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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Senior Pricing Analyst - Better World Books (South Bend, IN)

Title: Senior Pricing Analyst a.k.a., “(Master of Millions of Prices)”

Your Mission Should You Choose to Accept It. . . .

Be responsible for the pricing of millions of new & used books on many different sales channels. Establish a professional pricing system and department based on industry and academic best practice.


Key areas of responsibility and % of time spent performing duties in each area. Also list specific job duties/tasks in each area. These are considered “essential functions” which are critical to the unique purpose of this position and can primarily be performed only by a person trained/experienced to perform them.

A. Set Pricing Strategy (60%)

  • Define the algorithms, rules, and statistics behind Better World Books’ pricing strategy
  • Devise and carry out experiments on the marketplace to both fine tune and to find radical new alternatives.
  • Conduct analyses with sound statistical and economics foundations.
  • Collaborate with other analysts in the company to tie pricing into BWB’s supply chain and overall company analysis and strategy.
  • Define software requirements, manage implementation of new features, and lead debugging efforts.

B. Manage & Mentor Pricing Team (35%)
  • Manage a team including both experienced pricers and entry-level pricing associates.
  • Define workflows and daily tasks necessary to support the pricing effort, and help to optimize existing tasks.
  • Ensure daily work is keeping up with Operations and tasks are being completed in a timely manner.
  • Mentor the team on the Pricing profession to nurture future analysts. Educate the team on both academic topics and real-world experience related to pricing.

  • All other duties and special projects as assigned.


No other players report to position


A. Whadda Ya Know?

  • Experience in Pricing/Revenue Management is required.
  • Specific experience in a related industry (commodity goods, e-commerce retail, or books) is strongly preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of databases is required, higher-level database skills are a plus
  • Some basic programming experience is required and an aptitude & willingness to learn SQL and MS SQL Reporting Services is required.
  • General business acumen is critical, basic knowledge of accounting and finance is also desired.
  • Experience with any analytical/statistical tools, pricing tools, optimization/modeling is a plus.

B. Schooling & Such . . .
  • MBA, or Master’s in Economics/Econometrics/Mathematics/Statistics, or equivalent experience required.
  • Coursework in statistics/quantitative analysis and economics also required.


Individuals may not pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety to themselves or others. Must be able to meet the following requirements with or without reasonable accommodation.


  • Requirements such as math, writing, and intellectual/ thinking/conceptual abilities.
  • Very strong visual & verbal communication skills are required
  • Strong math & statistics skills are required. Higher-level math skills are preferred.
  • Very strong analytical and problem-solving skills are a must.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with executive management and also effectively manage entry level employees.

  • Any physical lifting, stooping, bending, walking or sitting requirements.
  • Sitting at a computer for long periods is required.
  • Engaging in some physical activities of the business to understand systems and processes is also required (i.e. picking orders, shelving books, etc.)

  • Note where work is performed: inside in office, laboratory, outside. Noise levels, dust, heat, cold, temperature changes, odors, presence of chemicals.
  • Work will be performed in a normal office setting.
  • Office is on the fourth floor and is not handicap accessible.

To apply please submit your resume and cover letter to Jobs@betterworldbooks.com, referencing Pricing Analyst in the subject line.


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