Data Analyst

McCain Foods

Scarborough, UK

Application Deadline

There’s nothing beige about McCain…

Except our potatoes — and we’re extremely passionate about them.

When you join McCain, you’ll be joining the biggest player in the frozen potato game, bringing people together around the nation for over 60 years by sharing simple, delicious planet friendly food.

We’ve partnered with thousands of the country’s supermarkets, pubs, restaurants, hospitals, and schools to change the way people see the humble spud. It’s all about elevation and creating something better.

So, come and make your career at McCain Foods.


Come and shape the future of Agriculture Data at McCain!

We are strengthening our Data & Analytics capabilities in GB, and we are recruiting a talented individual to join the Agriculture and Sustainability team in the role of Data Analyst, with a capability focus on data-driven insights. You have a great appetite for data and a strategic mindset, understanding the challenges of the analytical world. You have a knack for understanding business needs in data analysis and visualizing them in the best way.

You also have great interpersonal skills and are familiar with agile methodologies as well as the technical environments of BI and Big Data. You are able to listen, understand, and translate functional and technical data needs.


Reporting to the to the Director, Agriculture Strategy Development, and a dotted line to the Data & Analytics Director, you will be part of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team that brings together individuals with a wide range of experiences in business and technology. This challenging role requires strong business knowledge and knowledge of what’s possible from data and digital tools. This role focuses on visualizing data across regions and functions and supporting the adoption of new business intelligence tools leading to a transformation in the use of data and analytics based decision making. The relevant business process areas for this role being broadly categorised within:

  1. Crop intelligence
  2. Quality sampling and plant intake assessment
  3. Field to Fork potato optimisation
  4. Smart & Sustainable Farming reporting
  5. Compliance requirements within our Sustainability strategic pillars and food safety


  • Requirement Gathering: Collaborate with stakeholders to understand business objectives and translate them into data analysis tasks through conducting requirements analysis and communicating technical requirements to the development team
    • Understand requirements and propose further technical solutions beyond what the business owner may initially conceptualize
    • Lead data discovery to ensure project viability
    • Operate between D&A leadership, business sponsors, and technical developers
    • Clearly communicate what is possible from technology suite and manage expectations of stakeholders
    • Accuracy of data (PCR, control products, sustainability)
  • End-to-End BI Development: Lead the end-to-end development of Power BI reports, including data modelling, dashboard development, feedback iteration, and full automation
    • Develop Power BI reports directly, with independence
    • Lead interaction with data owners, business sponsors, and in many cases key users
    • Resolve any roadblocks and issues that could impact timelines
    • Ensure quality assurance through user testing and feedback iteration
    • Continue to modernize data reporting / dashboards to improve adoption and usage.
    • Develop front end BI data flows and BI reports (eg. Within Power BI) for building analytics capabilities
  • BI Systems Adoption: Support BI adoption efforts through leadership, best practice sharing, and individual consultation across the business.
  • Learning and Development: Remain current with the latest BI tools, industry trends, and emerging data analysis techniques that can further McCain’s analytical agenda. Actively contribute to the improvement of data analysis methodologies, tools, and processes within the organization.
  • Mentorship and Leadership: Provide guidance and mentorship to junior analysts. Lead by example in terms of best practices in data analysis, visualization, and communication.



  • 5+ years of experience working in data-driven environments.
  • Nice to have: FMCG and or Agriculture experience and familiarity with key KPIs in FMCG’s (or strong willingness to learn this functional space)Digital and Data Skills:
    • Competence in Power BI report/dashboard development, or a proven deep proficiency in similar tools (e.g. Microstrategy, Qlik, Tableau)
    • Understanding of data governance principles and best practices.
    • Ability to apply python and SQL fundamentals.
  • Data Literacy and Communication:
    • Understanding of how data systems are designed and ability to work with data engineers
    • Ability to connect data to business insights for non-technical audiences
    • Ability to translate non-technical business requirements into technical / BI solutions
    • Able to establish a case for change and “sell” an idea
    • Excellent facilitator, well organized with highly effective written and verbal communication skills
    • Strong business partnering: ability to engage, interact, influence, and be a trusted and credible internal adviser.
    • Ability to develop clear and fluid flowing presentations and formally present information to people and teams at all levels including business users/customers.
    • Strong ability to actively listen and understand needs of business users/customers and working with functional groups.
  • Change Management:
    • Comfortable working with business stakeholders across a range of experience with data and analytics
    • Able to establish a case for change and “sell” an idea
    • Able to explain data concepts in a way that is approachable and compelling


You’ll be pleased to know we don’t pay you in ‘chips’. As well as a competitive salary we also have some ‘a-peeling’ benefits including:

  • A great pension plan — and we’ll pay double what you do, up to a maximum of 12% of your pay
  • Flexible holidays — with the option to buy & sell up to 5 extra days per year
  • ‘Chips In’ Volunteering Day Off — to make a positive impact in McCain communities across the globe
  • Optional health cash plan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Opportunities to relocate in the future — we’re a worldwide business, so the opportunities are there for those who seek them

Where will i work?

Being in the office every single day is a thing of the past. Here at McCain, we champion hybrid working. This means we don’t have a set expectation of exactly when you need to be in the office – however we would like to see you on a weekly basis as that’s the best place for us to build and maintain our connections. Our head office (Customer Experience Centre) is on the outskirts of Scarborough – 1.5 hours away from Leeds City Centre, and about an hour from York. We have lots of colleagues who travel to and from our Experience Centre (even if it is just for a good coffee!) and because hybrid really does mean hybrid at McCain, they get the opportunity to collaborate with their colleagues when they’re in the office, and balance that with working from home to ensure they get a good life-work balance.

McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace. As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger.

McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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