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Lead Data Scientist

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Employer Provided Salary: 105,000-152,300 Annually
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Description and Requirements
Role Value Proposition:
We are a centralized, enterprise-oriented group of data scientists whose goal is to provide mathematical and statistical based-insight to major decision processes at MetLife. This organization includes a specialist group focused on researching, developing, and deploying analytical methods that will help to transform MetLife. Specifically, this role will be working with the MetLife pet insurance group to automate and streamline the claims process and deliver valuable insights.
Key Responsibilities:
As a Lead Data Scientist, your job will fall into these major categories:

  • Analytics Research and Development: Create and apply analytical techniques to address the needs of MetLife. This includes:
    • Manipulating large-scale structured and unstructured datasets and performing data analysis to extract insights.
    • Developing, implementing, and testing the most appropriate algorithms for a given use case; be able to lead a team of data scientists and provide guidance.
    • Designing and analyzing experiments.
    • Create reports, visualizations, and web applications.
  • Engagement lead with a line of business: You will be the face of data science with the pet insurance business. You'll work with project stakeholders to understand business problems, structure data-driven solutions, and define key metrics for solution assessment. Translate technical insights to non-technical audiences.
  • Advisory Services to Delivery Teams: Provide mentorship and advice to data scientists on project work, ensuring quality and value.
  • Evaluate New Technologies and Services: Become an expert in an area of analytics and, where applicable, provide expert opinions on new technology that can be implemented across the company, including emergent AI topics like LLMs and GenAI.
  • Scale our Value: As a lead data scientist in a global division, you will additionally collaborate with regional and local teams, creating best practices for common analytical projects and delivering value across the globe.

Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

  • Master's or Doctorate in Quantitative Field (Physics, Math, Statistics, Operations Research, Engineering, Actuarial Science, etc.)
  • Atleast 3 years of experience as a data scientist/quantitative researcher/algorithmist (≥2 years for doctorate level)
  • Strong engineering background with programming proficiency in Python (version 3.).
  • High proficiency in classical statistical and mathematical modeling methods, including (but not restricted to) Regression, Classification, Clustering, Neural Networks, and Optimization.
  • Experience in cloud application development.
  • Familiarity with DevOps tools, unit testing, and CI/CD workflows, including Git.
  • Good written and oral communication, with the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders.
  • Ability to navigate complexity and ambiguity to get things done in a fast-paced environment.
  • Mentor and provide oversight to junior associates while serving as an example by sharing relevant best practices.


  • Knowledge of actuarial science, insurance, or risk management modeling.
  • Experience working in Microsoft Azure, especially model deployment with Azure Machine Learning.
  • Experience in Computer Vision/Optical Character Recognition.
  • Experience with NLP tasks like entity recognition, clustering, and topic modeling.
  • Experience with GenAI prompt engineering.

At MetLife, we're leading the global transformation of an industry we've long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we're dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.
The wage range for applicants for this position is $105,000- $152,300. This role is also eligible for annual short-term incentive compensation. MetLife offers a comprehensive benefits program, including healthcare benefits, life insurance, retirement benefits, parental leave, legal plan services, and paid time off. All incentives and benefits are subject to the applicable plan terms.
Equal Employment Opportunity/Disability/Veterans
If you need an accommodation due to a disability, please email us at [email protected]. This information will be held in confidence and used only to determine an appropriate accommodation for the application process.
MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.

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Candidate Location Eligibility:
Albuquerque, NM
Ann Arbor, MI
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Baton Rouge, LA
Birmingham, AL
Boise, ID
Boston, MA
Buffalo, NY
Charleston, SC
Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Colorado, CO
Columbus, OH
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
Dayton, OH
Des Moines, IA
Detroit, MI
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR
Greensboro, NC
Hampton Roads, VA
Hartford, CT
Houston, TX
Huntsville, AL
Indianapolis, IN
Jacksonville, FL
Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas, NV
Lexington, KY
Lincoln, NE
Little Rock, AR
Los Angeles, CA
Louisville, KY
Madison, WI
Memphis, TN
Miami, FL
Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis–Saint Paul, MN
Nashville, TN
New Orleans, LA
New York City, NY
Ogden, UT
Oklahoma City, OK
Omaha, NE
Orlando, FL
Other US Location
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville
Pensacola, FL
Peoria, IL
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix – Mesa – Scottsdale, AZ
Pittsburgh, PA
Portland, ME
Portland, OR
Providence, RI
Provo, UT
Raleigh-Durham, NC
Reno, NV
Richmond, VA
Rochester, NY
Sacramento, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Seattle, WA
Spokane, WA
St. Louis, MO
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa Bay, FL
Tucson, AZ
Tulsa, OK
Washington DC
Wichita, KS
Wilmington, NC

What are MetLife Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Hybrid work model
Employee awards
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Highly diverse management team
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Our employee-led networks support families; LGBTQ+; diverse abilities; veterans; multiculturalism; generations; women; Black professionals, Latino professionals and Pan Asian professionals.
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
In addition, employees who work at least 1,000 hours in a 12-month period become eligible to participate in the Retirement Plan after their first year of employment and after they have reached age 21.
401(K) matching
Company equity
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave
Childcare benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Floating holidays
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored happy hours
Onsite office parking
Recreational clubs
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Onsite gym
Professional Development
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available

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