Data Scientist at Inspire

| Santa Monica
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POSITION SUMMARY

As a Data Scientist on Inspire’s Data Platforms and Services team, you will develop and deploy statistical modeling and machine learning services to drive and optimize business decisions, objectives, and operations. This is an opportunity to play a central role in a high-growth company committed to expanding our renewable energy footprint and building a sustainable energy future. 

THE DATA SCIENTIST HAS THREE MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Iteratively and quantitatively improve our energy forecasting and existing modeling services
  2. Expand the capabilities of Inspire’s core modeling platform to support improving applications and product features
  3. Partner with stakeholders to translate business goals into models, services, and metrics

SOME EXPECTED 2020 DELIVERABLES

  • Measurably improve our energy forecasting and existing modeling services
  • Refactor legacy modeling code into testable and deployable modeling services 
  • Partner with Analytics to systematize and scale high-integrity and value-oriented outcome analysis
  • Partner with Product stakeholders to define how machine learning and algorithmic optimization can improve customer experiences or business outcomes
  • Partner with other engineering teams to guide integrations into existing applications and data infrastructure to improve performance and features

SUCCESS METRICS

  • Cultivated familiarity with Inspire’s frameworks and operating model
  • Improvements in modeling performance
  • Increased transparency: facilitated substantive discussions about theory, implementation, available data, and observed trends

DESIRED TRAITS

  • Technical competency - comfort on a command line, a good grasp on the fundamentals of programming, familiarity with Git/source control, in-depth knowledge of domain-specific tools and frameworks
  • Statistical competency - able to navigate and apply statistical frameworks for measuring confidence and predictive power. Aware of how assumptions may be violated or models over-fit, able to caveat findings with technical limitations and common sense.
  • Results-orientation - resists the urge to get caught up in a great idea, emphasizes testing and respects measured outcomes over theoretical benefits. 
  • Problem-solving mentality - gets excited about digging into complexity, wants to ask questions and learn more, and isn’t put off by problems they’ve never been explicitly told how to solve. Especially troubleshooting: ability to break down a chain of steps to narrow and locate a problem.
  • Big-picture awareness - Understanding of the importance of context, and ability/willingness to understand the business problem in addition to the technical one. Focus on people & impact. Identify shortcuts & justify appropriate level-of-effort. Pre-emptive identification of potential issues downstream. 
EXPERIENCE
  • Must Have
    • Strong knowledge of mathematics, statistics, and experimental design
    • 1 year of experience with time-series forecasting methods and measurements
    • 1 year experience using SQL to query large datasets in cloud-based warehouses
    • Demonstrable proficiency of model development in Python
    • Fluency with data visualization to communicate complex topics in approachable ways
  • Nice to Have
    • Experience with key frameworks: Airflow, DBT, MLFlow, DVC, AWS, Docker, Kubernetes, Spark
    • Software development lifecycle experience in GitHub (i.e. environment management, testing, deployment)
    • Experience with survival analysis
    • Strong understanding of data structures, algorithms, and system design
    • Experience at a similar scale of data processing (multi-TB/billions of rows)
    • Work with real-time event stream data
    • Contextual work in the energy industry
    • Experience with a visualization tool (e.g. Tableau)




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Technology we use

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    • SqlLanguages
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    • ReactLibraries
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    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases

Location

3402 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

An Insider's view of Inspire

How does your team reward individual success?

Each month we award an "Avenger of the Month". This is an employee that embodies one of our values: Own It, Study It, Coach It, Live It. The Avenger of the Month is also featured on our blog here: https://www.helloinspire.com/blog/avenger-life

Inspire

Team

What are Inspire Perks + Benefits

Inspire Benefits Overview

Inspire’s culture balances the serious nature and tone of a professional company with the move-fast-and-execute tone of a rapidly growing emerging tech company. We believe in working hard and producing, but doing it in a positive and friendly environment where collaboration is rampant.

Inspire calls its employees Avengers. It’s a team out to even the score on behalf of the common man, to challenge the status quo and confront apathy and old-world bureaucracy. Every Avenger lives for the mission: To build the world’s most consumer-focused clean power platform and inspire a connected moment towards a brighter energy future. Avengers are scrappy, restless, humble and committed to balancing passion with purpose and profit.

Inspire offers competitive compensation and equity packages, plus benefits such as health, vision, life, and dental insurance - Not to mention, unlimited vacation, 401(k) plan, a dog friendly workplace & LOTS of cupcakes!

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Inspire provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Inspire sponsors family oriented events annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Full-time Inspire employees receive unlimited PTO.
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Inspire offers relocation assistance for certain roles.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Inspire offers employees professional development opportunities like onsite training courses, the ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Lunch and learns
Inspire hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
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