29 days old

Principal Data Scientist

New York, New York 06156
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Additional Locations: New York,  NY

Job Position:

Looking for opportunities to use cutting edge technologies analyzing petabytes of data in a world class Hadoop cluster, generating insights to guide consumers in their journey to wellness and help them achieve their health ambitions, whether it’s running the Inca Trail Marathon or playing tackle football with their grandkids? Aetna’s Member Analytics team is focused on delivering strategically-impactful programs and tools to help members across all life stages feel the joy of achieving their best health, in their own way.

This position will play a lead role within a cross-functional team, delivering predictive analytics solutions to drive customer engagement and next-best-action, and improve customer experience across critical journeys, e.g., onboarding, breast cancer, maternity. The candidate will lead a project team responsible for extracting and manipulating data from multiple, large data sources, using the data to deliver predictive models and solutions, partnering with marketing stakeholders to design experimental campaigns targeting members across channels (mobile app, web, email, social, call center, Apple watch), and managing day-to-day interactions with business stakeholders.


Fundamental Components:

·Lead team of 2-3 Data Scientists on the development and delivery of predictive analytics solutions to drive behavior change or customer experience across channels

·Consults with business partners to understand problems and goals, understand business value, and translate into business opportunities to be captured through predictive analytics solutions

·Develops and/or uses advanced algorithms and statistical predictive models and determines analytical approaches and modeling techniques to evaluate scenarios and potential future outcomes

·Leads experimental design of campaigns across multiple channels, i.e., web, mobile app, email, social, Apple watch, in partnership with marketing stakeholders. Evaluates campaign performance for further optimization in subsequent iterations

·Demonstrates superior communication skills, and ability to develop and participate in presentations and consultations to business stakeholders on analytics results and solutions

·Motivates team members and probes into technical detail

·Contributes Subject Matter Expertise (SME) through interactions with team members, peers and managers to exchange complex information related to areas of specialization

·Mentors others, and champions 360-feedback across team.



·7-10 or more years of progressively complex related experience

·Advanced in-depth specialization in mathematical analysis methods, machine learning, statistical analyses, and predictive modeling

·Expertise in using R or Python to manipulate large data sets and develop statistical models

·Expertise in data management in an Hadoop environment, including use of Hive

·Excellent problem solving skills, critical thinking and conceptual thinking abilities

·Superior skills to effectively communicate technical ideas and results to non-technical clients in written and verbal form

·Ability to negotiate and manage interactions across the business and project stakeholders

·Strong organizational, management and leadership skills

·Comprehensive knowledge of health care industry, products, systems, business strategies and products


The highest level of education desired for candidates in this position is a Master's degree.


Aetna is about more than just doing a job. This is our opportunity to re-shape healthcare for America and across the globe. We are developing solutions to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare. What we do will benefit generations to come.

We care about each other, our customers and our communities. We are inspired to make a difference, and we are committed to integrity and excellence.


Together we will empower people to live healthier lives.


Aetna is an equal opportunity & affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of personal characteristics or status.


We take affirmative action to recruit, select and develop women, people of color, veterans and individuals with disabilities.


We are a company built on excellence. We have a culture that values growth, achievement and diversity and a workplace where your voice can be heard.


Posted: 2018-10-19 Expires: 2018-11-18

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