Data Strategy Analyst

Cengage Learning - Boston, MA - Full time

Cengage Learning - Boston, MA - Full time


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About Cengage Learning

Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions. We are backed by large PE firms like KKR and Apax, and have operations in 20+ countries. Our CEO, Michael Hansen, joined in 2012 and is a former partner with the Boston Consulting Group. Our brands include MindTap, Aplia, Brooks/Cole, ed2go, Delmar, Gale, Heinle, South-Western and Wadsworth, among others. With annual revenues of approximately $2 billion, the company has 5,500 employees and is headquartered in Boston.

Our products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement, improve learning outcomes and deliver authoritative information whenever and wherever people need it.

Cengage Learning is leading the transition from print to digital and custom solutions by developing a deep understanding of its customers’ needs, capitalizing on synergies across its businesses, and delivering innovative products and services that cannot be matched by its competitors.

Role Description

We are looking for a Business Analyst to join as a key member of the Data Strategy and Monetization team tasked with extracting greater value data available and identify new data monetization opportunities across the company’s digital platforms.

The Cengage Learning Data Strategy team works closely with the Senior Executive Team to develop data-driven solutions and analysis in support of critical business and customer pain points across the company’s digital portfolio. This is an opportunity to join a small, nimble team comprised of business analysts, data scientists and data architects with high visibility in the company. The Data Strategy Analyst will support specific deep-dives and critical analysis on a project basis and have direct ownership and accountability of assigned projects.

This position is located in the Boston, MA office.

Summary of responsibilities

  • Form a deep understanding of Cengage Learning’s enterprise data strategy goals at corporate and business unit / functional levels
  • Analyze digital platform data and usage characteristics to create actionable insight and tangible business value
  • Function as team member in a variety of Data Strategy projects including identification and evaluation of new monetization opportunities, usage modeling and customer-facing analytics and reporting
  • Work directly with Product and Engineering organization to define, model and execute data strategies
  • Support implementation of Data Strategy recommendations (examples of work: workplan development, activities tracking, risks identification)
  • Conduct ad hoc analyses for special projects as needed
  • Synthesize analyses and present findings to management at multiple levels

Skills Required

  • Minimum of 1-2 years of relevant experience working on data and/or financial analysis & reporting systems; BA/BS with high proven achievement required
  • Strong understanding of data analysis tools and techniques
  • Demonstrated experience with SQL, SAS, Access, and/or other database tools
  • Demonstrated ability to execute quantitative analysis and deliver data-driven insights
  • Comfortable wearing multiple hats, ranging from having strategy, finance, and operational discussions to working with data to provide thoughtful analysis
  • Strong writing and verbal presentation skills, enabling her/him to prepare and present information and recommendations to a broad and diverse audience
  • Able to self-manage progress and deliverables with a high degree of accountability and personal urgency
  • Interest and / or previous experience in education, software, and/or publishing industries a plus
  • Travel expected (primarily domestic, less than 10%)

Personal Attributes

  • Highly analytical
  • Comfort with and eagerness to tackle ambiguous problems
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to build working relationships with all levels of management and stakeholders

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Data Analysis

Experience Level

Mid Level

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