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Senior Data Scientist

The Walt Disney Company

Job Description

Job Summary:

Movies Anywhere (MA) is seeking a Data Scientist to oversee the design, build, and testing of formulas for complex metrics/KPIs, (Lifetime Value, Cost Per Registered User, Retention/Engagement), machine learning methods, and analytics models to support the Movies Anywhere team. This position will report to the Director of Analytics for MA. The goal of this team is to create a competitive advantage for MA using data.

Position Summary:
The Data Scientist will research, design, implement and validate algorithms to analyze diverse sources of data to achieve targeted outcomes. The role will provide expertise on mathematical concepts and machine learning for the broader analytics team and inspire the adoption of advanced analytics and data science.

Responsibilities:

  • Development of prototype solutions, mathematical models, algorithms, machine learning techniques, and robust analytics to support analytic insights and visualization of complex data sets
  • Contribute to product features like offers, personalization, and recommender by analyzing complex data sets and developing algorithms to produce results that increase customer engagement.
  • Provide optimization recommendations that drive KPIs established by product, marketing, operations, PR teams, and others
  • Drive innovation by exploring new experimentation methods and statistical techniques that could sharpen or speed up our product decision-making processes
  • Develop and deploy testing hypotheses and analyze test results, providing the necessary analytical rigor to ensure data quality, consistency, repeatability, and accuracy of insights

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5 or more years relevant experience with a proven track record of leveraging analytics to drive significant business impact
  • Bachelor's degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Operations Research, Econometrics or related field
  • Proficiency with a statistical analysis tool such as R and/or Python
  • Relational, no-SQL, and/or columnar data experience
  • Experience with SQL
  • Excellent time and project management skills, with the ability to manage detail work and communicate project status effectively to all levels
  • Proven track record in meeting aggressive deadlines
  • Ability and desire to lead projects independently from start to finish, working with internal and external teams to make decisions and maintain momentum

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Machine learning experience
  • Statistical knowledge and intuition - ideally utilized in A/B testing
  • Experience with distributed databases and query languages like Spark and Scala
  • Programming experience with a scripting language such as Python, Perl, Java, or Ruby
  • PhD or MS degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Operations Research, CS, Econometrics or related field
  • Ability to tell a story with data – What does the analysis tell you? What do you think the business should do next? Why do you think what is happening, is happening? Ability to influence others with the story of what you’re seeing in the data to make business recommendations

Required Education

  • Bachelor's degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Operations Research, Econometrics or related field

Preferred Education

  • PhD or MS degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Operations Research, CS, Econometrics or related field

About Direct-to-Consumer and International:

Comprised of Disney’s international media businesses and the Company’s various streaming services, the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment aligns technology, content and distribution platforms to expand the Company’s global footprint and deliver world-class, personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world. This segment is responsible for The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer businesses globally, including the ESPN+ sports streaming service, programmed in partnership with ESPN; the upcoming Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service; and the Company’s ownership stake in Hulu. As part of the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney Streaming Services, developer of the ESPN+ and Disney-branded streaming platforms, oversees all consumer-facing digital technology and products across the Company.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Movies Anywhere, which is part of a business segment we call Direct-to-Consumer and International.

Movies Anywhere is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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Job Location
Burbank, CA
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Employment Type:
Full Time
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