This is not the case for consumer products heavyweight The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), which has been at the top of its analytics game for 50 years now.
During the 2014 Retail/Consumer Goods Analytics Summit, Glenn Wegryn, retired associate director of analytics for P&G, shared best practices for building the talent capabilities required to ensure success. A leadership council is in charge of sharing analytics best practices across P&G — breaking down silos to make sure the very best talent is being leveraged to solve the company's most pressing business issues.
So, what are the characteristics of a great data analyst and where can you find them?
"I always look for people with solid quantitative backgrounds because that is the hardest thing to learn on the job," said Wegryn.
Combine that with mature communication skills and a talent for business acumen and you've got the perfect formula for a great data analyst.
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