Summary The Senior Analyst - Baseball Research and Development (R&D) will deliver research and tools to improve decision making, working with Baseball R&D, Baseball Systems and the entire Baseball Operations Department. The position requires a person who has intellectual curiosity, is a self-starter and can communicate technical and analytical concepts effectively to a non-technical audience. Being passionate about using data, analysis and technology to improve decision making processes is also a key differentiator.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.
Evaluate existing data sources and build predictive or explanatory models to aid in a variety of player acquisition, player development and gameplay decisions
Collaborate with other Baseball Operations departments (e.g., Player Development, Performance Science) on studies, models and/or tooling to assist in meeting their specific departmental goals and strategic needs.
Participate in cross-departmental collaboration efforts and provide guidance to senior leadership in strategic goal setting initiatives each quarter (OKRs).
Investigate emerging data sources and identify potential for predictive value and actionable insights to improve decision making
Develop visualizations and other mechanisms for disseminating analytical results to Baseball Operations including consideration for less technically and analytically inclined consumers
Continually survey latest analytical methods and advancements in baseball research to apply cutting edge methods and data to problems
Understand current decision processes and information systems and offer enhancements and improvements
Ad hoc requests for reports, visualizations and research projects during the year
Provide analytical guidance to other members of the Baseball Research and Development staff including mentoring of interns.
Review and provide constructive feedback on internal/external models
Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Understanding of detailed statistical modeling techniques, including, but not limited to, linear regression, logistic regressions, machine learning, etc.
Proficiency with an analytical software platform required, R or Python preferred
Proficiency with SQL and SQL databases required, Microsoft SQL preferred
Extensive experience with advanced statistical concepts, particularly those relevant to sabermetric player evaluation techniques.
Understanding of baseball scouting, performance science, strength training or sports medicine preferred.
Education and/or Experience
Advanced degree (Masters/PhD.) in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Operations Research, or related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and Internet Explorer.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions, which may include heat, cold and various forms of precipitation. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Occasional travel to remote sites, including spring training sites, affiliate sites, conferences or other major league facilities may be required. Estimated travel time is less than 10%.
Business hours are Monday – Friday 9 am – 5pm, however, additional hours may be required on weekends, evenings and some holidays.