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Sr Excel / VBA / SQL Analytics & Data Modeling Consultant

HRC Retail Advisory

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted September 7, 2017.

Job Description

We are currently hiring candidates who have a passion for developing data-driven insights to help our retail clients to identify performance improvement opportunities. You will support our Data Analytics Director in leveraging your core technical skills to build client facing tools, manage large data sets, and conduct analysis on a variety of projects. These projects will be primarily focused in the areas of Merchandising, Marketing, Finance, and Store Operations. You will also develop tools to support retailers to more effectively drive their business, primarily using MS Excel or Access as the platform.

This position will actively work with our experienced team of Retail consultants to craft our analyses and develop tools to help navigate towards the best performance improvement solutions for our retail clients. You will gain experience on a wide variety of projects as an integral team member, and depending on the candidate’s aspirations, this position also serves as a career path into our Consulting-level roles.

All applications are required to provide a resume in Word or PDF format.

Please note: We do not have a location requirement, other than a resident of the US or Canada, as our work is client-facing and requires travel.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, ideally in Business or Information Technology
  • Minimum 5 years working in a corporate environment, ideally for a major retailer or analytics firm
  • Proficiency in MS Excel and Access, VBA required
  • Experience building Excel-based dashboards and analytical tools.
  • MS SQL Server, Tableau, Alteryx experience preferred (but not required)
  • Well-developed problem solving and analytical skills with the ability manage large scale data management
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and exercise mature judgment


  • Exceptional strategic and financial analysis skills (e.g., market and customer segmentation, competitive analysis, financial modeling, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
  • Ability to travel to client site 50% – 75% of time.
  • Demonstrated self-starter with a high level of energy and motivation
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, tasks and assignments
  • Creative thinker with the ability to synthesize both qualitative (‘the art’) and quantitative (‘the science’) inputs

Company DescriptionThe HRC Advisory consulting team is comprised of highly trained and experienced retail strategists and advisors that deliver practical solutions to increase profitability and shareholder value. HRC Advisory ( has a forty year heritage of helping North America’s leading retailers create and implement strategic and operational change to maximize value and increase earnings and working capital. Recognized for our deep retail industry expertise and direct retail management experience, our consultants deliver both innovative and practical solutions in strategic re-positioning, corporate support operations, merchandising, planning & allocation and inventory management, store and multi-channel operations, supply chain, and fulfillment. Each solution is customized to each retailer’s specific culture and business needs, to ensure the best possible results are achieved for our clients.

HRC Advisory is relentlessly focused on producing measurable and sustainable results for our clients.
Our firm was established by a large group of experienced consultants formerly with the leading firm of Senn-Delaney Retail Consultants. In addition, a dozen experienced retail advisors from the boutique firm Karabus Management joined HRC Advisory in 2013 to establish the foremost Merchandising & Strategy Planning practice serving North American retailers.

Our team has an average of 15 years’ consulting to retailers. In addition many of our team have lived in our clients’ shoes in their former careers as successful retail executives and have been successful at helping clients significantly increase user adoption of recommended changes.

What Makes HRC Advisory Different from other Consulting Firms:

Strategic Insights
• We are 100% focused on retail, which results in us bringing strategic industry insights to each client

Experienced Retail Professionals
• We only staff projects with small teams of experienced, passionate retail specialists

Results Driven
• We deliver results, and deliver actionable recommendations that are right for each individual client

Implementation Orientation
• We will help you realize results earlier and more sustainably by partnering with you to effectively implement the recommendations that you have approved

If you have a combination of retail and consulting experience and are looking for a dynamic, fast-paced consulting firm that is passionate about retail and making a real difference to its clients and that