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Data Scientist - Cloud

Company: Cottonwood Financial
Location: Irving
Posted on: January 13, 2022

Job Description:

Reporting to our Data Management and Governance Manager, the Cloud Data Engineer (a.k.a. DMG Data Analyst) position's charter is to increase the company's profits through the efficient and high-quality management of data to support analysts throughout the company. This individual will be a key member of an exciting, fast-paced, and growing team that is making an immediate impact across the entire company. This is a great opportunity for a talented data analyst to take his/her next career step by playing a leading role in the transformation to an Azure analytics environment and by deeply learning the company's data and processes to gain the essential knowledge needed to support a wide variety of high-visibility projects. The Cloud Data Engineer will be challenged with projects that can span from tactical to strategic in nature and will be based at our Corporate Office (HQ) in Irving (Las Colinas), Texas.Key Responsibilities

  • Support the COO, CFO, and Directors of Marketing, Marketing Analytics, and Credit Risk Management by enabling their departments' analysts with trustworthy data and act as the liaison to the BI and AppDev teams for their data needs
  • Play a key role in the company's transformation to a new Cloud paradigm, including the implementation of Azure Data Factory, Data Lake, