Lead Data Scientist

Burbank, CA /
Data Science /
Lead Data Scientist will lead specific client projects and modeling teams to deliver technically excellent, highly predictive yet explainable models to drive our product development. This Lead Data Scientist will also communicate and champion Zest’s underwriting technologies to external constituencies including conferences, press, and potential clients.

You will lead the team to develop radically new methods for manipulation and prediction that will enable us to provide fair, transparent credit. Using a combination of machine learning technology and vast amounts of data sources, we seek to transform the credit market while expanding our team into interesting and revolutionary frontiers within the credit world.

In this role you will:

    • Lead a team of 5+ data scientists in developing high-quality, robust, predictive and explainable algorithms that produce robust and scalable real-time predictions
    • Define Zest’s modeling strategy and manage pipeline for internal and external modeling efforts
    • Translate unstructured business problems into well-defined machine learning projects
    • Collaborate with a cross-functional team of Engineers, Product Managers, and Business Analysts to identify and manage high leverage opportunities for modeling work
    • Represent Zest in calls, meetings, conferences to advance Zest’s position as the world’s leading ML team
    • Visibly drive innovation by incorporating new modeling capabilities and/or pioneering data sources
    • Develop and evangelize best practices for scoping, building, validating, and monitoring modeling projects
    • Recruit, motivate and develop members of the data science team

We are looking for:

    • Masters/PhD Degree in Math, Computer Science, Statistics, or a related quantitative field.
    • Expert command of statistical analysis, algorithm development, and state-of-the-art tools and methodologies for data science
    • 5+ years creating predictive models using advance machine learning techniques
    • 2+ years managing a team of data scientists
    • Expert command of SQL and R or Python as applied to data science
    • Experience developing real-time production data pipelines
    • Experience interacting with external clients is a plus

Perks and benefits:

    • People – the best part of Zest
    • Robust healthcare plans, matching 401K and unlimited vacation time
    • Dog friendly office with lounge areas, video games and gigantic jigsaw puzzles
    • On-site gym with fitness classes
    • Generous family leave policy (6 month maternity leave/3 month paternity leave)
    • Tuition reimbursement, conference allowance and Zest talks
    • Complimentary massages, manicures, pedicures and more
    • Daily catered lunches from LA’s top restaurants and fully stocked kitchen
    • Company happy hours, social events and outings
About Zest AI:

Zest AI has been perfecting AI for consumer lending decisions since 2009. Our Model Management System helps lenders make better decisions and better loans—increasing revenue, reducing risk, and automating compliance. Our mission is to make fair and transparent credit available to everyone and our software creates some of the most inclusive risk models in the industry. Using Zest-built machine learning software, financial institutions can dramatically expand credit access to deserving people with no added risk. Learn more at Zest.ai and connect with us on Twitter @Zest_AI or our Insights blog.

Zest is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and encourages professionals from underrepresented groups in technology and financial services to apply.

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