Principal Data Scientist

    • Chevy Chase, MD

GEICO's Data Science team uses predictive analytics and innovative machine learning models to create value from data. We solve problems across GEICO, from Marketing to Claims and Underwriting, and are responsible for developing and driving strategic modeling initiatives. We see our projects through the entire data science lifecycle, from problem definition to data exploration, data munging, modeling, analysis, and deployment into production systems. We maintain a close partnership with IT to ensure that our models can be deployed quickly and monitored in a flexible deployment framework.

As a Principal Data Scientist, you will work with a talented and diverse team of data scientists with responsibility to:

  • Coordinate project teams of data scientists and supporting roles, acting as the primary point of contact in delivering end-to-end innovative, high-quality data solutions with measurable business value
  • Build relationships with partner teams, frame and structure questions, as well as summarize and present key insights to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to gather, consolidate, and validate business expertise throughout the project lifecycle
  • Work with analysts to document requirements, assumptions, and methodology including validation, testing, and implementation strategies
  • Coach, mentor, and guide data scientists to advance their career development in both technical and non-technical areas
  • Facilitate regular peer reviews and conduct performance reviews
  • Assist management with strategic efforts, portfolio management, and value delivery
  • Assist management in the recruiting process in order to build a high-functioning Data Science team
  • Apply project/team leadership and problem-solving skills to establish and promote best practices within the team
  • Develop a high-level understanding of cutting-edge data science tools and techniques

Expected Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in a quantitative discipline, such as statistics, data science, computer science, mathematics, engineering, physics, etc. Advanced degree or certification in analytics-related field strongly preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in a quantitative analyst and/or leadership role with 3+ years leading a team of quantitative analysts. Experience leading an Agile team preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership competencies, including teambuilding, creative problem-solving, flexibility, and willingness to challenge the status quo
  • Excellent communication, facilitation, and coaching skills in a business context and as it applies to team and project management
  • Demonstrated experience in influencing business decisions and driving business value
  • Working experience with analytical modeling tools such as R or Python, predictive modeling, machine learning, experimental design, and AB testing strongly preferred
  • Completion of an analytical product critique may be required

Highly Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in Telematics, Internet of Things - IoT, and/or Sensor Data

Note: The safety of our associates, both current and future, is GEICO's highest priority. At this time, most of our associates are working remotely due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates who are selected for this position will be trained remotely and must be able to work from home in a designated work area. Once GEICO determines it is safe for associates to return to the office, candidates may be required to work in our Chevy Chase, MD office.


For more than 75 years, GEICO has stood out from the rest of the insurance industry! We are one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing auto insurers thanks to our low rates, outstanding service and clever marketing. We're an industry leader employing thousands of dedicated and hard-working associates. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, we offer associates training and career advancement in a financially stable and rewarding workplace.

Benefits : As a full-time Principal Data Scientist, you'll enjoy our Total Rewards Program * to help secure your financial future and preserve your health and well-being, including:
  • Premier Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance with no waiting period
  • Paid Vacation, Sick and Parental Leave
  • 401(k) Plan with Profit Sharing
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Training and Licensures

Benefits may be different by location. Benefit eligibility requirements vary and may include length of service.

Coverage begins with the pay period after hire date. Must enroll in New Hire Benefits within 30 days of the date of hire for coverage to take effect.

Benefit offerings for positions other than full-time may vary.

GEICO is an equal opportunity employer. GEICO conducts drug screens and background checks on applicants who accept employment offers.

How to Apply

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