Forecasting Analyst, Food & Beverage

  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA
  • Jun 02, 2018
Full-time Business Analytics Data Analysis Finance Forecasting Market Research Price Analysis SAS SQL Tableau Teradata

Job Description

This role will support forecasting related processes for developing monthly forecasts and data-driven insights for Walt Disney World (WDW) Food & Beverage (F&B) revenue. Responsibilities include delivering guest-driven analytics, data mining/visualization, and partnering with key business teams. A qualified candidate will have a natural curiosity to proactively identify, evaluate, and communicate business performance using data-driven insights.

This position reports to a Sr. Manager-Forecasting.


Analytics and Measurement

  • Support development of WDW Food & Beverage revenue long-term monthly forecasts and annual operating plan
  • Develop deep understanding of guest demographics, behavior, purchasing, and redemption patterns to deliver insights and make improvements in predictive forecasting models
  • Utilize data visualization techniques to identify, evaluate, and communicate business trends and key metrics
  • Analyze large data sets by leveraging SAS, SQL, Tableau, and Business Objects

Insights and Strategic Decision Making

  • Translate business performance drivers and metrics into insightful analyses and recommendations
  • Partner with stakeholders across various functional teams such as Food & Beverage Planning, Pricing, Finance, Operations, etc., to influence decision-making
  • Understand and evaluate new business initiatives to provide strategic direction for the business

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum 2 years of statistical or financial analysis and/or strategy development experience
  • Demonstrated exceptional analytical skills in financial forecasting and statistical analysis and strong communication skills in developing fact-based insights and recommendations
  • Demonstrated technical ability to leverage data using spreadsheets and databases and open to learning new visualization and statistical analysis software
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment with a positive demeanor under tight timelines
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, handle multiple priorities, and perform job responsibilities accurately with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated exceptional sense of responsibility, ownership, and pride in delivering quality results and understanding the business impact

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts forecasting and planning processes
  • Expert in Excel with working knowledge of VBA
  • Demonstrated experience working with SAS, Teradata, SQL, Tableau, and Business Objects

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Economics, Mathematics, Industrial Engineering or other quantitative field

Preferred Education

  • Master’s degree or equivalent

Additional Information

We strongly encourage applicants to upload a copy of their resume and to print a copy of this role description so they can refer to it in the event they are selected for an interview.

About Walt Disney World Resort

Since opening in 1971, Walt Disney World Resort has played an important role in many childhood and family memories. Today, hundreds of millions of guests from around the globe visit this magical place to enjoy a Disney vacation. Through a combination of creativity, innovation and technology, the resort immerses guests in classic Disney tales and new kinds of family entertainment. Drawing from a rich heritage of storytelling, Walt Disney World Resort cast members bring Disney magic to life through unmatched attention to detail and superior guest service.

About The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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