Lead Data Scientist - Digital

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Jul 20, 2021
Aug 02, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time

About Target Data Science and Analytics:

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 Sciences team creates the tools and data products to sustainably educate and enable our business partners to make great data-based decisions at Target. We help develop the technology that personalizes the guest experience, from product recommendations to relevant ad content. We're also the source of the data and analytics behind Target's Internet of Things (iOT) applications, fraud detection, Supply Chain optimization and Demand Forecasting engine. 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 on Target.com!

The scope of work for this role will include data science model creation supporting our Digital business which is inclusive but not limited to the following: model selection, feature selection, model accuracy and measurement while providing transparency and collaboration with internal partners. The person in this role will provide input and analytics expertise to the working team and serve as a change agent to help drive adoption and acceptance of analytical approaches.

This role will have the credibility and technical acumen to influence business stakeholders, product owners, and peers by providing analytical insight and transparency throughout the development lifecycle. The role will also contribute to the development / improvement of processes as they pertain to Analytics Best Practices and lay out the vision for development of new models and analytics that will create value for the Digital business.

One of the initial products this role will support is Droid. Droid is currently in the development phase and is focused on helping our Digital partners identify bot traffic in our session data. This role would provide the opportunity to lead through product creation, adoption, productionalization and future enhancements.

Essential functions:
  • Interpret business partner needs, design creative/versatile solutions and effectively communicate results to business partners thereby driving the adoption of analytical approaches
  • Provide thought leadership on technical approach - alternate techniques and/or thought processes that would ensure projects deliver on business partner needs
  • Lead prioritization and road-mapping of productionizing the product and future product enhancements
  • Gather and analyzes data to solve and address highly complex business problems and evaluate scenarios to make predictions on future outcomes and support decision making
  • Design and drive the creation of new standards and best practices in the use of statistical data modeling, big data and optimization tools for Target
  • Partner with cross functional teams to deliver on business objectives
  • Provide financial insight and guidance to business partners and leadership
  • Drive efficiencies across analytics and reporting processes using automation
  • Deliver meaningful insights to business teams, partners and stakeholders that support meaningful decisions.

About you:
  • BA/BS degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Econometrics, Data Analytics or equivalent experience
  • Programming depth: Python, R, SQL or Scala and the ability to learn and apply new languages and test driven development
  • Demonstrates strong Math and/or Statistics; Mathematical logic (AND, OR, NOT); Descriptive and Inferential Statistics; Applied Calculus (weighted averages, rates of change, single variable)
  • Statistical modeling experience on large data sets
  • Demonstrate Testing and Research design; apply the scientific method and experimental design; generate insight from observation data

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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