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Manager, Lead Data Scientist

Date: Oct 14, 2021

Location: CHICAGO, IL, US, 60603-4013 LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 60045-5201

Company: Grainger Businesses

At Grainger, using insights to better serve our customers has been foundational to our company’s success. It started with Bill Grainger identifying the need for a consistent supply of Motors to serve America’s rapidly mechanizing economy over 90 years ago.  And even though a lot has changed since then, generating new insights remains critical to our business. Except now we harness massive amounts of data, cutting edge technology, advanced analytical techniques, and the best people in the industry to inform decisions across the company. 

We are looking for exceptional data scientists who are passionate about leveraging data and advanced quantitative methods to provide tangible, long-term monetary benefits to the organization. We’re looking for people who never stop learning.  Having a strong desire to learn new skills and proactively seek out new information about our business, our customers, and our work is critical to maintain our company’s success for the next 90 years.


The Manager, Lead Data Scientist will lead a team of Data Scientists that solve complex, data intensive problems by

  1. Creating perspectives on customers and product dynamics that inform strategic pricing decisions
  2. Developing and deploying statistical and machine learning models that improve the effectiveness of our pricing operations
  3. Measuring and identifying the drivers of pricing performance

Core responsibilities:

  • Manage the development of explanatory, predictive, and prescriptive models appropriate for solving different pricing problems
  • Develop the hypotheses to inform exploratory data analysis and apply deep business knowledge to customer and product data to uncover new pricing insights
  • Manage the design, execution, and measurement of experiments including delivery of results and recommendations
  • Own relationships between Pricing Strategy and the data science team; partner with the strategy team to identify, execute, and implement analytical solutions and provide input into pricing strategies
  • Create and present the materials necessary to effectively communicate the results of analytical work and associated recommendations and influence the adoption of analytical recommendations
  • Leverage expertise on Grainger’s business operations, go-to-market model, and the broader Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) market to identify white-space analytical opportunities
  • Coach and mentor team members on project work; proactively assist junior team members in developing new skills and knowledge


Required Education/Experience:

  • 7+ years of experience in analytics and data science roles
  • BS, MS, or PhD in a technical field such as Statistics, Mathematics, Data Science, Applied Analytics, Operations Research, Applied Science or Engineering
  • Strong business acumen
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proficient with usage of databases (e.g. Teradata, Snowflake, Oracle) and querying languages (e.g. SQL)
  • Highly skilled with one or more of the following programming languages: Python, R, SPSS, or SAS
  • Proficiency with extraction and manipulation of very large structured and unstructured datasets
  • Proficiency with data visualization techniques
  • Proficiency with one or more core analytical techniques and knowledge of others: multi-variate linear regression, logistic regression, time series modeling, statistical design of experiments and hypothesis testing, clustering, dimension reduction techniques, classification, gradient-boosting, and natural language processing algorithms
  • Proficiency leveraging cloud-based machine learning resources such as those from AWS
  • Demonstrated ability to translate analytical work into presentations (e.g. PowerPoint) suitable for non-technical audiences
  • Experience establishing strong relationships and building credibility with business partners and colleagues
  • Experience prioritizing tasks and aligning business partner expectations
  • Experience coaching and mentoring others

Preferred Education/Experience:

  • MS or higher preferred
  • Experience in pricing applications of analytical work
  • 1+ years of people leadership experience


EEOC Statement

Grainger is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.