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Director, Data Science


The Director, Decision Sciences is responsible for working as part of a team of data scientists focused on building and improving the algorithms and models that support one of the Decision Sciences key focus areas. At the Director level, the applicant is expected to be able to lead other Data Scientists and Senior Data Scientists in both research and technical aspects of the projects. In our Decision Sciences R&D organization, you will be responsible for researching and building machine learning, recommender system, and natural language processing applications to extend Conversant s personalization platform. Conversant s business is based on analyzing anonymized data at internet scale and evaluating more than 1 trillion advertising opportunities per month in real-time. You will work on real-world problems as part of our highly collaborative R&D team, and your solutions will directly and rapidly impact our business. This hands-on leadership role will play a key role in Conversant s product development efforts including working with Product Management to help to define the product roadmap, determining key technologies and approaches, developing specific algorithms and models, and working with Engineering on implementation.


  • Develop and manage talent by identifying the skills and performance criteria necessary for success and working with their Senior Director to manage key projects and direct other team members to meet and exceed these standards as well as provide career-building opportunities for team
  • Work with the business to understand requirements, and use your software engineering, machine learning, recommender system, and natural language processing expertise to make strategic recommendations to create solutions.
  • Conceptualize analytic approaches, build out data sets and models for testing and production.
  • Design, implement, and validate solutions in Apache Spark, using Scala or Python on a large state-of-the-art cluster
  • Coordinate implementations working closely with engineering, to implement specific solutions into Conversant s platform.
  • Measure success and provide feedback, and monitor launch effectiveness of new initiatives.
  • Identify requirements for future research focus in their key area.


  • Graduate degree, Ph.D. preferred, in Computer Science, Statistics, Linguistics, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, Physics, or a related scientific discipline
  • Research experience and coursework in Machine Learning, Recommender Systems, and Natural Language Processing
  • 3+ years managing projects as a technical project leader
  • 5+ years of programming experience in an industry environment
  • 5+ years in positions applying machine learning, recommender systems, natural language processing, data science, and analytics to business critical decision processes
  • 2+ years prior management experience
  • Outstanding analytic and modeling skills, proficient at conceptualizing, implementing, and evaluating highly accurate and scalable solutions to business problems
  • Excellent organizational, motivational and interpersonal skills, capable of interfacing well at multiple levels within a large organization
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead complex research and development projects
  • Demonstrated proficiency working with business and technical teams to integrate algorithms into product platforms on large data sets, at scale
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to summarize technically complex information for a non-technical audience
  • Strong 'can do' attitude, thrives in a dynamic, fast paced environment with many simultaneous projects
  • Experience with distributed computing, such as Hadoop, Spark, or an MPP environment
  • Strong understanding of machine learning, recommender systems, natural language processing, statistics, and modeling techniques
  • Desire to work in a highly collaborative environment


Experience with Information Retrieval, Optimization, Causal Inference

Experience with SQL, Scala, Python, or Java



Conditions of Employment

All job offers are contingent upon successful completion of certain background checks which unless prohibited by applicable law may include criminal history checks, employment verification, education verification, drug screens, credit checks, DMV checks (for driving positions only) and fingerprinting.

About Conversant

Conversant, Inc. is the leader in personalized digital marketing. Conversant helps the world's biggest companies grow by creating personalized experiences that deliver higher returns for brands and greater satisfaction for people. We offer a fully integrated personalization platform, personalized media programs and the world's largest affiliate marketing network - all fueled by a deep understanding of what motivates people to engage, connect and buy. For more information, please visit

Great People, Deserve Great Benefits

We know that we have some of the brightest and most talented associates in the world, and we believe in rewarding them accordingly. If you work here, expect competitive pay, comprehensive health coverage, and endless opportunities to advance your career. From tuition reimbursement to scholarship programs to employee stock purchase plans and 401(k)s, we offer associates a variety of benefits that work as hard for them as they work for us.

About Epsilon

Epsilon is an all-encompassing global marketing innovator. We provide unrivaled data intelligence and customer insights, world-class technology including loyalty, email and CRM platforms and data-driven creative, activation and execution. Epsilon s digital media arm, Conversant, is a leader in personalized digital advertising and insights through its proprietary technology and trove of consumer marketing data, delivering digital marketing with unprecedented scale, accuracy and reach through personalized media programs and through CJ Affiliate, one of the world s largest affiliate marketing networks. Together, we bring personalized marketing to consumers across offline and online channels, at moments of interest, that help drive business growth for brands. Recognized by Ad Age as the #1 World s Largest CRM/Direct Marketing Network, #1 Largest U.S. Agency from All Disciplines and #1 Largest U.S. Mobile Marketing Agency, Epsilon employs over 8,000 associates in 70 offices worldwide. Epsilon is an Alliance Data company. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @EpsilonMktg.

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