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Sr. Data Scientist / Manager - Prescriptive Analytics


Allstate Insurance Company
Headquarters: Chicago, IL
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Think that working in the insurance field can’t be exciting, rewarding and challenging? Think again. You’ll help us reinvent protection and retirement to improve customers’ lives. We’ll help you make an impact with our training and mentoring offerings. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to expand and apply your skills in ways you never thought possible. And you’ll have fun doing it. Join a company of individuals with hopes, plans and passions, all using and developing our talents for good, at work and in life.

Job Description

Data Discovery and Decision Science (D3) is the research and analytics organization at Allstate. We are 180+ people solving some of today’s most complex analytics problems, making the lives of our colleagues easier and more productive, and driving our mission to deliver exceptional insurance solutions to our customers. We are passionate about learning new ways to get the most value from our massive data resources.  We are partnering to incorporate analytics into every aspect of the enterprise. Developing ourselves and others is key to our success.

Job Description

We have 2 opportunities in the Prescriptive Analytics space.  One Sr. Data Scientist and one Manager.  The roles are very similar in that they are hands-on technical innovators, but the manager has the additional job of focusing our workstreams and guiding two senior individual contributors

In either Prescriptive Analytics role, you will be responsible for researching, developing, and improving algorithms that help computers make recommendations based on predictive models under given constraints while optimizing key performance indicators. Our goal is to increase efficiency and reduce costs by application of models in the context of balancing business objectives in a comprehensive fashion. Building predictive models from large sets of structured and unstructured data remains a crucial first step.  By moving the predictive models into an optimization context, you will help Allstate to improve the speed and ease with which we underwrite a policy, estimate a claim, or service a customer.

Key Responsibilities

  •  Conducts state-of-the-art research in modeling on structured and unstructured data and the use of these models within an optimization context
  •  Leverages research and applies state-of-the-art deep learning and optimization techniques to inform recommendations and decisions.
  •  Works across the enterprise to identify and incubate business use cases.
  •  Advises data scientists and business partners on applying prescriptive analytics in their work.
  •  Regularly educates and trains data scientists and business partners on the state of the art.

    Job Qualifications

    • Experience developing deep learning, machine learning, or artificial intelligence algorithms/models is required.  Strong experience in optimization is required; especially helpful is a background in general nonlinear optimization over continuous and at least piecewise differentiable functions
    • A graduate degree in a field such as math, computer science, statistics, engineering or machine learning, or equivalent experience.
    • Experience managing teams is required for the manager role.
    • Experience with general machine learning tools to build models and analyze data. (e.g. in R, Python, Matlab) and deep learning tools (e.g. TensorFlow, Keras) and some optimization solvers is required.
    • Proven skills in coding. Software development experience a plus.
    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of optimization and deep-learning techniques.
    • Ability to craft new concepts and stay current with academic research.
    • Ability to summarize research and analysis for audiences with varying levels of expertise
    •  Verified analytic agility and team leadership


  • The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

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