Applied Data Scientist - Supply Chain Optimization (Math/Stats and ML Engineering/PySpark)(Remote Or

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Mar 20, 2023
Mar 23, 2023
Employment Status
Full Time

About Us:

As a Fortune 50 company with more than 350,000 team members worldwide - Target is an iconic brand and one of America's leading retailers. Working at Target means the opportunity to help all families discover the joy of everyday life. Caring for our communities is woven into who we are and we invest in the places we collectively live, work and play. We prioritize relationships, fuel and develop talent by creating growth opportunities and succeed as one Target team. At our core, our purpose is ingrained in who we are, what we value, and how we work. It's how we care, grow, and win together!

A role with Target Data Sciences means the chance to help develop and manage state of the art predictive algorithms that use data at scale to automate and optimize decisions at scale. Whether you join our Statistics, Optimization or Machine Learning teams - you'll be challenged to harness Target's impressive data breadth to build the algorithms that power solutions our partners in Supply Chain Optimization, Marketing, Network Security and Personalization rely on. Every Scientist on Target's Data Sciences team can expect modeling and data science, software/product development of highly performant code for Model Performance to elevate Target's culture and apply retail domain knowledge.

As a Data Scientist in the Supply Chain Optimization, team your understanding of the foundations and working principles of machine learning algorithms, linear algebra, probability theory, statistics, and optimization theory. These will allow you to perform data exploration and analysis (look at distributions, find anomalies, create simple visualizations, etc.) and implement algorithmic solution given specifications while also adhering to best practices in model development. We will look to you to understand and actively follow foundational programming principles (best practices, know about unit tests, code organization, basics of CI/CD, etc.) and create a well maintainable and tested codebase with relevant documentation. You will get the opportunity to develop in one or more approved programming languages (Java, Scala, Python, R) we well as learn best practices in data analysis and data understanding.

As you follow Agile processes, you will implement prototypes for individual components of software or data science solutions and leverage basic data structures and algorithms in implementing solutions. Leverage your high-level understanding in business domain to gain knowledge of high-level Target business priorities, strategic goals and their impact as well as details of the specific business sub-problem you're focused on. You will collaborate with peers on their products, document, present work to peers and participate in code reviews to gain broader understanding of different components within the application. The exciting part of retail? It is always changing!

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

About you:
  • 4 year degree in Quantitative disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) or equivalent work experience
  • Strong fundamentals in Probability, Statistics and Mathematics
  • Experience in applying advanced statistical techniques like regression, clustering, PCA, forecasting, etc.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of at least one of the following domains: data science, ML engineering, optimization or simulation
  • Analytical thinking skills with an ability to creatively solve business problems, innovating new approaches where required
  • Strong hands-on programming skills in Python, Kotlin or similar
  • Ability to apply coding best practices: write clean, reusable, and repeatable code with an emphasis on testing/validation and continuous refactoring
  • Extensive experience in SQL, Spark, Hadoop/Hive, cloud computing or similar
  • Passion for solving interesting and relevant real-world problems while documenting your work
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to clearly tell data driven stories through appropriate visualizations, graphs and narratives
  • Strong team player with ability to collaborate effectively across geographies/time zones
  • Self-driven and results oriented

  • MS or PhD in a quantitative discipline
  • Knowledge of Supply Chain theories: inventory, replenishment, network planning, operations research, etc.

This position may be considered for a Remote or Hybrid work arrangement based on Target's needs. A Hybrid work arrangement means the team members core role will be a blend of virtual and onsite at a Target location. A Remote work arrangement means the team member works full-time from home or an alternate location that's not a Target location, does not have a desk at their primary HQ work location and may travel to HQ up to 4 times a year. Work duties cannot be performed outside of the country of the primary work location, unless otherwise prescribed by Target. The salary range is :$70,700.00 USD - $127,300.00 USD. Pay is based on several factors which may include, but are not limited to education, work experience, certifications, labor markets, etc. In addition to your salary, Target cares about and invests in you as a team member, so that you can take care of yourself and your family. Target offers eligible team members and their dependents comprehensive health benefits and programs, which may include medical, vision, dental, life insurance and more, to help you and your family take care of your whole selves. Other benefits for eligible team members include 401(k), employee discount, short term disability, long term disability, paid sick leave, paid national holidays, and paid vacation. Find competitive benefits from financial and education to well-being and beyond at

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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