Sr. Data Scientist - Pricing Algorithms

Job description

8901 - Corp Office West Crk - 12800 Tuckahoe Creek Parkway, Richmond, Virginia, 23238

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About this job

Over twenty years ago, CarMax disrupted the automotive industry and to this day remains the undisputed market leader in a $500B+ industry. With best-in-class financial performance, customer satisfaction, and associate engagement, CarMax is well positioned for continued growth. With this growth, we strive to maintain our analytics-based competitive advantage through our algorithm driven pricing and inventory systems. To do so, we're currently looking for experienced analysts who are looking to apply their passion for strategic thinking to drive business-critical decisions.

What you will do - Essential Responsibilities

As a technical expert of our models, a successful Senior Analyst candidate will:
  • Develop and improve models by:
    • Analyzing vast amounts of complex pricing-related data, applying statistical/machine learning/other unique methods to develop/validate/improve predictive models and to identify data integrity issues
    • Finding creative ways to enhance existing models by incorporating new insights and data sources (customer interest metrics, web click stream data, market pricing data, etc.)
    • Designing controlled experiments to assess the business value of new models
    • Presenting insights and recommendations to Senior Management to drive change
  • Help CarMax continue to develop its data expertise by:
    • Researching innovations and best practices related to data sources and modeling methodologies
    • Influencing the team in the development of our modeling capability strategic roadmap
  • Communicate how our models work to team members, both at a general level and a detailed level

Purpose of the role

The primary responsibility for the pricing and inventory models team is to accurately value the unique characteristics of each individual car that we buy or sell, and also allocate those vehicles across our 150+ stores. Last year alone, CarMax sold more than 1 million vehicles, appraised over 2 million vehicles, and had $100m in weekly auto auction spend - all while dealing with constantly changing consumer demand, wholesale auction supply, and other market conditions that are often regionally differentiated.

To properly value and allocate these vehicles, our modeling experts must be able to apply statistical methods to develop predictive models that accurately and instantaneously calculate thousands of recommendations for our field associates daily. This requires the combination of a deep understanding of statistics/machine learning/other unique methodologies, the technical skills to apply that knowledge to develop and validate models, the creativity to be able to/the curiosity to want to apply it in a unique way, and the results focus and analytical ability to quickly diagnose and fix data integrity concerns as they arise.

Qualifications and Requirements

To be successful for this role, we are looking for someone that can consistently deliver at a high level on the responsibilities listed above. A few of the competencies that will position you for success are:
  • Strong modeling skills and a desire to continue to grow those skills
    • Passion for using analytics in problem solving
  • Ability to influence the team's results
    • Experience managing your own projects and delivering timely results
    • Record of building and maintaining strong working relationships
  • Ability to explain standard or novel modeling methods
  • Desire to develop into a strong technical leader and/or people manager
  • Education
    • Undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline (graduate degree in statistics, data science, or related field is a plus)
  • Data Science Experience
    • 2+ years of experience in strategic analysis, financial analysis, consulting or engineering (experience using SQL and Python to analyze big data sets is a plus)

About CarMax

CarMax disrupted the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity experience customers want and deserve. This innovative thinking around the way cars are bought and sold has helped us become the nation's largest retailer of used cars, with over 200 locations nationwide.

Our amazing team of more than 25,000 associates work together to deliver iconic customer experiences. Along the way, we help every associate grow their career and achieve their best, at work and in their community. We are recognized for our commitment to training and diversity and are one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®.

CarMax is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Upon an applicant's request, CarMax will consider reasonable accommodation to complete the CarMax Job Application.

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