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Principal Data Scientist

| Greater NYC Area

Namely’s mission is to help mid-sized companies build a better workplace. We’re an HR, payroll, and benefits platform that provides the technology, data, and support that HR professionals need and employees love to use. People are at the center of everything we do, and we believe every company and employee deserves a great workplace, supported by innovative HR technology. At Namely, we are problem solvers, self-starters, and obsessed with creating the best experience for our clients.

Namely is seeking a (Type B) Principal Data Scientist to join our growing Data team in New York City. Our primary focus is to hire smart and motivated engineers that are eager to continue growing, mentoring, and driving big projects forward. Namely has a lot of interesting analytics problems to solve and build into our technology offerings.

Given that we have an HR, Payroll, and Benefits platform, we do not have Big Data problems to solve. What we do have is droves of high quality and structured data, as well as, unstructured text, from which we help our clients gain strategic knowledge and insight into their workforce. Our hiring process is language agnostic, we use a diverse set of tools and languages such as Spark, RDBMS, Kafka, Scala, Python, SQL, R, and more.

We’ve built a strong Data team to date, but have a lot of work ahead of us, including:

  • Identify and productize analyses and models to help our clients build a stronger workforce.
  • Identify and productize bellwethers to help our clients build a stronger workforce.
  • Identify and productize impactful benchmarks to help our clients compare their workforce to their industry, geography, or other types of groupings.
  • Build a strong Data Science team to collaborate with our Product and Business Development partners on strategic product features for Namely.
  • Leveling up our Data platform, to be first in class for complex analytics experiments.

Help us scale our business to meet the needs of our growing customer base and develop strategic data products on the Namely platform. You'll be a critical part of our growing company, working on a cross-functional team to implement best practices in strategic knowledge and insight for our clients. You’ll have the chance to work in an open and collaborative environment, receive and give hands-on mentorship and have opportunities to grow and accelerate your career.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop comprehensive understanding of Namely data, advocating for changes where needed for the Namely product.
  • Solve difficult, non-routine analysis problems, applying advanced analytical methods as needed. Conduct end-to-end analysis that includes data gathering and requirements specification, processing, analysis, ongoing deliverables, and presentations.
  • Research, design and prototype robust and scalable models based on machine learning, data mining, and statistical modeling to productionalize key product features on the Namely platform.
  • Interact cross-functionally with a wide variety of people and teams. Work closely with Engineering, Product, and Business Development to identify new analytics models for the Namely platform, as well as, to ensure these models can be implemented as part of a delivered solution replicable across most Namely clients.
  • Keep abreast of the latest developments in the field by continuous learning and proactively champion promising new methods, tools, and studies relevant to the problems at hand.
  • Lead by example and produce high-quality analysis and code that establishes analytics standards and best practices for the entire organization.
  • Be responsible for mentoring a highly skilled set of data engineers and analysts at all levels.
  • Effectively communicate technical and business risks to stakeholders to ensure that the most informed decisions are being made.
  • Play a critical role in planning, working closely with senior leaders to develop plans, resource requirements, and influence our long-term technical and business strategy.

Desired Experience:

  • MS degree in a quantitative discipline (e.g., statistics, operations research, bioinformatics, economics, computational biology, computer science, mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, industrial engineering).
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience (e.g., as a data scientist, statistician, computational physicist, computational biologist), including deep expertise and experience with statistical data analysis such as linear models, multivariate analysis, and stochastic models.
  • Extensive experience articulating hypotheses and using mathematical techniques to arrive at an answer using available data. Experience translating analysis results into actionable recommendations.
  • Applied experience with graph analysis.
  • Applied experience with natural language processing.
  • Demonstrated skills in selecting the right statistical tools given a data analysis problem.
  • Demonstrated leadership and self-direction. Demonstrated willingness to both teach others and learn new techniques.
  • Experience with statistical software (e.g., R, Python, MATLAB, pandas).
  • Proficient in at least two programming languages, e.g., Python and Scala.
  • Experience with database languages (e.g., SQL).
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. You’ll need to create consensus among passionate stakeholders in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

Nice-to-Have’s:

  • Experience with machine learning frameworks (e.g., tensorflow, PyTorch, Keras)
  • Experience with Big Data platforms (e.g., Spark)

About Namely

Namely was founded in 2012 to create an HR platform as intuitive as social media, but powerful enough to support the complexity of today’s workforce. Our belief is that great companies are built on a great employee experience, which is why we created the first HR platform employees love to use. In fact, unlike most traditional HR software, 78% of our clients’ employees log in to Namely at least once per month! Namely is backed by some amazing VCs including Sequoia, and serves companies in just about every industry and state nationwide. We love mid-sized companies because they’re mission-driven, client-obsessed, and care deeply about their employees... just like us. We believe in giving you the tools you need to do the best work of your career, and we’re just getting started.

We invite you to fill out the EEO survey below as part of our ongoing diversity initiatives at Namely. Your participation in the survey is completely optional and voluntary, and none of the information you provide will be considered in the hiring process or with respect to any employment decision made by Namely. Namely will have access only to anonymized data submitted through these surveys.

