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Director, Data Science

Location: New York, NEW YORK.
Company Description:

Merkle is a leading data-driven, technology-enabled, global performance marketing agency that specializes in the delivery of unique, personalized customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 30 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. The agency's heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for its unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that drive people-based marketing strategies. Its combined strengths in performance media, customer experience, customer relationship management, loyalty, and enterprise marketing technology drive improved marketing results and competitive advantage. With 5,500 employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 24 additional offices in the US and 25 offices in Europe and APAC. In 2016, the agency joined the Dentsu Aegis Network.

Job Description:

The Director will lead a team of advanced and audience analytics professionals and work closely with a broader media analytics team.  This person will primarily use their business and industry knowledge and an understanding of business processes, to identify client needs for quantitative analysis and translate these needs to their team(s). Subsequently, they will translate the results back to the client with insights, recommendations and next-step roadmap planning as the client’s trusted advisor. Deep experience in advanced analytics, audience data, and measurement is required.  This NYC based role is to lead a Data Science team for one of the Dentsu Aegis Network’s (DANs) largest and most advanced clients.

Responsibilities:

  • Consult on client business problems, drive analytic objectives, create practical analytic roadmaps, develop concrete analytic framework, identify data needs and formulate data solutions, manage analysis projects, package and present insights to stake holders at all levels, and finally, implement recommended solutions with a goal to achieve clients’ business objectives
  • Deliver practical and actionable recommendations based upon marketing intelligence generated through primary research, journey analytics, consumer modeling, and competitive analysis
  • Ability to consolidate and package up insights, analytic outputs, and action items into a well-organized, consumable package with actionable recommendations and strategies for marketers (MS Excel, PowerPoint, word, etc.)
  • Oversee the development of various predictive models, becoming hands-on with the team as necessary. Must be able to explain the modeling process and results to clients in a non-technical way as well as direct model development with the team.
  • Responsible for collaborating with broader media team on measurement frameworks, coordinating with the team for the development of effective reporting and dashboards with an objective to evaluate marketing performance and provide recommendations for enhancement
  • Anticipate project risk and constraints and proactively work on solutions to address the risk/constraints while proactively leading large, complex analytical projects end to end
  • Work across DAN and client teams to help design cross functional and industry-best-practice marketing solutions
  • Stay informed of advancements in industry trends and developing technology; proactively apply entrepreneurial spirit in identifying opportunities to introduce, enhance and improve analytical tools, data mining techniques and processes, ensuring the team is always at the forefront of the industry.
  • Support sales by providing analytical solution scope/methodology/level of efforts/pricing and giving sales presentations as part of SOW development / RFP response
  • Demonstrate thought leadership; develop best practices, case studies, training class materials, whitepapers/blog posts, and/or present at industry conferences
  • Manage and mentor managers, contributing to their technical and career development
  • Recruit, hire, develop and retain "A" players
  • Become a go-to-person for the client as a thought leader; develop best practices, case studies, training class materials, whitepapers/blog posts, and/or present at industry conferences.

Experience:

  • Proficiency with multiple analytics tools required; R strongly preferred; SAS, SQL, Python, and cloud environments
  • Strong hands-on experience with BI or digital analytics tools such as Tableau, TIBCO Spotfire, Microstrategy, Adobe Audience Manager/ Analytics
  • Must have experience with statistical concepts and applying statistical techniques such as regression, ANOVA, cluster analysis, factor analysis, time series forecasting, experimental design, etc. to solve business problems
  • Understanding of digital data including the systems and processes used to generate and manipulate it by media type web, ad, email, mobile, etc. 
  • Experience with Azure is desired
  • Strong in MS Office core suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) required
Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Economics or related field required; advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of 8+ years of experience in quantitative marketing arena, in database and/or digital (addressable) marketing

Additional Information:

At Merkle, we believe that a diverse environment improves us as a community and as a business. We want to foster an environment of growth, where all ideas and contributions are encouraged. We need this culture of courage to continue to thrive in our fast-paced industry. We embrace differences of opinion. We value diversity of experience and thought, which help us to challenge and define industry-leading solutions, and support our goal of being a great place to work.

 All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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