Senior Data Scientist

Chicago, Illinois
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Sep 14, 2016
Nov 13, 2016
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Job Description

Job Family Summary
Data Science incorporates techniques across many disciplines – including mathematics/statistics, computer programming, data engineering and ETL, software development, and high performance computing – with traditional business expertise with the goal of extracting meaning from data to optimize future business decisions. Individuals in this field should be an expert/fluent in several of these disciplines and sufficiently proficient in others to effectively design, build, and deliver end to end predictive analytics products to optimize future decisions. Individual demonstrates sufficient analytic agility to quickly develop new skills across these disciplines as those disciplines evolve. Quantitative Research and Analytics is responsible for aligning with and contributing to corporate objectives by identifying and developing growth and profitability opportunities that will enable Allstate to generate profitable market share growth. The Data Scientist family is accountable for using data to make decisions, which includes building predictive models and developing new machine learning techniques that enable Allstate to make better decisions to achieve its goals. The Data Scientist Family requires Analytic Agility, the ability to quickly learn new modeling/machine learning techniques, programming languages, and see how these ideas can integrate to optimize the business.
Job Summary
This role is responsible for leading the use of data to make decisions. This includes the development and management of new machine learning predictive modeling algorithms; the coding\development of tools that use machine learning/predictive modeling to make business decisions; searching for and integrating new data (both internal and external) that improves our modeling and machine learning results (and ultimately our decisions); and discovery of solutions to business problems that can be solved through the use of machine learning/predictive modeling. This role will also begin to manage projects of medium complexity.
Key Responsibilities
 Uses best practices to develop statistical, machine learning techniques to build models that address business needs
 Manages data and data requests to improve the accuracy of our data and decisions made from data analysis
 Uses and learns a wide variety of tools and languages to achieve results (e.g., R, SAS, Python, Hadoop)
 Identifies languages and tools that can bring efficiencies or needed techniques to the team
 Works on data and business problems to drive improved business results through designing, building, and partnering to implement models
 Collaborates the with team in order to improve the effectiveness of business decisions through the use of data and machine learning/predictive modeling
 Understands the business' problems to identify the optimal modeling approach
 Communicates to team members, leadership and stakeholders on findings to ensure models are well understood and incorporated into business processes
 Utilizes effective project planning techniques to break down moderately complex projects into tasks and ensure deadlines are kept
 Works with leaders to ensure the project will meet their needs
 The development and execution of a communication strategy, with appropriate coaching, that keeps all relevant stakeholders informed and provides an opportunity to influence the direction of the work
 Reviews and evaluates on appropriateness of techniques, given current modeling practices, to senior leadership

Job Qualifications

Degree in a quantitative field such as statistics, mathematics, computer science, finance.
 Master's or PhD preferred in a quantitative field such as statistics, mathematics, computer science, finance, or economics
 Experience in using statistical modeling and/or machine learning techniques to build models that have driven company decision making
 Experience in managing and manipulating large, complex datasets
 Experience in working with statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, MatLab, R, CART, etc.
 Understanding of the Insurance market place; economics and regulation preferred
 Ability to code and develop prototypes in languages such as Python, Perl, Java, C
 Knowledge of advanced modeling technique
 Ability to analyze and interpret moderate to complex concepts
 Ability to provide written and oral interpretation of highly specialized terms and data, and ability to present this data to others with different levels of expertise
 Demonstrated analytic agility

The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

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