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Director, Data Science (Multiple campus locations)


This is a Contract position in Adkins, TX posted August 3, 2021.

Purpose of Job We are seeking a talented Director, Data Scientist for our San Antonio, Plano, Phoenix, Tampa, Colorado Springs, or Charlotte locations.

The Director, Data Science uses machine learning, artificial intelligence, modeling, business analysis, and technology to transform high volumes of complex data into advanced analytic solutions. They will work with all facets of Member and financial data including Banking, P&C and Life Insurance.

Leads a team of Data Scientists responsible for advanced analytical solutions that include predictive analytics, machine learning, simulation, and optimization techniques to that generate management insights and enable customer-facing applications. Utilizes technical acumen and in-depth understanding of business processes and practices to influence the creation and execution of operational and strategic plans. Partners with IT and other areas to build major improvements to analytical processes and systems. Advises Senior Leadership on the development of data science solutions and long-term goals and or strategies. Maintains relationships with academic and industry thought leaders to ensure the enterprise has access to cutting-edge thinking and technologies.

Job Requirements
About USAA
USAA knows what it means to serve. We facilitate the financial security of millions of U.S. military members and their families. This singular mission requires a dedication to innovative thinking at every level.
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Primary Responsibilities:
Identifies and manages existing and emerging risks that stem from business activities and the job role.
Ensures risks associated with business activities are effectively identified, measured, monitored, and controlled.
Follows written risk and compliance policies and procedures for business activities.
Collaborates with other analytical leaders to fulfill the strategic direction of the business through data and information exploration, research of emerging technologies or analytical techniques and long-term defined/project specific strategic assignments.
Oversees and executes the exploration of promising new technologies, analytical methods and data sources (internal to USAA & external) that have potential to add value to the enterprise.
Partners with enterprise analytical and IT teams to build USAA core capabilities and processes.
Identifies additional resource needs ranging from IT investments, 3rd party support or additional analysts.
Understands the business direction, and environment and strategies to identify and recommend solutions that influence decision makers and drive change.
Directs the design and construction of large and complex data sets from large amounts of structured and unstructured data (internal and external) to enable analytical solutions.
Builds and leads a high performing team of experts in advanced analytics; develops team reputation as highly skilled experts in the field of data science.

Minimum Requirements:
Master’s degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Quantitative Economics, Statistics, or related field.
6 additional years of related experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.
8 years of experience in predictive modeling, large data analysis and computer science.
3 years of direct management experience.
Experience in stochastic modeling, machine learning, and other advanced mathematical techniques (e.g., neural nets, simulation, graph analysis).
Expert in at least one compiled language (e.g., Java, C) and one dynamic scripting language (e.g., Python, PERL, Ruby).
A strong track record of communicating results, insights, and technical solutions to Senior Executive Management (or equivalent).
Extensive background in data mining and statistical analysis.
Excellent pattern recognition and predictive modeling skills.
Knowledge and application of Data Science principals and experience with data science methodologies.
Experience with the following statistical and predictive modeling approaches: Gaussian Process; Markov Models; Hierarchical Clustering; K-Means; Linear Regression; Logistic Regression; Monte Carlo Simulation; Neural Networks.
Deep technical skills, consulting experience, and business savvy to interface with all levels and disciplines within our customers’ organization.
Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas with team members and/or business leaders to convey and present very technical information to an audience that may have little or no understanding of technical concepts in data science.

When you apply for this position, you will be required to answer some initial questions. This will take approximately 5 minutes. Once you begin the questions you will not be able to finish them at a later time and you will not be able to change your responses.

Preferred Experience:
Financial Services experience
Neural Nets experience
Deep Learning experience
Natural Language Processing experience

The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job.

USAA has an effective process for assessing market data and establishing ranges to ensure we remain competitive. You are paid within the salary range based on your experience and market position. The salary range for this position is: $135,200 – $243,500* (this does not include geographic differential it may be applied based on your work location)
Employees may be eligible for pay incentives based on overall corporate and individual performance or at the discretion of the USAA Board of Directors.

  • Geographical Differential: Geographic pay differential is additional pay provided to eligible employees working in locations where market pay levels are above the national average.

Shift premium: will be addressed on an individual basis for applicable roles that are consistently scheduled for non-core hours.

At USAA our employees enjoy best-in-class benefits to support their physical, financial, and emotional wellness. These benefits include comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, 401(k), pension, life insurance, parental benefits, adoption assistance, paid time off program with paid holidays plus 16 paid volunteer hours, and various wellness programs. Additionally, our career path planning and continuing education assists employees with their professional goals.
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Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

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