International GIS and Analysis Manager, Tesco, Welwyn Garden City

Job Introduction

The International Property Research team at Tesco is responsible for creating, bringing together and communicating insight and foresight on customers, stores and the market, at a strategic, network and local level. It’s at the forefront of driving growth across all our International businesses by playing a key role in optimising our Property Investments.

Role Responsibility

The International Analysis Manager plays an influential role in driving, supporting and enabling our in-country teams in Europe and Asia, to fulfill the objective of providing insight to guide both property and wider business strategy.

This will involve:

  • Coaching and training country teams to build their analytical, insight and technical capability
  • Promoting best practice techniques to ensure insight is applied effectively and consistently
  • Applying an analytical and technical lens to review and enhance the use of existing data, tools and systems
  • Undertake analytical project work to provide actionable insight into key property-related business issues
  • Developing new tools and models to support with new and existing store appraisal
  • Support existing and future systems developments

The Ideal Candidate

To succeed in this role you’ll need:

  • A high level of numeracy with strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Very strong Excel / VBA skills
  • Excellent Database Management Skills and knowledge of SQL
  • To be a strong communicator able to explain complex ideas to a wide range of audiences
  • A passion for change and striving to improve things for customers
  • An appetite for International travel and working with people from different cultures, across multiple time-zones

In addition it’s an advantage if you have:

  • Experience of using Geographic Information Systems for spatial analysis
  • Experience of using BI / Statistics packages such as R, Hadoop, SAS, Alteryx

Please send all CVs to Octavia.Zaccardelli@uk.tesco.com and tell them you heard about it here first.

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International Site Research Analyst, JD Sports Fashion Plc, Bury

JD Sports Fashion Plc is an international multi-channel retailer operating over 800 stores under a number of fascia.

The JD Site Research team are recruiting for an International Site Research Analyst to join their busy and expanding department at Head Office in Bury. The position offers an exciting opportunity to shape the group’s future store network across Europe. Your primary responsibility will be to provide detailed and accurate sales forecasts to ensure that capital investment is targeted at opportunities that deliver the optimum return. In addition you will also undertake a wide range of location and consumer related project work.

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:


  • Full understanding of location planning methodologies and usage of geo-demographics.
  • Experience in the application of analytical tools such as GIS, Alteryrx & SPSS.
  • Ability to communicate (both written & verbal) cross-functionally and to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Excellent team player.


  • A second language (French/German/Spanish/Italian).
  • Experience of working within a Retail or Consultancy location planning team.
  • A proven track record in sales forecasting.
  • Willingness to relocate Internationally in the long term.
  • Knowledge of European retail markets.

For this role you would need a full driving licence and a valid passport.

If you are interested in joining the team then please forward a covering letter and a copy of your CV to:

Alastair Browne
Group Head of Site Research & Strategic Insight

Closing Date for applications is Friday 5th February.

Location Analyst, Saint Gobain Building Distribution Ltd, Coventry

A permanent vacancy has arisen for a Location Analyst, based at SGBD Ltd.
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Saint-Gobain Building Distribution (SGBD Ltd) is predominately based in the UK and Ireland and has just under 12,000 employees across over 1000 sites – some of the best known and respected companies in the construction sector are part of the Group. In SGBD, we recognise that it is our people who set us apart, and we are always searching for talented, motivated and committed individuals who will help to ensure our continued growth and success in the future.

Location Analyst

Previous experience of using GIS software either during degree or in employment is ideally required, although training will be provided to the dedicated GIS software.

Reporting to the Market Insight & Strategy Manager, the purpose of this role is to provide location analysis, recommendations and intelligence to 1,000 existing properties across multiple brands, and support new developments.

The ideal candidate would hold a degree in a numerate discipline preferably economics, geography or statistics, have sound IT skills and experience of using Excel, Access and Powerpoint.

The key duties of this position are:

  • Analyse potential branch openings and acquisitions
  • Support relocations and existing branch development
  • Identify market opportunity and capacity
  • Help develop network growth opportunities and generate target towns for relevant brands
  • Ability to handle and interpret high volumes of data (customer, product, financial, property etc) and identify the key commercial points

You will have excellent analytical skills and the ability to prioritise and to communicate effectively. Attention to detail and accuracy is a must. The ability to work on own initiative and as well as being a team player is essential.

Above all an interest in the built environment, economics, demographics and applying this knowledge commercially will go a long way.

What are the benefits?

On top of a very rewarding career with a company that will always be committed to your development, you can look forward to a competitive salary, company bonus scheme, share options, company pension scheme, life assurance, staff discounts and various flexible benefits.

Suitably qualified applicants should apply with a full CV, salary details and cover letter to: Nick Snazell, Market Insight & Strategy Manager, email: nick.snazell@sgbd.co.uk

Please quote that you heard about it here on the SLA website.

Closing date for applications is 31st December 2015

What are the Jon Walker Awards and why should I be interested?

