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Data Scientist

CBC Digital Products is the country’s biggest digital startup, taking on the challenges of innovating how media is made, sent and received. We are also part of Canada’s oldest and truest broadcasting company. We are trying new things. We are growing. As an entity of our own. As a voice for our country. As a team.

Digital is a part of our present and all of our future. CBC’s strategy is focused on becoming a digital-first organization that provides a digital platform for storytellers. Our mission is to engage our audience with stories they care about.

The opportunity

At CBC Digital Products, we are looking to hire a Data Scientist to join our Digital Products team in Toronto - someone with strong mathematics knowledge and outstanding data engineering skills with a focus on cloud computing. Your mission is to help CBC increase audience engagement. You will be using your previous in-depth technical expertise in data management and technology to help improve the effectiveness of the CBC. You will find a collaborative environment where you can channel your passion for asking complex questions that require you to root through and dig deep into data to find the solutions, satisfying your curiosity and search for knowledge.

Who you are and where are you now?

This is an opportunity for a genuine scientist. Someone who generates hypotheses, follows a methodology, tests scenarios, meticulously documents results - and then does it all again. Someone with a passion for research, formulas and algorithms. And yet, a Data Scientist who has the confidence to take calculated risks, innovate and be creative; someone with outstanding communication skills. You have experience building an end to end data science pipeline from data collection to model deployment. Whether you are a recent grad with strong academic project experience or you have several years of experience in the field, joining us now is a chance to make an impact on the way Canadians access personalized news, information and entertainment content.

What’s in it for you?

  • Clear conscience. You will use your expertise to enhance the CBC personalized experience. Your work will be all about the Audience: understanding who they are, what they want and what they do not want. You will be the catalyst who improves targeted content making a positive impact on our user engagement.
  • Belonging. You will be part of the DMP Product Team that collects and organizes additional data points. You will influence the choice of cutting edge technologies and techniques used to reach the optimization objectives. You will collaborate with multiple stakeholders from across the organization to provide them with better insights about our audience, empowering them to make informed decisions.
  • Career growth. You will deepen your skills as you change the way we analyze and use our raw data and data models to further understand the millions of Canadians across the country that access our content. You will be given the opportunity to further develop through internal and external learning opportunities.

What our new Data Scientist will do:

  • Develop and deploy statistical, predictive and machine learning models for audience acquisition and retention.
  • Understand the user actions being stored in our Data Management Platform (DMP).
  • Recommend additional clickstream / behavioural data points to be captured.
  • Analyse both pre-classified and raw audience traits to identify patterns and insights.
  • Identify and implement addressable audience segments for content and ad targeting.
  • Identify content targeting opportunities on our audience facing products.
  • Measure and modify the impact of targeting on the optimization objective.

Why join us?

CBC/Radio-Canada reflects the Canadian identity and promotes democracy. We strive to represent the voices of the country and support social and economic innovation. Our values - collaboration, learning and continuous improvement- embody who we are as a people-focused, digital-forward employer. We offer a rare-in-tech work-life balance with flexible schedules, an excellent benefits package; we want to ensure you are happy in and out of the office.

Collaboration. We follow lean startup principles and use an Agile approach. Our dedicated people managers work closely with every individual to ensure we are leveraging their strengths, championing their ideas and supporting their pursuit of new skills and career progression.

Learning. From simply buying a book or recommending a course to one-on-ones, our leadership team is focused on creating an atmosphere where people feel fulfilled. Our team members are given opportunities to learn and work cross-functionally across multiple projects.

Continuous improvement. What can you innovate in 8 hours a week? Our Digital department at CBC recognizes just how smart, creative and inventive our team members are. From prototyping new UI/UX to setting up dev environments to experiment on and learning new programming languages to creating improved search functions for our media. Wherever your interests lie, your 20% time is yours to allocate in a productive and professionally gratifying way.

What you bring:

  • The title - and the science behind it. You are a Data Scientist. You have used an open source data set to post something to github, bitbucket, or an open source contribution. You are continuously seeking answers to satisfy your curious nature. You want to break open data and build meaningful models or solutions with it.
  • The education. You have a Bachelor or Graduate Degree in a related field or relevant experience with a scientific background.
  • The knowledge. You have proven ability to engage data using programming languages and tools such as SQL, Python, and libraries like NumPy, Pandas, Scikit-learn in an integrated development environment. You know how to test results and models for accuracy.
  • The experience. You have hands-on exposure to cloud computing and data engineering.
  • The desire to learn. You can quickly learn new technologies and respond to change by adapting.
  • The communication and presentation skills. You have a deep understanding of your audience (both business and technical) and you can communicate effectively with them, providing the right amount of details. You know how to listen and relay empathy and understanding for diverse perspectives. You enthusiastically share knowledge and encourage others to do the same.
  • The confidence and the adaptability. You are comfortable working autonomously with a certain amount of ambiguity as you define your role. You can confidently discuss Glen Urban et al. “Morphing Banner Advertising”, Marketing Science (2013).
  • The creativity. You can adapt quickly, innovate and embrace the new. You enjoy taking calculated risks and testing theories.
  • The Agile experience. You believe in the Agile methodology and you are flexible and open to the real world twists and turns.

To apply:

Think this job is meant for you but worried you don’t have it all? At CBC we know that not everyone takes the same path when it comes to building their skills. You can read about the various backgrounds the talented people that make up our team bring to us here.

Hands-on experience, intelligence, innovation, a passion for learning and a team-focused approach can combine to form the best set of qualifications. If you feel you meet all or most of the qualifications we are seeking; and you are excited by the possibility of growing our company, take a chance and express your interest here.

In becoming the leader in expressing Canadian culture and enriching democratic life, we need to be as diverse in every way as the country we serve, both within our workforce and on air. As an employer, we value equal opportunity and nurture an inclusive workplace where our individual differences are not only recognized and valued, but also extend to and pervade all the services we provide as Canada's public broadcaster.

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