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Director of Data Science

Albertsons-Safeway Company is one of the largest food and drug retailers with 2,300+ stores. The Albertsons-Safeway family of brands includes some of the most prominent brands in food retailing, with a growing base of loyal shoppers. Thanks to the professionalism, diversity, spirit and friendliness of our people, we have locations across the U.S.

The Data Analytics Department has an opening for a Director of Data Science. This position is located in Pleasanton, California.

Position Purpose

The Data Analytics team at Albertsons/Safeway is looking for a Director of Data Science to lead and develop a team of data scientists and engineers who will implement tools and technologies to help our customers and internal constituents achieve extraordinary value. We are looking for someone to join our team to lead groundbreaking projects, to leverage massive structured, unstructured, transactional and real-time data sets from a variety of sources, analyze financial and customer usage patterns and make actionable recommendations using machine learning, data mining, business understanding and common sense. The Data Science Group is a centralized team that is responsible for helping business units make objective decisions using science. This person is the face of the data science team for internal clients and works with key business partners to identify collaboration opportunities, ideates with the business group to develop a point of view on how advanced analytics. The Director is also responsible for ensuring that we hire the best in class data science team and for fostering an intellectual and collaborative environment.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Operates as the internal client’s thought partner

Provides in-depth consultative analyses to senior business leaders

Provides data mining, pattern and root cause analyses to help business units understand areas of untapped opportunity

Develops business cases and recommendations for innovations to address business opportunities

Produces ROI models and delivers build vs. buy recommendations

Presents design, analysis, modeling choices and recommendations to CXO level audiences Develop a roadmap to best support business initiatives Collaborate closely with internal business partners and identify opportunities where machine learning can add value

Formulates an analytic data-driven approach to address business questions

Designs technical solutions for decision systems and the development of modeling algorithms to be deployed to production

Manages, mentors, and develops the overall team of Data Scientists

Challenge the internal data science team on advanced analytical concepts

Hires, trains, retains and challenges a best-in-class data science and analytics professionals

Responsible for the employment, promotion, associate performance evaluation, training, motivation, counseling/mentoring, and discipline of assigned associates

Manages other managers of data science and/or principle data scientists/engineer


Exceptional business acumen, with abilities to develop strategic and tactical recommendations across multiple areas of the business through research and collaboration.

Advanced knowledge of data science concepts and experience working with diverse large data

Excellent internal client (including Executive level) and external vendor management skills.

Excellent communication skills both oral and written with strong analytical and presentation skills including advanced fluency with Microsoft business applications (Word, Excel).

Strong negotiation skills and ability to direct cross-functional team members.

Strong PowerPoint skills

Master’s Degree in Statistics, Business Administration, a related field or equivalent education required

Ph.D. preferred and/or strong consulting background preferred

10+ years of relevant quantitative and qualitative research and analytics experience.

3+ years of experience leading a data science team

Experience turning ideas into actionable designs and delivering solutions to end users. Able to persuade stakeholders and champion effective techniques

Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as excellent presentation skills

Strong understanding of database structure, design, query languages (e.g. SQL), big data systems (e.g., Hive, Pig)

Proven success managing teams of data scientists and leading Machine Learning projects

How to : Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a resume by visiting ********************

Diversity is fundamental at Albertsons-Safeway. We foster an inclusive working environment where the different strengths and perspectives of each employee is both recognized and valued. We believe that building successful relationships with our customers and our communities is only possible through the diversity of our people. A diverse workforce leads to better teamwork and creative thinking, as well as mutual understanding and respect.

The Albertsons-Safeway policy is to provide employment, training, compensation, promotion and other conditions of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, medical condition, marital status or any other legally protected status.

We support a drug-free workplace all applicants offered a position are required to pass a pre-employment drug test before they are hired.


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