Coop: Data Scientist

Sep 08, 2023

Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Coop is strengthening its Logistics department with two Data Scientists!

Coop is owned by 2 million co-owners. This sets us apart from competitors and is reflected in our vision – choosing Coop should be rewarding. Ownership offers the opportunity to influence and to share in the profits generated. 150 years after the establishment of the first consumer cooperative, Coop is still working towards the same goal – rooted in the same values. The cooperative societies collectively own the umbrella organization, Coop Norge SA, which is responsible for Coop's joint procurement, wholesale and logistics operations, chain management, brand-building, and membership program.

Supply Chain at Coop
Coop Norge introduced our Supply Chain department in August 2022. The department consists of four main areas: inbound supply management, forecasting & replenishment, store ordering, and ordering solutions. The department was established to bring together expertise and ensure the implementation of inventory management from supplier to store based on store sales forecasts (Multi-Echelon).

The Supply Chain department is integrated within the broader Logistics Department at Coop Norge, which is renowned as one of Norway's premier logistics entities. Logistics operations are at the core of the flow of goods - from supplier to warehouse and store. Our logistics operations consist of a fully automated logistics center at Gardermoen and 5 local warehouse units; together with the transportation operations, this forms the backbone of our value chain.

For the road ahead, the strategy is clear - by prioritizing customer service and increased cost-effectiveness, we aim to continue our growth. To achieve this goal, we need to strengthen our capacity in the field of analysis.

We are currently looking for two Data Scientists! As a Data Scientist, you will be essential in building and developing new models and services to solve complex business problems by applying machine learning and other advanced analytics methods. As part of the tech environment in Data & Analysis, you will work closely with other Data Scientists, Data Engineers, Data Analysts and Software Developers, and the product teams in the supply chain. We are seeking someone who is motivated to contribute to one of Coop Norge's key areas of focus going forward, with an emphasis on holistic value chain and forecasts.

We believe your day-to-day will look somewhat like this:

Working with advanced analyses for the forecasting team and logistics department. Advanced Analytics involves leveraging sophisticated analytical methods on large datasets.

  • Your role involves addressing questions such as: what happened, why did it happen, what is likely to happen, and how we can make it happen.

  • Key responsibilities include creating views and dashboards using e.g. dbt, SAP Analytics Cloud, Google Cloud BigQuery and LookerStudio.

  • Develop, deploy and test data science models to tackle complex challenges at Coop.

  • Analyze and contribute to understanding overall forecast quality and quality breakdown in various areas, strategically prioritizing areas for improvement.

  • Examine the impact of input variables on forecast quality, both existing and potential new ones.

  • Set thresholds and provide insights on the implementation decisions of sales forecasting features called Demand Influencing Factors (DIF parameters).

  • Identify unknown issues through techniques like cluster analysis to uncover patterns and trends.

  • Data preparation, transformation and visualization for analytical purposes.

  • Participate in building a data analysis community within Coop.

  • Actively contribute to defining our guidelines and ways of working

  • Actively contribute to fostering a modern data culture within Coop and strengthen our data-driven organization

To succeed in this role, you will need to have:

  • Experience in core analytics methods and various Machine Learning, Statistical Modelling, Optimization and Predictive Modelling

  • Solid knowledge of Python and SQL

  • Hands-on experience with a broad base of Python data science libraries and frameworks (e.g. pandas, pyspark, scikit-learn, XGBoost, etc.)

  • Experience with POSIX shell scripting, git, cloud solutions (Azure, GCP), container technologies (Docker) and dbt.

  • Ability to communicate technical concepts to both technical and non-technical resources

  • Ability to show initiative, work independently and be self-driven

It would also be beneficial if you:

  • Can work in a structured, systematic, and independent manner

  • Can effectively communicate complex analyses and findings to team members and others in the organization.

  • Are analytical and rational, with a strong numerical reasoning ability

  • Demonstrates an inquisitive mind and a keen ability to uncover hidden insights

  • Are eager to learn and possess a high level of professional commitment

  • Has a strong motivation to deliver value to end-users

  • Are skilled in communication, both in Norwegian and English

  • Higher education, preferably a master's degree in relevant fields.

We can offer

  • A unique opportunity to be a key player in one of the most exciting commitments the Norwegian consumer retail industry have seen in a long time

  • Work with some of the most exciting data sets in the industry to solve complex and important business problems

  • You’ll be part of an ambitious and diverse team where you get to impact the way of working and contribute to organizational guidelines.

  • Excellent opportunities for personal and professional development (e.g., conferences, training, time to work on own projects/upskilling, etc.).

  • Modern office spaces at our HQ at Grorud with a high degree of flexibility on working hours and location.

  • Gear and equipment (Mac/Windows/Linux) are provided when you begin your adventure with us.

  • Competitive compensation package in addition to good pension and insurance schemes.

  • Other benefits like mobile phone and internet coverage, company cabins, and discounts in all Coop stores.

Working at Coop Norge:

Coop Norge as a workplace is designed to foster your growth and well-being. Coop Norge is a large and intricate organization, with diverse expertise in countless fields. You will become part of an exciting ecosystem where you will have a direct influence on our human-centered endeavors. In a newly renovated building in Grorud, Oslo, you'll encounter numerous engaging colleagues and collaborate across disciplines. You can engage in conversations over a cup of coffee with freshly baked treats in the barista area or enjoy a fine lunch in our newly refurbished cafeteria. If the abundance gets overwhelming, you can have a workout session in the fitness center or opt for a relaxing massage. All within Coop Norge's headquarters. We have an active sponsorship department that entices with various events tied to our sponsorships, and we also have a corporate sports club with different offerings. 'Cooperaktiv' provides additional activities in the realms of art, theater, and performances. Should you require a relaxing weekend, our company cabins are at your disposal. Working at Coop is more than just a job. We are a small community that warmly welcomes you!

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