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Director, Data Science

WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Set a vision and strategy that is focused on customer value, owning the overall analytic output of REX’s Data Science teams
  • Recruit and grow a talented team of Data Scientists and Data Science Managers
  • Build out a data science plan that allows various business units to leverage ML to create sustained value to revenue, customer experience and operations
  • Act as part research leader and part engineering leader to drive execution
  • Interface with data engineering teams to integrate data collection, data quality and core model output into production systems
  • Integrate deeply with VP and C-level business leadership as a trusted and influential contributor to data-driven decision making, ensuring maximum impact of Data Science outputs
  • Lay out the process of model selection, accuracy and efficiency
  • Guide and evangelize development of product and technologies that accelerate iterative, rapid experimentation processes including feature engineering and data sharing across analytics teams
  • Support and showcase a long-term research agenda aimed at generating innovations to solve critical business needs and technical challenges
  • Evolve agile/iterative development process to drive timely Data Science outcomes and reinforce the test-and-learn culture
  • Present our learnings and output at conferences, and engage the team in external activities that help elevate REX's Data Science brand

What You Need:

  • PhD/MS in computer science, machine learning, statistics, applied mathematics, physics, or other scientific or computational disciplines
  • Proven expertise developing algorithms for solving diverse business challenges and creating significant dollar value
  • Exceptional leadership skills and experience in building and maintaining a high performing, customer-focused, and fun team-culture
  • An inclusive and hands-on servant-leadership and collaborative style aimed at developing and motivating a team of data scientists
  • Skill at building relationships across the organization and becoming a trusted, sought-after partner
  • Strong coaching skills and long-term career guidance for managers
  • Talent in analytical storytelling with exceptional ability to convey complex analytical results to business stakeholders in relevant and accessible language
  • A strong passion and evangelism for data science, coupled with deep desire to adapt machine learning technologies to enable extremely effective solutions to REX's most challenging data analysis problems
  • 15+ years’ experience building, managing, mentoring, and inspiring teams, with a proven track record of leveraging data to drive business results
  • Strong background working with large-scale data in distributed computing environments, including databases, data cleaning, and feature engineering
  • Experience with Agile/iterative process in the context of research and analytics
  • Relentless focus on execution with demonstrated ability to get things done
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