Data Scientist (Remote)

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WHO WE ARE:
KAR Global powers the world's most trusted automotive marketplaces through innovation, technology, and people. Our end-to-end platform serves the remarketing needs of the world's largest OEMs, dealers, fleet operators, rental companies, and financial institutions.
  • We're a technology company delivering next generation tools to accelerate and simplify remarketing.
  • We're an analytics company leveraging data to inform and empower our customers with clear, actionable insights.
  • And we're an auction company powering the world's most advanced and integrated mobile, digital and physical auction marketplaces.

As an analytics company, the insights we gain from our analyses guide our strategic path forward as we grow revenue, enter new markets, and strengthen our customer relationships. The fully-remote Data Science team proactively leads and collaborates to identify the most valuable problems to solve, constructs a roadmap to delivery, and executes this plan. The outputs of the Data Science team's models and services feed into the product portfolio at KAR, aiding tens of thousands of internal and external stakeholders in their decision-making processes.
ABOUT OUR CANDIDATE:
  • Is excited about building the best models to solve business problems and working with machine learning engineers and site reliability engineers to turn these models into production services
  • Can think for themselves and discover new and insightful ways to solve difficult problems without necessarily having a clear roadmap laid out
  • Can communicate effectively with data science teammates and non-technical audiences alike
  • Can deliver quality code in an Agile framework that ships to a production environment
  • Has confidence, hustle, energy, and drive - accountability is key and the impact of your work is crucial to our success
  • Candidates will be hired into an appropriate level, so this can be a senior role for someone with the right experience

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING:
  • Build machine learning models to solve various business problems in various specializations (including computer vision, recommendations, and optimization systems)
  • Partner with our machine learning engineers and site reliability engineers to improve model performance
  • Engineer features required to build quality models and work with data engineers to architect ETL pipelines
  • Work in an Agile environment with team members, delivering solutions quickly and continuously exploring ways to improve our results
  • Work closely with colleagues in Product, Operations, and Sales to structure problems and understand the impact across various departments within the company

WHAT YOU NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL:
  • Experience (roughly 2+ years) in a Data Science position, building models that have been used in production environments
  • Experience coding with and using Python, SQL, Docker, etc
  • Experience developing within the Amazon Web Services ecosystem
  • Experience in productionalizing machine learning models as services is a plus
  • Experience with Kubernetes and EKS is a plus
  • Experience working with GPUs/CUDA vis-à-vis Tensorflow, Torch, etc is a plus
  • Familiarity with the Agile framework for software delivery
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • DojoLibraries
    • FlaskFrameworks
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    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • TorchFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
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    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

Our Chicago office is located in River West on the North Branch of the Chicago River. We have free shuttles to major train stations and CTA lines.

An Insider's view of KAR Global

What's something quirky about your company?

Our culture is more like a family than colleagues. One of my favorite aspects about this office is our Parents-designated Slack channel—an online team collaboration site. It is a great reminder we aren’t just employees, but we can be moms and dads at work, shamelessly sharing fun stories about our personal lives.

April

Senior Product Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

KAR Global’s DevOps teams are always solving unique problems, but tackling complexity is the real challenge. We’ve found that meaningful solutions come when we don’t focus on fighting fires reactively and instead work collaboratively on building proactive frameworks and implementing forward-thinking processes.

Brandon

Jr. DevOps Manager

What does your typical day look like?

We start the day with a 15-minute huddle to talk about progress from the day before, the day’s plan and barriers to success that need to be addressed. This gives us a clear understanding of our priorities for the day. Our teams are dynamic, so every member of our project team works together each day to discuss design approaches and share ideas.

Mo-Ting

Lead Backend Engineer

What are KAR Global Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
KAR Auction Services gives every full-time employee a day with pay to volunteer with your favorite cause.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have both a local culture and company-wide wellness committee.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Health Savings Account (HSA) also available for employees enrolled in KAR medical plan. Both individual and dependent FSA's available to everyone.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
The annual employer contribution to HSAs is $750 for employee only coverage and $1,500 for family coverage. Contributions are prorated based on hire date.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Offering free weekly virtual workouts courtesy of River North Gym that are also available on demand after they take place.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 4 weeks of parental leave pay (full wage replacement) for employees within 6 months of the birth, adoption, or placement of a foster child.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
We partner with River North Gym to provide employees complimentary physical fitness options (virtual and onsite), as well as several sessions of 1:1 training with a health coach.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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