Sr. Data Scientist (Remote)

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POSITION SUMMARY

As a Senior Data Scientist on Inspire’s Data Platforms and Services team, you will use modeling and statistical tools to define, deploy, maintain and improve the use of forecasting and algorithmic learning to drive business objectives and optimize operations. We take a product-driven, agile approach to our platform, driving measurable growth and meaningful outcomes every single sprint. We build efficient, scalable processes in a service-oriented ecosystem leveraging powerful code frameworks and repeatable patterns to solve real problems for stakeholders and customers.

THE X HAS 4 MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Apply state-of-the-art machine learning and predictive modeling techniques to provide a deeper understanding of customers, and develop and improve the accuracy of our energy and gas forecasts
  2. Build processes by which we monitor performance of our forecasting services over time
  3. Develop, improve, and extend the implementation and architecture of our forecasting services
  4. Communicate modeling and engineering progress to stakeholders and partners to drive impact and facilitate decision making

SOME YEAR 1 DELIVERABLES

  • Develop an energy load forecast service with interval meter data
  • Develop a natural gas forecast service
  • Improve the accuracy of our short and long-term energy load forecast services
  • Improve the configurability and robustness of our forecast services
  • Implement input and output data monitoring of our load forecasts

SUCCESS METRICS

  • Conducted experiments to demonstrate forecast development and iterative improvement
  • Communicated improvements to stakeholders
  • Developed monitoring solutions for input data and forecast outputs
  • Developed technical project plans and delivered results

DESIRED TRAITS

  • Technical competency - comfort on a command line, a good grasp on the fundamentals of programming, familiarity with Git/source control, in-depth knowledge of domain-specific tools and frameworks
  • Statistical competency - able to navigate and apply statistical frameworks for measuring confidence and predictive power. Aware of how assumptions may be violated or models over-fit, able to caveat findings with technical limitations and common sense.
  • Results-orientation - resists the urge to get caught up in a great idea, emphasizes testing, and aims for measured outcomes that align with business value. 
  • Problem-solving mentality - gets excited about digging into complexity, wants to ask questions and learn more, and isn’t put off by problems they’ve never been explicitly told how to solve. Especially troubleshooting: ability to break down a chain of steps to narrow and locate a problem.
  • Big-picture awareness - Understanding of the importance of context, and ability/willingness to understand the business problem in addition to the technical one. Focus on people & impact. Identify shortcuts & justify appropriate level-of-effort. Pre-emptive identification of potential issues downstream.

EXPERIENCE

  • Must Have
    • 5-8 years of experience applying machine learning and statistical knowledge to drive business value
    • 5+ years of Python experience
    • 5+ years of experience using SQL to query large datasets 
    • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to deliver complicated findings and explain technical approaches to a variety of audiences
    • Fluency with data visualization to communicate complex topics in approachable ways
  • Nice to Have
    • Experience developing energy load forecasting models using interval meter data, preferably in ERCOT
    • Experience developing natural gas forecasting models
    • Experience with data engineering frameworks: Apache Airflow, dbt, MLFlow, Apache Spark, AWS services, Docker, Kubernetes
    • Experience with machine learning frameworks: scikit-learn, Light GBM, XGBoost, lifelines, pytorch, Tensorflow/Keras
    • Software development lifecycle experience in GitHub (ie environment management, testing, deployment)
    • Experience at a similar scale of data processing (Multi-TB/billions of rows)
    • Work with real-time event stream data
    • Contextual work in the energy industry

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An Insider's view of Inspire

What are some social events your company does?

As the cherry on top to our mission-driven work, Inspire's community is top-tier. A couple of my favorite events have included beautifying the city on Earth Day, awarding top talent at The Windy's, and learning how our industry can take steps to be more equitable. With every happy hour, I'm reminded how enchanting my fellow Avengers truly are.

Lindsey Tod

Manager, Communications & Special Projects

How does the company support your career growth?

