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Data Science & Machine Learning Manager (R7903)

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American Family Insurance
June 4, 2018
Madison, Wisconsin (WI)
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At American Family Insurance, we’re driven by our customers and employees. That’s why we provide more than just a job – we provide opportunity. Whether you’re already part of our team in search of a new challenge or new to our company and ready for what’s next, you’re in the right place. Every dream is a journey that starts with a single step. Start your journey right here. Join our team. Bring your dreams.

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R7903 Data Science & Machine Learning Manager (Open)


This position is responsible for overseeing the research, development, and analysis of advanced statistical models that support various areas of the business, such as pricing, marketing or underwriting. Oversees development of new analytical techniques and ensuring appropriate application. Oversees discovery of new insights and potential analytics applications through investigative research into large and complex datasets. Collaborates within the division and cross-divisionally to develop and integrate statistical models into various processes. Monitors industry trends in analytics and investigates new concepts, ideas, and data sources. Responsible for management of the on-going portfolio of analytical engagements as assigned.



  • MS degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Engineering Actuarial Science or related field or equivalent designation, such as Fellowship of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Specialized Knowledge and Skills Requirements

  • Demonstrated experience providing customer-driven solutions, support or service
  • Demonstrated experience communicating business implications of complex data relationships and results of statistical models to multiple business partners.
  • Demonstrated experience formulating, approaching, and solving problems in massive, complex datasets.
  • Demonstrated experience in public speaking and use of appropriate presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience interfacing with business clients and partnering with business stakeholders to create solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience performing advanced statistical analysis, including generalized linear models, decision trees, neural networks, etc., to discover business insights and develop predictive models.
  • Demonstrated experience with statistical and modeling software tools, such as SAS or R.
  • Demonstrated management or leadership experience.

Travel Requirements

  • This position requires travel up to 10% of the time.

Additional Job Information:

Preferred candidates will have:

1. Strong project management, leadership, and cross-functional collaboration skills

2. 2+ years of experience leading, mentoring and managing a team of data scientists/engineers

3. Experience leading end-to-end Machine Learning/AI projects at the enterprise level would be a plus

4. Deep theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in machine learning, statistics, optimization

5. Experience with full stack AI/ML tools such as PySpark, Scikit, Numpy, deep learning frameworks, Hadoop, etc..

6. Graduate degree in computer science/engineering, operations research, mathematics, and 6+ years of related experience or a PhD and 4+ years of related experience

Offer to selected candidate will be made contingent on the results of applicable background checks.

Offer to selected candidate is contingent on signing a non-disclosure agreement for proprietary information, trade secrets, and inventions.

Relocation assistance is available.

Candidates selected for an interview with the hiring manager will be asked to complete a leadership skills assessment.

Job Description:

Primary Accountabilities
Model Research & Development (55%)

  • Oversees the research and development of new advanced statistical models that support various areas of the business, such as pricing, marketing or underwriting.
  • Oversees development and application of advanced statistical concepts.
  • Oversees discovery of new insights and potential analytics applications through investigative research into large and complex datasets.
  • Oversees research project planning including data gathering, software requirements, timelines, workflow, etc.
  • Keeps abreast of significant developments within the industry and develops strategies that allow the company to take advantage of those opportunities.
  • Leads exploration of new concepts and data sources to deliver innovation for the business.
  • Oversees the testing and validation of statistical models.
  • Oversees the development and testing of data to support research.
  • Collaborates internally and cross-divisionally to formulate analytical applications that help solve business problems.
  • Oversees the most complex and vital analytics work critical to the organization.

Model Integration & Communication (20%)

  • Responsible for the delivery of research findings to business partners to assist in the management of business performance and operations.
  • Collaborates with business partners to implement new models and the development of integration strategies, including monitoring of analytics applications post-implementation.
  • Leads analytics projects or components related to large, complex business initiatives.
  • Works closely with business stakeholders to identify and answer critical questions.
  • Provides knowledge transfer and training to business areas regarding new analytics applications as part of implementation process.
  • Provides knowledge transfer and training on new modeling tools and methodologies to less experienced staff.

Management/Leadership for Department or Unit (15%)

  • Manages direct reports, systems, and projects to achieve department/unit goals in accordance with Company policies and practices.
  • Prepares and analyzes department/unit plans and reports.
  • Provides leadership by exhibiting influence and expertise, thus affecting the results of the operating area.
  • Creates an effective work environment by developing a common vision, setting clear objectives, expecting teamwork, recognizing outstanding performance, and maintaining open communications.
  • Develops staff through coaching, providing performance feedback, providing effective performance assessments, and establishing performance & development plans.

Strategies Linked to the Division's Business Goals/Results (10%)

  • Establishes, communicates, and implements departmental plans, objectives, and strategies.
  • Participates as a member of the Management Team.
  • Maintains an active awareness of American Family's business environments, corporate culture, and structure to support key decision-making.

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