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Sr Data Scientist

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 852689BR Location San Francisco, California, United States Business Disney Streaming Date posted Oct. 14, 2021

Job Summary:

Data scientists at Disney Streaming Services are the insights and modeling partners for the growth, content, marketing, product, and engineering teams at Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+. They use data to empower decision-makers with information, predictions, and insights that ultimately influence the experiences of millions of users worldwide.
Scientists on the team build models, perform statistical analysis, and create visualizations to provide scalable, persistent capability that is iteratively improved through direct interaction with multi-functional business partners.
As a senior data scientist in the Customer Modeling Data Science team, you will be partnering closely with the Marketing, Subscriber Analytics, Finance, Business Operations, Commerce Product and Engineering teams to develop models for taking on a multitude of exciting challenges, including churn and upgrade prediction, signups and subscribers forecasting, demographic inference, causal inference, anomaly detection and much more! In this role you will also be working very closely with company executives and it requires the use of analytical abilities, business understanding, and technical savviness to identify specific and impactful opportunities to solve existing business problems through data modeling.
We look for someone with deep analytical and modeling expertise, a consistent track record of thought leadership and eagerness to drive impact.


  • Modeling: Design, build and improve machine learning models. Work end to end from data collection, feature generation and selection, algorithm development, forecasting, visualization and communicating of model results. Collaborate with engineering to productionize models. Drive experimentation to test impact of model based optimization.
  • Deep analysis: Develop comprehensive understanding of subscriber and payment data structures and metrics. Mine large data sets to find opportunities for driving growth and retention of subscribers.
  • Visualization of Sophisticated Data sets: Development of prototype solutions, mathematical models, algorithms, and robust analytics leading to impactful insights communicated clearly and visually.
  • Partnership: Partner closely with business team to identify and unlock opportunities, and with other data teams to improve platform capabilities around data modeling, data visualization, experimentation and data architecture.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Statistics, Economics or related degree; PhD
  • 5+ years of experience designing, building, and evaluating practical machine learning solutions
  • Strong coding experience in one (or more) data programming languages like Python/R, additional experience with scientific libraries like Numpy, Pandas, or equivalent libraries a plus.
  • Strong background in statistical modeling: regression, time series analysis and other techniques.
  • Experience developing scalable mathematical models and solving sophisticated quantitative problems that can be understood by non-mathematical colleagues.
  • 5+ years experience with databases and data pulling tools (SQL, Vertica, Hive).
  • Willingness to adapt in fast-paced and quickly growing work environment.
  • Top-tier & inventive problem solver who figures out how to get things done, even if it means navigating through ambiguity

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in a quantitative field
  • Excellent analytical skills, sophisticated level of statistics knowledge
  • Strong expertise with Python and libraries such as scikit-learn, scipy
  • Demonstrated skills in selecting the right statistical tools given a data analysis problem
  • Ability to adapt quickly in a fast paced environment with shifting priorities
  • Strong interpersonal skills, for both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks concurrently and in a timely manner
  • Familiarity with data platforms and applications such as Databricks, Jupyter, Snowflake, Airflow, Github
  • Familiarity with data exploration and data visualization tools such as Tableau, Looker
  • Familiarity with designing and analyzing A/B testing and other experiment types
  • Experience thinking strategically to interpret market and consumer information, preferably about a subscription service.

About Disney Streaming:

Comprised of the Company’s international business units and various direct-to-consumer streaming services, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) aligns technology, media distribution and advertising sales into a single business segment to create and deliver personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Streaming Services LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Disney Streaming.

Disney Streaming Services LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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