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Anaplan Solutions Architect, Sales Planning & Analytics

Choice Hotels - Rockville, MD

Posted 14 days ago

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Job Description

Solutions Architect, Sales Planning & Analytics

In the hospitality industry, people matter.

Choice Hotels International (NYSE: CHH) is one of the largest and most successful lodging franchisors in the world. Choice currently franchises more than 7,100 hotels, representing nearly 570,000 rooms, in more than 40 countries and territories. Ranging from limited service to full-service hotels in the upscale, midscale, extended-stay, and economy segments, Choice-branded properties provide business and leisure travelers with a range of high-quality, high-value lodging options throughout the United States and internationally. For more information on Choice Hotels, visit the company's website:

When you #MakeItYourChoice, you will have the environment, the tools, and momentum to drive your career and organizational success.

About This Opportunity

Anaplan, Salesforce, and Tableau are arguably the most sophisticated product offerings in their classes. It takes programming skill, vision, and technical ability in these applications and programs like Python, SQL, and VBA to use these solutions to their fullest extent. By integrating Anaplan into Sales Planning & Analytics at Choice Hotels, we will be at the forefront of the new age of connected planning. We will be a showcase for our customers illustrating the value and purpose behind a fully integrated business planning ecosystem that drives superior sales performance.

In this role, you will support and advise Choices Sales Planning & Analytics team on best practices from a functional and technical perspective. Your work will ensure a seamless integration of Anaplan applications into the larger connected planning environment that includes Salesforce, Tableau and SQL Server. You will partner with Global Sales, executive leaders, customers, internal teams, and third-party organizations to advise multiple lines of business and you will be integral to the ensured success of our Anaplan integration and our goal of transformational change.

This is an individual contributor role that will report to the Manager, Global Sales Operations.

Your Contribution

As a Solutions Architect for the Sales Planning & Analytics team, you are primarily responsible for working with the functional teams to advise, design, and develop Anaplan and related applications that are in line with the greater teams goals and objectives:

  • Work directly with functional business leads to understand, prioritize,
  • and advise on application focus and rollout.
  • Prepare metrics dashboards and advise executive leadership with data
  • driven decision making.
  • Work with the Manager, Sales Planning & Analytics to help
  • prioritization of Anaplan and related needs and requirements.
  • Building responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Best practices within Anaplan models.
  • Optimized user experience and value within all models in production.
  • Integrated organization Vision and Strategy in model design.
  • Validated model structure and calculation results accuracy.
  • Adoption of current platform functionality as released.
  • Maintenance of appropriate data access and security.
  • Model Performance optimization consistent with other available tools
  • Anaplan resource utilization consistent with best practices that address Workspace utilization, and model maintenance requirements.
  • Cross Functional connected operations within all models.
  • Support user enablement and training to achieve self-reliance on model development and uses.

The Solutions Architect role will build towards the steady state by focusing on specific technical, foundational, and functional priorities:

  • Technical
  • Implement Single sign-on Federated security over production models.
  • Implement Single sign-on Federated security over production models.
  • Utilize Application Life Cycle (ALM) functionality where appropriate.
  • Utilize current best practices for Data integration including ETL tools. (HyperConnect), scheduled integrations, data hub(s) for all Anaplan data sources.
  • Participate in product development activities.
  • Remain current with any new release features/functions.
  • Foundational
  • Utilize The Anaplan Way methodology for governed models.
  • Create and execute sprint plans.
  • Establish Governance standards for all models used in a production capacity.
  • Organize and participate in team meetings.
  • Support migration to a consolidated and optimized Data Hub.
  • Support and advise all internal resources on best practice standards.
  • Help enable end users to take ownership of their respective models.
  • Advise on best business practices for improved data-driven decision making.
  • Functional
  • Enable and educate all existing lines of business to be self-serving in their key production models.
  • Use the Anaplan Way methodology to ensure proper adherence to model development in line with connected planning and Choice Hotels standards.
  • Supervise and support internal and external resources in model build and maintenance activities.
  • Monitor and contribute to Anaplan Community COE content.
  • Support showcasing of team activities externally.
  • Ensure all model builds are done utilizing the best-in-class practices.

Other duties as assigned will include automating and optimizing existing Salesforce, Tableau and SQL Server processes using Python, VBA or other technical solutions that redirect high outsourced costs into sustainable solutions that allow us to focus on analysis of returns on sales investments.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related discipline, 3 to 5 years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Certified Anaplan Solution Architect required with a preference for a Master Anaplanner.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent oral, written, presentation and listening communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, persuasion and diplomatic skills.
  • Excellent reasoning, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Familiar with a broad set of development technologies.
  • Ability to develop technical specifications, designs, and architecture artifacts.
  • Ability to take ownership of an assignment through to completion and work effectively with people from different departments, companies, and customer organizations.
  • Ability to solve complex problems with multiple complex abstract variables.
  • Ability to effectively lead others in the absence of formal positional power.
  • Ability to communicate technical information in an appropriate manner for widely varied audiences (from senior management to individual contributors on software development teams).
    Ability to model Choices Cultural Values: Welcome and Respect Everyone, Be Bold, Be Quick, Listen, Be Curious and Show Integrity.


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