Sr. Director/ Director of Data Science and Analytics, at Oportun

Posted 6 months ago
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Rs15,000 - Rs15,000 per month
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

Sr. Director/ Director of Data Science and Analytics,


Department Overview


We are growing our world-class team of mission-driven risk managers who are passionate about broadening financial inclusion by untapping insights from alternative data. Be part of the team responsible for developing and running Oportun’s marketing optimization platform that leverage Oportun’s core intellectual property for scoring risk for underserved consumers that often lack a traditional credit score or are mis-scored by traditional credit bureaus. In this role you will be working with large and diverse alternative data sets and machine learning to execute multi-product and multi-channel marketing programs. You will also drive growth and optimize marketing spend across multiple products and channels by leveraging alternative data to help predict which consumers would likely be interested in one of Oportun’s affordable, credit building lending products.


As the Sr. Director of Data Science and Analytics , you will lead… and scale data science, data engineering and analytics teams. You will manage teams responsible for enhancing and monitoring performance of Oportun’s AI driven intellectual property and building data infrastructure leveraged for business intelligence, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Your teams will play a critical role in managing risk, profitability, digital marketing, customer experience and fraud at Oportun. The ideal Sr. Director of Data Science and Analytics candidate will have a demonstrated track record of building high performing teams and delivering cutting edge data infrastructure and Machine Learning/AI driven solutions. The Sr. Director of Data Science and Analytics must have a passion for developing a team culture that inspires excellence in driving business results, collaboration in how we deliver it and the innovation required to broaden financial inclusion.

Oportun’s Data Science and Analytics team is growing rapidly and driving Oportun’s AI driven, mobile first strategy leveraging the latest and greatest technology! We work in a highly collaborative and agile environment with a variety of teams such as Engineering and Product Management to build the next generation of AI driven solutions used to manage risk, profitability, digital marketing, customer experience and fraud. We encourage our teams to take end-to-end responsibility from conceptualization of ideas to implementation and then to measure the business impact to drive the highest levels of personal accountability.

• You are someone that through your career has been shaped into equal parts technologist and leader.
• You are someone that is humble, highly approachable and cares deeply about the members of your team.
• You also someone that has high standards, not afraid to make tough decisions when needed and know how to balance ‘what you say’ vs. ‘how you say it’.

• It is critical that you understand how to leverage cloud-based machine learning and data infrastructure and automation to deliver AI driven solutions to solve business problems
• And, how to scale to a 40-person Data Science/Analytics team, while building a highly collaborative culture
• 7+ years of proven experience in managing a global Data Science and Analytics teams through directors, managers, and individual contributors.
• 5+ years of experience leveraging machine learning techniques such as Gradient Boosting, Clustering, Logistic Regression or Random Forest to solve real world problems
• 5+ years of experience with data extraction, cleaning, analysis and building reusable data pipelines; Proficient in SQL, Spark SQL and/or Hive
• 3+ years of experience in leveraging modern machine learning toolset and programming languages such as Python, R or Scala
• Track record as a highly successful, Data Science/Analytics leader in a cloud-based environment and a champion of best practices
• Proven reputation as a highly credible and collaborative partner to Engineering and Product teams
• Strong ability to build relationships with internal leadership at all levels, along with effective interpersonal, presentation and communication skills.
• Be an inspirational leader of people who will drive and build upon Oportun’s values: Courage, Service, Excellence, Care, Empowerment, and Innovation.
• Bachelor’s degree Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering or Economics or other quantitative discipline
• A relentless problem solver and out of the box thinker with a proven track record of driving business results
• Comfortable in a high-growth, fast-paced and agile environment

Preferred/Nice-to-have Skills/Experience
• Proven track record of building high-performance Data Science/Analytics teams startup
• Experience with financial systems, payment systems and/or credit decisioning systems, preferably in loans or similar products.

About Oportun

Company Overview

Oportun (Nasdaq: OPRT) is a financial services company and digital platform that provides responsible consumer credit to hardworking people in the United States. Using A.I.-driven models that are built on years of proprietary customer insights and billions of unique data points, we have extended millions of loans and billions of dollars in affordable credit to consumers, the majority of whom live in low-and moderate-income communities. Since about half of our new customers come to Oportun without a FICO score, we play a key role in the communities we serve by being able to offer them an affordable and credit-building alternative to payday and auto title lenders. In recognition of our responsibly designed products which help consumers build their credit history, Oportun has been certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) since 2009.

With headquarters in California and a remote-first corporate culture, our 3,000+ team members work in Oportun locations and remotely throughout the United States, Mexico, and India. Our global operations include our Mexico contact centers and administrative offices, our India technology development center, and our US corporate, technology, and retail operations.

We feel privileged to have been named a “Top Workplace” by the Bay Area News Group for three years running, one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World for 2020 and recognized as a TIME Magazine 2018 Genius Company for our impact in helping to reinvent the future of lending. For the last three consecutive years, we have been titled Top Workplace by the Bay Area News Group.


Working at Oportun means enjoying a differentiated experience of being part of a team that fosters a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture where we all feel a sense of belonging and are encouraged to share our perspectives. This inclusive culture is directly connected to our organization’s performance and ability to fulfill our mission of delivering affordable credit to those left out of the financial mainstream. We celebrate and nurture our inclusive culture through our employee resource groups and our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Council.


We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and consider all qualified applicants for employment opportunities without regard to race, age, color, religion, gender, caste, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other category protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

We encourage you to apply for this position even if you do not match all the qualifications listed for this position. At Oportun, we will consider all experience on a candidate’s application, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

We will also consider those with criminal histories consistent with the requirements of applicable laws in the locations where the role will be based such as the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance when hiring for roles in locations with such laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in our job application process. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the application or interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to [email protected] . Please include your name and preferred method of contact in your email. Please also note that this email address is for requests for assistance only and not for the submission of applications or resumes, which will not be considered through this channel