Principal Data Scientist

Activision Santa Monica, CA

About the Job

Your Mission

The Live Ops Analytics Team is looking for a data science expert. As a thought leader within the Live Ops Team, your mission is to put the science into decision making.

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Being the trusted expert charged with evolving our Data Science roadmap for all product analytics teams
  • Develop novel analytics to qualitatively deduce and draw conclusions from player behavioral data that directly influences game design, play balance, retention of our live titles
  • Design and implement predictive models to make an impact on our future business decisions, product planning, and personalization
  • Provide technical leadership and mentorship to data scientists with a wide range of backgrounds
  • Democratize and socialize learnings by contributing to a centralized repository that informs future game design, and is carried across titles and franchises
  • Evangelize data science outside the company to increase company visibility and recruit new talent

Player Profile

Minimum Requirements:

  • Advanced degree required with technical focus (Statistics, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, etc.)
  • 10+ years total experience in analytics
  • Exceptional technical skills with SQL, R/ Python for data analysis and experience in ML driven products
  • Demonstrated programming skills either in data science or software development settings a plus
  • Expert at deriving narrative from data and communicate the results effectively
  • Expert in experimentation and causal inference methodologies
  • Comprehensive experience with predictive and prescriptive modeling
  • Deep product sense, with a solid understanding of user engagement and monetization strategies in gaming, entertainment/ecommerce service providers, or mobile apps a plus

Extra Points:

  • Consistently demonstrates ability to identify and meet the needs of others across the company
  • Guiding teams to be agile in response to change and to solve complex problems
  • Being active in the industry, recognized for application of science to games & entertainment
  • Delivering breakthrough analytical projects resulting in measurable engagement or revenue impact
  • Exemplifies multi-dimensional skill set - data science, experimentation, analysis, engineering, etc.
  • Being a renowned champion for best practices within the analytics, data and engineering teams
  • Provides context, not control, remaining highly aligned but loosely coupled