Senior Merchandise Planning Analyst

  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA
  • Jan 09, 2019
Full-time Business Analytics Data Analysis Data Visualization Finance Forecasting Revenue Management SAS SQL Tableau Teradata

Job Description

The Revenue Planning & Forecasting team leverages deep understanding of Guest demographics and behaviors to support the strategic direction and key projects of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. This role will support development of long term and annual operating revenue plans, evaluate proposed strategic initiatives and capital investments, and measure executed revenue growth initiatives for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. We are seeking a detail-oriented individual who will develop unbiased, holistic business insights and clearly articulate recommendations to help drive revenue growth and improve the Guest experience. The ideal candidate should be a solution oriented self-starter with superior analytical skills, who can leverage a highly complex data set and extract key learnings. She/he should also have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication and presentation skills.

This role will have the opportunity to inform and shape the long term revenue plan, annual operating revenue plan, and capital investments. She/he will partner with many areas across the company including Merchandise Line of Business, Digital Line of Business, Operations, Finance, Pricing & Revenue Management, Industrial Engineering, and Consumer Insights to add value for our Guests and Shareholders.


Analytics and Measurement

  • Support development of long-term plan and annual operating plan process for Walt Disney World merchandise, Disney Springs, and Imaging
  • Research, design, develop, and support models used to evaluate proposed business opportunities and to measure the impact of executed strategies and investments
  • Develop recommendations for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts senior executive review and approval that help prioritize and achieve business strategies and objectives
  • Leverage historical data, primary research findings, and other relevant information
  • Identify and apply best practices in the field of advanced analytics (statistics, research, etc.)

Communication and Strategic Decision Making

  • Collaborate and partner with other areas across the company
  • Exercise strong conceptual thinking skills – must be able to understand broad concepts, articulate linkages/gaps, and recommend tactics/strategies that enable a vision
  • Utilize strong communication and influencing skills – must be comfortable providing a point of view to a variety of audiences
  • Present and effectively communicate analytical conclusions to all stakeholders

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years of statistical or financial analysis and/or strategy development experience
  • Demonstrated strong mathematical modeling and strategic thinking skills
  • Demonstrated technical ability to leverage data using spreadsheets and databases and open to learning new visualization and statistical analysis software
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment with a positive demeanor under tight timelines
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, handle multiple priorities, and perform job responsibilities accurately with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated strong sense of responsibility, ownership, and pride in delivering quality results and understanding the business impact

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts forecasting and planning processes
  • Experience/knowledge of Merchandise/Retail
  • Demonstrated experience working with SAS, Teradata, SQL, Tableau, and Business Objects

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Economics, Mathematics, Industrial Engineering or other quantitative field.

Preferred Education

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent.

About Walt Disney World Resort

Since opening in 1971, Walt Disney World Resort has played an important role in many childhood and family memories. Today, hundreds of millions of guests from around the globe visit this magical place to enjoy a Disney vacation. Through a combination of creativity, innovation and technology, the resort immerses guests in classic Disney tales and new kinds of family entertainment. Drawing from a rich heritage of storytelling, Walt Disney World Resort cast members bring Disney magic to life through unmatched attention to detail and superior guest service.

About The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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