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Senior Data Scientist (Remote)


Atlanta, GA, US, 30315 New York, NY, US, 10019


ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, its portfolio includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. The company delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry's most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, ViacomCBS provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions for partners on five continents.


About the Content Optimization Team


We are looking for a Senior Data Scientist to join the newly crafted Content Optimization team. Our mission is to use modern data science to inform decision-making relating to content windowing and investment across ViacomCBS businesses. In this role, you will join a group of top-notch data scientists and data engineers who build predictive models that support highly critical multi-million dollar content-related decisions. This will be achieved in collaboration with our other data science and research groups across ViacomCBS.


The role reports to the SVP of Content Data Science. This represents a uniquely exciting opportunity for a data scientist to deliver impact at a leading premium global content company, in an exciting and rapidly-evolving industry.

We are seeking individuals with deep technical skills who seek to be the smartest in the room and are not afraid of being surrounded by smarter ones, individuals who are results-oriented enough to work on multi-year projects that have the potential to build significant value across all parts of our business.


About you. You must be:

  • Feel very comfortable asking a lot of questions

  • Comfortable with Kanban and Scrum as well as no structure at all because you understand that one model does not fit all 

  • Apt at being at time a leader and at other time a follower, possibly with the same people regardless of ranks and seniority, depending on how you contribute to a project

  • Enjoy written communication because it gives you a medium to express highly complex and nuanced ideas


Overview & responsibilities:

  • Preference is to be based in Atlanta, GA but may work remotely within the US
  • The data scientist uses advanced statistical and scientific methods to deliver insightful analysis that helps to inform critical business problems relating to content valuation

  • This role reports to the Senior Vice President for Content Data Science


This is a role responsible and accountable for:

  • Building models (e.g. acquisition, retention, viewing behavior on streaming platforms)

  • Servicing multiple ad hoc requests in a timely manner

  • Ensuring regularity and standardization in data, metrics, and analysis


Basic qualifications:

  • 4+ years of commercial experience in a data scientist role, capable of writing production grade code

  • Knowledge of current ML, AI techniques, both in terms of implementation and theory

  • MLOps experience (MLFlow, Kubeflow, Seldon)

  • Excellent Python (including Pandas and NumPy), familiarity with TensorFlow

  • Excellent knowledge of OOP, functional programming, and familiarity with large code

  • Experience with Sagemaker

  • Knowledge of distributed frameworks (PySpark, Ray, Modin for instance)

  • Familiarity with SQL dialects

  • Familiarity with AWS environment and deployment

  • Experience with large volume of data (100 tb) as well as with tiny ones (n=50)

  • Experience with microservices architecture

  • Master degree (PhD preferred) in Data Science, Computer Science, Statistics, Math, Physics, Astronomy, Economics or equivalent


Desired additional qualifications:

  • Scientific or technical publications

  • Experience with Random Forest and Boosting

  • Comfortable questioning and challenging assumptions, processes to improve outcomes

  • Versatile (capable of using anything from rank statistics to shape theory to topological data analysis to the most obscure time series model)





ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet. 


At ViacomCBS, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. ViacomCBS is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access. https://www.viacomcbs.com/careers as a result of your disability. You can request reasonable accommodations by calling 212.846.5500 or by sending an email to viacomaccommodations@viacom.com. Only messages left for this purpose will be returned. 

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta