Catalogue Data Specialist

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Apply now Apply later, a leading South African online retailer, is looking for a highly talented Catalogue Data Specialist to join our Merchant Product team in Cape Town. You will have overall responsibility for technical project related tasks, including the manipulation of large data sets. We are a young, dynamic, hyper growth company looking for smart, creative and hard-working people with integrity to join us. We offer a market related Total Remuneration Package, which allows full flexibility according to your needs, a great work environment and a promise that you won’t be bored, as long as you are prepared for a challenge and want to build something great.

The position reports to the Catalogue Operations Manager.

 Your responsibilities will include:  

  • Execute on defined catalogue data related tasks using database queries and large dataset manipulation via various internal tools and dashboards. Typical tasks will include:  
  • In-depth data analysis via SQL and related queries 
  • Bulk data editing tasks using various internal tools and interfaces  
  • The configuration of the Excel sheets that Suppliers and Sellers use to submit their product catalogue information to Takealot via the editing of JSON structure  
  • Implement the data structure that is defined for specific product categories in terms of creating the product categories, product attributes and attribute values and ensuring the data can be correctly captured in the tools that Suppliers and Sellers use to submit their product catalogue information to Takealot  
  • Taking end to end ownership for catalogue data related projects assigned to you, including detailed analysis to understand the root cause of issues, execution of the solution and internal operational rollout  
  • Implementation of relevant SOPs related to standard tasks performed  
  • Taking ownership for the pipeline of tasks assigned to you, to ensure that they are executed on according to defined turnaround SLAs that are agreed with stakeholders 

Attributes required:  

  • Intermediate to advanced experience in working with technical tools, data and large data sets  SQL skills (PostgreSQL and MySQL)  
  • Understanding of XML and JSON structures  
  • Versatile, resourceful and able to work on varied tasks simultaneously  
  • Commercially minded  
  • Proven track record of task ownership, execution and delivery  
  • Highly logical, with strong attention to detail in a high-pressure environment  
  • Solutions-oriented, self-motivated with a can-do attitude and high energy  
  • Self-guided learner with a passion for data science/quality  
  • Strong data analysis skills and able to use data to make decisions  
  • Ability to verbalise and visualise outcomes and communicate trends in a clear, concise manner  Highly organised and efficient  
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to collaborate with diverse teams Data science exposure in a retail or e-commerce environment is a plus 

Qualifications and Experience:  

  • National Senior Certificate  
  • A relevant tertiary qualification in Data Analytics and Business Intelligence or similar 
  • 2 Years experience in a similar role performing data analysis and manipulation tasks
  • E-commerce experience is advantageous

The Environment:  

  • employees are entrepreneurial and dynamic, smart, customer-centric, fun and have the shared ambition of being the leading e-commerce company in Africa.  We have fun, work hard, take ownership, work in teams to create solutions, and are always open to direct feedback/new ideas on where we can improve  We are short on ego and high on output  
  • We are doers and not only thinkers, it’s all in the execution after all  
  • We love what we do and what we are creating  
  • We seek to Employ an Extra Ordinary Mind who:  
  • is respectful but forthright  
  • is an expert at doing, who can not only design but also execute  
  • is analytical, able to use data to make decisions  
  • is competitive, self-directed and strive to be the BEST (GREAT requires a lot of work and does not only happen during business hours) 
  • is passionate about the potential of e-commerce and delivering a world-class customer experience  
  • is entrepreneurial, thrives under change and accepts it is a constant and always looks for solutions to do something better and faster  
  • is business SMART. Able to think about problems from a business perspective using technical and product input;  
  • is curious and challenge the status quo  
  • is innovative and enjoys iteration  
  • is collaborative  will be at the cutting edge of developing new concepts for  
  • thinks like an owner of the business  

If you meet the above criteria and are an Extraordinary Mind, come and join us!  

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Takealot is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants from the previously disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities will be given preference.

Job region(s): Africa
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