I am looking to hire a data specialist and want to get the right person. I want this person to own all of the data dashboards and be able to build them out, do all his/her own data pulling for the db, while also analyzing what comes back and exposing opportunity. I want this person to be a product person and think about what we can build. Is this asking too much?
Knowledge (of algorithms, statistics, fundamental principles), Creativity (in solving problems) and Experience (in wrangling data, writing code). Different people different combinations of these so you will have to trade-off.