Senior Digital Analyst
Leeds, West Yorkshire / £35000 - £40000
£35000 - £40000
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senior Digital Analyst
Up to £40,000
A leading national retailer are hiring for a Senior Digital Analyst to join a growing Digital Team. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new project that has brought great success to the business in recent months.
Company: Our client is a well-known retailer that offers a wide range of products to customers across the UK. With a strong online presence, they are constantly evolving their digital capabilities to provide the best possible experience for their customers.
Team: The Senior Digital Analyst role sits within the Decision Science and Analytics team, where you will work closely with other analysts and data experts.
Role: As a Senior Digital Analyst, you will play a key role in understanding the decisions customers are making whilst online, in order to help better tracking and optimization. Helping develop Digital Analytics tools you will be delivering key actionable insights to help the wider business use their customer behavioural and digital analytics data.
As a Senior Digital Analyst you will need to have experience:
- Working in Adobe Analytics with a particular focus on App Analytics
- Commercial experience developing Digital Analytics tools to help enhance insights for the wider business.
- Up to £40,000
- 7% Matched Pension
- Discretionary companywide bonus
- Hybrid working
To register your interest, apply via the link below or email your CV
Is Product Analytics the new Digital Analytics? | Harnham Recruitment post
Following on from our exploration of what Digital Analytics is, and the exploration specifically of hiring Digital Insights Analysts in the North of England and Midlands, we wanted to take a look at Product Analytics, and how it differs from the standard Digital Analyst role.To help investigate the importance of Product Analytics in the current market, we have interviewed Nicky Tran, a Product Analyst at Virgin Media (Manchester).What Is A Product Analyst?In simple terms, a Product Analyst ‘’looks at the different products a company has, and then you are identifying which areas of the product can be improved or which areas can be optimised.” While Digital Analytics can inform the product lifecycle, the interesting aspect to this role is, that unlike a traditional Web Analyst role, it is more of a hybrid role. Nicky emphasised that it is ‘’an upcoming sector within the analytics community’’, providing an overlap between Digital Analytics, Customer Analytics and Data Science.The key skills and tools for this role are advanced SQL, Google Analytics, and AB testing. So how does this skillset differ from a traditional Web Analyst? Nicky suggests that while the core requirements are that of a Web Analyst, with a web role you would essentially just be using Google Analytics Data. However, as a Product Analyst, you would be using advanced SQL to access other data bases, and pull data from models, and therefore, “you are combining two sets of data to get a more insightful look”.Why Is Product Analytics Important, And Why Are They Now Becoming More Prominent On The Market?Similar to Digital Analytics roles, it is clear that with the impending digital transformation, companies are becoming increasingly data-led, especially with regards to their digital platforms (and products).As a result of the pandemic, the digital space is so much more important than ever before. Therefore, to stay competitive, and to really understand the products from the consumer perspective, companies have to provide the most personalised customer experiences to acquire and retain their consumers. As Nicky mentions, ‘It is definitely worth making an ‘inventory’ to see how to promote what you have – it is about personalising the customer journey’.What are employers looking for in a Product Analytics candidate?Product Analytics are great due to their hybridity. In the current market, where there are numerous jobs, and few candidates, a Product Analyst (technically strong in three areas) is a highly sought-after rarity.Businesses are becoming increasingly invested in Product Analytics and having a Product team that works alongside the Digital team can be beneficial; especially when companies need to stay competitive.What are Candidates looking for? Understanding the differences between a Digital Analyst, and a Product Analyst is key to understanding what a candidate is looking for. Nicky suggested that this Product Analyst role enabled her to be the ‘bridge’ between areas.So how does the future of a Product Analyst differ to that of the route of a Digital Analyst? For Nicky, this is one of the most important factors to being a Digital Analyst, as she has the option to go down the Data Science route in the future should she wish. The more technical skills she has as a Product Analyst means she is building up experience across different areas of Data & Analytics, giving her a slightly different career path, should she want to go down a more technical route.Why Choose A Product Analyst Role?“If you come from a technical background – maths, physics, computer science – and are interested in how the numbers are crunching, it is worth going into Product Analytics, as it needs a logical mathematics brain, to be able to convert it into a way which is useful to stakeholders.”From speaking to Nicky, it is clear that Product Analytics is an up-and-coming role that people don’t know enough about it. Therefore, if you are curious about Product Analytics, or any of the different roles the market has to offer at the moment, as an employer looking for help hiring, or a candidate actively or passively looking for work, Harnham can help. Take a look at our latest Product Analytics jobs, or get in touch for more information on how we can support your hiring needs.
