Job description

Are you a kid at heart looking to build a career with a leading global children's toy, entertainment and digital gaming company?

At Spin Master, our unwavering commitment to open mindedness, integrity and innovation is a great part of what has made us an industry leader. How do we stay ahead of the pack? By hiring the best and brightest minds—and that’s why we want you!

Everyone is welcome in our sandbox and we are committed to an accessible and inclusive hiring process that provides reasonable accommodation to all applicants.

Job Description:

What will you work on?

Spin Master is seeking a Data Scientist or Associate Data Scientist to support our Global eCommerce leadership teams with insights derived from analyzing internal and external data. The ideal candidate is adept at navigating large data sets to identify optimization opportunities and using statistical models to unearth hidden insights and provide guidance to all business stakeholders. The right candidate will have a passion for improving existing processes and collaborating with a wide variety of stakeholders to enhance business outcomes through data-driven decision making.

How will you create impact?

  • Work with global, regional, and local stakeholders throughout the team to identify opportunities for leveraging company data to drive business solutions

  • Mine and analyze data from company databases and external sources to drive optimization and improvement of product development, marketing techniques and business strategies

  • Assess the effectiveness and accuracy of new data sources and data gathering techniques.

  • Develop custom data models and algorithms to apply to data sets

  • Use predictive modeling to increase and optimize customer experiences, revenue generation, ad targeting and other business outcomes

  • Support the communication of the results of custom analysis to non-technical audiences in an easily understandably method

  • Provide quantitative analysis to key stakeholders to drive growth in the business

  • Strong business acumen and enjoy telling stories with data

  • Research and devise statistical models for data analysis

  • Build out infrastructure and processes for data analysis and reporting

  • Develop methodologies to measure the effectiveness of business initiatives

How will you fit into the team?

  • Design test/control experiments and casual inference methods to find actionable insights

  • Provide input on data science roadmap: data collection, database architecture/administration, report automation, visualization tools, and archiving procedures

  • Integrate data science into enterprise reporting (IMR, COE Scorecards, Weekly Reporting, etc.)

  • Partner with teams across Spin Master to improve strategy and decision-making by ensuring data is of good quality and accessible to everyone

  • Use predictive modeling to increase marketing ROI.

  • Automate regression analysis to form baselines and illustrate incrementality of marketing efforts.

What are your skills and experience?

  • Coding knowledge and experience with several languages: Python, JavaScript, etc.

  • Knowledge and experience in statistical and data mining techniques: GLM/Regression, Random Forest, Boosting, Trees, text mining, social network analysis, etc.

  • Working knowledge of utilizing one or more data/computing tools: MySQL, Hadoop, Spark, etc.

  • Knowledge and experience with sentiment analysis, text classification, and other Natural Language Processing (NLP) tasks

  • Experience querying databases and using statistical computer languages: Power BI, R, Python, SLQ, etc.

  • Experience creating and using advanced machine learning algorithms and statistics: regression, simulation, scenario analysis, modeling, clustering, decision trees, neural networks, etc.

  • Experience presenting data for stakeholders using best practices for data visualization

  • Familiarity with web scraping techniques in any preferred programming language

  • Experience working with and creating data architectures for statistical analysis

  • Self-starter attitude with sharp business judgement

  • High attention to detail

  • Working knowledge of marketing mathematical tools and methods, marketing test and learn plans, ROI development and data mining/multivariate analysis

  • Thrive on finding creative solutions and adapting to constantly changing circumstances

  • Knowledgeable about best practices around data manipulation, building data pipelines, feature engineering and creating dashboards

  • Capable of designing and executing on test/control experiments with minimal guidance

  • Experience working with real time and clickstream data

  • Data Scientist 5+ years experience working with data utilizing advanced quantitative techniques (Associate Data Scientist 1-3 years working experience in quantitative field)

  • Bachelor’s degree from a top school (preferably in a quantitative field)

  • Graduate degree from a top school in Data Science preferred

  • Expertise with at least two of the standard analysis tools: Excel, SQL, R, Python, Hadoop, Stata, SAS, etc.

  • Knowledge of statistical techniques: regression, simulation, clustering, decision trees, etc.

  • Expertise running advanced analytics in a scripting language

  • Experience leveraging government data or publicly available APIs

  • Proven track record of writing elegant code and coaching others to improve technical outputs

What’s it like to work here?

Spin Master is a fast-paced, hands-on organization that provides many great opportunities for impactful decision-making; though our challenging start-up atmosphere isn’t for everyone, we have a proven record of opportunities for future advancement and internal transfers for our passionate and results driven team.

What you can expect from us:

Our mission is to Make Life More Fun with a vision to push the boundaries of innovation, creativity, and fun. From top leadership to new and veteran team members alike, everyone at Spin Master embodies our Core Values:

  • We partner
  • We invent
  • We are open-minded
  • We collaborate
  • We get results
  • We’ve got integrity
  • We are entrepreneurs

Spin Master strives to create an accessible and inclusive application and selection process and is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to job applicants who may require provisions to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment processes. Should you require an accommodation, please contact our Talent Acquisition team, by email at or by phone at 416 364-6002 and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs.

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