VP, Applied Data Science
About the Company
Civis Analytics helps businesses use data to gain a competitive advantage in how they identify, attract, and engage loyal customers and employees. With a powerful combination of best-in-class proprietary data, cutting-edge software solutions, and an interdisciplinary team of data scientists, developers, and survey science experts, Civis works with Fortune 500 companies and the country’s largest nonprofits to make data-driven decision-making essential to how the world’s best companies do business.
Civis embraces the individuality of our employees and we celebrate each other's differences. Our products, services, and culture benefit from and thrive on the unique perspectives brought by each person in our Civis community. We're proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, age, sex, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.
About the Role
Are you interested in pioneering the next phase of data science consulting?
We’re looking to hire a Vice President for our Applied Data Science team. ‘Applied Data Science’ is our data science consulting/custom solution-building/frontier problem-solving division of over 50 data scientists located in Chicago. This group includes applied data scientists in our commercial clients across consumer services, packaged goods, retailers, restaurants and hospitality and healthcare. Our team is on the leading edge of how to apply data science to critical business problems.
This person would be responsible for managing Civis’ current team, overseeing client delivery, and scaling our ADS business across categories. It’s a hard working and innovative position.
Here are some of the specific criteria that we’re looking for:
- We’re looking for a doer, not a ‘strategist’ or subject matter expert. We expect this person, like all of our senior staff, to get into the weeds on our content, technology, and growing our team.
- We are growing fast, and we’re looking for someone that has managed (and ideally built and scaled) a team of at least 100 people with quantitative and consulting skills. 7 years minimum experience is desired.
- We’re looking for someone with deep client management experience at the senior level. Trust based on success is critical in this business, so we want to see how you build and maintain that trust for a constantly evolving business category.
- As a company, we're focused on building tools that our Applied Data Scientists will leverage to create interactive deliverables for our clients (and that our clients will use themselves), and we need someone to help guide that development with an eye towards what our ADS team needs.
- We need someone who is willing to travel a good amount - mostly within North America.
- We’re looking for someone with deep technical qualifications. This can mean a lot of things - deep academic experience in stats/machine learning, excellent on-the-job training in data science - so let us know in your cover letter and resume if you apply. We expect extensive knowledge in fundamentals, not just how to apply algorithms generically. Most of our code is written in SQL, R, and Python.
This is an exciting position for a growing team of true innovators, and we’re looking for the best.
- Demonstrated experience leading a team of 50+ consultants in a technology or data science organization.
- Proven track record of year on year (YoY) growth in existing accounts
- Proven track record of delivering consulting and implementation engagements at or above profit targets
- Extensive experience presenting completed work or pitching new work to executive audiences
- 10+ years of experience in a consulting leadership and management roles
- Experience writing proposals, building cost and pricing estimates of proposed work, and selling the work to new or existing clients
- Bachelor’s degree in an analytical subject (statistics, math, economics, physics, etc) or Business
- A strong foundation in statistics and data analytics expertise in survey research and/or statistical modeling. This will be demonstrated by having at least 5 years of experience working with large data sets to solve real-world business challenges for clients
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Demonstrated history of delivering high-quality analytic advisory work to decision makers
- Advanced degree in an analytical subject (statistics, math, economics, physics, business, etc.) or Masters in Business Administration
- Expertise in SQL and/or statistical packages (R, Python, STATA, etc)
- Experience working for a consulting, services, or advisory firm
- Familiarity with machine learning, and causal inference a plus.