Senior Data Scientist at SpotHero

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At SpotHero, we are focused on building a platform and a suite of consumer products that will take parking your car into the future: always connected, zero touch and a seamless experience on the street, with a valet, at an event, or at a lot. By doing this, we will transform an industry and change the technological landscape for parking. We want to deliver a magical experience for drivers everywhere.

 

Data is fundamentally the voice of the customer for us. It is a snapshot of a user’s actions and thoughts at a particular time and it’s one of our most valuable assets since it serves as a real and actionable data set that can help us create more compelling and innovative products for our customers. Data science sits on top of our data and serves to translate and decipher it into something that can inform our overall design, architecture, and strategy.

 

Who we are

SpotHero is a $118MM-raised Series D company based in Chicago, US whose mobile & web platforms allows users to quickly and easily find off-street parking across North America.


Ranked at #15 for a Consumer Marketplace (The a16z Marketplace 100) SpotHero is a fast-growing market leader disrupting the mobility space. Drivers across North America use the SpotHero mobile app, website, and connected car integrations to reserve convenient, affordable parking. Parking companies (Operators) rely on us to help them reach new customers while optimizing their business through our Business Intelligence Tools. We connect the dots with cutting-edge technology, delivering value to both sides of this exciting, evolving marketplace.


In 2019 we:

  • Parked our 30 millionth car
  • We hired 97 people, 40 in Engineering alone
  • Added more than 1,300 new parking facilities, exceeding 7,000 facilities across North America
  • Added 200 new airport parking facilities serving 61 airports, and launched new partnerships with The Parking Spot, Toronto Pearson International Airport, and The South Terminal at Austin Bergstrom International Airport
  • Added 300+ new events and venue partners, including the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks; PPG Paints Arena, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins; Fiserv Forum, home of the Milwaukee Bucks; and the American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat

 

What you will do:

  • Be part of a cross-functional data organization that includes data science, infrastructure and data engineers.
  • Dig in and understand our products and business process, as well as how our customers use SpotHero via analysis of large heterogeneous data sets.
  • Collaborate with team members across the business (engineering, product, design, marketing, supply, PR, and verticals) to define and implement creative solutions and data products for experiments and analysis that will exponentially grow our business. For example:
    • Work with product and marketing to analyze behavioral patterns and ideate on strategies for increasing new customers and overall customer retention.
    • Design and build data visualizations and dashboards used across the business.
    • Evaluate new data sources and/or new data science technologies in the business environment.
  • Act as a key contributor across the organization by clearly articulating data-driven recommendations and insights quickly and concisely, therefore improving and/or disrupting existing business operations.
  • Work with the Director of Data Science and others to help define and refine the data science strategy and roadmap for upcoming quarters.

Your experience:

  • We value humility, a strong work ethic, flexibility, collaboration, technical curiosity, and constant learning.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent work experience - we value hard work and building innovative solutions, so showing us that you have done that is more important than your major.
  • 5+ years relevant experience in a B2C company with a track record of using data to innovate and drive growth.
  • Strong SQL skills
  • Above average programming skills in Python and/or R (including Pandas, Scikit-Learn, NumPy, Matplotlib/Seaborn/some other visualization tool)
  • Project experience using distributed data analytics technologies (eg Spark, Presto, Hive) 

Nice to Haves:

  • Experience with a modern data pipeline technology stack (eg Airflow)
  • Kubernetes and/or Mesos experience
  • Kafka, Spark and/or Flink experience
  • Aurora and/or Postgres experience
  • Data visualization using D3.js
  • AWS experience
  • Open source contributions to a few major projects

 

What we are offering:

  • Career game changer – A truly unique experience to work for a fast growing startup in a role with unlimited potential for growth.
  • Excellent benefits – We cover 90% of Medical Premiums, 50% of Dental & Vision Premiums, and offer company sponsored Life Insurance.
  • Flexible PTO policy, generous parental leave, and great work/life balance – We value and support each individual team member.
  • Fun perks like snacks, catered lunches, happy hours, wellness programs, and SpotHero swag.
  • Annual parking stipend (duh – we're a parking company!).
  • The opportunity to collaborate with fun, innovative, and passionate people in a casual, yet highly productive atmosphere.
  • A workplace recognized by Time Magazine as one of the Top 50 Most Genius Companies of 2018, ranks highly on Built In Chicago’s 100 Best Places To Work In Chicago in 2019, and recognized for Diversity & Inclusion initiatives!

