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Manager, SAS Business Analytics

Pinnacle Solutions, Inc. is seeking a highly experienced Manager, SAS Business Analytics as an addition to our elite SAS Consulting Team for one of our Clients located in Elk Grove, IL for a 4 - 5 Month Contract-to-Hire, Full-time, all On-site. 


NOTE!  Candidate - please specify a desired HOURLY rate in application questions.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE!  The Client intends for the Candidate to become their employee after the 6-month contract, if Candidate and the Client are happy.  Please do not apply unless you accept this C2H model and are local, can commute comfortably or will relocate.



The main focus for the candidate is designing sophisticated methods of forecasting and analyzing restaurant top-line sales and initiative performance. They will play a critical role in building & improving the client’s internal team’s planning and forecasting model and should be able to convey complicated forecasting analyses in simple terms. The ideal candidate should be agile with data analytics and visualizations to provide intuitive, compelling insights to enable decision making.



  • Designing sophisticated statistical methods of analyzing performance, using our Transaction Level Detail and Product Mix databases.
  • Designing tools to create sales forecasts and “what-if” scenarios to provide strategic guidance and insights during the planning process.
  • Owning the development and communication of the Plan and Projected forecast.
  • Incorporating causal factors such as media levels, pricing, macroeconomic indicators, weather, customer experience metrics, seasonality and trading day adjustments into forecasts and analyses to gain a deep understanding of our sales drivers.
  • Accounting for and communicating variances of Actuals vs. Business Plan vs. Projected View for executive reviews.
  • Interpreting and evaluating daily, weekly, and monthly analyses of business trends, including Key Performance Indicators to identify accuracy risks and opportunities.
  • Partnering with other business insights managers to develop the broader business story.
  • Designing, developing and implementing methods and strategies to continually improve analytics processes.



  • Is passionate about, and has experience using advanced analytical approaches and methodologies to diagnose and solve problems.
  • MUST have hands-on SAS Analytics Technology experience designing and implementing new forecasting methodology and tools.
  • Proficiency in econometric modeling and advanced forecasting methods (marketing analytics a plus).
  • Ability to independently own and drive model development, balancing demands and deadlines, able to balance competing and changing priorities.
  • Significant experience in SAS; Familiarity with tableau and other data visualization software highly preferred; Experience in artificial intelligence and machine learning a plus.
  • Intellectual curiosity, along with excellent problem-solving and quantitative skills, including the ability to disaggregate issues, identify root causes and recommend solutions.
  • Ability to articulate complex analyses in a simplified manner.



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s in Math, Statistics, Economics, Data Science or Analytics



LOCATION(S):  Elk Grove, IL

WORK TYPE:  4-5 Month Contract-to-Hire

WORK MODEL:   Full-time, M-F, 40 hours per week, all On-site



Pinnacle Solutions is a trusted SAS Alliance & Resell Partner, Amazon Web Services Partner, and creator of the Pinnacle Backpack™, an all-in-one, unprecedented, and must-have specialized toolkit solving all our client’s data demands.  To attract the most sought-after, elite SAS technology professionals, we specialize in flexible career models with above-market compensation.  Our specialists serve as a member of our internal development team, or they may provide on-site consulting expertise for our key Client positions.  Join our talented and elite SAS Consulting Team now by applying to this job posting or contact us via email at and learn more about us at

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