Data Scientist, Forecast Analyst

Posted: 12/6/2017

Location: New York, New York
Function: Sales & Business Development
Specialty: Business Development, Planning & Strategy
Level: Manager (Supervisor)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive


Role Purpose
The purpose of this role is to partner with members of the MSI team to assist in the continued development of NBCU’s corporate forecasting capabilities across both our Linear (TV) and Digital footprints. The role will involve helping to administer and manage our forecasting production system, including validation of new models / features to be used, monitoring quality of forecast model performance, and helping to integrate forecasts into on-going reporting platforms. The role will also involve assisting the senior research team in designing, specifying and refining forecast models and subsequent landing of those models into our production environment.

Responsibilities
  • Participates as a team member in forecast model development activities
  • Performs periodic updating of forecasts and preparation of forecast results for business partners
  • Monitors forecast model accuracy and identifies corrective actions when needed, prior to results distribution.


  • Collaborates with Business partners to proactively identify, manage and determine assignable causes to unexpectedly large forecast errors
  • Manages testing and validation of new features / models to be placed in production (comparing to established models in the Dev environment
  • Participates as part of the MSI team in ad hoc data science, research and modeling activities

    Basic Qualifications
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in technical major, e.g., computer engineering, mathematics, physics, mathematical statistics, or other quantitative fields
  • Working knowledge of statistical principles and its applications for forecasting and data analysis
  • Understanding of the differences between inferential and predictive models and experience applying methods in both areas
  • Working knowledge of one of the following programming languages: R, Python, SAS, Julia, Java, Scala or similar
  • Ability to multi-task, accept changes in priorities quickly and work with a sense of urgency
  • Ability to work at a high level of detail, accuracy and accountability
  • Proactive / well organized in execution, process development and process improvement
  • Familiarity with relational databases and SQL
  • Experience with data visualization techniques and concepts
  • Team player


    Eligibility Requirements
  • Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through www.nbcunicareers.com to be considered
  • Willingness to travel and work overtime, and on weekends with short notice
  • Must be willing to work in New York City

  • High degree of professionalism in communication / collaboration with team, business partners and management
  • Knowledge of statistical software packages (SAS, SAS Forecast Server, R etc.)
  • Inquisitive / natural curiosity
  • Experience with television ratings and digital measurement tools (Nielsen, Rentrak, comScore, Omniture, etc.)
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite (Powerpoint, Word, Excel, Access)
  • Ease in picking up new data / analytic tools

    NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. NBCUniversal will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with relevant legal requirements, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring Ordinance, where applicable.

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