 

Steps to apply: 

Please include any GitHub account, LinkedIn profile, and (especially) any project that you’re particularly proud of. We love seeing work that others loved working on.

 

NOTE:

  • You must be legally authorized to work in the US. Unfortunately, the company is unable to support sponsorships at this time.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • HiveDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • MixpanelAnalytics
    • OptimizelyAnalytics
    • AxureDesign
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SmartsheetManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM
    • BrazeCRM
    • MailChimpEmail
    • MandrillEmail
    • Oracle ResponsysEmail
    • MarketoLead Gen

Location

Our brand new, custom built office is located in the heart of the Loop, close to the Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple, and Red Lines.

An Insider's view of SpotHero

What’s the vibe like in the office?

There's a lot of collaboration and positive energy throughout the entire day at SpotHero. There are a lot of funny people that work at SpotHero; it's hard to get through the day without a few genuine hearty laughs, which is a really fun way to take a break from being nose deep in a project.

Michelle

Account Executive

How does the company support your career growth?

There’s so much room to grow at SpotHero. From the very beginning, I was encouraged to think about my career goals and steps I could take towards achieving them. I recently made the transition to a new team, and everyone has been incredibly supportive as I learn a new skill set and look to further grow my career!

Maggie

Digital Marketing Specialist

What is your vision for the company?

I joined SpotHero to contribute to the future of mobility as I imagine walking down the street with my pre-school aged children one day and being able to point out aspects of the mobility ecosystem that I played a role in building. In this vein, I believe SpotHero will emerge as the platform that powers the last quarter mile of mobility.

Paolo

VP, Vertical Business Teams

What are SpotHero Perks + Benefits

SpotHero Benefits Overview

We offer our employees a way to find community through Employee Resource Groups. We currently have six different established groups and evaluate offerings on a semi-annual basis.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
SpotHero participates in local volunteer activities such as installing art galleries in elementary schools with I Paint My Mind and building homes with the House That Tech Built.
Partners with Nonprofits
Through our monthly bake sales we partner with nonprofits such as C.A.R.E. Animal Rescue, Center on Halsted, and ALIVE rescue.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
SpotHero has culture committees that promote wellness and diversity and inclusion.
Open door policy
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
We cover Short Term Disability at no cost to you.
Dental Benefits
Our competitive Dental plan is through Guardian. Our plan has a unique rollover benefit to encourage plan use. In addition to child orthodontia, we are proud to offer adult orthodontia coverage!
Vision Benefits
Our vision plan is through Guardian through VSP Choice Network. Our plan has a low co-pay for your annual exam and includes an annual stipend for lenses or frames.
Health Insurance Benefits
Our medical plans are through Blue Cross Blue Shield, and we offer a High Deductible Health Plan with no employee payroll contribution required. We also contribute to HSA accounts on your behalf.
Life Insurance
SpotHero covers Life & AD&D coverage, up to 100% of your salary, at no cost to you.
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
SpotHero sponsors an annual fitness challenge where employees can participate in hydration, sleep, and fitness challenges.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
You’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of traditional and Roth savings options with financial advisers at Fidelity Investments who are ready to assist with your retirement planning.
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide three months of parental leave for all employees.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes Career mentoring, Leadership mentoring.
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Fantastic Eats - Take a break and enjoy some grub with the team, catered weekly from your favorite Chicago spots. For a midday pick me up, choose from our endless variety of snacks or our cold brew on tap. • Team Events - From WhirlyBall and ice skating to rooftop happy hours and spontaneous ice cream parties - we're always looking for new ways to have fun together! • Casual Work Environment - Be comfortable while you work. Take a nap if you need it or squeeze in a few yoga poses between meetings. • Employee Wellness Program. We encourage work/life balance through financial wellness talks, meditation sessions, and mind & body nutrition education. Plus, we encourage our team to get out and give back to our local community. • Professional Development. We support personal and professional development through mentorship programs, diversity & inclusion trainings, and learning how to work with one another based on our personality types.