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Work Diaries: Lead Analysis

Meet Jean-Charles, our Lead Analysis at Jellysmack! Read about his weekly tasks and discover why Data is so important for us.

Data analysis is one of the foundations of the social media industry. To the uninitiated, the word analysis might evoke complex systems and bring on instant overwhelm. But, the goal of data analysis is actually quite simple.

There are three main data-related jobs at Jellysmack,” says Jellysmack’s Lead Analysis Jean-Charles Guidicelli: Data Analytics Engineers, Data Analysts, and Business Analysts. Data Analytics Engineers work to understand, transform, and centralize raw data in the Data Warehouse. Data Analysts find trends and patterns to use as a springboard for decision-making. Business Analysts provide insights that improve performance, drive change, and kickstart transformational projects. As the Lead of the Analysis team, Jean-Charles deals with all three.

While data has long been his domain, he didn’t start out in the social media sphere. It was actually 6 years working in Business Intelligence at a bank in Montréal that helped him realize his passion for turning data into solutions.

Way back in 2017 (ancient history for a company founded in 2016), he was one of the first data guys recruited. His colleague Andrea Colonna (Head of Data) brought him in despite the fact that he didn’t have a traditional background. It was an advantage being one of the first — not only to get in on the ground floor, but to be able to grow and shape the team as they came in one by one.

So what’s a typical day like for a Lead Data Analyst?

At 6:30am, Jean-Charles is already awake, scanning his notifications on Slack and sifting through articles on data and development, keeping abreast of the latest news. He brews a hot cup of coffee and downs two slices of white bread slathered in Philadelphia cream cheese. The cream cheese is a staple from his days in Montréal. Lucky for him, in recent years it’s become widely available in the Hexagon. White bread is the best substitute he’s found for a bagel.

At around 8:30am, Jellysmack analysts all over the country start to get up and connect. Jean-Charles has got about two hours on them, so everything’s already in order for the day.

One of the Jellysmack values that Jean-Charles has adopted in his day-to-day is agility. And, as a man with a team to run and supervise remotely, he doesn’t really have a choice. The day really kicks off with the 9:30 standup meeting. It’s a chance for everyone to say what’s on their minds, if they’ve run into any roadblocks, how things are going. An essential 15 minutes. “No one gets out of the daily meeting!” he says with a laugh.

Once everybody’s said their piece, they know what needs to be addressed, plan accordingly, and go off to do their thing. Twice a week, it’s teamwork time. Review, presentations, and brainstorming. Otherwise, the work is done independently or in small groups for specific or more difficult tasks.

Lunch is admittedly, “nothing special.” It’s an important break, but definitely not a highlight chez Jean-Charles.

Afternoons mean project management, tech support, and tech lead meetings. “A part of my job is making sure that the analysts have all of the information they need to move forward,” he says. He also uses the time to work closely with Anne-Sophie (Lead Business Analyst) and manage projects with Andrea (Head of Data). Virginie (VP Data) provides him with the high-level direction he needs to get the job done.

His workday comes to a close at around 6:00 or 6:30 pm. He often heads to the beach, just a 5-minute walk away. Jean-Charles takes full advantage of his seaside lifestyle: going swimming, walking, and even scuba diving when it strikes his fancy.

Jobs in data that allow you to work remotely are hard to come by. He feels lucky to have found a job doing what he loves, living and working in a small village in his native Corsica. His home base of Ile Rousse is a 50-minute drive from the Corti office, and he takes his motorcycle there about once a week. In peak tourist season, the traffic can be dense.

But, it’s worth it for the “real” in-person coffee and guitar breaks. That’s right: guitar. He plays “mostly traditional Corsican music and French variety,” he says. “It’s not the only thing I listen to, but it’s what I like to play.” Some of the Data Scientists occasionally join in.

Working at Jellysmack is not only fun and close to home. It’s also “helped propel him forward, allowed him to deepen his knowledge of data, and confirmed his love of the field.

I owe Jellysmack a lot,” he says unabashedly. “It’s the kind of place that I’m happy to work at every day.

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