VP of Data Science at KAR Global

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We are fast-paced, forward thinking and driven by data. We are accelerating the used car industry. We are looking for creative, talented, hard-working individuals to join us. Buckle up. It’s going to be a great ride. Based in Chicago, DRIVIN is accelerating the used car industry by bringing data and technology together in a spectacular, first-of-its-kind fashion to help dealers acquire the right cars, at the right price, right now. We are committed to delivering data-driven solutions with a high-touch, personalized level of service to each of our clients. We are looking for people that will help us create a culture that is exciting, empowering, motivating and challenging. Are you interested in learning more?


At our core, we are 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 Data Science team proactively leads and collaborates with the business to identify the most valuable problems to solve, constructs a roadmap to delivery, and executes against that plan.

As the Vice President of Data Science, you are responsible for leveraging large internal and external data to provide advanced analytic data modeling systems. You will provide both strategic and tactical leadership and direction for a team of data scientists and data analysts as well as assess the organization's on-going talent acquisition, analytic methods, tool selection and development strategy. Your work will revolve around understanding complex business models, large and complex data manipulation, predictive model building, model validation, model deployment and ensuring all model documentation provides full model transparency. Responsible for building and refining predictive and descriptive statistical models to improve insights, enhance data-driven business strategies, and drive improved profitability. You will develop next-generation analytic approaches where current generation approaches are not adequate. You will oversee all data science activities ensuring alignment with departmental and business-wide vision and strategies.
This role is a highly collaborative one and will work closely with the data engineering team in creating big data applications through the utilization of structured and unstructured data, designing optimal data architecture, and experimenting on new machine learning techniques.


The VP of Data Science also works collaboratively with other senior leadership team members at DRIVIN and serves as a trusted advisor in the creation and deployment of useful insights that inform and activate business strategies across the organization.
It is also the responsibility of the VP of Data Science to build the business’s data science talent needs through role definition, recruitment, and development of a team of data scientists that will jointly move the business’s agenda forward. You will review, direct, guide, and inspire the
analytical work of more junior staff on your team; providing a clear path for career development.

o Drive value to the broader business. Develop and communicate goals, strategies, tactics, project plans, timelines, and key performance metrics to align with multiple internal stakeholder departments.
o Aid in the development of predictive modeling and machine learning solutions that continually improve with the collection of real-time customer and salesperson results from the product portfolios.
o Lead a team of data scientists and data analysts as a player-coach, mentoring each individual to continue to develop their personal skillsets while contributing to model development as needed.
o Coordinate KPI goals and delivery dates with senior leadership, ensuring our results are measurable and delivered on time.
o Work in an Agile environment with team members, delivering solutions quickly and continuously exploring ways to improve our results.
o Actively seek out new potential problems to solve, building out the future roadmap while simultaneously executing on current deliverables.
o Collaborate with senior executives across the organization including sales, operations, marketing, technology and finance.
o Manage cross-disciplinary team. Oversees multiple program teams that develop and provide customer, product, and business operation insights, and analysis to improve and enhance companywide decision making. Ensure the department implements and utilizes the industry best practices and technology required to provide insights, analysis and modeling for the company.
o Command a good understanding of overall business, demonstrate in-depth understanding of predictive modeling life cycle, solution development lifecycle, and architect successful projects from inception through implementation and general availability.
o Exude 'executive presence' in both formal and informal communications.
o Be a people person who is able to form strong, lasting, and meaningful bonds with others.


o Advanced level proficiency with statistical, machine learning modeling techniques such as regression, decision trees, neural networks, support vector machines, supervised/unsupervised clustering techniques, experimental test design, etc.
o Expert theoretical knowledge of machine learning modeling techniques and advanced applied skills in developing predictive targeting models within distributed computing platforms such as Hadoop, AWS, Azure, GCP using tools like Spark, SAS, R, Python, H2O and Kafka.
o Superior analytical skill combined with business discipline. Ability to perform insightful and actionable quantitative and qualitative analysis of the business.
o Ability to manage multiple complex projects while meeting all deadlines and manage people to achieve optimal results.
o Excels in a culture of collaboration, excellence, innovation, and teamwork.
o Strong interpersonal skills - an outstanding ability to build relationships, influence and navigate within a complex organization.
o Presence and self-confidence to interface and engage with the key constituents internally and externally. 'Crisp' communication skills.
o Self-awareness, maturity, irreproachable integrity.
o Confidence, hustle, energy, and drive – accountability is key and the impact of your work is crucial to our success.
o You are always ready for the next challenge, always one step ahead, looking for creative ways to improve upon processes.

o 8+ years in a Data Science position, building production level solutions
o 3+ years leading Data Science teams
o MS/PhD in Computer Science, Economics, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, or a related quantitative field is a requirement

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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.


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.


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.


Lead Backend Engineer

What are KAR Global Perks + Benefits

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 stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
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) 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