Principal Data Scientist (Hybrid)

Date: Sep 18, 2023

Location: Hybrid, IL, US, N/A LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 60045-5201 CHICAGO, IL, US, 60603-4013

Company: Grainger Businesses

About Grainger

Grainger is a broad line distributor with operations in North America, Japan and the United Kingdom. We achieve our purpose, We Keep the World Working®, by serving more than 4.5 million customers with a wide range of products that keep their operations running and their people safe. Grainger also delivers services and solutions, such as technical support and inventory management, to save customers time and money.

We're looking for passionate people who can move our company forward. As one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, we have a welcoming workplace where you can build a career for yourself while fulfilling our purpose to keep the world working. We embrace new ways of thinking and recognize everyone is an individual. Find your way with Grainger today.

Position Details

Reporting to the Senior Manager of Data Science, the Principal Data Scientist will solve complex data intensive problems by creating perspectives on customers and marketplace dynamics that inform strategic choices. You will develop and deploy statistical and machine learning models that improve the effectiveness of our business operations as well as identify and measure the drivers of our performance.

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You Will

  • Build relationships between partners and the data science team; partner with the business to implement analytical solutions and contribute to go-to-market strategies
  • Apply techniques such as classification, clustering, dimension reduction, regression, NLP, time series forecasting, and boosting to build explanatory, predictive, and prescriptive models appropriate for solving different business problems
  • Design and conduct experiments, collect the data necessary to perform statistical hypothesis testing, and create inferences and recommendations
  • Conduct exploratory data analysis and apply deep business knowledge to customer and marketplace data to uncover new business insights
  • Present the materials necessary to communicate the results of analytical work and associated recommendations and influence the use of analytical recommendations
  • Use your knowledge on Grainger’s business operations, go-to-market model, and the broader Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) market to identify white-space analytical opportunities
  • Manipulate high-volume, high-dimensionality data from multiple sources, visualize patterns, anomalies, relationships, and trends, and perform feature engineering and selection
  • Create the code to support large-scale data analyses, model development, model validation and deployment
  • Mentor team members on project work; assist junior team members in developing new skills

You Have

  • 7+ years of experience in analytics and data science roles
  • BS in a technical field such as Statistics, Mathematics, Data Science, Applied Analytics, Operations Research, Applied Science or Engineering
  • Proficient in usage of databases (e.g. Teradata, Snowflake, Oracle) and querying languages (e.g. SQL)
  • Experienced with 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
  • Skills with one or more core analytical techniques and some proficiency with 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 using cloud-based machine learning resources such as those from AWS
  • Translated analytical work into presentations (e.g. PowerPoint) suitable for non-technical audiences
  • Experience establishing relationships and building credibility with partners and colleagues
  • Experience prioritizing tasks and aligning partner expectations

Rewards and Benefits

With benefits starting day one, Grainger is committed to your safety, health and wellbeing. Our programs provide choice to meet our team members' individual needs. Check out some of the rewards available to you at Grainger.

  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage starts day one
  • Paid time off (PTO) days and 6 company holidays per year
  • 6% 401(k) company contribution each pay period
  • Education assistance, including financial counseling, tuition reimbursement and low-cost degree options
  • Employee discounts, parental leave, and more

DEI Statement

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

We are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment that includes both providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities during the application and hiring process as well as throughout the course of one’s employment.  With this in mind, should you need a reasonable accommodation during the application and selection process, please advise us so that we can provide appropriate assistance.