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Sr. Data Scientist / Modeler / Developer in Westlake Village, CA at J.D. Power

Date Posted: 5/15/2018

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Be where the voice of the consumer meets thevalue of the brand. At J.D. Power, you’ll be at the heart of commerce,working for a worldwide leader whose intelligence and insights are shaping theway people sell, and the way people buy.


Title:  Senior Data Scientist

Location: Westlake Village, CA

Reports to: Director, Data Science


The Role:  As a SeniorData Scientist / Developer, you will create new and improve existingeconometrical models that allow extracting market insights from rich variety ofdata sources valuable to our clients in the automotive industry. You will alsowork on the models implementation using high level programming languages (C#and similar). The development environment/tools ranges from R, SAS, SQL, Excel,etc. to writing own software applications in C#. All members of our teamperform all range of activities from math model creation and early prototypingto implementation of production version and further maintenance andreevaluation of modeling parameters as new data comes in.


  • Development of new math-models andimplementing them using innovative analytical tools for decision support in theareas of incentive planning, marketing, and product positioning in theautomobile industry and other fields that rely on demand modeling and profitoptimization: Discrete Choice Modeling, Random Utility, Nested and RandomCoefficient Logit, Linear & Non-linear Regressions, Clustering Analysis,etc.
  • Maintenance and enhancement of math-model forIncentive Planning suite of applications and other modeling applications inproduction (these systems won the 2006 Marketing Science Practice Prize andwere a finalist of the 2007 Edelman Award). Analysis of large data-sets usingstandard (SQL, R) and proprietary tools, as part of new product developmentideation.
  • Development/maintenance of computational ordata processing programs using various high-level programming languages (C#, R,etc.), including econometric modeling packages.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • At least 6 years of quantitative analysis andpredictive modeling involving scientific computing, optimization algorithms,linear and non-linear regressions, machine learning, clustering analysis, etc.
  • Strong math/analytical abilities andattention to detail.
  • Solid knowledge of general programminglanguages, at least one of: C#, Java, C++.
  • High proficiency in utilizing complex SQLqueries for data analysis.
  • Testing/prototyping math-models usinganalytical tools such as R, SAS, etc.
  • Good verbal and writing communication skills.
  • M.S. (required), Ph.D. (preferred) inMathematics, Physics, Economics, Operations Research, Computer Science,Engineering or other field with strong emphasis on math-modeling and computertechnology.

Career Opportunity:

  • Tremendous opportunity to learn newmathematical methodologies, computer technologies, as well as share knowledgeamong bright like-minded individuals.
  • Taking charge and leading projects (upondemonstration of pattern for successful delivery of assigned tasks underminimal supervision).

The Team / Business:  A small team ofquantitative scientists/developers in a dynamic, goal oriented, yet flexibleand friendly environment, with a good work/life balance and high productivityof our team.

Who We Are

Since 1968, companies around the world havetrusted J.D. Power to generate and gather the consumer insights that illuminateand inform business success. At J.D. Power we amplify the voice of theconsumer, and help brands improve the value of their products and services.Together, these principles empower everyone in the global commerce ecosystem,enabling better purchase decisions – and better business results. Beyond ourproven process, J.D. Power’s strength is its people. They offer diversedisciplines, talents, and expertise, but share one common goal: to generategrowth and long-term value for our clients. Our scientists, Ph.D. levelstatisticians and methodologists, ensure our research meets the highestscientific quality standards and provides advanced statistical support. J.D.Power represents the science of customer satisfaction in any language, toconsumers and businesses worldwide.


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