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Nordstrom Manager, Data Science & Analytics - Strategic Analytics in Seattle, Washington

Manager, Data Science & Analytics - Strategic Analytics

Job Description

Nordstrom is reinventing the retail industry through the power of data and artificial intelligence. The vision for Data Science & Analytics at Nordstrom is to be the best data-driven fashion retailer in the world, and we win by rigorous and thoughtful application data science to solve strategic business challenges.

The Manager of Data Science and Analytics is responsible for leading a highly skilled team of analysts and data scientists in curating actionable insights that important strategic decisions for Nordstrom leadership. The role has an opportunity to tackle challenges from ideation to insights delivery, with visibility across the leadership organization. This individual should have a high degree of curiosity about the business and the skills to discover impactful insights from data and communicate those insights in a way that builds confidence and enables decisions that drive business value.

As part of the Nordstrom’s centralized Data Science and Analytics team, the Strategic Analytics team focuses on supporting executive management with robust decision support data science. Here we build data science products and provide analytics consulting in support of strategic business decisions, including customer personalization, marketing, merchandise, supply chain, and digital experience. We work as the quantitative right-hand for the executive team with a passion for supporting data-driven decision making, a devotion to advanced techniques, along with a creative team spirit!

The ideal candidate is a creative self-starter and strong technical contributor who is always looking for new opportunities to solve business problems with data-driven tools. We welcome your curiosity about the business, your passion to unlock rich, nuanced insights from complicated data and the desire to communicate those insights in a way that drives positive business outcomes. We are looking for a complete analytics leader who is as equipped with strong technical and quantitative skills as they are with soft skills to present to executives and effectively manage stakeholder relationships. We need this leader to go beyond effectively managing projects and assignment/delegation of work, to think strategically about the long-term vision for their team, build a roadmap, and effectively tie short term work to a long-term vision.

We are committed to building teams that reflect the diversity of our customers and active inclusion is core to how Nordstrom wins . We’re an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply. If the idea to make a difference in this vibrant intersection of fashion, data science, and technology excites you, join our world-class data science team!

Responsibilities… What you’ll do

  • Lead a world-class team of data scientists and analysts, focusing on building a high performance team

  • Passionate about developing people, you will attract talent, coach and mentor team members balancing between projects timeline and team members' growth

  • Rally and motivate the team. Communicate clear and inspiring purpose

  • Builda roadmap for the team,and craft a communication plan toappropriatelyevangelize the team’s work to stakeholdersand the company

  • Lead the team infunctioning like an internal management consulting analytics practice, supporting primarily the Strategy team andexecutive leadershipteam

  • Develop deep partnerships with product, engineering andothercross-functional support teams to deliver insightful analytics

  • Lead best practices in experimental design and test & learn activities

  • Foster data-informed decision making, hypothesis generation, and experimentation throughout theproductorg and broader company

  • Play lead role in coordinating work that needs to be done across multiple analytics teams to ensure timelydelivery of quality work to stakeholders

  • You’ll deeply understand the business and proactively spot risks and opportunities

Ideal Requirements and Background

  • BA/BS degree ideally with emphasis on coursework of a quantitative nature (e.g., Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Data Sciences). Advanced degree(MSc or PhD)in statistics, mathematics, economics,applied scienceor equivalent STEM degreestronglypreferred

  • 8+years of experiencein adata scienceandanalytics role

  • 5+yearsof experienceeither working as a data scientist,managing data scientists, or some combination thereof

  • 2+years of experience leading and mentoring a highlyeducated (PhD)team of data scientists.

  • 5+ years of experience with SQLrequired,expert-level preferred. Experience working with NoSQL data environments and tools such as Hadoop, Spark, DynamoDB is a plus.

  • 5+ years of experience with scripting (R or Python) and ML frameworks and libraries (e.g., caret, spark, scikit-learn, pandas,numpy,tensorflow,pytorch,keras,theano, seaborn, matplotlib, etc.)

  • 2+ years with graphics/visualization software (e.g. Shiny,ggplot, matplotlib, Tableau), either hands-on or managing a team that used these tools

  • Very strong project management skillsandtrack record ofeffectivelymanagingcomplexityof coordinationin matrixed organizations.Experience or familiarity withAgile is strongly preferred

  • Experience working in an analytics practice in management consultingis a plus, but not required

  • Advancedexperience withAWS, GCPstrongly preferred

  • Hands on experiencewithstatistical analysis,withapragmatic attitude tostatisticalmodeling,emphasizingrigorin exploratorydataanalysis andthoroughdatapreparation

  • Excellent diagnostic skills to analyze and identify discrepancies within sophisticated models and effectively give guidance to troubleshoot.

  • Strong work ethic with the ability to adapt to the situation;comfort with ambiguity and grace under pressure

  • A nuanced understanding of diverse and inclusive hiring practices

You’ll love this Job If You

  • …are a self-directed individual who operates with passion, urgency, focus, and discipline… put simply, you get-stuff-done.

  • ...are motivated by making an impact

  • ...are passionate about building high performance teams, growing your team members.

  • …have problem solving skills that are unparalleled…you are scrappy and resourceful

  • …are an adaptable team player. You will enthusiastically take on other assignments as needed to support your team!

  • …are detail-oriented with a knack for precision and accuracy in numbers and analyses.

  • …are someone who appreciates diversity in all its forms

  • …are someone who appreciates a company that values and encourages work-life balance


We’ve got you covered…

Our employees are our most important asset and that’s reflected in our benefits. Nordstrom is proud to offer a variety of benefits to support employees and their families, including:

  • Medical/Vision, Dental, Retirement and Paid Time Away

  • Life Insurance and Disability

  • Merchandise Discount and EAP Resources

A few more important points...

The job posting highlights the most critical responsibilities and requirements of the job. It’s not all-inclusive. There may be additional duties, responsibilities and qualifications for this job.

Nordstrom will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with all legal requirements.

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Hourly and salary pay ranges specific to Colorado are listed below, which is provided in compliance with Colorado law. Nordstrom continues to remain competitive with pay and benefits in all markets.


Minimum - $12.55/hr

Maximum - $46.10/hr

Salary (Non-Exempt and Exempt)

Minimum - $30,200/annual

Maximum - $289,200/annual

We’re a fast-moving fashion company that empowers our people to be innovative, creative and always focused on providing the best service to our customers. The retail industry is rapidly changing, and we have interesting, complex problems to solve every day – from developing cutting-edge technology and opening new stores, to designing fresh, must-have fashion.

Whether you’re a genius engineer, a phenomenal salesperson or a supply chain guru, we invite you to bring your unique talents and join our team. We reward great work, promote from within and celebrate diversity.

Our values are the core of who we are. They inspire our employees, delight our customers and bring our business to life every day.


We strive to know our customers better than anyone else. We listen, anticipate, build trust and move with speed to deliver on their needs.


We treat every interaction as an opportunity to make an impact and deliver excellence.


We approach problems with curiosity and create solutions. We unlock potential to be bold, think big and inspire innovation.


We’re committed to delivering results, both today and tomorrow. We win as a team by supporting and challenging one another to be better every day.


We treat each other with respect and kindness. We do the small things that make a big difference. We create a welcoming environment, helping people feel connected, valued and part of one community.

Come on! Join us!