Data Scientist II

| Greater Boulder Area
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About the Team

The Data Intelligence team is a subgroup of Sovrn’s larger Data Science team that generates data-based intelligence for internal stakeholders. The team processes data from over 25 billion HTTP requests daily, resulting in several petabytes of data on a monthly basis. The team then uses this information to produce data products that inform decision-making across the company, and to build optimization tools and new features that directly affect Sovrn and its publishers.

About the Job

In this role of Data Scientist II you will be responsible for becoming an expert on a broad portion of the Sovrn business.  You will apply your expertise in data analysis to identify business opportunities to optimize our products and operations.  You will partner with business leaders to guide decisions based on analysis of large datasets, rigorous testing, and a deep understanding of the technical workings of our Commerce, Exchange, and Signal product lines.  Projects may include developing optimization systems for the exchange, building simulations of product changes, and building prototypes of new features to increase the performance of our business.

You will partner with other data scientists and engineers to develop your big data skills and use powerful tools to develop insights and optimization in Sovrn’s high performance real-time ad exchange and other business segments.

What you will be doing:

  • Develop detailed expertise in the technical workings of Sovrn’s various business units
  • Develop expertise in each data resource, and methods to extract and process data (SQL, Hive, Spark, etc...)
  • Develop expertise in the business drivers in a specific area of the Sovrn business
  • Partner with business leaders in that area to drive performance improvements through rigorous analysis and decision support
  • Drive business initiatives in that area through modeling, automating, and driving product design and testing.
  • Analyze and solve problems at their root, stepping back to understand the broader context
  • Collaborate with fellow data scientists, product managers, engineers, and data platform teams to further develop Sovrn’s products and data resources.

About You

You are a storyteller who interprets results from complex datasets and turns them into clear and concise narratives to guide the direction of your company. You are eager to be a leader and mentor for more junior members of your team, as well as for groups of embedded analysts in other teams around the company.  You enjoy using written and oral communication to evangelize data literacy throughout the company.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor's degree in quantitative, analytic field or relevant working experience 
  • Expertise in SQL and relational databases
  • Experience in Python or other scripting languages
  • Experience with data modeling and machine learning algorithms
  • Comfort with version-controlled codebase (Git)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to convert business problems into structured analysis and back to business solutions
  • A passion for helping teammates expand their data skill set
  • Ability to quickly formulate solutions to difficult problems
  • Experience analyzing data to extract business recommendations
  • Comfortable in fast-paced, start-up environments

Bonus Points:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or equivalent
  • Experience with AWS and/or GCP
  • Experience with Java or Scala

Position Reports to: Manager, Data Intelligence Team

About Sovrn

Publishers create the content the world depends on for education, entertainment, and commerce. Sovrn provides products and services to tens of thousands of online publishers to help them grow, operate their business, understand their readership, and manage consumer data. Sovrn is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with offices in San Francisco, New York, and London. 

With 10,000 customers deploying one or more products across 30,000 websites, Sovrn reaches 200M consumers across more than 3.5B pageviews everyday. Sovrn has been a leader in online publisher technology since its founding, and has been recognized by IAB, JICWEBS, and TAG for its role in combating advertising fraud and promoting pro-transparency initiatives. Sovrn is dedicated to helping content creators do more of what they love, and less of what they don’t.

Sovrn is an Equal Opportunity Employer! 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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We are in a brand new building, close to breweries, restaurants and coffee shops. Easy to get to, plenty of parking and the bus stops right out front.

An Insider's view of Sovrn

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Our Reliability Team works incredibly hard, however….personal life comes first. One of the reasons is that we have incredible managers that realize that we are humans. We work hard but when we are off, we are off!


Sr. Site Reliablity Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

No two days look the same, but I mean that in a good way! At Sovrn, people are given the ability to step outside the confines of their job description and engage cross-departmentally. Sovrn is a great place to work for people who love to learn and challenge themselves.


Sr. Director, Marketing

How does the company support your career growth?

I always wanted to move into management one day. When the opportunity presented itself earlier than I was ready for, the leadership supported me to ensure that we were successful. I can't imagine having grown without them.


Manager, Software Engineering

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Great ideas can come from everybody with the right support and space. To this end, we hold an Innovation Week quarterly for all engineers. We aren't afraid of trying new tech, as long as it delivers customer value. We encourage creativity with a collaborative environment, POCs during planning phases, and aggressively maintaining tech debt.



What are some things you learned at the company?

Our onboarding is phenomenal for new employees, helping educate new hires about the entire adtech industry in addition to the specifics of their role, illuminating their place within the larger ecosystem. The office has a fun, collaborative atmosphere that encourages a strong balance between work and health.


Team Lead, Quality

What are Sovrn Perks + Benefits

Sovrn Benefits Overview

We have a choice of health and wellness plans that meet your needs, including medical, dental and vision. Take advantage of an open vacation policy, flexible working hours and paid parental leave. Enjoy catered lunch every other week, along with breakfast to start your Friday mornings. Be part of a passionate and high growth culture, work with great people and make an impact on Sovrn's future and direction. Did we mention Raccoon shirt Friday's?

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga, Sponsored race teams.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
We provide free breakfast on Friday. Employees get free lunch on Tuesday.
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Culture of Learning and Career Advancement. Awesome people!

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