Why we’ve partnered with Women in Data 2019

At M&S we are changing to become a Digital First retailer and we are placing data at the heart of our transformation. Equally as critical to our transformation are our colleagues across our organisation. We truly believe our people can be a source of great competitive advantage and our ambition is to make M&S the most engaging, involving place to work in UK retail. Which is why we are proud to be partnering with Women In Data to help drive change and improve the representation of women throughout the Data community.

Natalie joined Marks & Spencer as a forecast and inventory planner in 2015, following several years of forecasting experience in the retail industry. She has since enjoyed taking her commercial knowledge into Analytics, and supports a team of analysts and developers in her current role as a Lead Analyst. The team focuses on driving improved food availability and waste, and identifying opportunities across the end-to-end supply chain.

Natalie loves being involved in data community events at M&S such as charity hackathons, where she acted as a team Data Ambassador, and is really excited to be involved in the Women In Data community. Her favourite Data Fact is by 2020, it’s estimated that 1.7MB of data will be created every second for every person on earth!

When not in the office, she enjoys travelling and speaking languages.

“The retail industry is undergoing seismic change, with customers having more choice about how, when and where they shop than ever before”

How Marks & Spencer see the data landscape changing in the UK in the next 5 years

The retail industry is undergoing seismic change, with customers having more choice about how, when and where they shop than ever before. At M&S we are in the early stages of an expansive transformation to make our business more relevant to more customers more often. Part of this is becoming a Digital First retailer, and changing the way we operate to put data at the heart of our decision making in our business, and we fully expect that the role that data will play in accelerating our transformation will become increasingly important and ultimately enable us to better serve our customers and win in the years ahead.

About Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer is a leading retailer with a strong and unique heritage of brand values, extraordinary colleagues and customers who want to see it succeed again. We operate a family of accountable businesses, including Food and Clothing & Home, using the M&S own-brand model, focused on delivering quality products at great value for money. We are committed to transforming our business to ensure that once again M&S can  fulfil the potential of its brand and deliver long-term, sustainable, profitable growth  for our investors, colleagues and the communities that we serve.