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Data Scientist Associate Principal

Atlanta, Georgia

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A rich digital and data playground where you can apply your analytics talents—that’s what you can expect to find on the Data Science and Analytics team at Catalina. Here, you will proactively generate impactful, sustainable technology solutions to gain deep insights into purchasing behavior. As part of a dynamic team, you will be challenged and supported as you drive insights that can’t be found anywhere else.

  • Full Time
  • Travel: Occasional

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Success Profile

What makes a successful Data Science and Analytics employee at Catalina?
Review the top traits we’re looking for and see if you’re the right fit.

  • Analytical 10
  • Results-driven 9
  • Digitally Savvy 9
  • Communicator 8
  • Critical Thinker 8
  • Strategic 7
Traits are on a scale of 0 to 10

Additional Traits

  • Insightful
  • Logical
  • Organized
  • Persuasive
  • Practical
  • Proactive
  • Problem-solver
  • Curious

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  • Health Insurance

  • Retirement Plan

  • Continuing Education

  • Family Support

  • Flexible Time Off

  • Healthy Work/ Life Balance

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Catalina is such a great place to leverage data science. Our shopper data is vast and granular, and our clients face an increasingly competitive landscape. The opportunities to help are endless.

Wes Chaar, PhD, Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Job Description

Data Scientist Associate Principal

Job Number R0001708 Posted On 05/11/2021 Location Atlanta, Georgia

Our Team

The Advanced Analytics and Data Science team at Catalina creates new, world-class science-based capabilities for external and internal clients, shepherding these initiatives from initial concept, prototyping / proof-of-concept, design, build, testing, training, and handoff.  We use advanced machine learning, data science, operations research, statistics, and related analytics methodologies, operating on big data and delivered on a scalable computing platform using modern technologies.  We illustrate value and drive to bring these capabilities to initial Production and ensure that these initiatives are successful when we hand off.

This position will report directly to the VP of Advanced Analytics and Data Science.


  • Works on highly complex projects that require subject matter expertise across multiple functional areas, operations or processes.

  • Proactively initiates discussions and analysis with business clients to uncover potential problems or resolve an existing business issue.

  • Consults across multiple projects and technology areas/business processes

  • Serves as a Data Science technical expert for technology/project development reviews

  • Formulates complex mathematical models in an appropriate programming language or application

  • Analyzes raw input data from computer or other media

  • Develops business case analysis to support recommendations

  • Leads validation and testing of models to ensure adequacy, or determines need for reformulation

  • Facilitates the design, development, and planning of viable solutions to complex business problems according to user specifications.  Complies with project methodology requirements

  • Researches new and emerging tools technologies or platforms.  Evaluates and makes recommendations for new tools, technologies and platforms to be implemented.

  • Utilizes and stays current on applicable programming languages and software technologies

  • Track progress and report out to stakeholders

  • Provides direction, tools and process support to less senior associates

  • Know what quality means, strive for quality, design for quality, test and refine until a very high quality is achieved, and continuously improve

  • Deliver prototypes / proofs of concept

  • Recommend plans to bring to Production

  • This is a skilled position with minimal supervision required (supervision by manager a couple of times per month)


  • Ph.D. in machine learning, computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, operations research, or related discipline AND 5+ years’ experience after graduate school in computation, data science, machine learning or related

  • Computing skills: programming (e.g., C++), cloud distributed computing, spark, python / R, machine learning framework(s) (e.g., sk-learn, tensorflow), linux, bitbucket, Target Process/JIRA or other issue-tracking

  • Good communications, verbally, and also have ability to construct cogent design documents, emails and PowerPoints

  • Atlanta-based.  (Will entertain candidates willing to relocate to Atlanta.)

  • Ability to travel up to 25%

  • Sunny disposition, team player

  • Academic networking

About Catalina

Catalina is a recognized leader in highly targeted, personalized digital media that drives, tracks and measures sales lift for leading CPG retailers and brands. Powered by the most extensive shopper database in the world, Catalina's mobile, online and in-store networks personalize the consumer's path to purchase, delivering $7.9 billion in relevant consumer value each year. Catalina has no higher priority than ensuring the privacy and security of the data entrusted to us and maintaining the consumer trust paramount to the continued success of our business partners and Catalina. Based in St. Petersburg, FL, Catalina has operations in the United States, Europe and Japan. To learn more, please visit or follow us on Twitter @Catalina.

Diversity, Inclusion + Belongingness

Catalina is committed to investing in, empowering, and retaining a more inclusive community within our company.   We are dedicated to hiring and cultivating diverse teams of the best and brightest from all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We believe that true innovation happens when everyone has a seat at the table and a voice to be heard.  Our goal is to ensure that all our talented professionals are equipped with support, resources, and the opportunity to excel.

The intent of this job description is to describe the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be required to perform other job-related tasks other than those specifically included in this description.

All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subjected to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace.


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