Lead Data Scientist, Technology - New York, NY or Rockville, MD

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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is seeking a well-qualified individual for our Lead Data Scientist openings in New York, NY or Rockville, MD. To be considered for this position, please submit your resume through our career site at www.finra.org/careers - no phone calls, please.

Job Summary:

The Lead Data Scientist for Market Regulation Technology will work to establish and institutionalize data science and machine learning best practices as FINRA moves to ML based pattern development. The development product for this move will be the creation of the Dynamic Surveillance Platform. The lead data scientist will have primary responsibility of the development of the Machine Learning (ML) Framework portion of the Platform.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Lead development of the ML Framework within the Dynamic Surveillance Platform.
  • Work closely with multiple FINRA businesses to specify, design and build the ML Framework.
  • Collaborate with Data Engineers to specify and design the Data Framework.
  • Strong and disciplined coding skills with a history of creating and supporting reusable packages (Scala, R or Python).
  • Analyze experimental data with statistical rigor.
  • Ensure accurate interpretation by combining business acumen with detailed data knowledge and statistical expertise.
  • Build machine learning base surveillance models to monitor markets and protect investors.
  • Translate analytic insights into concrete, actionable recommendations for new models and communicate these findings.
  • Drive efforts to enable independent interpretation of results through education, improved tools, and data visualization.

Other Responsibilities:
  • Mentor other Data Scientists on the team and within FINRA on methodologies and best practices
Qualifications:

Education/Experience Requirements:
  • Masters or PhD degree (preferred) in Statistics, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Econometrics, or related field.
  • 5+ years relevant experience with a proven track record of leveraging analytics and large amounts of data to drive significant business impact
  • Solid statistical knowledge and intuition, ideally utilized in experimentation and modeling
  • Strong algorithmic thinking and independent research ability
  • Passion for learning and innovating new methodologies at the intersection of statistics, applied math, and computer science
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills coupled with strong business acumen. Must be able to translate business objectives into actionable analyses, and analytic results into actionable business and product recommendations
  • Impactful presentation skills, including the use of meaningful charts, graphs, or other data visualizations to convey information and results clearly and concisely
  • Strong background in machine learning
  • Strong knowledge of advanced statistical methods and predictive modeling
Working Conditions:
  • Work is normally performed in an office environment.
  • Occasional travel and extended hours may be required with extended hours when necessary.
The information provided above has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work of the position. It is not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required.

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In addition to a competitive salary, comprehensive health and welfare benefits, and incentive compensation, FINRA offers immediate participation and vesting in a 401(k) plan with company match. You will also be eligible for participation in an additional FINRA-funded retirement contribution, our tuition reimbursement program and many other benefits. If you would like to contribute to our important mission and work collegially in a professional organization that values intelligence, integrity and initiative, consider a career with FINRA.

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As standard practice, employees must also execute FINRA's Employee Confidentiality and Invention Assignment Agreement without qualification or modification and comply with the company's policy on nepotism.

About FINRA

FINRA is an independent, non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business with the public in the United States. FINRA works to protect investors and maintain market integrity in a public-private partnership with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), while also benefiting from the SEC's oversight. In its role as investor guardian, FINRA is informed, but not influenced, by the industry that it regulates. FINRA's independent regulation plays a critical role in America's financial system-all at no cost to taxpayers.

FINRA touches virtually every aspect of the securities business-from registering and educating industry participants to examining securities firms; writing rules; enforcing those rules and the federal securities laws; informing and educating the investing public; providing trade reporting and other industry utilities; and administering the largest dispute resolution forum for investors and registered firms. FINRA uses technology powerful enough to look across markets and detect potential abuses. Using a variety of data gathering techniques, we work to detect insider trading and any strategies firms or individuals use to gain an unfair advantage.

In today's fast-paced and complex global economy, FINRA is a trusted advocate for investors, dedicated to keeping the markets fair and proactively addressing emerging regulatory issues before they harm investors or the markets. FINRA operates from Washington, DC, and New York, NY, with other offices around the country.

Find out more about us and how we work-and view our current openings-at www.finra.org/careers .

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