Staff Data Scientist (SF)

San Francisco, California
Data /
Full Time /
About us
Today’s financial system is built to favor those with money. Grid’s mission is to level that playing field by building financial products that help users better manage their financial future. The Grid app lets users access cash, build credit, spend money, optimize their taxes, and lots, lots more.

Grid is a fast-growing team that’s deeply passionate about making a difference in the lives of millions. We’re solving huge problems and believe that every team member has a big role to play. Come join our growing team in our brand new Seattle office!

The role
We’re adding a Staff Data Scientist to our team to help us build and scale our core product lines. You'll work closely with product, engineering and business leaders to make magic with data. With access to multiple robust datasets and clear research objectives, you'll have a significant impact on Grid's progress as a business—as well as our users' happiness and success.

Projects will include fraud detection, prevention and mitigation in novel arenas, such as our first-to-market Income Protection program; risk underwriting for various lending/advance programs; predictive analytics to drive our payout and repayments systems; and more.
The team
We're focused on serving our users and building a robust business above all else. To this end, Grid's team members experience high levels autonomy and ownership, and as a company we value curiosity, learning and growth.

As our first full time Staff Data Scientist, you'll have an opportunity not only to identify key leverage points for our data products, but also to set the standard for Grid's statistical inference and machine learning practice.

The tech stack
Our backend tech stack is based on GCP, Go, protobufs, BigQuery and MySQL. We have built our platform from the ground up to optimize for clean data sources, and we have made numerous investments into data warehousing, streaming analytics infrastructure and offline data cleanliness. As a result, we think Grid is positioned for efficient and powerful data science.

What you will be doing

    • Research & Analysis: Perform data research and analysis using Grid's proprietary dataset as well as other relevant sources
    • Model Development: Develop and validate models that enable strategically relevant business objectives, such as enabling growth, mitigating fraud, controlling risk, etc.
    • Deployment & Iteration: Iterate on new and existing models based on feedback from team and real-world performance
    • Productionization: Collaborate with data engineers, product managers to help translate your work into production-grade, high scaled data products
    • Present Findings: Present your findings and communicate with members of the team with varying levels of technical depth in data science
    • Foster DS @ Grid: Help build out data science as a team and practice at Grid

About you

    • Data Science Expertise: Proven experience in data science, including a strong background in statistical inference, machine learning
    • Autonomy and Initiative: Ability to work independently and take ownership of projects, showcasing a proactive approach to identifying key leverage points for data products.
    • Curiosity and Optimism: People who are constantly asking why the world around them work the way it does, and who have the will to change it.
    • Technical Skills: Proficiency in the modern machine learning techniques, such as Model Evaluation and Validation, Deep Learning and Time Series Analysis.
    • Self Starter: Confidence to prioritize work and delivery demonstrable results on a tight cadence.
    • Domain Knowledge: Demonstrated experience or understanding of the financial industry, especially in the context of building and scaling FinTech products.

Bonus points

    • Advanced degree in any field relevant to Data Science
    • Previous experience in FinTech and/or fraud and risk analysis.