Sr Supply Chain Analyst - Outbound Transportation Forecasting

Target Minneapolis , MN 55415

Posted 3 weeks ago


Senior Analyst, Outbound Transportation Forecasting

Outbound Transportation Performance is a group of intellectually curious managers and analysts that generate insights using data to support our transportation execution partners. Our goal is to work hand in hand with building partners and our carrier managers to minimize on-time delivery, increase speed to guest, and reduce transportation spend which, ultimately, creates value for Target Corp. and maximizes guest satisfaction. The team currently uses a wide variety of analytics tools including Excel/Access, R, SAS, Python, SQL, and proprietary BI platforms (similar to Tableau) to work with small, sparse datasets as well as big data platforms like Hadoop.

The Senior Analyst of Outbound Transportation Forecasting will play a central leadership role in supporting these initiatives. This person will initially be responsible for identifying and exploring data sets in order to create actionable forecasts for operations teams, managing and improving processes described by their metrics, and using these forecasts to influence peers, leaders, and third-party partners to improve Target's transportation performance.

The core tenants in Outbound Transportation that help us to create a cohesive team and in turn support Target's expanding and evolving supply chain include:

  • Advocate for decisions based on what is good for Target holistically and act as agents for change instead of accepting the status quo;

  • Use data and metrics to understand the business, identify areas in need of improvement, support others and measure the impact of our actions;

  • Promote ownership and engagement across all levels of our organization;

  • Think about problems and solutions creatively and without bias for the way things are now;

  • Respond to large impact events and guest facing defects with urgency and an "all hands on deck" attitude.


  • Create and operationalize transportation-related forecasts

  • Be intellectually curious around operational improvement opportunities

  • In situations where reliable data does not exist, look for creative ways to obtain it

  • Analyze key performance metrics to root cause forecast error and drive improvements

  • Educate broader organization on modern forecasting technique best practices


  • 4 year degree in supply chain, operations, economics, or related field

  • Proficient with forecasting library such as Prophet or Scikit-learn

  • Proven track record of taking ownership and driving results

  • Analytical, creative, and innovative approach to solving problems

  • Process-oriented with strong analytical and communication skills

  • Can make decisions with little to no guidance from manager or other leaders

  • A strong passion for empirical research and for answering hard questions with data

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