Web Analytics in the North of England and Midlands | Harnham Recruitment post
As Digital Analytics continue to evolve and play a key role in businesses country-wide, and with the talent redistribution resulting from the pandemic, many Hiring Managers are seeking to attract top candidates to roles based outside of London. But how they can do this efficiently and effectively? To answer this question, we’ll be exploring hiring in the North of England and Midlands in a new series of articles focusing on the four key specialisms found in Digital Analytics: Insights, CRO/Optimisation, Implementation/Tracking, and Product Analytics. First up, we’re taking a look at hiring Digital Insight professionals. Why is Digital Insights important?As the world undergoes a digital transformation, companies are becoming increasingly data-led, specifically in relation to their websites and apps. Over the last two years, the average consumer has turned more and more to these platforms and so many companies, in order to keep up with their competitors and to give their customers the best experience, are keen on personalising the customer experience across their websites and the apps.To achieve the goal of improving the customer experience online, and therefore improve sales, you first need to know what the customer does on their journey; What pages do customers click on? What converts into sales? Are there any trends across different demographics or segments of customers? A Digital Analyst will come in, examine the data collected by the developers and implementation teams and translate this data into useful insights with actionable recommendations as to what needs improving. What are employers looking for in a Digital Analytics candidate?In the current market, there are numerous jobs and fewer candidates, meaning candidates are being snapped up quickly. The market is moving particularly fast at the moment, with candidates moving through processes at faster rates – we have seen candidates through processes in just two weeks! Therefore, as candidates are in multiple processes, clients are facing more rejected offers than ever. While there are some great candidates on the market at the moment, the perfect candidate is tricky to come by. The absolute standard for a Digital Analyst is Google Analytics or Adobe Analytics with some form of Data Visualisation skills to help them create dashboards and reports with the insights they find. However, SQL is, more often than not, also becoming a must-have. By conducting the process as quickly as possible and realty appealing to candidate motivations, you will have a better chance at securing these quality candidates that would make a great addition to your business.What are candidates looking for?From my experience so far, Digital Analytics candidates seem to have a better experience in the current market, as they are able to be more selective. They are often involved in multiple processes and can weigh up which role offers them the best opportunity. Therefore, candidate motivations are important and can be crucial for a speedy recruitment process. As seen in our 2021 Data & Analytics Salary Guide, the motivations that appear to be most important to candidates are culture, training and progression, flexibility and the overall package. Culture, including training and progression, is always going to be important to a candidate and giving them a good first impression with lots of information about how your company and your role stand out from others is essential.Furthermore, flexibility is a post-pandemic privilege that is becoming the norm. While hybrid working works for some, others require primarily remote working. Despite the number of different roles across the North and Midlands, the candidate pool for a Digital Analyst with Google Analytics, SQL and Power BI is not huge. Therefore, having as much flexibility as possible with your working from home policy is key.Finally, overall package (not just base salary) is also important. The disparity between London roles and North roles is not as large as you might assume. As there is a shortage of candidates, in order to stay competitive, it is vital to benchmark candidates effectively. Again, there is information about this in our current salary guide. However, just to give you an idea of the market, last year, the average tenure of a Digital Analyst was approximately 2 years. The average increase in salary after this time was approximately 17-20%. Therefore, it is clear that staying competitive and understanding what candidates are looking for is important.Final Comments:Whether you are curious about the market, a client looking for help hiring, or a candidate actively or passively looking for work, Harnham can help. Take a look at our latest Digital Analytics jobs or get in touch for advice on anything from salary to candidate motivations, to work-from-home preferences.
As Incidents Of Cybercrime Increase, How Can A Fraud Analyst Give Your Business Peace Of Mind?
Whilst it’s true that cybercriminals are becoming more creative and sophisticated, as are analytical techniques and the experts that wield them. Fraud Analysts now have more techniques and reach than ever, and as incidents of cybercrime increase, this isn’t an area that businesses should be scrimping on.
