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Position Summary:

The Data Scientist role will be a technical expert within the Global Strategy & Innovation (GSI) group in all matters surrounding statistical analysis, data manipulation and interpretation, and process automation. You will be a thought leader, tasked with the responsibility to leverage the NBA's various internal data sources to create new and innovative analytical products and outputs to inform league executives about the state of team businesses. The ideal candidate will uncover insights through predictive analyses and data visualization, drive better decision making by using various statistical modeling techniques, and promote efficiencies in reporting to various stakeholder groups within the league office.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Help lead GSI's efforts to develop and maintain analytical products for communicating the state of team businesses to key stakeholders at the league office

  • Work with Team Marketing & Business Operations (TMBO) executives to further proprietary analytical research for presentation to teams at various league workshops

  • Enhance the current report generation processes within GSI through the lens of potential automation and conversion to different, more useful development environments (e.g., R, Python, Tableau, etc.)

  • Develop an understanding of current needs in data collection at the league office and create solutions to gather the required information

  • Perform statistical analysis and create and maintain descriptive and predictive models as needed on a project basis

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in converting data into insights

  • Passion for developing methods to streamline processes and data flow through automation

  • Experience in understanding existing data structures, including collection and standardization processes, and ability to help shape future processes going forward with an eye toward business needs

  • Ability to consult with business analysts and operators to understand their data needs, develop systems to access the data and convert the outputs into various formats for analysis

  • Comfort with ambiguity in data and experience in working with partners to optimize third-party data streams

  • Detail-oriented, extremely organized with ability to manage projects from inception through execution

  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, particularly for presentations

Demonstrated Facility with Required Software:

  • Expertise in leveraging R and Python to perform statistical analysis, build models and automate processes

  • Expertise in using SQL to tap expansive databases

  • Expertise in creating informative data visualizations through Tableau

  • Familiarity with other coding languages, statistical analysis tools and business intelligence platforms preferred

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office software required, strong skills in Excel and VBA preferred

Technical Requirements:

  • Expertise in developing, executing and implementing various classification and regression models and familiarity with more advanced machine learning techniques

  • Expertise in parsing existing code and developing ways to increase its efficiency

  • Familiarity with accessing and manipulating data via APIs

  • Experience in an advanced analytical role, leveraging data to develop loyal fans or customers

  • 2-3 years of work experience preferred

Education:

Bachelor's Degree in computer/information science, statistics, engineering or another quantitative field required

We Consider Applicants For All Positions On The Basis Of Merit, Qualifications And Business Needs, And Without Regard To Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Sex, Gender Identity, Age, Disability, Alienage Or Citizenship Status, Ancestry, Marital Status, Creed, Genetic Predisposition Or Carrier Status, Sexual Orientation, Veteran Status, Familial Status, Status As A Victim Of Domestic Violence Or Any Other Status Or Characteristic Protected By Applicable Federal, State, Or Local Law.

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