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Lead Data Scientist, Cat Digital

Company: Caterpillar
Location: Champaign
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

Career Area:

Information Analytics

Job Description:

Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Our products have evolved from simple mechanical workhorses to sophisticated, electronically controlled work-site solutions. This transformation, along with our smart factories and our integrated dealer network, has provided a wealth of data that is mined and analyzed across various segments such as product development, manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, sales and customer support.

Cat Digital is leading Caterpillar and our industry with the utilization of data, analytics, innovation, digital channels and techniques to drive profit, create more efficient revenue growth, unlock new revenue streams, and provide more durable competitive advantages for the business through great experiences for our customers. Come join a world class organization and play a key role in Caterpillar's digital transformation!


Cat Digital's Business Analytics team is looking for a talented and motivated Lead Data Scientist to help solve business development challenges using advanced analytical methods. As a Lead Data Scientist, you will be asked to lead projects using various data domains including but not limited to - dealer and customer information, workorder and invoice, engineering, pricing, finance, and warranty etc. He or she will demonstrate very good communication skills and the ability to explain conclusions to customers with limited knowledge and experience with quantitative analytical methods. Candidates for this position will be expected to have previous experience as the technical lead on project teams, and should exhibit strong communication skills, a penchant for innovation, and above average initiative, people development, and interpersonal skills.

The principal responsibility of the Lead Data Scientist is to move from being a technical lead on low to medium complexity analytics projects to acting as the technical lead on analytics projects of medium to high complexity. In addition, the Lead Data Scientist may be viewed as a Caterpillar expert in the use of a particular analytics technique, associated digital technology, or in the application of analytics in a particular business domain. The Lead Data Scientist is viewed as one of the most experienced technical experts in the organization whose breadth of knowledge in analytic techniques may be called upon to help on a multitude of business problems. Under the direction of their leader, this position will participate on cross-functional project teams, provide overall guidance to the technical direction of the project, and mentor Jr Data Scientists on the technical approaches being used in order to solve a problem presented by a Caterpillar Business Unit or Service Organization, a Caterpillar Dealer, or a Caterpillar Customer.

Basic Qualifications:

  • MS degree related to Engineering, Mathematics or Data Science and/ or 7-9 years of experience working on analytics projects including: querying databases using SQL, high-level programming, and modeling.
  • At least 2 years using Python (including data science libraries such as Pandas, NumPy, SciPy, and Scikit-learn) or equivalent prominent data analysis environment (R, SAS, etc.)
  • At least 2-3 years of experience leading analytics projects connecting data from various business domains and providing forecasts and insights to run the business profitably
  • Experience with different types of databases such as Snowflake, SQL server, DB2 and Oracle
  • Practical knowledge of Cloud computing and software development for cloud environments

Top Candidates Will Also Have:

  • Thorough knowledge of Caterpillar Inc.; its products and services; its internal systems, processes, and procedures; and its relevant external influences (competitors, laws and regulations, market conditions, etc.)
  • Strong technical and problem-solving skills and evidence of continuous learning in the analytics field
  • Breadth and depth of knowledge in the application of statistical and/or digital methods to solve business problems
  • Competency in coaching and mentoring Jr. Data Scientists in the creation, validation, and application of statistical models as well as in implementing digital solutions
  • Strong initiative to research and apply new methods and digital technologies to exceed customer expectations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with team members and others in the work group, as well as with customers

Caterpillar is proud of the role we play in building the world's infrastructure. The work we do drives progress for millions of people around the globe.

Visa sponsorship available for eligible applicants.

EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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Keywords: Caterpillar, Champaign , Lead Data Scientist, Cat Digital, Other , Champaign, Illinois

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