Job description

A Staff Data Scientist for Market Regulation Technology will support the establishment of data science and machine learning best practices as FINRA moves to machine learning (ML)-based pattern development. Build tools based on needs identified during research phase and interaction with FINRA clients.


Essential Job Functions:


  • Participate in the development of the ML Framework within the Dynamic Surveillance Platform
  • Serve as a quantitative research analyst working with multiple FINRA businesses to build the ML Framework
  • Collaborate with Data Engineers to specify Data Framework features
  • Analyze experimental data with statistical rigor. Ensure accurate interpretation by combining business acumen with detailed data knowledge and statistical expertise
  • Build machine learning based surveillance models to monitor markets and protect investors
  • Clearly communicate analytic insights as concrete, actionable recommendations for new models
  • Enable independent interpretation of results through education, improved tools, and data visualization


Education/Experience Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, Sociology, Econometrics, or related field.
  • 1-3 years’ relevant experience applying analytics to drive business impact
  • Strong coding skills in Scala, R or Python
  • Strong background in machine learning and knowledge of advanced statistical methods and predictive modeling
  • Solid statistical knowledge and intuition, ideally utilized in experimentation and modeling
  • Strong algorithmic thinking and independent research ability
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. Must be able to translate business objectives into actionable analyses, and analytic results into actionable business and product recommendations
  • Impactful presentation skills, including the use of meaningful charts, graphs, or other data visualizations to convey information and results clearly and concisely


Working Conditions:


  • Work is normally performed in an office environment.
  • Occasional travel and extended hours may be required.


To be considered for this position, please submit an application.


The information provided above has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work of the position. It is not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required.


Please note: If the “Apply Now” button on a job board posting does not take you directly to the FINRA Careers site, enter www.finra.org/careers into your browser to reach our site directly.


FINRA strives to make our career site accessible to all users. If you need a disability-related accommodation for completing the application process, please contact FINRA’s accommodation help line at 240.386.4865. Please note that this number is exclusively for inquiries regarding application accommodations.


Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. FINRA also provides a variety of benefits including comprehensive health and welfare benefits, life and disability insurance, paid holidays, vacation, personal, and sick leave. FINRA offers immediate participation and vesting in a 401(k) plan with company match. You will also be eligible for participation in an additional FINRA-funded retirement contribution, our tuition reimbursement program and many other benefits. If you would like to contribute to our important mission and work collegially in a professional organization that values intelligence, integrity and initiative, consider a career with FINRA.


Important Information


FINRA’s Code of Conduct imposes restrictions on employees’ investments and requires financial disclosures that are uniquely related to our role as a securities regulator. FINRA employees are required to disclose to FINRA all brokerage accounts that they maintain, and those in which they control trading or have a financial interest (including any trust account of which they are a trustee or beneficiary and all accounts of a spouse, domestic partner or minor child who lives with the employee) and to authorize their broker-dealers to provide FINRA with duplicate statements for all of those accounts. All of those accounts are subject to the Code’s investment and securities account restrictions, and new employees must comply with those investment restrictions—including disposing of any security issued by a company on FINRA’s Prohibited Company List or obtaining a written waiver from their Executive Vice President—by the date they begin employment with FINRA. Employees may only maintain securities accounts that must be disclosed to FINRA at one or more securities firms that provide an electronic feed (e-feed) of data to FINRA, and must move securities accounts from other securities firms to a firm that provides an e-feed within three months of beginning employment.


You can read more about these restrictions here.


As standard practice, employees must also execute FINRA’s Employee Confidentiality and Invention Assignment Agreement without qualification or modification and comply with the company’s policy on nepotism.


Search Firm Representatives


Please be advised that FINRA is not seeking assistance or accepting unsolicited resumes from search firms for this employment opportunity. Regardless of past practice, a valid written agreement and task order must be in place before any resumes are submitted to FINRA. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at FINRA without a valid written agreement and task order in place will be deemed the sole property of FINRA and no fee will be paid in the event that person is hired by FINRA.


FINRA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, citizenship status, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal state or local laws as appropriate, or upon the protected status of the person’s relatives, friends or associates.


FINRA abides by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, and requires affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities.


FINRA abides by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a). This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified protected veterans, and requires affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans.


©2020 FINRA. All rights reserved. FINRA is a registered trademark of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.


Please let the company know that you found this position on this Job Board as a way to support us, so we can keep posting cool jobs.