Director, Data Science

Director, Data Science

New York, NY 10003 (Greenwich Village area) 2016-10-31 - –

nielsencompany The Nielsen Company

As the world’s largest research organization, Nielsen is powered by talented creative scientists. Our Data Scientists come from diverse disciplines such as statistics, research methodology, mathematics, psychology, business, engineering and demography. These professionals drive innovation, new product ideation, experimental design and testing, complex analysis and delivery of data insights.

This position leads the Data Science Team that supports Nielsen’s Brand Effect products. Serves as Data Science liaison with stakeholders including Product Leadership, Operations, Client Services, and Technology. Manages Data Science activities in support of on-going deliveries and client commitments. Partners with Product Leadership to enhance existing product methodologies and develop new products.

Job Responsibilities

Act as Data Science contact and liaison for all Data Science related methodology and execution to leadership

Ensures Data Science services are delivered to the highest quality standards

Provides expert technical consultation with internal and external clients and solves complex Data Science-related issues

Drives the roll out of new or enhanced services providing an integrated statistical vision

Guides the correct use of reported data through client engagement and content for client training

Reviews on a regular basis the statistical quality of our services

Reviews with Operations, the quality of data collection and sample requirements as well as opportunities for quality improvement

Gathers and implements client requirements from commercial teams and Product Leadership

Turn numbers into stories that clients can understand.

Collaborates with cross-functional teams to provide a professional, clear response to all clients.

Represents the company with academic and industry contacts and councils

Identifies and develops top talent and leads teams

Oversees team budget

Maintains /creates internal and external methodology whitepapers and documents.

Manages team of 3-5 direct reports.


Role Requirements

Bachelors degree in Statistics, Social Science, Operation Research, or other hard sciences (e.g. Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, Physics etc.) Masters degree preferred

8+ years experience

Experience working in Advertising, Market or Survey Research

Outstanding analytical expertise

Excellent leadership and people management skills

Excellent presentation skills for internal and external clients

Embodies the Nielsen Leadership values (e.g. diversity, inclusiveness, integrity, etc.)

Strong communication skills (verbal and written)

Strong statistical and logic skills

Exceptional aptitude for data analysis

Accuracy and attention to detail

Assesses situations quickly and act with agility

Advanced proficiency in data analysis, statistical methods, and methodologies

Ability to work cross-functionally and energize, empower and influence at all levels (both internal and external)

Experience working in support of Media or Advertising Effectiveness industry clients or services – preferred

Proficiency with Statistical Software – preferably Python or R – preferred


Nielsen is a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers Watch and Buy. Nielsen's Watch segment provides media and advertising clients with Total Audience measurement services across all devices where content — video, audio and text — is consumed. The Buy segment offers consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers the industry's only global view of retail performance measurement. By integrating information from its Watch and Buy segments and other data sources, Nielsen provides its clients with both world-class measurement as well as analytics that help improve performance.

Nielsen, an S&P 500 company (NYSE: NLSN), has operations in over 100 countries that cover more than 90% of the world's population. Nielsen prides itself on being a place where employees can be themselves, make a difference, and grow their careers with the company. It has been named one of the “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” by DiversityInc for three years running and was selected as one of the “Top 35 Companies for Leaders who want Flexibility” by FlexJobs. For more information visit


Nielsen is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action-Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, protected veteran status or any other protected class.




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