Vice President, Data and Analytics (Chief Data Officer) Job at SYSCO, Pasadena, TX

  • Pasadena, TX

Job Description


US6469 Sysco Payroll, Division of Sysco Resources Services, LLC

Zip Code:


Minimum Level of Education:

Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Years of Experience:

10+ Years

Employment Type:

Full Time

Travel Percentage:

Up to 25%


The pay range provided is not indicative of Sysco’s actual pay range but is merely algorithmic and provided for generalized comparison. Factors that may be used to determine rate of pay include specific skills, work location, work experience and other individualized factors

Job Summary:

Reporting to the EVP and Chief Information and Digital Officer, a CEO direct report, the VP, Data and Analytics (“Chief Data Officer”) is a key member of the Sysco global technology leadership team . They will lead a global enterprise team responsible for driving and supporting Sysco’s agenda through more effective use of data. The role is both strategically and tactically important to Sysco with tremendous influence and visibility throughout the entire global organization. 

The VP, Data and Analytics has primary responsibility to lead the data strategy, execution and maintenance of our data platforms (structured and unstructured), reporting and analytics capabilities, data science and automation capabilities as well as partnering on the broader data governance mandates. They will also oversee the data steward program tasked with ensuring both the quality and fitness for purpose of Sysco’s data assets. They will identify opportunities to monetize data and/or differentiate Sysco in the market. Additionally, they will assist in driving key data based innovative solutions such as our artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI (GenAI) strategies. The VP, Data and Analytics will build cross-functional partnerships across global business leaders, geographically dispersed technology teams and functional teams to identify the most valuable opportunities in the practical implementation of data programs.

More specifically, they will drive strategy and results in the “three legs of the data stool” with more immediate or initial focus on:

  • Data Platforms and Engineering : Innovate, consolidate and modernize both structured and unstructured data platforms while harmonizing data to drive more conformity for consistent usage. The acquisitive nature of Sysco combined with the abundance of data (SKUs, customers, suppliers, …) and our cross-sell, upsell opportunities puts a premium on accelerating laser focus in these areas. They will also work closely with their peer VP, Infrastructure and Operations partner to ensure effective data backups and restoration is consistent with best practices (inclusive of disaster recovery and business continuity). 

  • Data Governance: Working with the Board of Directors, Executive Leadership Team (ELT), CISO and business/technology peers, they will help ensure effective data protection (safeguarding information), data privacy (when/how data is used) and data governance. Specific to data governance, this includes both the standards and policies that apply to how data is gathered, stored, processed, accessed and disposed of as well as the meaning and relationships of the data, i.e., data dictionaries, date lineage, etc. 

  • Data Analytics and Value Creation : Consolidate disparate reporting and turn into forward-looking, predictive, and prescriptive intelligence fed by cutting edge AI and GenAI capabilities. Find new revenue streams via data. Ensure consistent use of KPIs that improve and streamline the management of Sysco. GenAI has created new opportunities that enhance the utilization of structured data, but more importantly unstructured data, and the deep learning algorithms/foundation models that GenAI is spawning. They will help drive Sysco’s broader automation strategy inclusive of even broader use of data science, machine learning, AI and Gen AI. Report the impact of data against a P&L lens.

In addition, responsible for creating and leading cost-out efficiencies for reinvestment while also building a labor strategy that recruits, retains and develops talent while providing rich career paths. Is a transformation leader who is the “data expert” skilled in technology yet having high equally important financial and business acumen; is an e nthusiastic and collaborative professional with a strong and diverse skill set focused on strategy and portfolio management; has proven senior leadership experience in a highly dynamic setting; and is naturally inquisitive and has a passion for solving challenges. The leader’s organizational, communication, and influence skills are second to none and they enjoy defining and executing programs that usher in new levels of productivity and success for our organization and its associates. Additionally, embodies business acumen across sales and marketing, supply chain, finance and other functions and has seasoned accomplished leadership skills to identify, retain, coach and develop colleagues into high-performing teams.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Leadership and Team Management:

  • Recruit, retain and develop talent while providing strong leadership that fosters a collaborative and innovative work environment.

  • Set clear goals and objectives for the team; measure performance; and ensure alignment with organizational priorities. 