According to PwC’s Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey 2022, 46 per cent of organisations surveyed reported experiencing fraud or financial crime over the last 24 months and tech, media and telecommunications businesses appeared to have taken the brunt. Findings showed that nearly two-thirds of this group experienced some form of fraud, the highest incidence of any industry.
The ONS also recently released stats showing that fraud offences increased by 25 per cent in 2021 (to 4.5 million offences) compared with the year ending March 2020. Indeed, the proportion of these incidents that were cyber-related increased to 61 per cent up from 53 per cent.
The rise of cyber-fraud is a clear issue and for some businesses such as financial institutions, tackling this by using fraud teams made up of expert Fraud Analysts is the norm. But for others, it may not have been seen as a priority until recently. However, any business which has a growing number of online transactions will become a bigger target for fraudsters and would benefit from a team member able to help minimise the risk.
So, how can fraud analysts help?
Far from wanting to paint a bleak picture, while fraud techniques are evolving and improving, so are anti-fraud efforts. All risks associated with financial crime involve three kinds of countermeasures: identifying and authenticating the customer, monitoring and detecting transaction and behavioural anomalies, and responding to mitigate risks and issues. All of these are carried out by fraud experts, such as Fraud Analysts, armed with ever-evolving technologies and techniques. So, what exactly does a Fraud Analyst do?
Fraud Analysts will track and monitor transactions and activity, identify and trace any suspicious or high-risk transactions, determine if there is improper activity involved, and identify if there is any risk to the organisation or its customers. They are able to digest huge swathes of information and quickly and efficiently prioritise the data that’s important in order to tell a story of fraud or no fraud.
To cope with the speed and scale of online commerce, new technologies such as Machine learning (ML) models have come to the fore. These models have the ability to simulate thousands of scenarios and take over the mundane tasks of sifting through swathes of data in a tiny percentage of the time it would take a human. The systems used by Fraud Analysts will vary based on the industry, but a common example is rule-based expert systems (RBESSs). A very simple implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) RBESSs are used to detect fraud by calculating a risk score based on users’ behaviours, such as repeated log-in attempts or ‘too-quick-for-being-human’ operations. Based on the risk score, the rules deliver a final decision on each analysed transaction, therefore blocking it, accepting it, or putting it on hold for analyst’s revision. The rules can be easily updated over time, or new rules can be inserted following specific needs to address new threats.
This method has proved very effective in mitigating fraud risks and discovering well-known fraud patterns. That said, rule-based fraud detection solutions have demonstrated that they can’t always keep pace with the increasingly sophisticated techniques adopted by fraudsters, without regular updates and expert use.
Machines also cannot mimic human traits like intuition. People can detect if things aren’t right even if they have not seen them before. It’s an instinct not yet successfully trained into machines. Therefore, new trends are much better pursued by an analyst and then a machine can be trained to stop future occurrences. A well-implemented ML system will free up precious time for an analyst to perform these more productive tasks.
A non-stop process
So, your Fraud Analyst has now set up a new ML system to identify fraudulent activity and is also looking for new trends that fraudsters may be trying – now what? Fraud Analysts never sit still. Their job is not a one-time fix but one of constant evolution and refinement. Their role involves identifying weaknesses in systems and continually looking for opportunities for improvement, such as recommending anti-fraud processes to detect new patterns or new software tools to help with reporting. Their finger is always on the pulse of emerging developments and will ensure your company remains protected against current risks.
Not only is this aspect part of the job description, but it is also to some extent inherent to their nature. Fraud Analysts tend to be curious, have a strong attention to granular detail, as well as an inclination towards problem-solving. Leaving no stone unturned is part of their makeup. This analytical skillset will dig out any problems that are there – which will unfortunately then require you to fix them (sorry!) – but it is far better to be aware of any weaknesses now. The majority of companies only realise their shortcomings when it is already too late. Ultimately it is better to be safe than sorry.
A Fraud Analyst not only helps to protect businesses against creative cyber criminals but will also give owners reassurance as they look to grow and thrive unimpeded.
If you are looking for a complete recruitment solution across the breadth of Data & Analytics disciplines to build out a robust Data & Analytics function, get in touch with one of our expert consultants here.
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