AVAILABLE POSITIONS Senior Data Scientist

Zynga is a leading developer of the world’s most popular social games, played by tens of millions of people around the world each day. To-date, more than 1 billion people have played our games across Web and mobile, including FarmVille, Zynga Poker, Words With Friends, Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells, Merge Dragons!, Empires & Puzzles, Hit it Rich! Slots, Toy and Toon Blast, and CSR Racing.

The Marketing Analytics team has been charged with supporting audience growth functions across our portfolio. We utilize the vast amount of internal and third-party data available to provide reporting, tooling, and automation solutions that elevate the various functions in Zynga’s Marketing organization. Our roadmap has one purpose: to expand Zynga's ability to reach new audiences.

As a data scientist, you will use your machine-learning expertise to capitalize on some of our most ambitious opportunities. Predicting LTV’s, optimizing spend allocation across titles and networks, building publisher recommendation engines, and automating ad sentiment evaluation through computer vision and AI are only a small sample of possible projects for which you could be asked to design and implement solutions. End-to-end automated pipeline design, monitoring, and maintenance are essential for the scalability of our function, so it is vital that you bring experience to bear. The demands on this team are constantly evolving with the needs of Zynga’s dynamic marketing teams, so it is important that you be able to adapt and utilize your time efficiently.

Responsibilities:

  • Use our modern tech stack, AWS (Redshift & Kinesis), Databricks and PySpark, Airflow, and Tableau to develop innovative tools
  • Work closely with marketing teams to craft, test, verify and implement machine learning models to optimize Zynga audience growth
  • Apply statistical methodologies to evaluate performance and account for uncertainties in major initiatives
  • Implement state-of-the-art machine-learning pipeline technologies to scale and propel the marketing analytics function
  • Providing ideation and thought leadership in the architecture of our pipelines
  • Design and develop using standard practices within a GitHub environment

Required Skills and Experience:

  • A strong statistical background demonstrating the ability to build complex models that can reasonably describe actual underlying data generation processes. Experience with Bayesian modeling STRONGLY preferred
  • Experience exploring and implementing cutting edge ML/AI methods and the ability to apply that knowledge broadly across our various data pipelines to improve efficacy and efficiency
  • Experience designing large-scale ML pipelines using technologies such as AWS tools, Databricks, and Airflow
  • Strong mentorship skills
  • 4+ years of work experience in data science, machine learning or analytics roles
  • Proficiency in SQL and Python
  • BS in Computer Science, Math, Statistics, Economics, or other quantitative field; Masters or PhD strongly preferred

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • BS in Computer Science, Math, Statistics, Economics, or other quantitative field; Masters or PhD strongly preferred
  • 4+ years of work experience in data science, machine learning or analytics role
  • Demonstrated experience with some or all of the following: machine learning, data mining, predictive modeling, statistics, experimental design, computational analytics, econometric modeling, data visualization
  • Proficient in Python, SQL, and other programming languages; Experience in applying machine learning on large datasets, preferably using Spark on Databricks
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

What we offer you:

  • Competitive salary, bonus plan, Take-Two RSU’s (Restricted Stock Units), ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Plan)
  • 401K Company Match Contribution
  • Medical, dental, vision, EAP, life insurance, and disability benefits
  • Virtual mental health and neurodiversity support programs
  • Family planning support program
  • Generous paid maternity/parental leave
  • Subsidized Back-up child care
  • Discretionary Time Off policy for many employees
  • Flexible working hours on many teams
  • Culture of diversity and inclusion including employee resource groups
  • Work with cool people and impact millions of daily players

**Remote work from an alternate location could be considered**

HIRING UPDATE: The safety of our candidates and team members is our top priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our workforce transitioned to working from home, with all interviewing and onboarding being conducted virtually until further notice.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse and talented workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, colour, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law. We welcome job-seekers, players, employees, and partners from all backgrounds to join us!

We will consider all qualified job-seekers with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities in order to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.  Please contact us at AccommodationRequest@zynga.com to request an accommodation associated with your application for an open position. 

Zynga does not  engage in financial exchanges during the recruitment or onboarding process. We do not conduct job interviews over third-party messaging apps such as Telegram, WhatsApp or others. We will never ask you for your personal or financial information over unofficial chat channels. Our in-house recruitment team only contacts individuals via official company email addresses (i.e., via a zynga.com or naturalmotion.com email domain).

If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, you may wish to contact the authorities. In the United States, you may file a complaint with the FBI. More information is available here: https://www.ic3.gov.

Careers Category: Data, Analytics & User Research

Careers location: Austin, TX, Remote, US

Connected Worker Type: Connected, Onsite, Offsite

Requisition ID: P211576

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Zynga does not engage in financial exchanges during the recruitment or onboarding process. We do not conduct job interviews over third-party messaging apps such as Telegram, WhatsApp or others. We will never ask you for your personal or financial information over unofficial chat channels. Our in-house recruitment team only contacts individuals via official company email addresses (i.e., via a zynga.com or naturalmotion.com email domain).

If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, you may wish to contact the authorities. In the United States, you may file a complaint with the FBI. More information is available here: https://www.ic3.gov