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prachi 07-30-2009 11:43 PM

Senior Statistician Modeller/ SAS Modeler required in bellevue, WA
 


Hi



We have an urgent opening for Senior Statistician Modeler with our
direct client in Bellevue, WA. This is a contract temporary position
in Bellevue, WA.

If you are interested, please send us your latest resume along with
asking rate and your current location.



Please send the resumes to Prachi@zenexpartners.com

Short Description:
Our Global Analytics & Optimization team is looking for a Senior
Statistician to help build the next generation of game changing
features for our online travel marketplace.

Complete Description:
Our Global Analytics & Optimization team is looking for a Senior
Statistician to help build the next generation of game changing
features for our online travel marketplace. If you are an experienced
technical modeler who is passionate about using advanced analytic
techniques such as predictive modeling, data mining and optimization
algorithms to change the way travel is planned and purchased on the
web, then this is your opportunity to have a major impact at one of
the worlds largest eCommerce companies. As a member of the Global
Analytics & Optimization team you will utilize your technical skills
and creative analytical approach to drive innovation across the
Expedia platform. You will have the opportunity to partner directly
with a diverse range of business managers and system developers, and
the fruits of your labor will be cutting-edge features which impact
millions of users every day.

We are a great place to take your carrier to the next level. We will
offer you a fun and fast-paced environment, intelligent co-workers,
and the freedom to learn new things. The vast sets of data generated
by our eCommerce platform provide an almost endless opportunity for a
creative modeler to find new improvements to our business and
websites. You will work on projects such as...
• Forecasting – predicting customer demand and supply-side
availability to drive a more efficient travel marketplace.
• Pricing – optimizing prices based on market trends and available
inventory.
• Recommendation technology – ensure our valued customers receive the
most relevant content/inventory which is available.
• A|B testing technology – determining the best approach to features
on one of the most viewed websites in the world.
• Marketing Analytics – Perform customer segmentation and clustering
to improve our understanding of customer needs


Responsibilities:

Propose and lead innovative mathematical approaches to solving complex
business problems, utilizing available research at your disposal.
• Perform analyses, statistical design, statistical coding, and model
validation in support of business requirements.
• Generate statistical code that executes in an autonomous production
environment and fully considers error handling, exception conditions,
etc.
• Perform unit testing and model validation of statistical routines.
• Collaborate extensively with stakeholders, program management, and
software development team members to ensure that solutions meet
business needs, permit valid inferences, and have functional
implementability.
• Document the technical details of your work to improve collaboration
with other team members.
• Guide and mentor other modelers in best practices regarding
methodology (prototype formulation and testing, data mining and
analysis), as well as implementation (proper documentation, source
control, and coding practices).
• Assess the methodological and functional pros and cons of
implementing third-party products versus building an in-house system
when facing a business problem.


Qualifications:

We're looking for someone passionate and entrepreneurial, someone with
high energy and creativity and an openness to new ideas/approaches.
• Comprehensive understanding of quantitative methods and extreme
attention to detail.
• Strong proficiency in SAS and demonstrated ability to produce both
ad hoc analyses and production-grade analytic jobs that execute
autonomously.
• Strong proficiency in MSSQL.
• Functional Proficiency in DB2.
• Applied experience in several of the following areas: predictive
modeling (including ARIMA and regression techniques), neural nets and
self-learning models (including classification of skewed data), linear
and non-linear optimization, etc.
• Ability to estimate required effort for project objectives and
prioritize work items appropriately


Work Experience and Education Guidelines:

• Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in quantitative discipline such as
statistics, economics, applied mathematics, quantitative methods,
operations research, research methodology, etc.
• 5-7 years’ experience in a modeling or analyst role.
• Previous experience in the e-commerce and/or travel/hospitality
domain preferred.

Behavior Characteristics:



Required / Desired Skills















Skill

Required / Desired

Amount of Experience

Expertise Rating

Must be passionate and entrepreneurial

Required





Several years’ experience in a modeling or analyst role

Required

5 Years



High energy and creativity and an openness to new ideas/approaches.

Required





MA degree in quantitative discipline such as statistics, economics,
etc.

Required





Ph.D. preferred

Nice to have





Comp. understanding of quantitative methods & extreme attention to
details

Required





Previous exp. in the e-commerce &/or travel/hospitality domain
preferred

Nice to have





Strong proficiency in SAS

Required





Able to produce ad hoc analysis & production-grade analytic jobs

Required





Functional proficiency in SQL

Required





Exp in predictive modeling,neural nets and self-learning models

Required





Experience in nets and self-learning models, etc.

Required





Ablility to estimate required effort for project objectives

Required





Ability prioritize work items appropriately

Required









Global Candidate Requirements











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