Data Scientist at Catalina

Title: Data Scientist
Company: Catalina


Catalina’s personalized digital media connects shoppers to the brands we know they want. We do this by delivering only the most relevant ads and offers from their home to the aisle. And only Catalina knows the evolving purchase history and individual needs of more than three-quarters of (280 million) American shoppers. With the world’s largest shopper purchase history database driving all personalized media across our networks, Catalina drives lift and loyalty for the world’s leading CPG brands and retailers. We target consumers with the right behavior-based message when it’s most impactful via the channel that’s most likely to reach them — digital or in the store.


The Advanced Analytics and Data Science team at Catalina operates near the tip of spear, creating new, world-class science-based capabilities for external and internal clients, shepherding these initiatives from initial concept, prototyping / proof-of-concept, design, build, testing, training, and handoff. We use advanced machine learning, data science, operations research, statistics, and related analytics methodologies, operating on big data and delivered on a scalable computing platform using modern technologies. We illustrate value and drive to bring these capabilities to initial Production and ensure that these initiatives are successful when we hand off.

This position will report directly to the VP of Advanced Analytics and Data Science.


The Incumbent will
•Works on moderate to complex projects that require a singular area of expertise
•Leads project planning sessions with users, business analysts, and team members to gather and analyze user requirements. Develops recommendations
•Formulates mathematical models in an appropriate programming language or application
•Analyzes raw input data from computer or other media
•Validates and tests of models to ensure adequacy, or determines need for reformulation
•Utilizes and stays current on applicable programming languages and software technologies
•Tracks progress and reports out to stakeholders
•Knows what quality means, strives for quality, designs for quality, tests and refines until a very high quality is achieved, and continuously improves
•Delivers prototypes / proofs of concept
•Recommends plans to bring to Production
•This is a skilled position with minimal supervision required (supervision by manager a couple of times per week)

•Ph.D. in machine learning, computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, operations research, or related discipline; OR
•Masters degree in (same disciplines mentioned above) AND 2+ years experience after graduate school in computation, data science, machine learning or related; OR
•Bachelor degree AND 4+ years experience

•Computing skills: programming (e.g., C++), cloud distributed computing, python / R, machine learning framework(s) (e.g., sk-learn, tensorflow), linux, bitbucket, Target Process/JIRA or other issue-tracking
•Good communications, verbally, and also have ability to construct cogent design documents, emails and PowerPoints
•Atlanta-based. (Will entertain candidates willing to relocate to Atlanta.)
•Ability to travel up to 25%

•Sunny disposition, team player
•Academic networking


Be a trusted partner: Act with integrity and positive intent

Focus on the customer: Keep the needs of both internal and external customers as well as

consumers front and center

Act like an owner: Think holistically about how your role helps fulfill our Mission

Be innovative: Share and scale the best ideas regardless of origin

Strive for simplicity: Add meaning and eliminate complexity

Value personal and professional growth: Contribute to an environment that enables

individual, team and organizational success

The intent of this job description is to describe the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be required to perform other job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace.

Note to Recruiters and Placement Agencies: We do not accept unsolicited resumes from outside recruiters /placement agencies. Catalina will not pay fees associated with resumes presented through unsolicited means.

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