Sr. Data Scientist / St. Louis

We are seeking exceptionally talented individual with a passion for innovation to lead a data science team in our Global Analytics Team. The global analytics team is a cutting edge group that analyzes big data to develop predictive models and optimization solutions to accelerate product development. As part of our diverse, highly dynamic group, you will be driving big data challenges and will lead a team of exceptional data scientists with diverse backgrounds (Mathematicians, Statisticians and Engineers) to foster your career growth and development while delivering next-generation scientific breakthroughs. 

The person will provide strategic technical and project leadership in a fast paced R&D team environment to accelerate our pipeline and product development efforts. 

Major Responsibilities:

• People and technical leadership with focus on creating team environment for individuals to develop and succeed

• Lead innovation using latest innovations in machine learning, predictive analytics and optimization algorithms

• Lead team to develop and deploy newest technologies across the globe

• Identify and drive the development of innovative methodologies to accelerate our pipeline and product development efforts

• Lead development and presentation of compelling, validated stories to all levels of organization, including peers, senior management and internal customers to drive both strategic and operational changes in business

• Develop strong and successful collaborations among various R&D teams

• Identify opportunities to reduce cost of major corn breeding operations



Required Skills:

• PhD in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering Bioinformatics, or other quantitative disciplines

• Creative, proactive, bold and out-of-box thinking

• 5+ years of technical leadership and people management experience

• Exceptional leadership, verbal and written communication, interpersonal skills and problem solving skills will be required to negotiate scope/resources, manage, and project status, and synchronize activities with team members, stakeholders, and management

• Strong customer focus and results orientation are a must

• A proven track record of solving challenging and complex analytical/statistical problems, as well as a strong commitment to achieving results

• Proven ability to communicate complex qualitative analysis in clear, precise and actionable manner

• 5+ years experience in applying Machine learning algorithms (Deep Learning, Ensembles, SVM, etc.)

• 7+ years experience with Statistical & Mathematical programming packages (R, Matlab, SAS etc)

• Strong publication record in leading scientific journals

• Strong organizational abilities and ability to work in a matrix environment, leading & influencing people at varying levels of responsibility

• Experience and passion for solving analytical problems involving big data sets using quantitative approaches to generate insights from data

• Experience in method development and the ability to define and implement desired technical strategies. 

Desired Skills:

• Experience with object oriented programming (C/C++, Java) is highly desired

• Experience with simulation and optimization algorithms is highly desired

• Drive for translating business problems into research initiatives that deliver business value

• Creativity in defining challenging exploratory projects and developing solutions


NOTE: Relocation available