Decision Engineering Lead

Role: Decision Engineering Lead

Function: Decision Science

Location Base: Dunstable (Flexible)

As a leading British business of more than 275 years standing, we have experienced turbulent times before and adapted and evolved to remain one of the hospitality sector’s most successful companies. Built on such robust foundations, our expertise has meant we responded decisively throughout this year with our teams, guests and the continuity of our business at the heart of every decision we made. We acted quickly, to ensure we were prepared for the future, whatever it may hold. 

What continues to set us apart are our excellent products and people. We have much loved brands such as Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Bar + Block alongside exciting up and coming propositions such as Cookhouse & Pub. And in Premier Inn, we have the UK’s favourite budget hotel chain, currently outperforming the market and ambitious for more as we execute our plans in both the UK and Germany. At Whitbread, we remain true to our values and put our people at the centre of everything we do.


What you will be doing:

As a key member of our Decision Science Team, the Decision Engineering Lead will facilitate and drive innovation in business process where there are opportunities to use data more effectively to increase the accuracy and level of automation of business decisions. Acting as primary ‘translator’ of data product requirements, this role will be a catalyst for change, working within functional ‘thinking squads’ and ‘solution squads’ to ensure data products meet business requirements and are deliverable through data and technology teams

  • Identify opportunities to improve decision accuracy and efficiency by listening to functional teams and collaboratively developing hypotheses
  • Re-engineer processes to apply data more effectively to drive decisions, working with BI and Data Science teams to develop business logic and data flows
  • Drive delivery and communication of change through a matrix organisation
  • Embed new processes by using data to build confidence and communicate benefits


Why we’d love you to apply:

  • Experience in designing and leading cross-functional, data-driven business change
  • Passion for understanding and using data more effectively
  • Strong analytical approach with modelling and data visualisation skills - such as Excel/SQL/Tableau
  • Excellent communication skills, with ability to both support and challenge key stakeholders and delivery teams
  • Highly decision/outcome-focused, with a desire to evolve our commercial and customer propositions to drive growth, and to drive efficiency within operational teams


In return, we will offer you:

  • Sharesave scheme
  • A collaborative work culture that focuses on enabling your success and continuing your personal development
  • A genuine flexible working policy
  • Individual BUPA healthcare
  • Optional contributory pension matched up to 10%
  • Up to 25% discount off our brands
  • Perks at work