  • Foster a culture of continuous learning and development to enhance analytic and data expertise.

  • Manage resource plans, operating and project budgets while measuring the value of the team’s results.

Data Strategy

  • Develop and implement a strategic roadmap partnered with business and technology leaders that is in alignment with the broader business objectives and priorities.

  • Identify opportunities to leverage data and analytics to drive business value, improve operational efficiency, and enhance customer experiences.

  • Stay abreast of industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices in analytics to drive innovation and competitive advantage.

Data Governance

  • Co-lead/drive a data governance program and committee focused on data usage, retention and quality. Keep the business leadership informed and engaged.

  • Co-drive risk mitigation strategies related to data inclusive of data protection and privacy, IP protection and compliance while properly managing risk regarding data hallucinations and the integrity of data conclusions. 

  • Oversee the Data Steward program whose participants will not only be evangelists of proper data use but also help ensure the quality and compliance of our data.

Data Platforms, Engineering and Architecture

  • Consolidate and modernize all data platforms inclusive of data warehouses, structured and unstructured data solutions, master data management platforms, business intelligence / data analytics solutions and more.

  • Deliver new capabilities that improve data hydration, reduce data storage costs and data duplication while also accelerating the usability of data across the organization.

  • Participate in key projects inclusive of, but not limited to, M&A projects, FSMA-204 compliance, and more. Deploy resources to PODs as is necessarily for projects

Automation, Data Science, Machine Learning, AI and GenAI

  • Align technologies with use cases that drive maximum business value.

  • Create and scale solutions, models and methodologies that improve customer experiences, generate demand, enable improved assortments and merchandising, optimize pricing algorithms, assist in sales and customer retention, optimize supply chains and operations and more. 

  • Drive experimentation, perform data research and analysis, and perform simulations that allow for improved modeling of options and levers to more effectively lead Sysco.

  • Work with business stakeholders, software engineers, architects and 3rd party partners to deliver AI and Gen AI solutions that deliver business value. 

Reporting, Analytics, Visualization and Business Intelligence

  • Drive the discovery of – and reduction of and optimization of – our existing dashboards while standardizing key performance indicators (KPIs) for the various business stakeholders and constituency groups. Continuously look for better ways to optimize analytic processes and methodologies.

  • Move from static reporting to more predictive, prescriptive, and insight-driven data / dashboards.

  • Embrace and help deploy federated models that support the concept of citizen developers inclusive of low-code/no-code solutions.


  • Incubate ideas and experiment via partnerships and co-innovation (vendors, universities, VC and PE firms, …) while also crowdsourcing concepts from employees, customers, and suppliers.

  • Track venture capital and private equity investing and trends to ensure Sysco is properly leveraging new innovations.

  • Work with peers and technology partners to understand trends and actions in data, AI, etc. Examples include understanding the trends in full stack solutions (end user apps with proprietary solutions or models) vs end-user applications (with native data and AI capabilities) vs infrastructure tooling (building our own platforms and tools). Understand and drive strategies around proprietary data models vs open-source, etc.

Education Required:

Bachelor's Degree in an analytical field (e.g., Technology, Mathematics, Business, Engineering) or relevant degree with proven industry experience

Education Preferred:

MBA or another advanced degree (highly preferred)

Experience and Attributes Required:


  • Proven and relevant experience (typically 15+ years) in data, data platforms, data science, analytics, business intelligence, or related roles. 

  • Transformational leader with a process improvement mindset, a focus on continuous improvement and organizational change management experience. 

  • Has built cultures that embrace change and growth while rewarding results. Proven ability to “move the needle” in large, complex matrixed organizations.

  • Quickly grasps the key business drivers in an industry or organization and across geographic boundaries.

Leadership Skills

  • Strong leader (can influence, motivate, and inspire) with a reputation for building teams and attracting, retaining and developing world-class talent.

  • Ability to establish a collaborative work environment that enables a cross-functional and matrix team with various backgrounds and capabilities to execute at a high-level.

  • Superb verbal, written, and interpersonal skills; fluency interfacing with both technical and management teams and the ability to make complicated analytics and statistical results understandable and actionable.

