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Lead Data Scientist (R&D)

Elmwood NE Conagra Brands

We are looking for a Lead Data Scientist for our R&D group in Omaha, Nebraska!

Located along the Missouri River, our Omaha office is within walking distance to downtown shops and restaurants. Join us for yoga or strength training classes offered at the onsite fitness center. Conagra's R&D facilities in Omaha are state-of-the-art, including a large super lab, open benchtop space for prototype development, a top of the line culinary kitchen, and pilot plant capabilities.

As the Lead Data Scientist, reporting to the Senior Director of R&D, you will provide data analysis and modeling for the Research & Development (R&D) function to influence business decisions and drive results towards Conagra’s growth objectives. You will work on a variety of high-visibility projects to apply advanced analytics, data modeling and machine learning concepts, collaborate cross-functionally, and create recommendations and solutions to solve business challenges.

What else you'll do:

  • Work within the R&D Digital team to mine and analyze networked and time-series data sets and create advanced algorithms to generate insights to improve business operations and outcomes

  • Develop and deploy models, simulation models, and other advanced analytics solutions to enable data-driven decision making to meet goals        

  • Collaborate with business partners and stakeholders to drive data standards, data-governance, data-science best practices, solution innovation, and future solution needs

  • Help establish and evolve data science capabilities for the R&D function, including our data architecture and ML Ops practices

  • Apply detailed programming language experience (SQL, Python, R, Scala, Julia, etc.), data derivation/inference/scraping techniques and algorithms as necessary

  • Build models and dashboards in a cutting edge, cloud-based ecosystem with tools such as TensorFlow, Snowflake, Databricks, Plotly-Dash, PowerBI, etc.

  • Communicate technical needs to technology partners by clearly and concisely presenting findings and recommendations to the business in a way that is meaningful to leaders in multiple functions

  • Continuously deliver high quality analytics, algorithms, and models with a focus on driving results

  • Keep abreast of the latest developments and cutting-edge technologies for data science

What you'll need to be successful:

  • Master's degree in statistics, econometrics, machine-learning, applied mathematics or related quantitative field and 4+ years of experience. Or Bachelor's degree in Data Science, Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Applied Statistics, or other related quantitative discipline with 7+ years of experience developing and applying operational research models, simulation models, data mining applications, writing algorithms, advanced analytics, and machine learning

  • Strong coding skills in python / R / Scala / Julia and knowledge of functional programming

  • Hands on experience with large scale data processing software such as DataBricks, Spark, or similar applications.

  • Experience with drawing conclusions and solving problems from a combination of large, complex datasets

  • Strong written and verbal communication, including the ability to communicate complex technical concepts to non-technical business partners

  • Ability to handle multiple projects and priorities in a dynamic environment

We require applicants for this role to be legally authorized to work in the United States without requiring employer sponsorship either now or in the future.

Our Modern Workplace:

Conagra’s culture of collaboration enhances our ability to meet critical business goals, deliver value to customers and consumers and provide you with the flexibility you need to achieve a better work-life balance. We carefully consider each role and how often each team member needs to collaborate in-person. You may be in the office 3-4 days per week with remote flexibility those days. Fridays are remote.

Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, 15 vacation days, 6 additional days off and 10 paid holidays. Check out our 401k plan too! Conagra will match 100% up to the first 6% of pay you save. The company will also provide a 3% non-elective contribution to your account regardless of your participation (that's 9%)!



Our Benefits:

We care about your total well-being and will support you with the following, subject to your location and role:

  • Health: Medical, dental and vision insurance, company-paid life, accident and disability insurance
  • Wealth: great pay, incentive opportunity, matching 401(k) and stock purchase plan
  • Growth: online courses, virtual and classroom development experiences
  • Balance: paid-time off, parental leave, flexible work-schedules (subject to your location and role)

Our Company:

Conagra Brands is one of North America's leading branded food companies. We have a rich heritage of making great food, and a team that’s passionate about innovation and growth. Conagra offers choices for every occasion through iconic brands, such as Birds Eye®, Marie Callender's®, Banquet®, Healthy Choice®, Slim Jim®, Reddi-wip®, and Vlasic®, and emerging brands, including Angie's® BOOMCHICKAPOP®, Duke's®, Earth Balance®, Gardein®, and Frontera®.

We pride ourselves on having the most impactful, energized and inclusive culture in the food industry. For more information, visit

Conagra Brands is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state or local law.

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