An incredible sounding job at CafePress
The nice folks at CafePress are looking for a Director of Analytics and Planning and I have to say this is one of the best sounding jobs I have heard about in quite some time (and I hear about jobs all the time since it seems like every company that “gets it” is out there looking for web analytics talent these days.)
If you’re not familiar with CafePress you should check out their site. The long-story-short is that they are an extremely high-volume site with a B2B, a B2C, and a B2B2C business model all rolled into one. Books, t-shirts, buttons, fun stuff, you name it and CafePress is making it easy for individuals and businesses to make products on demand and sell them easily through their own sites and the CafePress Marketplace.
For some time now the company has been looking for a Director-level person who can report to the CFO to build out the company’s BI/CI capabilities. Part of the reason the search seems to be taking awhile (in my opinion) is that they’re looking for a certified data analytics superstar. Some of the listed requirements include:
- 7 to 10 years of experience in environments of excellence where modeling and analysis are fundamental to the business
- 5+ years of hands-on predictive modeling experience
- Have strong analytical experience coupled with direct experience with CRM systems and relational databases
- Demonstrated ability to hire, mentor and grow a team of business intelligence professionals
- Intellectual horsepower to comprehend the complex and synthesize into the simple
When I challenged the company on these requirements the response was brilliant: CafePress needs an extremely heavy hitter because this is an incredibly key position for them. The company is very successful but clearly recognizes that their long-term success depends not on just picking the low-hanging fruit but of getting deep into the data looking for opportunities that are otherwise painfully un-obvious.
I definitely wanted to help CafePress find someone for this position because, well, I wouldn’t be doing what I do today if it weren’t for their business model. Analytics Demystified, my first book recommended by industry giants like Bryan Eisenberg, Jim Sterne, and Avinash Kaushik, was originally published on demand through CafePress. In fact, I am absolutely confident in saying that if it weren’t for CafePress and the ability to publish a book w/o a publisher and w/o a substantial up-front financial commitment, I would never had published “Demystified” and would certainly not be writing this post today.
If you are a certified BI/CI superstar and are interested in being someone senior at CafePress please either email me or apply directly to the address listed in the job posting. The salary is very competitive for the Bay Area and it sounds like relocation is an option for the right candidate. And, if you do apply, please mention to Summer and Doris that you read about this position at Analytics Demystified!