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Director, Automotive Data Science

by J.D.Power/Autodata Division

Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Sep 17, 2022
J.D.Power/Autodata Division

Job Description

Director, Automotive Data Science

Location: Remote - Anywhere in Canada

Reports to: Vice President, Automotive Data Science & Innovation Data and Analytics


The Role:

This individual will lead automotive data science development supporting new product development, as well as will lead and enhance our flagship automotive incentive planning model and other capabilities. Our ideal candidates are determined to combine the art and science of data analytics and marketing to help clients address the complex challenges surrounding price, promotion, customer journeys and multi-step purchase decisions. This includes consideration and uptake of new automotive technologies such as electric vehicles, online retailing and connected vehicles.


You will have the freedom to utilize latest technologies to solve challenging problems, create innovative machine learning processes from the ground up, deploy to production, and develop tools for monitoring them


The Impact:

We make data products that solve problems for the auto industry, using a combination of data assets that is unrivaled in the industry.  


About the job:

  • Lead data science development supporting new product development across multiple solutions. Lead enhancements to our flagship incentive planning model
  • Implement models that are based on statistics, econometrics, and/or machine learning techniques such as: propensity modeling, logistic regression, choice model, time-series model, panel data model, media mix modeling, multi-touch attribution, Bayesian statistics, structural equations, probability theory, nested logit, clustering algorithms, etc.
  • Ensure rigorous quality control relative to industry standards and client-facing acceptance
  • Interdisciplinary: drive interaction with multiple teams across the firm to develop or improve analytical capabilities. This includes Consulting, New Product Development, Data, Engineering, etc.
  • Recruit, train, hire and inspire the data science team. Manage a team of 5 experienced data scientists, and grow & scale it over time


What we would love to see:

  • Demonstrated data science expertise and implementation across a breadth of major industries involving consumer behavior, modeling multiple outcomes across a consumer’s journey
  • 12+ years of full-time quantitative analytics professional (non-academic) experience and quantified business impact. Used to business timelines for data science in which days, weeks and months dictate the expected pace of incremental improvements
  • 7+ years track record of incremental, provable, documented methodological innovation that you spearheaded & implemented across large teams, to differentiate on methodology in competitive environments (e.g., “How did you enhance your models in production – quickly – to address COVID-19? With what data, methods and defense?”)
  • 7+ years client-facing and internal senior leadership facing communications responsibilities to convey, defend, and align with technical clients and prospects about your organization’s methodology
  • 7+ years successfully leading large (10+) technical cross functional teams, inclusive of data science, but also functions like data engineering, data strategy, data operations, data management
  • 5+ years leading teams supporting multiple data science products and capabilities “in production”.
  • 5+ years leading teams in support of new product development for data science
  • 5+ years demonstrated experience successfully mentoring and growing leaders below you in your organization (individual contributors to managers, managers to directors, etc.)
  • Demonstrated expertise with data analytics and/or statistical concepts such as: promotion/price, media mix modeling, multivariate regression, logistic regression, time-series modeling, Bayesian statistics, segmentation modeling, machine learning, data mining, simulation, optimization, and/or forecasting
  • Fluency in statistical programming software: Python preferred, Spark or R acceptable
  • Fluency of database software: SQL preferred
  • Experience resolving complex data and analytical issues in creative and effective ways
  • Independent professional who can take a vision and implement with limited instruction, with demonstrated experience coordinating activities of technical teams
  • Bachelor’s degree (required) with statistics or mathematical background: Econometrics, Statistics, Operations Research, Quantitative Marketing, Finance, Engineering or similar
  • Master’s degree in a technical field (e.g. Statistics, Data Science, Economics) a plus. PhD not required
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with a large cross-functional team
  • Ability and willingness to learn in a fast-paced environment
  • Resilient work ethic


The Career Opportunity: 

Grow as a data scientist leader in an organization where data assets are unrivaled.

The Team / The Business:

The team is an experienced set of creative thinkers who are uncovering new and emerging consumer dynamics in an industry starting to go through rapid disruption

Our Hiring Manager says:

We want data science candidates who can think through a customer journey and an industry thoroughly, creatively and intuitively to explain and predict issues that have not yet been resolved. We need the capability to leverage the right data sets from an impressive set of data assets that is unrivaled in this space at your disposal.


J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. A pioneer in the use of big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithmic modeling capabilities to understand consumer behavior, J.D. Power has been delivering incisive industry intelligence on customer interactions with brands and products for more than 50 years. The world's leading businesses across major industries rely on J.D. Power to guide their customer-facing strategies. 

Company Mission 

J.D. Power is clear about what we do to ensure our success into the future. We unite industry leading data and insights with world-class technology to solve our clients’ toughest challenges.  


Our Values 

At J.D. Power, we strive to be Truth Finders, Change Makers and Team Driven - the distinct behaviors that, together, define our unique culture.  


Truth Finders - At J.D. Power, we are proud of the unbiased data and findings we provide. As individuals, each and every member of our team is dedicated to living this same objectivity and embodying the highest ethical and professional standards – the only ‘favorite’ we have is the truth.  


Change Makers - At J.D. Power, we never stand still. We constantly seek better ways – innovating and evolving in everything we do to support our colleagues and our clients alike – and all in service of delivering data and insights that drive meaningful business impact.  


Team Driven - At J.D. Power, we are one team and we are activated. Regardless of individual role, every member of our team is dedicated to supporting their immediate colleagues and our broader J.D. Power family to deliver on our collective purpose and make us greater than the sum of our parts. At J.D. Power, these values are more than words. We bring these values to life throughout our organization through our employee event series — J.D. Power Values Days. Each quarter, we celebrate one of our core values and hold an annual event to celebrate our combined values at the end of the year. 


We are dedicated to leveraging comprehensive and equitable practices which contribute to the overall success of the company and its employees. We invite you to learn more about our DE&I efforts.  


To all recruitment agencies: J.D. Power does not accept unsolicited agency resumes and we are not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.


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