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Principal Data Scientist

| Austin
About BlackLocus 
BlackLocus is building cloud-based analytic tools to optimize and automate retail merchandising decisions such as pricing, assortment, space and fulfillment. By applying machine learning and revenue management techniques, the BlackLocus platform enables intelligent retail software to identify opportunities for competitive advantage. The company was a venture-funded startup, founded by Carnegie Mellon alumni and entrepreneurs with a passion for creative deployment of new technology. Acquired by The Home Depot in December of 2012, we operate with autonomy as a product lab from an office located in downtown Austin, TX. 
Job Summary
A Principal Data Scientist is capable of performing new innovative research to solve difficult business problems. Principal Data Scientists are responsible for thought leadership of analytics and software design in taking the solution from concept to final prototype. Responsible for resources from the data science team and defines tasks within the business problem to parallelize and deliver a solution in the shortest amount of time. Principal Data Scientists are expected to not only contribute to projects as hands on expert level resource, but also provide thought leadership to data scientists and the company as a whole. 
  •  PhD Degree with 5+ yrs of experience or Masters with 8+ years of experience in the domain of data science 
  •  Ability to travel up to 10% of the time 
  • Work experience with SQL, Teradata, Google Big Query and/or other comparable database systems.
  • Expert knowledge of R, Python or other statistical computing programming languages.
  • Recent publication in peer reviewed journal relevant to data science
  • Experience managing groups of PhD level data scientists 
  • Work with merchants and other business experts to define an distill requirements for analytic solutions
  • Define best in class analytic methodology and facilitate adoption of that methodology by the data science team
  • Design analytic solutions leveraging advanced statistical modeling and optimization that are best suited to solve the business problems
  • Lead internal data scientists to deliver advanced analytics solutions
  • Provide thought leadership and establish a technical strategy and roadmap for advanced analytics 
  • Communicate timely and effectively both verbal and written to the peers, team, managers, and Home Depot
  • Stay current with advancements in optimization, statistical modeling, programming techniques and advocates them where appropriate 
  • 35%-Designs and develops solutions that leverage statistical analytics and optimization to derive business insights
  • 35%-Partner with internal cross-functional teams and lead data scientists to develop advanced solutions
  • 20%-Seeks further knowledge on key developments within data science, technical skill sets, and additional data sources within Home Depot
  • 10%-Define clear communication mechanisms to the head of data science to ensure projects are on time and on budget 
  • 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. ©2005-2018 Home Depot Product Authority, LLC. All rights reserved. Know your rights. Click here to view Federal labor law posters. 
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We occupy the top two floors of the Scarbrough Building, on the southwest corner of 6th and Congress.

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

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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