Head of Data Science

Chicago, IL /
Analytics /
CoinFlip is a leading financial services platform focused on the digital economy. Headquartered in Chicago, CoinFlip operates the world’s largest network of cryptocurrency ATMs by volume and an over-the-counter trading desk, giving the world quick, easy, and secure access to the benefits of cryptocurrency.

CoinFlip placed No. 60 on the 2021 Inc. 5000 list, making it the top-ranked cryptocurrency company in the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. CoinFlip was also named the 2021 #1 fastest-growing company in Chicago by Crain’s and was awarded the 2021 Silver Stevie ® Award for Customer Service.

With a 5-year growth rate of 1,715,091.9%, the company is looking to quickly expand its current headcount across all departments. It’s an exciting time to join CoinFlip as it plans to add additional business lines, expand internationally, and cement itself as a leading fintech company.

As a Head of Data Science, you will be responsible for targeting audiences through both online and offline data, managing client needs, and implementing solutions to build brands. Other duties include providing thought leadership, anticipating project risks, and translating analytical science to optimizing and refining the business.


    • Tracks the competitive marketplace, business issues, and data challenges in order to deliver actionable insights, recommendations and business processes
    • Directs team toward analytical solutions that are highly marketable and/or have a broad (quantified) impact on the business
    • Manages staff, providing guidance, setting goals, and ensuring that overall department goals are attained
    • Leads project team to achieve milestones and objectives, and to deliver high-quality (fully tested) solutions
    • Sets strategic direction for the tools, technologies, methodologies, and skill sets employed by the company for use in solving problems with data science
    • Coordinates with technology partners to build and maintain systems necessary for the deployment of developed models and algorithms
    • Communicates chosen methodologies, analyses, and interpretation of model predictions to business stakeholders at the highest level, including flagship clients and other external stakeholders
    • Accountable for business/functional unit results and budget
    • Observes business problems and identifies those that are suitable to be solved by advanced analytics techniques
    • Conceptualizes potential solutions and manages team toward build a solution
    • Consistently motivates team toward successful completion of goals
    • Applies quantitative thinking to solve business problems

What we're looking for in a candidate:

    • Degree in a quantitative field, such as data science, statistics, mathematics, computer science, finance, or economics and minimum 9 years of relevant professional and/or technical experience
    • Relevant experience managing a team
    • Advanced experience with cloud and distributed data and computing tools
    • Strong programming skills in one or more high-level languages (Python, R, Julia) commonly used for statistical modeling and machine learning
    • Experience leading a team through the full life cycle from data acquisition, modeling building through to deployment, and monitoring and revising models in a large-scale enterprise production environment
    • Strong analytical, problem solving, communication, management, leadership, and critical thinking skills
    • Explains highly technical concepts / methodologies in a way that can be understood by non-technical staff
    • U.S. Eligibility Requirements: Interested candidates must submit an application and resume/CV online to be considered
    • Must be 18 years of age or older
    • Must be willing to submit to a background investigation; any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation
    • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
    • Must be willing to execute CoinFlip’s Employee Agreement or Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement which requires, among other things, post-employment obligations relating to non-solicitation, confidentiality and non-disclosure

The Nice to Have's:

    • Experience in the crypto (not required), tech or financial services sectors 
    • Experience working for a rapidly growing startup, and managing change 
    • Experience in financial services, fintech and/or crypto 
    • Nimble business mind with a focus on developing creative solutions
    • Strong project reporting skills, with a focus on interdepartmental communication

Internal Referral:

    • Tier Two
Working at CoinFlip means collaborating with experienced, people-first leaders with a clear vision and a track record of success. We offer a collaborative, positive working environment where we encourage employees to balance productivity with the need to recharge the batteries. And of course, you get paid pretty well - we offer competitive compensation packages, including equity, performance-based incentives, and competitive benefits for full-time employees.

CoinFlip values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an inclusive and accessible work environment. We thank all candidates who apply, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. By applying to this role, you give express consent that CoinFlip may send you informational text (SMS) messages regarding this role, your application, and the application process. You can cancel the SMS service at any time by replying "STOP" to the text message you received. If at any time you forget what keywords are supported, just reply "HELP" to the text message you received.  Message and data rates apply. If you require an accommodation, please let us know. We will work with you to meet your needs.