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Riverwoods, IL

Senior Manager, Agile Analytics

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Discover. A more rewarding way to work.

At Discover Financial Services, you'll find yourself in the company of some of the industry's smartest and most reliable professionals. And at a company that rewards dedication, values innovation and supports growth.

Thrive in an environment that promotes teamwork and shared success. Build on a foundation of mutual respect. Join the company that understands rewarding careers like no other, with this exceptional opportunity:

Requisition Number P158808_S1 Job Type Full Time Post Date Location Riverwoods (IL) Functional Area Analytics Maximum Salary 0 Minimum Salary 0 Requisition Shift

Job Description

This is a mission critical key managerial role within the Discovers Decision Management team. Responsibilities include leading the efforts to develop industry best-in-class big data analytics, capabilities and processes. The position calls for an innovative and big data analytics focused manager, who has a proven track record of translating insights into business value leveraging data science in a dynamic and agile technology environment.

The successful candidate will work in a cross-functional environment with Decision Science, Credit Risk, Marketing and Business Technology teams. As an integral part of the decision management team, this Senior Manager also shares the responsibility of improving core metrics related to portfolio growth, credit & fraud losses and customer experience.


  • Lead the development and implementation of best-in-class Big Data analytical capabilities that leverages structured and unstructured data from internal and external sources
  • Execute large value projects across business areas of Acquisitions, Fraud, Retention and Collections using sophisticated analytical design, advanced machine learning techniques and agile deployment
  • Drive program-based analytics and implementation prioritization and scheduling with financial accountability, visibility and alignment with key P&L goals
  • Maintain a high level of competency in analytical principles, machine learning tools and techniques
  • Review external data and vendors; Identify, evaluate and recommend alternatives to business solutions. Keep DFS on analytics and technology frontier

Candidate must have a strong analytical background and a proven track record of utilizing advanced machine learning and big data capabilities in solving business problems.


Detailed requirements include,

  • Masters Degree in Quantitative Business/Econometrics/Computer Science/Industrial Engineering, or a quantitative or business discipline with experience in design and execution of analytically derived decisions in a consumer financial services setting
  • Expertise in advanced analytics, statistical techniques and machine learning.
  • Thorough knowledge and working experience in hybrid Sql/NoSql environments such as Hadoop, Apache Spark, SAP HANA, as well as relational/structured Teradata/Oracle environments
  • Deep knowledge of rules engines such as BLAZE, TRIAD, Strata; query, reporting and visualization tools such as SqL, Tableau, Hyperion, Cognos, BO, Hive; modeling and optimization software such as SAS, R, Model Builder, Angoss Studio, Python
  • Understanding of third-party data and analytics services providers such as the CRAs (Experian, Equifax, Transunion), FICO, SAS, Lexis-Nexis, Acxiom, Palantir, IBM Analytics
  • Experience:  5+ years of progressively expanding experience in Analytics and Technology roles that leveraged new technology platforms and advanced analytic tools in a big Data Hadoop environment.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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What are Discover Perks + Benefits

Discover Benefits Overview

Start enjoying great benefits Day 1 — We support you with the same dedication we bring to all of our customers. Our comprehensive benefits package features first-class insurance, financial planning support and excellent perks designed to help you reach your goals and live a rich, healthy life.

Check out more of our amazing employee benefits at

Volunteer in local community
Discover’s business is built on helping people, and we invest in the community (Blessing Backpacks, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Sisters) to demonstrate our commitment to a brighter future.
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
You can open a separate Health Care FSA (HCFSA) and contribute up to $2,650 tax-free from your paycheck to reimburse yourself for eligible out-of-pocket expenses.
Disability insurance
Employees receive Short-Term Disability Insurance at no cost.
Dental insurance
Discover offers two dental plan options — Standard and Premier — both are administered by MetLife.
Vision insurance
Discover offers two vision plan options — Standard and Premier through VSP.
Health insurance
Discover offers a variety of medical plans for you and eligible family members, so that you can choose the benefit plan that suits your needs.
Life insurance
As a Discover employee, you receive Basic Life Insurance of one times your HWEE (up to $500,000) at no cost to you.
Pet insurance
Purchase medical coverage at a discounted rate for your beloved family pet. The more pets you insure, the greater the discount.
Wellness programs
Help balance your work and personal life with a wide variety of free and discounted resource and referral services including family and relationship counseling and financial guidance.
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
You may elect to contribute 1% to 30% of your eligible base salary, commissions and bonus on a pre-tax basis, up to IRS limits every year.
401(K) matching
Discover matches up to 6% of the pre-tax contributions you make to the 401(k) Plan.
Employee stock purchase plan
The ESPP provides eligible employees with an opportunity to purchase shares of Discover common stock through payroll deductions at a 5% discount.
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Childcare benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Discover helps eligible employees and their families with the costs of adoption by reimbursing certain expenses.
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Discover has a Paid Time Off of 4 to 5 Weeks of paid time per year.
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Discover provides 7 paid holidays.
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
When you enroll in the Commuter Benefits Program at WageWorks, you’ll save on taxes on mass-transit passes, parking and other eligible expenses.
Company-sponsored outings
Onsite office parking
Recreational clubs
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Onsite gym
Discover has fitness centers and Weight Watchers® programs at all five major locations.
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Discover provides tuition reimbursement and a full-ride bachelor's degree program for select online degree programs.
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

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