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Sr. Data Scientist-Remote

Date: Aug 21, 2021

Location: Davidson, NC, US

Company: MSC Industrial Supply

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Requisition ID : 5550 

Employment Type : Full Time         

Job Category : Information Technology                                             

Work Location :  Davidson, NC (CSC) - Remote 

State or Province : North Carolina (US-NC)     

Potential Work Location : United States : North Carolina : Davidson 



At MSC, we are growing our Analytics team and investing in forward-thinking BI and Data Analytics solutions. As we build out the team, we are looking for a smart and innovative leader who is self-sufficient and thrives in ambiguity, has experience in Analytics, and can drive results across MSC bridging business and technical areas. This is an opportunity to be a part of a special milestone, help us build the future of Analytics at MSC, and ignite a data-driven culture.
The Data Scientist will identify business problems and solves them by using various numerical techniques, algorithms, and models in Statistical Modeling, Machine Learning, Operations Research, and Data Mining. With the opportunity to work on a broad spectrum of areas where our business partners need support to leverage data in a meaningful way to mitigate risk, reduce costs, and identify or create new growth opportunities such as Customer Churn, Upsell/Crosssell, Equipment Failure Prediction, Operational Tools Automation, Demand Forecasting, Alert Optimization, Supply Chain Optimization, Inventory & Capacity Planning, Process Design & Optimization, and Financial Modeling.
This role is responsible for architecting and building pragmatic, scalable, and statistically rigorous solutions for focused business problems by leveraging or developing state-of-the-art statistical and machine learning methodologies on top of MSC's growing data ecosystem. Data Scientists also need communication skills to work across departments to understand what business leaders want to learn/gain from the company’s data assets. Additionally, this role will have direct reports in their squad consisting of on and offshore team members.


* Provides technical leadership and guidance in advanced analytics solutions as well as:
o Partner swith internal stakeholders on projects to identify and articulate opportunities, see beyond the data to identify solutions that will raise the bar for decision making.
o Collaborates with cross-functional data and product teams across business applications to access and manipulate data, explain data gathering requirements, make recommendations, display results, and build efficient and scalable analytics solutions.
o Analysis of operational data and user behavior to improve overall business performance.
o Defines, computes, tracks, and continuously validate business metrics with diagnostic, predictive, prescriptive analytics.
o Architects, builds and maintains data driven machine learning models, experiments, forecasting algorithms, and optimization models.
o Mentors others as needed on best practices for design and implementation of cutting-edge analytics solutions.
o Communicates final recommendations and drive decision making.
* Stays current with latest cloud technologies, patterns, and methodologies; share knowledge by clearly articulating results and ideas to key stakeholders. May be required to present ideas to larger audience for review and buy-in.
* Drives the MSC Culture in the department and throughout the company to ensure fulfillment of MSC’s vision and unity of purpose.
* Participation in special projects and performs additional duties as required


To perform this job successfully an associate must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of knowledge, experience level and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative field such as Data Science, Computer Science, Quantitative Finance, Math, Statistics, Physics or a related Engineering degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum five years of experience in building models and developing algorithms for machine learning, statistics, mathematical programming, and simulation in industry and/or academia required.
  • Minimum five years of experience in managing and analyzing large-scale structured and unstructured data using R or Python required.
  • Minimum three years of experience in SQL in big data environments (i.e. Hadoop) and data modeling required.
  • Experience with scientific computing and analysis packages such as NumPy, SciPy, Pandas, Scikit-learn, dplyr, or ggplot2 required.
  • Experience with data visualization libraries such as D3, Matplotlib, Pyplot, ggplot2 required.
  • Experience with Machine Learning, Statistics, or other data analysis tools and techniques required.
  • Experience with statistics methods such as forecasting, time series, hypothesis testing, classification, clustering or regression analysis required.
  • Experience writing testable code and shipping code into production required.
  • Experience with DevOps process (exposure to GitHub, Jenkins or other CI/CD tools) required.
  • Experience with machine learning libraries and packages such as PyTorch, Caffe2, TensorFlow, Keras or Theano preferred.



  • Strong Knowledge about Agile techniques: User Stories, Continuous Integration, Test Driven Development, Continuous Testing, Pairing, Automated Testing, Burn Down Metrics, Velocity etc.
  • Strong knowledge of software development processes and procedures to understand team needs includes fundamentals of iterative and incremental development
  • Knowledge of deep learning research. Familiarity with object-oriented programming languages (such as C++ or Java) and visualization tools from at least one toolset (e.g. Tableau, MicroStrategy,, Looker, SAS, Power BI, etc.)



  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to travel up to 15% of the time may be required.


Compensation commensurate with experience


Benefits may include: paid time away including holidays and parental leave, medical and dental plans, retirement savings plans with company-match, disability and life insurance, tuition reimbursement program, recognition and service award programs, wellness and workplace flexibility programs, stock purchase plan, and product discounts (Benefits may vary by location).”



Why MSC  
People. Collaboration. Insight. That’s how you build something that works.

Built on a foundation of trust, MSC works side by side with our customers to help them drive business results. With more than one million product offerings and 75+ years of experience across industries, MSC strives to help our customers achieve greater productivity, profitability, and growth through inventory management and other innovative supply chain solutions. 

We care about our associates and have programs in place to help our 6,500+ team members achieve their potential. When you join our team, you will receive rewards and recognition for your contributions, training and professional development opportunities, as well as a variety of benefits to support you and your family's health, well-being, and financial future.

If you are inspired to learn, take risks, and succeed as a team, you can build a better career at MSC.

Equal Opportunity Statement 
At MSC, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all qualified applicants and our associates without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any category protected by applicable law.                    


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