Whole Foods Market Macro Space Analyst in Austin, Texas

Job DescriptionResponsible for delivering data-driven, actionable macro space recommendations that improve the satisfaction and experience of our customers. This position requires experience drawing conclusions from imperfect and incomplete data, application of various analytical techniques, and influencing decision makers using quantitative arguments. Above all, you will drive execution of company goals through design and execution of high quality data discovery, analysis, and the successful communication of macro space recommendations.


  • Provide quantitative-based category space allocation recommendations to business partners in in order to best serve customers

  • Maintain a thorough understanding of WFM purchasing and merchandising processes to effectively support merchandising decisions

  • In cross functional conversations, serve as the subject matter expert on macro space analysis and processes and participate in the discussion of business requirements

  • Contribute to design and consensus building for macro space analytical methodologies and recommendations to be applied within the context of category management and new store/remodel design

  • Support the testing of various statistical methods (multivariate regression, ANOVA, cluster analysis, outlier detection, etc.) to define the best method of evaluating space productivity

  • Contribute to productive conversations with global and regional leadership to proactively plan, problem solve, and evolve space analytics strategy over time.

  • Proactively manage changes in scope, identify potential risks to data accuracy or project completion, and devise contingency plans.

  • Develop new organizational capabilities in a decentralized structure where results are based on cooperation with and influence of others. Ability to work with partners who have a wide range of analytical understanding.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • 4-year degree or equivalent experience and at least 2 years of Retail Analytics (assortment, space or category), Space Planning, Retail Ops, Merchandising or other applicable retail experience

  • Proficient skill level in tools/languages for data analysis, visualization, engineering, or mining (e.g., SQL, Alteryx, R, SAS, Tableau or similar tools)

  • Experience with implementation of retail merchandising basics (i.e., category management), and merchandising organizational structures and processes

  • Experience with analyzing, reporting and visualizing data to identify issues, trends, or exceptions to drive improvement of results and find solutions.

  • Experience with identifying data needs and ability to articulate business case and needs to data engineers

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple assignments, and ability to reset and communicate new priorities in response to ad hoc requests with short deadlines.

  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with cross functional teams

  • Customer service oriented with ability to maintain positive attitude in all situations

  • Proficient skill level in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint

  • Overnight travel approximately 2% of time

At Whole Foods Market we provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all team members and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability. Whole Foods Market hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the position to be filled.

Who are we? Well, we seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Add to that the excitement and fun we bring to shopping for groceries, and you start to get a sense of what we’re all about. Oh yeah, we’re a mission-driven company too.

Whole Foods Market attracts people who are passionate - about great food, about the communities they live in, about how we treat our planet and our fellow humans - and who want to bring their passion into the workplace and make a difference.

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