Lead Data Scientist

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Prudential’s Global Technology team is the spark that ignites the power of Prudential for our customers and employees worldwide. Our organization plays a critical and highly visible role in delivering customer-driven solutions across every area of the company. The Global Technology team is made up of diverse, agile-thinking, and highly-skilled professionals; we use our combined capabilities to enable the organization with innovation, speed, agility, scalability and efficiency.

The Global Technology team takes great pride in our culture where digital transformation is built into our DNA. When you join the Global Technology organization at Prudential, you’ll unlock a challenging and impactful career – all while growing your skills and advancing your profession at one of the world’s leading financial services institutions.

If your skills reside at the intersection of analytics, technology, business and innovation, then we have a unique and exciting opportunity for you!

Prudential Financial is looking for a Data Science Manager to join our diverse team of Engineers, Economists, Computer Scientists, Mathematicians, Physicists, Statisticians and Actuaries developing cutting edge solutions to complex business problems using machine learning, statistical and mathematical modeling, and advanced analytics.

The role requires a rare combination of sophisticated analytical expertise; business acumen; a strategic mindset; client relationship skills, problem solving; and a passion for generating business impact. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a strategic initiative that is evolving and growing over time.

Primary responsibilities for this position include leading, designing, building, testing and presenting forward-thinking, high-impact Data Science projects focused on strategic business initiatives.

Prudential Financial employs 48,000 across the US, Asia, Europe and Latin America providing insurance, investment management and other financial products that are vital to the wellbeing of our customers and their families in over 30 countries. Prudential is reinvigorating Newark’s downtown area with our new Prudential Tower and Hain building development. Newark is Prudential’s Global Headquarters with over 5,000 employees across four downtown locations. We’re located a short walk or shuttle ride from Newark’s Penn and Broad Street Stations: a direct train ride or short drive (with free parking) from most of Northern and Central New Jersey and New York City.

  • Design and develop advanced statistical and analytics methods for prediction and optimization including a wide variety of machine learning technologies (logit, regression, decision trees/forests, boosted models, clustering, etc.) for purposes including explorative analysis, survival analysis, segmentation, prediction and recommendation systems
  • Identify, source, transform and join public, proprietary and internal data sources. Model large structured and unstructured data sources (e.g. financial transactional, time-series, text, speech/audio and image)
  • Perform analysis and implement software solutions that maximize business impact
  • Oversee the creation, implementation, and delivery of an end-to-end technical solution for a data science project by guiding technical staff.
  • Follow the data science project lifecycle while closely engaging with scrum master, and product owner role.
  • Prepare and present written and verbal reports to key stakeholders
  • Develop and maintain consultative relationships with key business stakeholder
  • Translate business data and problem statements to suitable methods and evaluate the fit
  • Provide timely guidance to junior staff in applying theory to practice on a day-to-day basis in business context, anticipate roadblocks, and represent the technical side of the project at all meetings. Works independently, with guidance in only the most complex situations, and demonstrated technical leadership in makes decisions.
  • Some domestic travel may be required

  • Advanced degree (Masters, Ph.D.) in Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Econometrics, Physics, Computer Science, Actuarial, Data Science, or comparable quantitative disciplines
  • Three plus years of relevant industry experience with responsibility for developing advanced quantitative, analytical, statistical solutions
  • Hands-on experience applying a wide variety of statistical machine learning techniques to real world problems spanning analysis, predictive modeling and optimization on structured and unstructured data
  • Experience using tools such as SQL, SageMaker, Python, R, or equivalent for statistical modeling of large data sets. Experience with creating and launching models in the cloud will be a plus
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills with ability to present complex statistical concepts to non-analytical stakeholders (Excel, Word and PowerPoint are a must) and story-telling capabilities articulate business value
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and operational management of analytics staff based on project requirements, resourcing requirements, and planning dependencies as appropriate, anticipate risks and bottlenecks and proactively takes actions
  • Engages with the broader projct management and technology teams to facilitate timely delivery of results and outcomes
  • Software engineering experience in C/C++/C#/Java/Scala or similar object oriented or functional languages is highly regarded but not a prerequisite
    M.B.A. when combined with advanced quantitative degree is highly regarded but not a prerequisite
  • Prior academic or industry research experience is highly regarded but not a prerequisite
  • Prior exposure to financial services or insurance industry may be helpful but is not a prerequisite

Prudential Financial, Inc. of the United States is not affiliated with Prudential plc. which is headquartered in the United Kingdom.

Prudential is a multinational financial services leader with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Leveraging its heritage of life insurance and asset management expertise, Prudential is focused on helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth. The company's well-known Rock symbol is an icon of strength, stability, expertise and innovation that has stood the test of time. Prudential's businesses offer a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, asset management, and real estate services.

We recognize that our strength and success are directly linked to the quality and skills of our diverse associates. We are proud to be a place where talented people who want to make a difference can grow as professionals, leaders, and as individuals. Visit www.prudential.com to learn more about our values, our history and our brand.

Prudential is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, marital status, age, veteran status, domestic partner status , medical condition or any other characteristic protected by law.

The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, NJ and its affiliates.

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Newark, New Jersey, United States of America