It became apparent after last night’s SLA meeting that many of you don’t know what the Jon Walker Awards are all about. They’ve been running now for 4 years and this year will bring us our fifth winner but we need you, our members, to support the awards for them to continue. The award is really important to us at The Society of Location Analysis for a number of reasons.

Who was Jon Walker?

Firstly, remembering Jon. So who was Jon? I’m sure some of you will remember Jon but for those of you have joined recently or who didn’t meet him, Jon was a founding member of the SLA when the idea was created in a conversation with Christine Reeves (Tesco) and Mark Teale (CBRE) many years ago. He helped form its values and philosophy, and was an active participant at the SLA meetings and social gatherings. Sadly Jon Walker passed away on the evening of Monday 22nd March 2010 after 15 months fighting cancer. The awards are a way of remembering Jon in a positive way and celebrating all that was important to him – innovation in site location, clever use of data, software development and taking his ideas into different areas, but above all exploring, learning and enjoying location analysis. That’s the most important thing – he loved what he did. You can find out more about Jon and the awards here.

Reward your colleagues and peers

So far the award has been won by Claire Dickinson of GMAP, Jack Steensta ex Abbey/Santander, Blair Freebairn of GeoLytix and Martin Clarke from the University of Leeds. You can read more about the previous winners and why they won here.

We know there are some really clever people amongst our membership and we also know that some of you are doing innovative work. We want to celebrate that, reward people who are doing some really smart and inspirational work, as well as wanting to encourage others to try out new things, work with data and build programmes and projects that help us raise the profile of location analysis.

So, finally, if you can think of someone who you think deserves this award, please nominate them. But you’ve got to be quick!

We hope to announce the winner at the next event on 14th October, which is the SLA/SPR Forum, this year entitled Right Space/Right Place?

Invitations to this will be coming out shortly but please book your place in the usual way, email info@thesla.org

It should only take a few minutes to nominate someone. Get your thinking caps on and nominate today.
You’ve only got until the end of September.

We look forward to seeing some nominations.

Location Planning Analyst, Costco, Watford

Costco LogoSalary: Excellent Salary and Benefit package

Responsible to: Nick Deeks, Director of International Real Estate

Location: UK Home Office, Hartspring Lane, Watford, Herts WD25 8JS

A vacancy currently exists within the Property team at our UK Home Office for a Location Analyst to take the lead in assisting us to identify new sites for warehouse openings across the UK and Europe.

Costco currently utilises CACI location planning consultancy to assist in making location decisions. We are keen to bring the function in house and to begin to fully utilise the value of the systems and data we possess in support of our expansion plans.

The appointed candidate will help us to understand the sales potential of new sites utilising a range of GeoDemographic and consumer data. In addition, the candidate will create formal reports for review by the Board to assist in making key expansion decisions across the UK and Europe.

In addition to office based analysis you will be required to travel from time to time to proposed sites to qualify their potential on the ground. This will include France and Spain to support Costco’s intended expansion.

We would also be keen to apply the selected candidate’s GeoDemographic analysis skills to assist the Marketing Department to ensure we are reaching our target audience.

The ideal candidate will possess solid analytical skills gained ideally through a couple of years working experience within a location planning or analysis environment but not necessarily limited to retail, as we are keen to consider candidates who possess the key GeoDemographic analysis skills from a range of backgrounds.

  • Strong analysis skills
  • Experience of working with a range of GeoDemographic and non-spatial data
  • Understanding of sales forecasting
  • Solid GIS skills
  • Highly numerate
  • Articulate (verbal and written)
  • Can do attitude and a willingness to learn and grow

This is a fantastic opportunity for a location planning/analysis professional, who is looking to progress their career to join a well-recognised organisation and to help shape the site research and location analysis strategy.

To apply for this vacancy please email your CV to Pam Broadhurst, HR Admin Assistant at Costco Wholesale UK Limited on pbroadhurst@costco.co.uk

August 2013 SLA Newsletter

Welcome to the August 2013 SLA Newsletter. We have had a very successful series of events so far this year in June and July so if you haven’t yet managed to attend there is still a packed programme to choose from:

  1. The Future of Convenience Retailing, Co-op Manchester, 3rd Sept 2013

    The Co-op will be hosting this event at their splendid new HQ at 1 Angel Square, M60 0AG. We have over 40 attending so far but there is still space if anyone still wishes to attend.
    This promises to be an excellent event; see https://thesla.org/2013/07/the-future-of-convenience-retailing-manchester-3rd-sep-2013/

  2. SLA Forum, CBRE Henrietta House, Friday 18th October (please note date change)

    We are still in the process of recruiting speakers; those confirmed to date are:

    • Bob Barr, Manchester Geomatics; Bob received rave reviews for his performance at the Royal Mail Pinpoint event last year. Bob will update us on Open Data, from his perspective on the ODUG committee.
    • Andy Hudson-Smith, CASA; Andy performed to great acclaim five years ago, when he regaled us with neogeography and second life; this time he’ll talk about Smart Cities.
    • Telefonica will update us on the progress of their ‘Smartsteps’ initiative, which they unveiled at last year’s Forum. This involves measuring footfall within catchments by presence of handsets in the vicinity.
  3. Public Sector Event, Birmingham City Council Offices, 12th November 2013

    An excellent programme has been put together for this event, entitled Service Delivery Planning for the Public Sector. The programme runs from 10.00 for 10.30, through to 3.00 close.
    For full programme, and to book, click https://thesla.org/2013/06/public-sector-event-12th-nov-2013/

  4. Jon Walker Award

    We need your help ! So far, we have very few nominations for the 2013 Jon Walker Award for Innovation in Location Analysis. Please think about people you know in the business who have done something innovative (could be software, data, project, model) in the last year. Details of how to nominate are https://thesla.org/jon-walker-award/

  5. Job advertising

    It’s the job advertising on our website which keeps the SLA running free of charge so a big thank you to those who have advertised with us. This year we’ve had 12 jobs advertised in total so far which is excellent and we know from regular feedback from clients and members that they work. If your company has a site location vacancy that needs filling get in touch. The price has remained unchanged now for some years and is a bargain at £495 for unlimited coverage, email to all members and inclusion on our LinkedIn page.

We are always interested in suggestions from SLA members – particularly for future possible topics or speakers. If you have anything to say, email us info@thesla.org
Best wishes,

Peter Sleight

Location Planning Analyst, Boots, Nottingham

Why there’s more to being a Location Planning Analyst for Boots than you might think.

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The importance of your role

This is your chance to be part of something a bit different.

You’ll be part of helping our customers feel good, every day.

With big plans for the future, we want to be the best Pharmacy led health and beauty retailer in the UK, and your attention to detail will help us achieve this – and we think that’s a great opportunity.

Location is everything to our customers, it affects how they shop and how good we make them feel. It’s not just about expanding as a business but reaching our customers and offering them a variety of fantastic services, and considering how they access them. With over 2,500 stores all over the UK, we’re always striving to do more for our customers – and that’s where you come in.

What you’ll be doing day to day

Joining our Location Planning team you’ll help choose where our new stores should be, demonstrating the benefits of the location, and how it will make our customers feel good. Presenting your own sales forecasts, it will be easy to see why a new site will really add to the business.

Working alongside lots of different departments you’ll help shape our portfolio plan as a business. Considering brand new locations, you’ll assess our sales expectations for pharmacy and retail, inspiring the team with your marketing and analytical expertise.

How will you do it?

Work closely with our Senior Location Planning Analysts you’ll work on different projects, which will add to our impressive, and diverse portfolio, even more.

Getting to know our fantastic Geographical Information System (GIS), you’ll thoughtfully analyse our locational data and insights along with our Advantage Card customer data. Managing the system, you’ll consider the best way our customer data can be looked at and applied to securing brand new sites.

What you’ll need to have

We’re looking for really great people, with a friendly personality. It’s all about working together as one great team – after all it’s our people that are at the heart of our business. It’s a fantastic opportunity to add to your own development within our community of analysts, and a chance to learn more about us as a business. You’ll need lots of great experience in marketing and in analysing data. But it isn’t just about experience and qualifications, we’re interested in seeing a bit more, the real you – and that makes us all feel good.

Click here to apply for the role of Location Planning Analyst

Location Planning Analyst, Morrisons C-Stores, West London / Bradford

Morrison LogoWe are currently recruiting for the role of Location Planning Analyst to join our Location Planning Team, as we accelerate our expansion into the convenience market.

Over the past 18 months we have developed the M-Local concept and have now opened 12 convenience stores.

We are now building a team to step change our rate of store openings in 2013 as well as develop the infrastructure and processes suitable for a scaled convenience business.

What will I do?

  • Provide strategic insight to help define the Morrisons network strategy at both a macro and micro level, making recommendations for both new site requirements and existing store developments.
  • Produce detailed analysis in order to formulate sales and impact forecasts and conduct thorough investigation into factors that may affect any recommendations.
  • Work cross functionally to provide key recommendations in the form of Board reports for capital investment decisions.

What skills and qualifications do I need?

The person who gets the job will ideally:

  • be highly analytical and have a good understanding of the key driving factors in location planning and a thorough understanding of the UK retail (preferably food) market, geography and demography
  • have the ability to communicate well, explaining complex issues in a straightforward manner to a variety of audiences
  • be able to cope with a demanding (and often pressured) workload
  • have recent experience of data and spatial analysis in a retail environment and will have a proven track record in sales forecasting
  • have some experience in using spatial tools such as GIS systems and geo-databases such as Alteryx

How do I apply?

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Please send an up-to-date CV to:

Neal Stevenson
Head of Location Planning