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Assistant Director - Data Science

At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership and direction to analytics teams on quantitative and qualitative data analysis and reporting of patterns, insights, and trends to decision-makers in order to drive business decisions and address business questions

  • Takes initiatives to design and develop deliverables based on interpretation of findings and business client needs

  • Summarizes analysis into user-friendly deliverables by translating detailed data into business-appropriate communication and recommendations.

  • Delivers results, insights and recommendations (written, verbal, presentations, etc) to business audience to support business decisions.

  • Contributes to the growth & development of the NMDSI, to foster internal and external partnership

  • Leads the development of appropriate KPI frameworks, aligning understanding of business process, and measurement to support operations and/or strategy.  Utilizes analytics and metrics to improve processes and provide data-driven forecasts that impact the business (costs, risks, etc).

  • Lead data scientists to apply and integrate advanced statistical, mathematical, data mining, predictive modeling and business analysis skills and techniques

  • Access, gather, and analyze data from multiple internal and external sources to drive insights into complex business problems, decisions, and performance

  • Creates and produces forecasts, reports, dashboards, etc. to tell a story through data.

  • Creates forecasts, recommendations and strategic/tactical plans based on business data and market knowledge

  • Utilizes analytics and metrics to improve processes and provide data-driven forecasts that impact the business (costs, risks, etc)

  • Lead production of actionable reports that show key performance indicators, identify areas of improvement into current operations, display root cause analysis of problems, and recommend solutions

  • Coordinates with analysts on ensuring visualization & design strategies are considered & applied

  • Creates and is accountable for high quality, value driven work that drives business outcomes; places the user in the center of decision making; and collaborates with team for speed, agility and innovation in work

  • Applies new perspectives, creative problem solving, and inter-departmental connections to improve enterprise analytical capabilities

  • Partner with other teams across the enterprise to ensure aligned outcomes in matrixed environment.

  • Monitor team performance and results through quantitative and qualitative measures of value, outcome, velocity, engagement, and satisfaction

  • Fosters an environment of continuous learning, curiosity, and ambiguity

  • Develop and grow the team(s) through training, mentoring, and coaching while also supplementing staff as needed.

  • Accountable for the performance and results of team

  • Mentors, guides and coaches engineers within their division for job performance as well as technical and leadership growth

  • Recruits , hires and onboards talent, ensuring the right mix of  talent within team that is excited to drive outcomes

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in Data Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Operations Research, Computer Science, Econometrics or related field

  • 6-8 years of professional experience

  • At least 6 years of professional data science or analytics experience

  • 5+ years of experience managing, building and deploying analytics & data science 

  • Business analysis skills to understand business processes and data flow

  • Ability to inject data to solve business problems

  • Develop KPI Frameworks

  • Lead and manage to key business deliverables

  • Drive out strategy and thought leadership jointly with the business partners

  • Understand relationship between data science, business processes, and KPI's

  • Ability to manage and lead analysts & data scientists

  • Proven ability to build rapport, negotiate, gain the confidence and work successfully with business leaders across the company

  • Proven ability to lead decision making process through idea sharing and consensus building

  • Experience in coaching and mentoring staff members

  • Proven track record in meeting aggressive deadlines

  • Prioritizes work to drive business value

  • Proven management skills including negotiating, leadership, delegation, planning, and organization

  • Proven ability to identify data requirements for analytical needs

  • PhD degree in Data Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Operations Research, Computer Science, Econometrics, Business or related field preferred

This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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