Data Scientist at Toptal

We created Toptal to solve an extremely difficult, real-world problem: the talent shortage.
Learn more about us and how to join our core team today.

Job Description

About Toptal

Toptal is a network of the world’s top 3% of software engineering, design, and finance talent – available on demand to help companies accelerate, adapt, and scale. With $100+ million in annual revenue and triple-digit growth, Toptal is the largest fully distributed workforce in the world.

We take the best elements of virtual teams and combine them with a support structure that encourages innovation, social interaction, and fun [see this video from The Huffington Post]. We see no borders, move at a fast pace, and are never afraid to break the mold.

If you’re not in the job market, you’re exactly the type of person we’re looking for.

Position Description

At Toptal, we measure everything and always rely on data to guide all of our initiatives, including both our long-term strategy and our day-to-day operations. As a Data Scientist on our Analytics Team, you will be working with our cross-functional team to model complex problems, discover actionable business insights, and identify high-impact opportunities. You will be part of a high-energy, fast-paced team responsible for supporting initiatives and operations across the company.

We have freedom to choose the best tool for the job. That’s why:

  • Our infrastructure is in Google Cloud Platform,
  • For research we leverage both Python and R,
  • Our ETL pipelines and production models are in Python and Scala.

The ultimate goal is solving real business problems. We work on problems that deeply affect the operation of our business. This ranges from predictive models, controlling and optimizing the client flow, and other very open-ended questions. For example, our stakeholders may ask if it is feasible to pursue a certain business direction and, if so, what are the implications on business processes and the costs of moving to that solution.

This is a remote position that can be done from anywhere. However, we do things like rent out hotels in Africa or mansions in Thailand, and you will certainly be invited to come work with us.

Responsibilities:

  • Use statistical, algorithmic, data mining, and visualization techniques to model complex problems, identify opportunities, discover solutions, and deliver actionable business insights.
  • Own your projects and use this autonomy to find creative and innovative ways of solving problems and delivering solutions.
  • Handle both parts of the Research & Development process, including clean, rigorous implementations of devised models inside our Analytics system.
  • Be persistent, focused, and disciplined when it comes to finishing your work. At Toptal we always drive research from start to finish - we don’t get distracted; we don’t leave anything unfinished.
  • Communicate data-driven insights and recommendations to key stakeholders.
  • Be in constant communication with team members and other relevant parties and convey results efficiently and clearly via Slack.

Requirements:

  • A strong background in advanced mathematics, in particular in probability theory and statistics, data mining, and machine learning.
  • You must be able to think critically, to look at the big picture and spot what is missing, taking advantage of it to propose improvements and deliver business insights.
  • 4+ years of professional experience in data science, doing exploratory data analysis, testing hypothesis, and building predictive models.
  • Ability to quickly and accurately understand complex new concepts.
  • Proficiency in a programming language of your own choice (R, Python, Matlab, etc.), and previous experience efficiently conducting research and creating ad hoc reports.
  • An excellent ability to learn new programming languages quickly and effectively.
  • Big pluses include: strong experience managing or shipping out a product, managing a team, and working on open source projects.
  • Be excited about collaborating daily with your team and other groups while working via a distributed model.
  • Be eager to help your teammates, share your knowledge with them, and learn from them.
  • Be open to receiving constructive feedback.
  • You must be a world-class individual contributor to thrive at Toptal. You will not be here just to tell other people what to do.
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Required skills

Location

Anywhere

Commitment

Full-time

Desired Start

Tomorrow

View the whole team →WHO YOU WILL WORK WITH

  • Bozhidar Batsov
    With multiple degrees in Computer Science, Bozhidar is a hacker obsessed with Ruby, Clojure, and Emacs. He loves solving challenging problems and building neat stuff. He's a serial open source contributor, a frequent speaker at conferences, and an avid technical blogger. At Toptal, Bozhidar is dedicated to building a world-class development team and creating superb products for all Toptal clients, developers, and team members.
  • Artem Pyanykh
    Artem's diverse work background ranges from machine learning consulting to being the CTO of boomstarter.ru. He graduated with honors from Moscow State University with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science, and has done further research in the field of Game Theory while completing his PhD.
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