
  • Identifies strategic opportunities to maximize returns in pursuit of Costco’s Marketing and company goals.
  • Participates in selecting & implementing tools and processes for the department.  Maintains current knowledge of marketing, direct marketing, marketing research, and data science trends.


Required Skills, Abilities And Certifications

  • BA in Statistics, Analytics, Marketing (or similar field) or equivalent work experience.
  • Strong ability to utilize analytical, math and statistics techniques to measure performance, interpret data, identify risks and evaluate opportunities. (Will be tested.)
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with software such as MS Excel, Google Spreadsheet, and Tableau, to perform calculations, organize & format information, create visualizations/dashboards, etc.
  • Intermediate level fluency in relational database structure, marketing data management tools and principles, SQL based programs and word processing & presentation software (e.g. MS Word and PowerPoint)  Proficiency with programs such as Cognos, R, Python, Alteryx, to extract data, automate workflows and reports, and create statistical models.
  • Ability to use data to back up assumptions, develop business cases, and complete root cause analyses.
  • Ability to think creatively to provide meaningful analysis despite imperfectly defined questions.
  • Strong understanding of direct marketing methodology and response measurement.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate technical information in nontechnical ways, through summaries, tables, charts, graphs, presentations, etc.
  • Extremely detail-oriented, with strong quantitative modeling and statistical analysis skills.
  • Experience in database marketing, market research, or marketing analytics including managing large data sets, developing A/B tests, creation of list segments, and producing ad hoc reports.
  • Strong work ethic and proven ability to prioritize and meet deadlines amidst rapidly change and shifting priorities.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Accountable team player with a positive, constructive and results-oriented mindset.
  • Resourceful, self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Ability to work occasional weekends.


Recommended skills, abilities and certifications

  • 4+ years work experience.
  • Experience building complex data visualizations.
  • Experience with machine learning algorithms and optimization techniques.
  • Experience with applied time series modeling or machine learning forecasting applications.
  • Ability to assimilate new ideas and information quickly to successfully recommend actions using objective data.
  • Experience or training in Marketing Research methods (e.g. survey design, consumer studies).
  • Knowledge and experience with mailing data services process.
  • Creative in finding new solutions/designing innovative methods, systems and processes.


To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, last two performance reviews and last 12 months (non FMLA) attendance records to Kim Sherrod (KSherrod@costco.com) by the closing date. Only qualified applicants will be interviewed. Please specify the position title on your cover letter. If hired, you will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the United States. Apart from any religious or disability considerations, open availability is needed to meet the needs of the business.


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