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Senior Data Scientist

| Austin
About BlackLocus
BlackLocus is an innovation lab operating within The Home Depot, the top home improvement retailer in the world. To stay ahead of the curve, The Home Depot is making a substantial investment in data science, innovation, technology, and design. BlackLocus is contributing to this initiative by providing analytical tools to optimize and automate pricing, assortment, and product info by applying machine learning and revenue management techniques.
BlackLocus is a small collaborative environment where everyone is excited to work together every day. We are located in downtown Austin in an open space designed for collaboration, comfort, and productivity. We have a culture of learning providing 10% research time. We value diverse perspectives and strive to be an inclusive, safe environment. And finally, we love to have fun and celebrate together! If this sounds like something you are looking for, we can't wait to hear from you.
Job Summary
Retail is going through an enormous transition where Big Data plays an increasingly prominent role. The successful candidate will be part of the best and the brightest to help The Home Depot navigate the changing retail landscape. We are looking to take analysis and modeling to the next level. The vision for this role is to leverage statistical modeling and machine learning techniques to conceptualize, implement, and execute scientific solutions from the ground up, employing techniques and methods that are appropriate, effective, and leading-edge across the retail industry to drive business decision making.
Responsibilities
  • Developing data intelligence and in-house knowledge on assortment, clustering, and/or pricing
  • Conducting exploratory and solution-focused analysis using store transactions, web traffic, demographic data, etc.
  • Lead the design of analytical solutions and work with the engineering team to build scalable applications
  • Validate the results and performance of solutions
  • Conducting research into new or alternative methods and techniques with healthy ROI potential
  • Learning about the core challenges facing The Home Depot and then utilizing data and science to develop efficient and effective solutions
Requirements
The primary requirement for this role is a solid training and demonstrated expertise in a quantitative field. In addition, candidates for this position need to possess the ability to solve analytical, business, and software problems, think creatively and work effectively with teams of professionals engaged in tackling real-world problems in a timely manner.
  • Ph.D. or Masters degree with 3+ years of experience in Statistics, Mathematics, Econometrics, Machine Learning, or related discipline 
  • Experience in Google Cloud Platform technologies (ex. CMLE, Kubernetes, Apache Beam, Tensorflow, Cloud AutoML, BigQuery, Spark, or Hadoop)
  • Solid hands-on experience in developing analytical solutions with Python
  • Sound presentation skills in visualizing complicated data science results in Tableau or similar
  • Strong team player but also works well independently and proactively
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with product and engineering teams
  • Willing to travel as needed (
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with relational databases (Redshift, MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc.)
  • Advanced skills with Python
  • Previous retail/pricing experience
  • Experience utilizing Tableau
  • Knowledge and use of optimization solvers
  • Experience with working in or with Engineering
  • Experience in data mining, data analysis and predictive modeling.
  • Proven experience utilizing statistical techniques to identify key insights from data to solve business problems
Benefits
  • Excellent work-life balance 
  • Comprehensive benefit package 
  • Competitive base and bonus package 
  • Generous PTO policy 
  • 401(k) eligible for matching company contribution after one year 
  • Restricted stock grants and Employee Stock Purchase Program 
  • Stocked kitchen with healthy snacks, tons of drinks, and an espresso maker 
  • Lots of team events including weekly catered lunches, happy hours, and other fun outings 
  • Located in the heart of downtown Austin with garage parking provided 
  • The Home Depot is an Equal Opportunity Employer 
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: BlackLocus and The Home Depot are Equal Opportunity/M/F/Vet/Disabled Employers. Available positions may vary by location. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. ©2005-2019 Home Depot Product Authority, LLC. All rights reserved. Know your rights. Click here to view Federal labor law posters. 
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Location

We are on the top two floors of the Scarbrough Building on the southwest corner of 6th & Congress, with a beautiful view of the Capitol building!

An Insider's view of BlackLocus

What's something quirky about your company?

Within my first few weeks at BlackLocus I was able to see that there’s a community for any interest I may have, e.g., reading, travel, running, volunteering. We all spend a lot of time at work and I feel lucky that I can work at a place that values me as not only a technical professional but also as a person with a multitude of varied interests.

Michael

Software Engineer

What projects are you most excited about?

BlackLocus is part of The Home Depot, a retail business. We use clever approaches in data analytics to dream up novel solutions to address age-old retail concerns like pricing, delivery, and assortment at a massive scale. Each new project aims to help drive day-to-day retail decisions and make a major impact in revenue performance.

Crandall Chow

Technical Lead

What makes someone successful on your team?

Success at BlackLocus starts with consistently producing quality work. Quality work here is a result of thinking in systems, defining problems clearly, and finding design-oriented solutions. People who are highly skilled, humble, self-aware, collaborative, energetic, candid, kind, and invested in their work and teammates find success with us.

Herb

Director of Engineering

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

My job is to enable all of BlackLocus to do great work! That means being an advocate for and getting to know everyone. For me, that looks like participating in other team’s meetings and finding opportunities for ME to make their work lives better. If you visit our office, come find me in the 8th-floor living room!

Meredith Webb

Senior Manager, Program & Product Operations

What are BlackLocus Perks + Benefits

BlackLocus Benefits Overview

Highly competitive base and bonus
Excellent work-life balance
Health, dental, vision, life, short- and long-term disability insurance starting day one, FSA/HSA
Generous vacation policy
6 weeks fully paid time off for new parents and 12 weeks maternity leave for birth mothers; an onsite mother’s room
401(k) eligible for matching company contribution after one year
Employee stock purchase program
Downtown Austin office filled with natural light
Garage parking or commuter pass reimbursement
Fully stocked kitchen with a wide variety of healthy snacks, tons of drinks, and an espresso maker
Weekly catered lunches, happy hours and other fun outings

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
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