The Walt Disney Company
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Data Scientist at The Walt Disney Company

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Supporting the Disney Advertising Sales organization within our Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) segment, the Audience Modeling and Data Science team are subject matter experts in each of the following areas:
  • Creating and optimizing audience classification models that enable us to predict and target strategic audience attributes, including brand affinity, purchase behavior, and psychographics
  • Integrating a broad suite of complex datasets, from digital event logs to sporting event metadata, into carefully curated and reusable data models
  • Publishing audience attributes across an array of ad-serving endpoints
  • Working cross-functionally to ensure our data product is aligned with the goals of each strategic sales vertical and the business as a whole

We’re looking for an intellectually curious, business-savvy, analytical powerhouse to join The Walt Disney Company’s DMED segment as a data scientist on the ad sales team. In this role, you will be responsible for driving improvements across DMED’s portfolio of offerings by using data. Working collaboratively with cross-functional teams, you will develop, drive, and oversee new strategies to ensure the growth of the business and the overall bottom line.
Responsibilities :
  • Develop new predictive models from prototype to production
  • Combine knowledge of proven statistical methods and business context to critique model performance and optimize to specific success metrics
  • Leverage cloud SQL software and open source tools to wrangle huge amounts of data across dozens of sources into a unified data model
  • Research and evaluate software in the marketplace to improve reliability and stability of our core data product
  • Assist in development and orchestration of processes that egress data to storage repositories and API endpoints
  • Collaborate on rapid prototype MVP (minimum-viable product) solutions for emerging opportunities
  • Translate business language and requirements into technical action items

Basic Qualifications :
  • 2-3+ years experience in data science (preferably in the advertising sales space), data engineering, or statistically-driven technical field
  • Proven ability in predictive analytics, statistical modeling, and model evaluation techniques
  • Strong experience using SQL to transform and summarize data (Spark, Beam, Hadoop, and other big data processing software a plus)
  • Experience in Google Cloud, AWS, or other cloud platforms.
  • Innovative thinker capable of operating both in a strategic capacity (big-picture perspective, asks "why") and a hands-on/execution capacity (detail-oriented, conscientious)
  • Great organization, communication and teamwork skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work and learn independently

Required Education :
B.A. or B.S. (MS, MBA, or PhD a plus) in a quantitative field (Math/Statistics, CS, Engineering, Business, Economics, experimental science, or similar)
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Because our employees and cast members are at the heart of everything we do, Disney offers a competitive total rewards package that includes pay, health and savings benefits, time-off programs, educational opportunities and more. Together, these rewards make up a comprehensive package that help you live your best life, grow personally and professionally and take advantage of the special extras that only Disney can provide.

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An Insider's view of The Walt Disney Company

How does the company support your career growth?

Over my 13 years with the company, I’ve had passionate leaders and colleagues with diverse backgrounds who have taught me and given me opportunities to expand into areas I never thought possible. You have the freedom to take career risks and apply your previous experience in ways you may not anticipate.


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What is your vision for the company?

Disney has always been at the heart of the evolution of the media industry, and technology is an essential part of that. The way that we tell and consume stories in the future is going to be completely different than it is today, and The Walt Disney Company is uniquely positioned to shape and create that future.


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