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Data Scientist - Optimize

| Chicago

 

At Groupon, data drives our decisions. Just about every change that we make to Groupon is an A/B Test (aka, experiment). We collect large amounts of data about how our customers interact with our software, giving us the feedback we need to confidently move forward or carefully refine our approach. As an organization we strive to run more experiments faster, which requires statistical rigor and accurate analysis. While our automated A/B testing systems give us a baseline understanding of how features perform, we need creative and curious data scientists who know what it takes to design controlled experiments for a wide range of hypotheses, and who are well versed in statistics.

As a Data Scientist, you will join a team of data scientists and software engineers to guide features across web and mobile platforms by researching novel statistical approaches to experiment analysis, and prototyping them in our context. In addition, you will translate statistical concepts to Product Managers, and others who are not experts in stats, helping them help themselves. Finally, You must relish generating and testing hypotheses against the data, have strong critical opinions about next actions and crisply communicate your findings to your team. You will enjoy being the statistics and analytics expert your team can count on and seeing your work rapidly feed back into the evolution of the product.

The ideal candidate will:

  •     Show an ability to research varied approaches in math and statistics
  •     Exhibit curiosity to uncover meaningful insights not specifically directed by others
  •     Synthesize raw data into recommendations on how the product should evolve
  •     Quantify the potential value of new product hypotheses
  •     Design and support large-scale multivariate tests to prove out new ideas
  •     Work with product management and engineering to develop KPIs for new features and instrumentation to quantify the adoption of new product initiatives
  •     Perform deep-dive analyses to identify root causes of product or operational issues

Qualifications:

  •     Experience with statistics
  •     Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Economics or similar; graduate degree a plus
  •     Web/mobile product analytics experience working closely with product and engineering (3+ years a plus)
  •     Experience with A/B Experimentation is a huge plus
  •     Proficiency with SQL and at least one scripting language
  •     Proficiency in R, Python, Matlab or other statistical modeling package
  •     Ability to structure problems and use quantitative/qualitative skills to deliver simple, logical recommendations
  •     Experience with data visualization and presentation
  •     Experience with Hadoop or other Map/Reduce frameworks is a plus

Groupon provides a global marketplace where people can buy just about anything, anywhere, anytime. We’re enabling real-time commerce across an expanding range of categories including local businesses, travel destinations, consumer products, and live or lively events. At the same time, we are providing advertising options and tools that merchants can use to grow and manage their businesses. Culturally, we believe that great people make great companies and that starting with the customer and working backward moves us forward. Community matters to us on an internal, local and global scale—it’s fundamental to our company’s growth and to the well-being of the world at large. We also value self-awareness, candor, lunch and WiFi. If we match with you, please apply to join us.

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Location

Our headquarters is nestled alongside the Chicago River in the bustling River North neighborhood, close to both blue and brown line CTA trains.

An Insider's view of Groupon

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Groupon provides an environment where I can strive for maximum work-life effectiveness, room for growth, and there is always something new to do. I enjoy spending lots of time at work because I love what I do; the hours are not burdensome, Groupon fits me. I define success in my own terms & Groupon provides us with the flexibility to be successful.

Milan

Senior Manager of Operations

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We are working on arriving at the optimal attribution models across different areas of our business. For example, the attribution of a purchase to a specific experience — a home page feature, an email, a push notification — likely has a different window of time where we can reasonably say a specific purchase is a result of a specific experience.

Kristi

Data Scientist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Here at Groupon, what you do matters. I got my start at Groupon as an intern and have had the opportunity in the past (almost) 5 years to build out a global volunteer program that has engaged over 5,000 employees in over 63,000 hours of service supporting the work of close to 650 nonprofit organizations.

Alicia

Program Manager, Employee & Community Engagement

What projects are you most excited about?

Recently, we committed to having 100% of our job descriptions reviewed for gender balance by the end of 2018. Also for 2018, work will continue with our Employee Resource Groups, who play a pivotal part in the attraction and selection of diverse top talent, and themselves can be developed and promoted into company leaders.

Carlos

Head of Diversity Recruitment

What are Groupon Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Game Room
Recreational Clubs

Additional Perks + Benefits

Fitness benefits. Free office shuttles. Paid parental and family leave. Comprehensive sales training program. Sense of joy. Onsite cafes. Unlimited Routine Time Off (RTO). Flexible spending accounts. Life & AD&D insurance. 401(k). Disability coverage.

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