Senior Data Scientist

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Job Description

Data Discovery and Decision Science (D3) is the research and analytics organization at Allstate. We are solving some of today's most complicated analytics problems, making the lives of our Allstate colleagues easier and more productive, and driving our mission to deliver perfect insurance solutions to our customers. We are avid about learning and applying new tools and techniques to get the most value from our massive data resources. As a Senior Data Scientist in D3, you will get 10% of your time to innovate, work on your own initiatives, learn, collaborate, and teach. In partnership with technology and the business, we are incorporating analytics into every aspect of the enterprise. We are deeply committed to developing ourselves and others as a path to success.

This work will include the development and management of new machine learning and predictive modeling algorithms, along with utilizing natural language processing and natural language understanding techniques. You'll be involved with the coding and development of tools that guide business decisions; searching for and integrating new data that improves our modeling and machine learning results (and ultimately our decisions) and discovery of solutions to business problems that can be solved through the use of these techniques. You will also begin to manage projects.

Key Responsibilities

  • Uses best practices to develop statistical, machine learning techniques to build models that address business needs.
  • Manages data and data requests to improve the accuracy of our data and decisions made from data analysis.
  • Uses and learns a wide variety of tools and languages to achieve results (e.g., R, SAS, Python, Hadoop).
  • Identifies languages and tools that can bring efficiencies or needed techniques to the team.
  • Works on data and business problems to drive improved business results through designing, building, and partnering to implement models.
  • Collaborates the with team in order to improve the effectiveness of business decisions through the use of data and machine learning/predictive modeling.
  • Understands the business' problems to identify the optimal modeling approach.
  • Communicates to team members, leadership and stakeholders on findings to ensure models are well understood and incorporated into business processes.
  • Utilizes effective project planning techniques to break down moderately complex projects into tasks and ensure deadlines are kept
  • Works with leaders to ensure the project will meet their needs.
  • The development and execution of a communication strategy, with appropriate coaching, that keeps all relevant stakeholders informed and provides an opportunity to influence the direction of the work.
  • Reviews and evaluates on appropriateness of techniques, given current modeling practices, to senior leadership.


Job Qualifications

  • Degree in a quantitative field such as statistics, mathematics, computer science, finance
  • Master's or PhD preferred in a quantitative field such as statistics, mathematics, computer science, finance, or economics
  • Experience in using statistical modeling and/or machine learning techniques to build models that have driven company decision making
  • Experience in managing and manipulating large, complex datasets
  • Experience in working with statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, MatLab, R, CART, etc.
  • Understanding of the Insurance market place; economics and regulation preferred
  • Ability to code and develop prototypes in languages such as Python, Perl, Java, C
  • Knowledge of advanced modeling technique
  • Ability to analyze and interpret moderate to complex concepts
  • Ability to provide written and oral interpretation of highly specialized terms and data, and ability to present this data to others with different levels of expertise
  • Demonstrated analytic agility


The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

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