Principal Engineer, Data Science

Principal Engineer, Data Science

Job Description

As a member of the AdSmart Product Engineering Team, the Principal, Data Science, AdSmart will be directly responsible for data science engineering as part of building out the necessary platform and products for NBCUniversal’s Audience Studio.NBCUniversal’s audience management products will enable NBCUniversal to better understand its brand’s audiences such as NBC News, Bravo, The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, and USA Network as well as audiences that cross brands. The goal is to ensure we know who is watching what, where and when. In turn enabling NBCUniversal’s sales teams to properly align our audiences with the market advertisements that can benefit them the most.

You’re a big thinker who can analyze and evangelize a long-range opportunity, architect a groundbreaking solution, and roll-up your sleeves to get code out the door when needed. You are data driven and analytical. You understand the concept of a value proposition and evaluation criteria, and you know how to align them with low level milestones to get the work done. You can apply domain knowledge from one technical subject, in order to quickly ramp and deliver on a new one. You know how to learn from failure until you succeed, and you are able to articulate and quantify the reasons for your decisions.

You will be part of the AdSmart Data Technology team, participating in the data architecture that will drive both current and future data management initiatives within

  • Serve as a principal data scientist for AdSmart data products.
  • Participate in, and execute, a 12-36 month product roadmap with input from the delivery team, and stakeholders.
  • Develop and code the data science services that is core to AdSmart, under the leadership and direction of the VP Architecture • Analyze and report results and adjust the overall engineering strategy accordingly with engineering leadership


  • Bachelor's degree in Data Science, Computer Science or related field
  • 5+ years of software development experience
  • 2+ years of experience with linear television or digital advertising technologies.
  • Strong knowledge of data structures, algorithms
  • Ability to apply data science theory to effectively to advertising & audience data • Fluency in at least 1 of the following programming languages (R, Python, or Scala)
  • Understanding of basic statistical concepts
  • Experience in forecasting, numerical optimization, natural language processing, deep learning or machine learning techniques.
  • 2+ years of experience with both relational database design (SQL), non-relational (NoSQL), big data, real-time technologies]
  • Able to easily transition between high-level strategy and day-to-day implementation

Desired Characteristics

  • Self-directed, ability to multi-task, sharp analytical abilities, excellent communication skills, capable of working effectively in a dynamic environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills • Results oriented, high energy, self-motivated

This position is eligible for company sponsored benefits, including medical, dental and vision insurance, 401(k), paid leave, tuition reimbursement, and a variety of other discounts and perks. Learn more about the benefits offered by NBCUniversal by visiting the Benefits page of the Careers website. Salary range: $130,000 - $170,000.

Additional Information

NBCUniversal's policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. NBCUniversal will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with relevant legal requirements, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring Ordinance, where applicable.

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