Business Analyst

    • Job ID: 512989-793050
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
  • Invite a Friend:
    facebook LinkedIn
    Twitter Email

Job Description:

W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. is seeking a business analyst to join its sales team. The business analyst will be responsible for producing in-house sales reporting and translating insights into actionable recommendations for our sales, marketing, publicity, and editorial teams as well as distribution clients. This business analyst will also become an expert in both Norton’s internal systems and industry-wide POS (cash-register sales as reported by retailers) systems and support Norton employees and distribution client employees in using the systems effectively. The person in this role reports to the Sales Director and collaborates closely with the Inventory Manager to forecast print runs and backlist reprint quantities; they will also assist and support sales reps in deepening their understanding of their channels and driving sales efficiency. This is an excellent opportunity for a curious person looking to flex their analytical muscles and learn about the book publishing business.

Essential Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Produce analytics on Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, independent store, mass merch and special market sales
  • Manage reporting of existing distribution clients’ sales and inventory costs; conduct periodic business reviews and ad hoc reporting requests for them
  • Generate reporting to analyze potential distribution clients
  • Work with the Inventory Manager to forecast print runs and build and maintain a sales estimate system for print and bind meetings with the production team
  • Train users on how to use Norton reporting systems; create and maintain easy-to-follow documentation
  • Contribute to projects and tasks including data cleanup, process improvements, system upgrades and testing
  • Respond to research requests from internal stakeholders and identify answerable business questions in those requests
  • Extract and analyze data from multiple sources (including marketplace data, internal sales, DMAs, search, etc.), and synthesize outputs into a cohesive narrative

Please note that this job description is not designed to cover all activities required of the employee.

Experience and Skills:

  • Employment eligibility to work with W. W. Norton & Company in the U.S.
  • Must be able to work full business hours
  • W.W. Norton & Company ('Norton') strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace. To that end, being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all new Norton hires. Norton makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities, sincerely held religious beliefs, or other conditions protected by applicable law
  • Bachelors Degree
  • 1 to 2 years relevant work experience in business insights or book publishing sales (any role), sales reporting, or sales analysis
  • Strong Excel skills (including v-lookups, pivot tables, text to column, etc.)
  • Strong written communication, with the ability to effectively communicate with employees across all levels and functions
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to work on multiple projects and competing priorities simultaneously
  • Demonstrated analytical, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills—comfortable with both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Demonstrated eagerness to learn and to dig into data from a variety of angles
  • Familiarity with PowerBI a plus

About Norton:

W. W. Norton & Company is the oldest and largest publishing house owned wholly by its employees. W. W. Norton & Company strives to carry out the imperative of its founder to "publish books not for a single season, but for the years." In college publishing, that imperative applies not only to books, but also to an ever-growing list of essential print and digital resources that support teaching and learning. For more information about the Company, visit us online at: