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Senior Director Data Science

Conagra Brands

Chicago, Illinois 60654
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Conagra Brands has the most energized, highest-impact culture in food. Our people persistently challenge and disrupt marketplace/business conventions and we are respected for our great brands, great food, great margins and consistent results. Conagra Brands, be part of building something BIG.




Job Summary

Reporting to the Senior Vice President – Data Science & Insights (DSI), this person will play a critical role in helping Conagra’s DSI team influence company decisions with rigorous analytics that drive results.  The Data Science team supports Brand, Marketing, Innovation, and R&D and works closely with the Brand and Go-To-Market Insights teams to achieve the company’s growth objectives.  It is a direct-line group within the DSI organization, which is part of the Growth Center of Excellence.  


Position Responsibilities

  • Establishing himself/herself as a strategic business partner with Brand VPGM’s and the Growth COE leadership team – clearly and concisely presenting findings and recommendations in a non-technical way to business leaders in multiple functions
  • Partnering with Brand, Marketing and Go-To-Market Insights to identify and define business issues requiring consumer targeting and advanced analytics as well as the resources needed to address them
  • Providing strategic direction to the company at multiple levels and maintaining focus on improving the effectiveness of Conagra’s investments and resources – translating strong analytical rigor into top and bottom line business impact
  • Leading a team of highly technical and accomplished Data Science managers and directors, determining their priorities and objectives, providing all necessary resources, driving a high standard of analytical quality, elevating the team’s expertise, and instilling in them business partnering and influencing skills
  • Ensuring Conagra continues to be a preferred partner for our vendors
  • Continuously raising the bar for Data Science capabilities and constantly looking to where Conagra needs to go analytically as a company – a data and analytics visionary

Position Qualifications
The successful candidate will be a proven Data Science executive demonstrating 10+ years of experience producing high quality, well-regarded, analytics and insights work – preferably in an analytically advanced industry.  Additional qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in a discipline heavily reliant on statistical or information theoretic methods
  • Proven track record of delivering actionable business recommendations, influencing decisions, and impacting results
  • Strong priority management skills to ensure analytical resources are leveraged and applied to the most important business issues.
  • A history of turning insights into actions with brands, marketing, retailers, and consumers
  • Experience leading and developing teams of Data Science and analytics professionals
  • Demonstrated success driving a business model and influencing a matrix organization across brand, marketing, innovation, and R&D functions.
  • Broad and deep knowledge of machine learning, deep learning, network/graph, A/B testing, NLP, transactional data, marketing measurement, visualization, and social media/listening methods
  • Experience working with large data sets (loyalty card, transaction, social media, etc.) and creating tools/solutions using that data
  • Experience working directly with large, cross-channel retailers and operators on driving their performance with shoppers and consumers
  • Proven effective oral and written communication skills – especially the ability to explain difficult concepts in simple, straightforward, business terms
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