Data Scientist


As a Data Scientist in the newly formed New York-based “Data Lab” of the Bertelsmann Education Group (BEG), you will be working on the forefront of the digital transformation in the EdTech space. The Data Lab is a fast-growing team of data scientists that works on a per-project basis with all BEG portfolio companies to tackle a wide range of problems, including: (I) Working with highly dimensional user-engagement data, mined from learning management systems to predict student outcomes and churn (II) Building learner profiles to predict the fit between a candidate and a given job (III) Building a recommender system to show learners the most relevant content for them

As part of the Data Lab, you will have the opportunity to work directly with high-level executives of companies such as Udacity, Relias, HotChalk, and Alliant University to design and build data-driven products to help improve their businesses. You will report directly to the Bertelsmann Education Group’s Director of Data Science.

We are looking for individuals with a strong quantitative or technical background who are interested in helping tackle difficult data problems to drive real business impact.


Role and Responsibilities

  • Execute on end-to-end data science projects (ideation, data collection/engineering, modeling/machine learning, interpretation/visualization, productization)
  • Develop data-driven products that help (1) automate processes, (2) increase productivity, (3) cut costs, and (4) create new revenue opportunities.
  • Work with large, complex data sets to solve difficult, non-routine analysis problems, and apply advanced analytical methods as needed.
  • Keep up to date on new technologies and trends in data science, and EdTech (20% of the time is reserved for relevant personal projects and self-study).
  • Develop data science best practices on a BEG Data Lab group level, to enable knowledge transfer among all portfolio companies. Collaborate with other Bertelsmann divisions, to foster cross-divisional learning.


Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • BA/BS/MS or higher in Computer Science, Math, Physics, Engineering, Statistics, Operations Research, Analytics, Data Science, or another technical field
  • 2 or more years experience with data analytics, econometrics, statistical modeling/machine learning, or other quantitative topics
  • Experience with programming languages such as Python (preferred) or R (especially for data analysis) with a good working knowledge of database languages (e.g., SQL)
  • Proficiency in common data science libraries (e.g., sklearn, pandas, dplyr, etc.)
  • Ability to analyze and present complex information concisely
  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing technologies, priorities, or goals
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills with both technical and business audiences
  • Strong problem-solving skills and intellectual curiosity


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with NLP, Deep Learning, and/or Recommendation Systems a plus
  • Experience with distributed computing (e.g., Spark or Hadoop) a plus
  • Experience with cloud-based technologies (e.g., AWS, Azure, or GCP) a plus
  • Experience in education a plus



The Bertelsmann Education Group

As labor market requirements are rapidly changing, a person entering the workforce today will change jobs often no less than ten times before they are 40 years old. As digitalization increasingly affects how people access and process knowledge and information, appropriate and up-to-date skill-sets are essential to advancing careers.


The Bertelsmann Education Group is dedicated to creating innovative learning opportunities that meet 21st century workplace needs. With more than 180 years of entrepreneurial experience, our parent company, Bertelsmann, has a strong commitment to a purpose greater than profit alone. The Bertelsmann Education Group manages a diversified portfolio of learning innovators who share our vision, mindset and values. Together, we are shaping professional learning for the 21st century.


Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. Its key geographical markets are Western Europe – especially Germany, France, Britain and Spain – as well as the United States. Bertelsmann’s corporate divisions include RTL Group (television), Penguin Random House (books), Gruner + Jahr (magazines), Arvato (services), Bertelsmann Printing Group (print), Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments.  


Company: Bertelsmann, Inc. 

Country: United States of America 

State/Region: New York 

City: New York 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 46158


Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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