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Data Scientist
  • Python
  • SQL
  • SAS
  • Machine Learning
  • Big Data
  • Database
  • Data Mining
  • Data Visualization
  • Hadoop
  • A/B Testing
  • NoSQL
San Diego, CA 92127
106 days ago
Our vision at Petco is Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We’re making things better for pets, people and the planet through our Think Adoption First philosophy, the Petco Foundation and other important initiatives that focus on putting animals first, educating pet parents and reducing our carbon footprint. The journey starts with knowledgeable, passionately engaged associates who are proud to recommend Petco as a place to work, who believe in our Vision and who are committed to delivering a superior customer experience.

From our retail stores and our network of Distribution Centers to our Corporate offices, you'll work with others who share your values and commitment. We seek individuals who are passionate about animal welfare, have great people skills and are driven to grow and advance in their careers with us. Our ongoing growth is creating exceptional opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment throughout our organization.

Position Purpose

This Data Scientist position is responsible for leveraging strategic insights, advanced analytics, data science, and market research to understand customer behavior trends, product relationships, competitive price position, and marketing opportunities in order to maximize financial performance and deliver an exceptional customer experience.

Within the team, you combine advanced analytical skills and big data techniques with strong business acumen to build predictive models aimed at providing actionable solutions to some of the most pressing and high-value business problems we face. You will actively engage and influence the business with your models and algorithms as well as consult on implementation of new strategies.

Essential Job Functions The incumbent must be able to perform all of the following duties and responsibilities with or without a reasonable accommodation.

  • Develop and implement behavioral and predictive models that drive customer value and achieve strategic business objectives (machine learning, linear & logistic regression, clustering, statistical sampling, A/B testing, and text mining/sentiment analysis).

  • Go beyond delivering insights and instead translate business questions into concrete solutions that can be effectively executed and operationalized to improve value.

  • Utilize deep experience manipulating large volumes of information from a variety of disparate sources into clean data sets; proficient use of SQL/Hive and other data mining tools is required.

  • Partner with the IT team to stay current on the latest trends in big data technologies. Contribute to new data tools and system integrations, and lead projects to continuously improve data quality, computing power, and query optimization.

  • Create compelling data visualizations and develop new performance metrics to quantify the value of corporate initiatives and highlight trends in consumer behavior.

  • Present findings to executive leadership by effectively translating complex data and methodologies into clear insights, opportunities, and tangible business actions.

  • Display deep intellectual curiosity, creativity, and commitment to learning in order to solve critical business problems and push the boundary of our capabilities.

Supervisory Responsibility: No direct reports. Incumbent will collaborate and lead cross-functional business projects.

Work Environment: The majority of job duties are conducted while seated indoors at a computer terminal with little or no exposure to hazards. Occasional travel may be required for presentations, training, and convention.


  • M.S. in Computer Science, Math, Statistics preferred with 3+ years experience applying data mining techniques to real business problems
  • Expertise in one or more of R, Python, SAS; deep understanding of Machine Learning and Data Mining techniques.

  • Experience building large data sets across disparate sources (SQL, Hive, Pig).

  • Familiarity with basic principles of distributed computing/databases (Hadoop, NoSQL).

  • Experience with retail industry, customer-level demographic and transactional data a must.

  • Experience with web API’s, clickstream and mobile app engagement/telemetry data a plus.

  • Proven ability to deploy new analytic and data manipulation techniques.

  • Ability to think conceptually and creatively about problems and solutions.

  • Strong interpersonal communication, verbal and written, due to the nature and level of interaction with senior management.

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize workload and ability to manage multiple projects while meeting deadlines.


Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or any other protected classification.

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