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Location

We're in the heart of downtown, just steps away from the major transportation hubs of Fulton Center and The Oculus, nearby tons of great lunch spots!

An Insider's view of Namely

How does your team reward individual success?

In Sales Development, success is more obvious since it is metric based! We have monthly competitions where prizes range from trips to visit our offices, tickets to sales development meetups or visa debit cards. We also carve career paths and give additional responsibilities to successful individuals.

Daisy

Account Executive

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Namely is an inherently collaborative environment. Engineers will work with other departments on a daily basis, ranging from Product to QA to Customer Success. We don't do this just because it is the nice thing to do. We do it because it is vital to collaborate at all levels to solve some of our hardest problems effectively and efficiently.

Sid

Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

We stay away from rigid lines of growth, allowing for a wide variety of avenues. Whether that path leads you towards management, taking on more responsibility in your current role, or even to an entirely different department, we're focused on what success and growth means for each individual.

Rick

Sr. Manager, Client Operations

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Work hard play hard! We don't work here because it’s easy, we work here because we want to solve challenging problems and make a difference both within Namely and to our clients. The people here are always willing to go above and beyond for their teammates and take a moment to recognize a job well done.

Rhiannon

Product Manager

What are Namely Perks + Benefits

Namely Benefits Overview

• Medical
• Dental
• Vision
• Basic Life Insurance
• Voluntary Additional Life Insurance
• Short Term Disability
• Long Term Disability
• Commuter Benefits (Transit / Parking)
• Flexible Spending Account
• Health Savings Account
• TeleHealth
• Employee Assistance Program
• Travel Assistance Program
• Identity Theft
• Health Advocate
• Mindfulness App

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Our FSA plan allows you to set aside a money on a pre-tax basis (up to $2,650) for qualified Medical expenses.
Disability Insurance
We provide both long-term (60% of monthly salary) and short-term (50% of weekly salary) disability insurance by Guardian.
Dental Benefits
We offer Dental PPO through Guardian with 100% of preventative care covered for in-network and out-of-network.
Vision Benefits
Our vision plan through Guardian includes examinations at $10 copay, lenses/frames at $25 copay and $130 allowance for contact lenses within in-network.
Health Insurance Benefits
We provide Cigna health care plans for PPO, PPO Buy-up, and HSA. All preventative care is covered and have an employer contribution of $350 ($700 family) for the HSA plan.
Life Insurance
We offer basic life and AD&D insurance for beneficiaries at 1x an employee's annual salary for the duration of employment.
Pet Insurance
We partner with Nationwide to offer pet insurance that is covered by the employee.
Wellness Programs
We have an Employee Assistance Program, eMindful for virtual mindfulness sessions, Compass for professional health services, HealthiestYou for free app consultations, among Namely Life initiatives.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Our 401k retirement plan provided by Empower matches 50% of an employee's contributions of up to 5% of the employee's of their base salary.
Company Equity
We offer company equity to all full-time positions over a four-year vesting period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We offer 12 weeks of paid leave for full-time employees of a year, and 9 weeks paid leave for full-time employees of 6 months.
Flexible Work Schedule
We're flexible and want you to work in the best way you know how—be it sitting or standing, 9 to 5 or burning the midnight oil. We’re here to do great things, and we want you to jump right in.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Our vacation policy is flexible
Paid Volunteer Time
We encourage employees to give back with paid volunteer time through our company-organized volunteer activities.
Paid Holidays
We offer all employees paid time off to observe all major holidays within our calendar year.
Paid Sick Days
Paid sick days are unlimited granted approval from the employee's manager.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
We have beer on tap from local brews at all time.
Casual Dress
We want you to feel comfortable and your best self when you come to Namely. Wear anything appropriate but be sure to look your best and professional for clients.
Commuter Benefits
We provide pre-tax commuter benefits for all full-time employees to pay for mass transit expenses, such as metro, train, bus and carpooling/ridesharing.
Company Outings
We have company-wide annual holiday parties, summer events for all full-time employees, among other team-specific outings.
Game Room
We have a dedicated game/arcade room with ping pong, foos ball, skee ball, air hockey, video games, piano/guitar, karaoke and more, for all employees to use whenever they need a break!
Stocked Kitchen
We have a full stocked kitchen with unlimited snacks, fruits, coffee, tea, and La Croix. We also take ongoing requests through our kitchen bulletin board!
Parking
We offer the ability to pay for parking with pre-tax contributions.
Recreational Clubs
Our Namely Life initiatives include many clubs for sports, book clubs, activities and more!
Fitness Subsidies
We partner with PeerFit to provide employees credits on a monthly basis to classes at major gyms/studios in the area.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer a $1,000 stipend for professional development opportunities of your choosing.
Diversity Program
Our diversity and inclusion committee, DiveIN is driven to foster a culture where ideas and experiences are enriched by our differences through ERGs, cultural events, and unconscious bias training.

Additional Perks + Benefits

As one of our company values (Namely Cares), social responsibility is important to us and we encourage employees to actively take part in our Namely Cares initiatives, company-sponsored volunteer activities as well as opportunities to enroll in payroll deductions through BrightFunds.

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