Forecasting jobs in industry – what would I do and how do I get one?
Wed, Dec 8, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

You’ve worked hard to get a PhD but are intrigued with the idea of applying your newly-won forecasting skills in industry. What kinds of positions exist? What does forecasting look like in practice when trying to solve real problems in industry? What kind of skills are needed for these roles, beyond what I might have learned in a doctoral program? What do I need to know about the application and interview process? This webinar will address all these questions and more.

This webinar is being co-sponsored by Kinaxis and the Early Career Researcher Section of the IIF.


Polly Mitchell-Guthrie is the VP of Industry Outreach and Thought Leadership at Kinaxis, a supply chain management and analytics software company. Previously, she was Director of AnalyticalConsulting Services at the University of North Carolina Health Care System and worked in various roles at SAS, in Advanced Analytics R&D, as Director of the SAS Global Academic Program, and in Alliances. She has an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received her BA in Political Science as a Morehead Scholar. She has been very active in INFORMS (the leading professional society for operations research and analytics) and co-founded the third chapter of Women in Machine Learning and Data Science (now more than 100 chapters worldwide).


Anne-Flore Elard is an experienced practitioner in data, data science and analytics with a Master’s Degree for the Sciences Po and an MBA from MIT Sloan. Driven by the value-add that well-managed data and data science can bring to businesses, she takes pride in providing ML/AI based services that have a measurable impact. As a Director of Advanced Analytics Services at Kinaxis, her goals include capturing and building use cases for Machine Learning services and delivering on those with her team. In addition to her primary job functions, Anne-Flore has been recognized by her previous companies, Deloitte and Scotiabank, for her leadership and commitment to excellence.

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