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Principal Data Scientist - Advanced Machine Learning (Gen AI, Computer Vision, Reinforcement Learnin

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Start date
Feb 9, 2024
Closing date
Feb 22, 2024

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Retail / Wholesale
Employment Status
Full Time
Description: The pay range is $160,900.00 - $289,700.00

Pay is based on several factors which vary based on position. These include labor markets and in some instances may include education, work experience and certifications. In addition to your pay, 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


About us:

Working at Target means helping all families discover the joy of everyday life. We bring that vision to life through our values and culture. Learn more about Target here.

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 Marketing, Supply Chain Optimization, 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 Principal Data Scientist in the AML team, you'll influence by interacting with Data Sciences leaders, technical leaders outside of Data Sciences, business leaders, and other Data Sciences products leaders. You will perform within the scale and scope of your role by identifying the problem, being the architect of the solution, influencing the portfolio, contributing to Data Sciences' and Target's values by modeling, contributing, and elevating the culture. You'll get the opportunity to use your deep expertise in multiple areas from the following: machine learning, probability theory & statistics, optimization theory, Simulation, Econometrics, Deep Learning, Natural Language processing, Computer Vision or Generative AI. As you establish best practices/programming principles and advocate for best software engineering practices, you'll drive adoption of the latest science methodologies across retail problems. You will perform end-to-end technical architecture for scalable and performant Data Science solutions and integrate patterns into technology applications. You'll design and drive core data science modules to enable easy re-use across multiple products/models to ensure modeling consistency and determine technology strategy while articulating how technical strategy aligns with business goals. We'll look for you to help in technology evaluation and selection, as well as in creating technical product architectures, negotiate with Product Owners (PO) to ensure that the team has bandwidth to identify, prioritize and eliminate technical debt, and partner with business teams to translate business challenges into technical solutions.

You'll partner with product/business in identifying the relevant problems to solve in their domain and with other Principals and leaders in identifying and solving for cross-product/domain optimization opportunities. While you serve as a Data Sciences ambassador across the enterprise, we'll look to you to showcase Data Science capabilities in broader Target forums and technical communities outside Target, invest in mentoring and career growth guidance for individual contributors and future technical leaders, and provide technical guidance to team and to leaders. Through your understanding of what other teams within Data Sciences do, you'll identify opportunities to drive cross-product efficiencies, understand the dependency between various applications/business processes and opportunities from cross-product optimization and develop deep understanding of multiple product areas that are inter-connected. The exciting part of retail? It's always changing!

Core responsibilities of this job are described within this job description. This role offers a broad variety of projects and you will build quick POCs, act as a consultant or advisor to partner teams and be part of the efforts to define the science components of our ML platforms and infrastructure. Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.

About you:
  • 4-year degree in Quantitative disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and 9+ years of professional experience or equivalent industry experience
  • PhD degree in Quantitative disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) is preferred
  • 7+ years of experience in modeling and algorithm design to production
  • Experience in building and deploying models using Deep Learning, Artificial Neural Networks, Reinforcement Learning, Generative AI and Computer Vision
  • Significant expertise in several areas of linear algebra, statistics, information theory, econometrics, time series modeling, especially in statistical inference, generalized linear models, Markov decision processes, etc.
  • Highly proficient in Python, Scala, Kotlin and/or JVM ecosystem
  • Deep understanding of data structures and algorithms
  • Ability to test and measure algorithms/models
  • Excellent communication skills. Ability to clearly tell data driven stories through appropriate visualizations, graphs and narratives

This position will operate as a Hybrid/Flex for Your Day work arrangement based on Target's needs. A Hybrid/Flex for Your Day work arrangement means the team member's core role will need to be performed both onsite at the Target HQ MN location the role is assigned to and virtually, depending upon what your role, team and tasks require for that day. Work duties cannot be performed outside of the country of the primary work location, unless otherwise prescribed by Target. Click here if you are curious to learn more about Minnesota.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Target will provide reasonable accommodations 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 Supply Chain Facility or reach out to Guest Services at 1-800-440-0680 for additional information.

Application deadline is : 02/29/2024

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