Principal Data Scientist - BlackLocus in Austin, TX

$100K - $150K(Ladders Estimates)

The Home Depot   •  

Austin, TX 78701

Industry: Retail & Consumer Goods


5 - 7 years

Posted 34 days ago

A Principal Data Scientist is capable of performing new innovative research to solve difficult business problems. Principal Data Scientists are responsible for thought leadership of analytics and software design in taking the solution from concept to final prototype. Responsible for resources from the data science team and defines tasks within the business problem to parallelize and deliver a solution in the shortest amount of time. Principal Data Scientists are expected to not only contribute to projects as hands on expert level resource, but also provide thought leadership to data scientists and the company as a whole.

This role will:

Work with merchants and other business experts to define an distill requirements for analytic solutions

Define best in class analytic methodology and facilitate adoption of that methodology by the data science team

Design analytic solutions leveraging advanced statistical modeling and optimization that are best suited to solve the business problems

Lead internal data scientists to deliver advanced analytics solutions.

Provide thought leadership and establish a technical strategy and roadmap for advanced analytics

Communicate timely and effectively both verbal and written to the peers, team, managers, and Home Depot

Stay current with advancements in optimization, statistical modeling, programming techniques and advocates them where appropriate


35%-Designs and develops solutions that leverage statistical analytics and optimization to derive business insights.

35%-Partner with internal cross-functional teams and lead data scientists to develop advanced solutions.

20%-Seeks further knowledge on key developments within data science, technical skill sets, and additional data sources within Home Depot.

10%-Define clear communication mechanisms to the head of data science to ensure projects are on time and on budget


This position reports to the Head of Data Science.

This position has no direct reports.



Located in a comfortable indoor area. Any unpleasant conditions would be infrequent and not objectionable.


Typically requires overnight travel less than 10% of the time.


Must be eighteen years of age or older.

Must be legally permitted to work in the United States.

Education Required:

The knowledge, skills and abilities typically acquired through the completion of a master's degree program or equivalent degree in a field of study related to the job.

Years of Relevant Work Experience: 6 years

Physical Requirements:

Frequent periods are spent standing or sitting in the same location with some opportunity to move about; occasionally there may be a need to stoop or lift light objects (typically less than 8 pounds).

Additional Qualifications:Strong communication and presentation skills with business stakeholders and technical teams

Preferred Qualifications:

The knowledge, skills and abilities typically acquired through the completion of a PhD degree with 5+ yrs of experience or Masters with 8+ years of experience in the domain of data science

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies:

Work experience with SQL, Teradata, Google Big Query and/or other comparable database systems

Expert knowledge of R, Python or other statistical computing programming languages

Recent publication in peer reviewed journal relevant to data science

Experience managing groups of PhD level data scientists

Valid Through: 2019-11-13