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Current opening: Research analyst

About the company

71point4 is a Cape Town-based strategic research consultancy specialising in consumer-focused, data-driven research. Our work focuses on bringing the life and experience of consumers into the decision making processes of policy makers, think tanks and executives. We work across a range of sectors with a primary focus on those that potentially transform the lives of consumers for the better. Our team comprises data scientists, economists and marketers.

71point4 provides a flexible, supportive work environment with a commitment to continuous learning. Benefits of the job include working on interesting projects, interacting with purpose-driven clients and being part of a dynamic team. And by the way, a healthy lunch is on us. Every day.

About the role

We are looking for a research analyst to join our team. Your job will primarily involve desktop research, the collection of administrative, survey and other data sources and analysis of data. In addition, you will be expected to work with client’s to build their data management capacity as well as getting involved where required in various strategic research projects. We are looking for someone with strong analytical skills who is passionate about data, curious about people and committed to economic development.

Your job is not only to answer questions, but to ask better questions. This role will suit someone who is highly inquisitive and willing to look for new datasets, prepare the data for analysis and draw out valuable insights for clients. Beyond analysing the data, the suitable candidate should also be willing to engage and interact directly with clients to understand their key questions and analytical needs.

This is an entry level position that would suit a recent graduate.

Required skills

  • Degree in economics, marketing, statistics, engineering or other related degree with a quantitative background
  • Ability to work with survey datasets and a keen interest in drawing insights from data
  • Happy to work independently as well as in a team
  • Good Excel skills
  • Some experience in Python and/ or R is beneficial but not required

Application requirements

We like to get to know potential candidates on a slightly more practical level. So to apply for this position, send your CV together with your answers to at least two of the following questions to:

In 300 words or less comment on Brian Kantor’s article ‘Poorest South Africans most bruised by minimum wage’ published in the Business Day in May

Trump, having recently introduced his Space Force, decides he wants to lay a space monitoring cable around the moon. The Democrats complain that it will damage the surface of the moon and insist that the cable be raised 2m high to avoid destroying the moon’s ecosystem. Trump agrees but says that he will only allow it if the Democrats pay for the additional cable needed for his project thinking this will discourage them. If the cable costs an extra $450 per meter, how much will the Democrats have to pay to raise the cable?

A statistical betting company wants to evaluate two models it plans to implement. A week’s worth of testing yielded a dataset of actual bets placed.  The column names in the dataset are detailed below.

The company is concerned that model A and model B are essentially the same, and are merely doubling up on bets. What do you think?

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