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What do you enjoy most about pricing analyst work? What do you dislike the most? Is it challenging? Are there many opportunities to learn and advance?

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Jones in Tewksbury, Massachusetts

124 months ago

Best things about many pricing jobs are that they are cross-functional, varied, with high visibility, and you can make a very major impact on the bottom line-- not a meaningless job at all. Marketing, sales, finance, HR, corporate strategy, service, new product development... you may work with all these groups. Very challenging, lots of synthesizing, ability to work with less than perfect information. Must be outstanding slicing and dicing data, able to clean and troubleshoot and dig deep, can't just use "rote" reports, you'll be doing a lot of ad hoc analysis.

Biggest challenge is that there often isn't clear ownership of the pricing area, it's neglected and messy and complex in most companies (except airlines and hotels and retail, where they have it down to an advanced science and you need a masters degree in statistics probably). Sometimes hard to convince others of the importance of investing in improving pricing.

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