Data Scientist Director

Job Overview



A Day in the Life of the Director of Data Science


The primary responsibilities of the Director of Data Science at DriveTime are to lead the quantitative initiatives of the company, manage and develop a team of analysts whilst growing and nurturing the culture of data science across the organization. The data science team at DriveTime is designed to drive business insights and decisions through advanced analytics. This includes identifying, designing and building often complex solutions to interesting, unique problems. This team is expected to work across all areas of the business, collaborating with each business unit by providing models to help optimize decision making across the organization. The team must collaborate very closely with all other analytical teams, senior leaders of various departments, IT and the BI department. The Director of Data Science acts as an internal consultant, sometimes working with other teams to deliver immediate value or by periodically designing long term solutions to provide a fundamental change. A successful Director of Data Science utilizes a tool set consisting of: logic, problem solving, mathematics, finance, statistics and programming. Projects may include, but are not limited to:


  • Assessing customer risk by building proprietary credit scoring models
  • Identifying the impact to customer risk of vehicle selection, financing options and underwriting
  • Building probabilistic cash flow models given customer risk
  • Optimizing our loan servicing strategy by determining how and when to best contact customers to get a payment
  • Building a model to value an unseen vehicle to place an online bid at auction or accept a trade in
  • Utilizing click stream data from the website to generate a model that calculates the similarity of any two vehicles and building a recommendation engine for consumers
  • Designing various A/B experiments, analyzing results and making long-term decisions that will improve the product we are offering to our customers

Job ID# 23724
Location: Tempe, Arizona
Interest: Corporate
Type: Regular Full-Time
Post Date: 8/10/2018

A Day in the Life of a Data Scientist Director

All job responsibilities listed below are essential to the satisfactory performance of this position.

  • Grow, lead and mentor a dynamic, fast paced team that analyzes all aspects of the business
  • Identify areas for analysis, mathematical frameworks, or logical solutions
  • Lead a team through the design and programming of quantitative models
  • Boundary span across the organization to build relationships and offer help where needed




The Director of Data Science focuses on seeing financial, logical and mathematical projects through from design to implementation. Our ideal candidate has:


  • Prior experience hiring and managing in the analytical space
  • Experience with statistical programming languages (i.e. R)
  • Experience with databases and query based languages (i.e. SQL)
  • Experience with Excel and VBA
  • A true passion for problem solving and applying statistics, finance and logic to a wide array of problems
  • Experience with advanced mathematics/statistics (regression, data mining, probability, calculus)
  • Experience with financial theory and quantitative finance
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to effectively collaborate across the organization
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field


And when it comes to hiring, we don't just look for the right person for the job, we seek out the right person for DriveTime. Along the way, we provide plenty of opportunity to be creative and grow professionally in a fun, high-energy environment.


Hiring is contingent upon successful completion of our background and drug screening process. DriveTime is a drug-free, tobacco-free workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer. 




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