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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Senior Statistical Modeler - Expedia (Bellevue, WA)

Do you possess that unique blend of business savvy and complex data modeling skills needed for a world class, fast paced business such as Expedia? If you think this might be describing you, then read on…..

Our Customer Analytics team has a tremendous opportunity for a motivated and experienced technical modeler who is looking for a new challenge. This is your chance to be creative and drive innovation. With your technical skills you will have the opportunity to solve complex data modeling and revenue management problems while communicating to business owners and product development members. The Customer Analytics team focuses on the application of advanced analytic techniques (e.g., predictive modeling, data mining, optimization, etc.) to business problems across all lines of business at Expedia.

This position is not just a job change, it's a career move. We offer you challenging problems, a fun and fast-paced environment, intelligent co-workers, and the freedom to learn new things. The team is involved in system development of cutting-edge features that integrate with the live-site product.

You will work on projects such as...

  • Forecasting – predicting demand forecasting and supply-side availability to drive internal business processes.
  • Pricing – determining how to set prices based on market trends and available inventory
  • Recommendation technology - selecting the most relevant items for our users.
  • A|B testing technology - determining the best approach to a feature.
  • Marketing Analytics – customer segmentation and clustering algorithms
  • Propose and lead innovative mathematical approaches to solving complex business problems, utilizing available research at your disposal.
  • Perform analyses, statistical design, statistical coding, and model validation in support of business requirements.
  • Generate statistical code that executes in an autonomous production environment and fully considers error handling, exception conditions, etc.
  • Perform unit testing and model validation of statistical routines.
  • Collaborate extensively with stakeholders, program management, and software development team members to ensure that solutions meet business needs, permit valid inferences, and have functional implementability.
  • Document the technical details of your work to improve collaboration with other team members.
  • Guide and mentor other modelers in best practices regarding methodology (prototype formulation and testing, data mining and analysis), as well as implementation (proper documentation, source control, and coding practices).
  • Assess the methodological and functional pros and cons of implementing third-party products versus building an in-house system when facing a business problem.
  • 8-10+ professional experience in a modeling or analyst role, someone with high energy and creativity and an openness to new ideas/approaches.
  • Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in quantitative discipline such as statistics, economics, applied mathematics, quantitative methods, operations research, research methodology, etc. Comprehensive understanding of quantitative methods and extreme attention to detail.
  • Previous experience in the e-commerce and/or travel/hospitality domain preferred.
  • Strong proficiency in SAS and demonstrated ability to produce both ad hoc analyses and production-grade analytic jobs that execute autonomously.
  • Functional proficiency in SQL.
  • Experience in several of the following areas: predictive modeling (including ARIMA and regression techniques), neural nets and self-learning models (including classification of skewed data), linear and non-linear optimization, etc.
  • Ability to estimate required effort for project objectives and prioritize work items appropriately

Suzanne Daymond
Senior Recruiter
425 679 7461

URL: www.datashaping.com/jobs15201a.shtml
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