Inspire has helped me take my career to the next level, but most importantly, empowered me to find my passion! Having started my career in Member Experience and Operations, I was able to build a strong foundation of how the business works. I use that knowledge every day as a Product Manager, implementing automation and helping our business scale!

Meghan Griffiths

Product Manager, Acquisition Services

What is your vision for the company?

Inspire is a clean energy technology company with a mission to accelerate the world’s transition to a net-zero carbon future. We do this by providing consumers with access to renewable energy sources like wind and solar to power their homes through a frictionless digital experience. By being part of the Inspire community, our members are empowered.

Patrick Maloney

CEO

What are some things you learned at the company?

In my 4 years at Inspire, I've learned so much about what it means to be a committed steward of our planet. Our mission attracts individuals with a strong passion for combatting climate change, and it's contagious. I've been challenged to make impactful lifestyle changes and found new and exciting ways to live our mission in my day to day.

Becca Quirk

Manager, Employee Experience

What are Inspire Perks + Benefits

Inspire Benefits Overview

Inspire’s culture balances the serious nature and tone of a professional company with the move-fast-and-execute tone of a rapidly growing emerging tech company. We believe in working hard and producing, but doing it in a positive and friendly environment where collaboration is rampant.

Inspire calls its employees Avengers. It’s a team out to even the score on behalf of the common man, to challenge the status quo and confront apathy and old-world bureaucracy. Every Avenger lives for the mission: To build the world’s most consumer-focused clean power platform and inspire a connected moment towards a brighter energy future. Avengers are scrappy, restless, humble and committed to balancing passion with purpose and profit.

Inspire offers competitive compensation and equity packages, plus benefits such as health, vision, life, and dental insurance - Not to mention, unlimited vacation, 401(k) plan, a dog friendly workplace & LOTS of cupcakes!

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Inspire's Sustainability team and 3 Employee Resource Groups offer ample opportunities to get out in our local communities, connect with our mission, and further our impact.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Inspire has 3 active employee resource group for our BIPOC, Women, LGBTQIA+ communities and allies that offer monthly programming & bonding opportunities for members.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Inspire regularly offers Wellness focused programming for employees, including awareness & training sessions hosted by experts, company wide wellness challenges, and onsite exercise classes.
Team workouts
Group challenges & competitions coordinated in our #workout slack channel and access to unlimited workouts through our wellbeing app offerings to all employees.
Mental Health Benefits
Unlimited subscriptions to wellbeing apps to support healthy habits like meditation and therapy and monthly selfcare workshops to equip employees with tools to prioritize their wellbeing.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Inspire provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Inspire sponsors family oriented events annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Full-time Inspire employees receive unlimited PTO.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
In addition to internal monthly programming and events, Inspire holds an annual All Company Retreat for employees to connect with our mission and one another
Game Room
Avengers have access to a variety of games in our indoor/outdoor community area. Ping pong tournaments are a crowd favorite amongst our employees!
Stocked Kitchen
Employees enjoy a kitchen filled with a variety of snacks, LaCroix, and cold brew and kombucha on tap.
Happy Hours
Happy hours happen regularly at Inspire HQ, both within teams and company-wide. We hold an annual Halloween happy hour & costume competition as well as an end of year Holiday Party.
Parking
We offer Inspire employees on-site parking.
Pet Friendly
Inspire is a dog friendly office.
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Inspire offers relocation assistance for certain roles.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Inspire works with employees to get them the remote items that will help them be most productive in their at-home offices.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Inspire offers employees professional development opportunities like onsite training courses, the ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Inspire hosts a monthly 'Coach It Corner' series where employees have a platform to share their area of passion or expertise with the larger business!
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Inspire puts a strong emphasis on supporting the wellbeing of all employees. In February, we launched company-wide Wellness Days to prevent employee burnout. Our team gets 1-2 days off per month to take time for themselves to unwind, rest, and take care of themselves.

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