  • Proven experience and success in creating strategies and negotiating contracts in a multi-vendor and global environment.

  • Strong social/participative leadership style with the ability to listen to employees, customers and suppliers while also demonstrating flexibility in the delivery of consistent performance.

  • Proof of results orientation – proven experience delivering results in a shared services operating model for large, global organizations. 

  • Experience leading transformations involving the implementation of new technologies, new service models and/or organizational redesign.

Personal Attributes

  • Team-oriented, a self-starter, flexible, effective problem solver and high levels of passion and energy.

  • Action-oriented with a bias to get things done. A strong sense of urgency.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated experience engaging and influencing senior executives. Can easily translate technical data into a cohesive executive summary and/or story for diverse audiences.

  • Strong financial acumen with experience managing both expense and capital budgets with a clear understanding of enterprise financial statements.

  • A thought leader capable of painting a picture of what is possible and then able to translate the ideas into actions while inspiring an organization to get there.

  • Naturally curious and inquisitive. 

  • Worker – leader who can “roll-up their sleeves” while also being strategic and possessing a high-level of energy and persistence. 

  • Strong problem-solving skills to take an ambiguous problem and develop a structured and logical framework for defining the problem, analyze the data, and derive insights.

  • Experience shaping enterprise strategies and working with senior leadership and peers to drive alignment.

  • Strong ability to manage ambiguity and guide the organization and team through it towards clear and decisive action plans.

Technical / Functional Skills

  • Proficient in mathematics, statistics, and data analysis. 

  • Experience leading actionable insights initiatives leveraging a variety of techniques including AI/GenAI, machine and deep learning, NLP, and data visualization (Tableau, PowerBI, etc).

  • Understanding of and hands-on experience using analytical concepts and statistical techniques: Hypothesis development and testing, designing tests/experiments, analyzing data and drawing conclusions, and developing actionable recommendations. 

  • Basic familiarity with enterprise architecture to ensure an understanding of how everything works together.

  • Comfortable working in a cloud environment (AWS, GCP and/or Azure), leveraging the latest technologies and techniques to develop models at scale.

  • Elevated level of familiarity with digital technologies including an understanding of underlying data architectures, data requirements and limitations, interdependencies between interface front-end, service layer, and back-end.

  • Understanding of a wide range of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics approaches and ability to educate business owners on modeling techniques.

  • Deep understanding of business value drivers, corresponding business impact, and the relationship between modeling choices and business considerations.

Experience Preferred:

  • 5+ years of leading teams with similar mandates and scope. Proven and similar experience in a VP, Data and/or Chief Data Officer capacity. 

  • Successful deployment of AI or GenAI architecture and deployment for consumer/B2C or B2B use cases. Demonstrated expertise in automation, RPA and low-code/no-code development environments as well as AI and Gen AI. 

  • Proven experience with at least one of the statistical packages such as SAS, R, SPSS, STATA, etc. and applying them to business decisions like A/B testing and experimental design.

  • Experience in the use of software languages such as Java, Python, SQL, XML, SOAP, DHTML, JavaScript other web technologies.

  • Understanding of databases and cloud technologies such as AWS, GCP, Azure, Redshift, Hana, LLMs, GPT, Snowflake, DataBricks and more. 

  • Understanding of broader technology topics like ERP, infrastructure, cybersecurity, PMO principles and more.

Licenses/Certifications Preferred:

  • Six Sigma, Lean and/or Kaizen methodologies or certifications.

  • Data Analytics, Project Management, Data Science

Physical Demands:

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

Travel Requirements:

5 - 10% with periodic international travel

Work Environment:

Houston, TX based – Sysco Global Headquarters. Hybrid – (3 days in office, 2 days remote)


For information on Sysco’s Benefits, please visit


Sysco is the global leader in foodservice distribution. With over 71,000 colleagues and a fleet of over 13,000 vehicles, Sysco operates approximately 333 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 700,000 customer locations.

We offer our colleagues the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, to contribute to the success of a dynamic organization, and to serve others in a manner that exceeds their expectations. We’re looking for talented, hard-working individuals to join our team. Come grow with us and let us show you why Sysco is at the heart of food and service.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.

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