Data Analyst

February 17, 2014
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The Impact You’ll Have at RP

The Analytics group strives to provide actionable data analysis for Return Path departments to make data-driven decisions. The Data Analyst will collaborate with statisticians, engineering teams, product management, marketing, and others to support existing products and develop new products. The Return Path Network is a growing collection of data sources providing insight into the behavior of both email senders and recipients. The Data Analyst will become adept at accessing and analyzing Return Path’s varied data to make informed assessments for a variety of internal and external clients.

Responsibilities

Identify relevant algorithms and processes for data-driven solutions; code those identified to produce actionable conclusions
Quantify and track effectiveness of algorithms and processes
Document and share thought process, code, and conclusions
Collaborate with cross-functional teams to suggest algorithmic and data-driven solutions
Perform exploratory data analysis to provide insight into business questions; summarize in graphs, charts, or other visual representations
Structure analysis with efficiency and repeatability in mind
Work with engineering teams to integrate algorithms and data into Return Path solutions and to meet SLAs
Consistently communicate on status of project deliverables
Stay well-informed about the standards and technology of the email industry.
Other duties will be assigned as the position evolves

What does it take to be successful in this role?

3+ years of experience in a quantitative or computing field such as math/stats, computer science, machine learning
Experience and eagerness to mine data for product development, client support, and marketing support
Familiarity with algorithms in predictive modeling such as regression, decision trees, neural networks
Strong R programming skills for pulling data, coding algorithms, quantifying, and visualizing results
Comfortable using varied platforms and applications such as:
SQL for querying data stored in relational databases
Perl or Python for scripting
Linux/Solaris operating system.
General familiarity with distributed systems and cloud computing
Is comfortable routinely handling and processing terabytes of data

The Return Path Experience

Don’t get us wrong, it’s not easy to land a gig at RP. You’re going to have to learn the ins and outs of our business before you even get here. Here’s the good news: only the best and brightest minds in email work here. So, once you’re in, this is a place where you’ll be challenged, inspired, rewarded and transformed. Really you ask? Yes, really. The Return Path experience is a two-way exchange. We ask you to give us your very best every day. We expect a lot from you. We challenge you with interesting work, stretch assignments, a collaborative work environment and a ton of learning and growth. The pace is fast and furious. In exchange, we give you everything you need to live a happy, balanced life. This includes great pay, open vacation (yup, you heard that right!), great benefits, flexibility and, well, whatever else you need. Everyone is unique and we pride ourselves on not having one-size-fits-all solutions. At Return Path you’re a person, not a title. What’s important in your life right now? Kids, pets, triathlons, church, tango, karate, yoga, parents, Pilates, pre-natal – we will support you through it all. Give and take. That’s a Return Path career path.

What it’s like to work here

It’s great! From the CEO and senior management team to the newest entry-level employee, we are a company that cares a lot about fostering a great work environment and a fun, energetic, success-oriented culture. We have a strong philosophical belief that our people are our most important assets. And we don’t just pay lip service to that phrase — we incorporate it into our policies, and we live it every day. Yes, that philosophy means we have generous “traditional” benefits, and it also means we take a lot of time to focus on high quality management and leadership, and time to make sure everyone in the company is in the right job, knows how his or her job contributes to the overall company mission, and has a clear sense of learning and career growth. We have great employee retention over the years because people love coming to work here and really feel like they’re part of something special. For more information visit www.returnpath.com

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