Data Scientist

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jan 09, 2021
Jan 18, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time
Data Scientist

Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America's leading retailers.

Behind one of the world's best-loved brands is a uniquely capable and brilliant team of data scientists, engineers and analysts. The Target Data Science & Analytics team creates the tools and data products to sustainably educate and enable our business partners to make great data-based decisions. We help develop the technology that personalizes the guest experience, from product recommendations to relevant ad content. We are also the source of the data and analytics behind Target's Internet of Things (IOT) applications, fraud detection, Supply Chain optimization and demand forecasting. We play a key role in identifying the test-and-measure or A/B test opportunities that continuously help Target improve the guest experience, whether they love to shop in stores or at

A role with Data Science and Analytics (DSA) means being a part of the team that works closely with the business and identifies problems / opportunities for improved decision-making through better data science. This covers the whole gamut from simple descriptive analysis to more complex predictive and prescriptive analytics, using advanced modeling and machine learning techniques primarily using open source technologies and big data platforms. The emphasis is on actionable insights, which is possible through a combination of technical skills and business understanding.

As Data Scientist, DSA you will work closely with business/product teams and understand their priorities/roadmap. Based on this understanding, you are expected to build automated and algorithmic-driven solution that will drive the right decisions for the business. You will also answer ad-hoc questions from your business users by conducting quick analysis on relevant data, identify trends and correlations, and form hypotheses to explain the observations. Some of these will lead to bigger analytical projects of

increasing complexity, where you will work initially as a part of a bigger team, but also work independently as you gain more experience. Finally, you are expected to always adhere to project schedule and technical rigor as well as requirements for documentation, code versioning, etc.

Core responsibilities are described within this job description. Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.

  • Bachelors/Masters equivalent in any Quantitative disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • 1+ years of relevant experience
  • Strong analytical thinking skills. Ability to creatively solve business problems, innovating new approaches where required.
  • Working knowledge in Python/R, SQL, Hadoop/Hive. Additional knowledge of Spark, Scala desired but not mandatory
  • Understanding of foundational mathematics and statistical concepts
  • Conceptual understanding of analytical techniques like Linear Regression, Logistic Regression, Time-series models, Classification Techniques, etc
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to explain complex analytical methodologies to clients regardless of the client's technical expertise
  • Strong team player with ability to collaborate effectively across geographies/ time zones

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Target will provide reasonable accommodations (such as a qualified sign language interpreter or other personal assistance) with the application process upon your request as required to comply with applicable laws. If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please visit your nearest Target store or Distribution Center or reach out to Guest Services at 1-800-440-0680 for additional information.


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