Lead Data Scientist

Chicago, Illinois, United States Full-time

Since 2002, Quantium have combined the best of human and artificial intelligence to power possibilities for individuals, organisations and society. Whether it be building forecasting engines that are driving down food wastage or creating tools to support campaigns that combat human trafficking, Quantium believes in better goods, services, experiences, and championing the benefits of data science and AI for a brighter future.  


The opportunity  


By leveraging Quantium’s world-class capability built over 17 years in Australia, our Quantium Americas team is growing rapidly – and with growth comes opportunity. Our data scientists solve a range of interesting business problems that are intellectually complex and require many strategic considerations.


We are deploying innovative models and decision engines within the everyday processes of our retail and banking clients to solve problems like marketing optimization, customer behavior analysis and complex range/assortment optimization. This is only the beginning of our expansion into the Americas markets and our team is quickly growing to meet the needs of our valued clients.


Our team is committed to making a positive impact on our clients each day, as such, you will be travelling for up to 80% of your time to work onsite at client offices with our current opportunity requiring you to do weekly travel to Bentonville, Arkansas. We can also provide relocation support to be based in Bentonville for the right candidate.


Key responsibilities  


Working in a team of data scientists and consultants to develop end-to-end data science solutions for client projects (Projects typically consist of a small team of people (3-5) working on one task, with a mix of different skills and experience levels):  

  • Ownership of one or more substantial parts of a technical solution (involves designing the component, checking and contributing to the build where necessary)  
  • Can include all components from data checks and manipulation through to modelling and other advanced analytics (typically done in  Spark / Scala or Teradata for data preparation and Spark / Scala, Python or R for advanced analytics)  
  • Reviewing code, diagnostic output and methodologies of junior members of the team   


Client and team management

  • Ownership of parts or all of project management, develop clear presentation of insights and presentation of interim and / or final results to clients  
  • Ongoing stakeholder interaction on project progress  
  • Handover, including documentation, of work to longer term owners (in some cases)  
  • Team collaboration and leadership  
  • Providing informal coaching and guidance to junior team members as appropriate and formal people management responsibilities; includes setting objectives, providing technical guidance and professional development advice, and managing a formal review process  
  • Actively participating in learning forums and sharing knowledge with the wider team  


Support  the VPs in business development activities  

  • Developing major proposals  
  • Involvement in initial discussions with prospective clients, presenting offering and products  
  • Execution of Proof of Concept (POC) projects  
  • Assist with pricing and contract negotiation with key partners and clients   


About you  


  • Approximately 7+ years of experience in a highly technical analytics environment, carrying out data analytics or data science work
  • A degree in a quantitative discipline e.g. actuarial studies, mathematics / statistics, engineering, computer science etc  
  • Experience in designing technical solutions  
  • Experience in Spark / Scala, Python or R, with the ability to pick up new languages and techniques
  • In-depth experience with using one of the following in a commercial environment is desirable: GBM/XG Boost, GLM (logistic regression), Clustering, Neural nets/deep Learning /deep nets, Multivariate regression   
  • Strong senior stakeholder management and project management experience
  • Ability to clearly communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience



What else can I look forward to? 


Join our team of intelligent and fun people in an environment where colleagues quickly become friends. You might find our team working hard trying to solve tough, technical problems or winding down with a drink in hand in our coworking offices (currently based in Bentonville, San Francisco and Chicago). Other things you can look forward to:


  • Be part of a high-growth organisation with lots of opportunity to make an impact
  • Collaborate and share learnings with our talented team of data scientists, consultants and sales professionals, from both Australia and the US
  • Flights, accommodation and a food allowance for work travel
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage
  • Flexible spending account
  • Commuter tax benefit (in Chicago)
  • Retirement 401(k) plan with 6% employer contribution  
  • Annual company overnight trip and other team events


Quantium are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We are a multicultural team of various beliefs, sexual orientations and gender identities. We celebrate our diversity of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status and disability status.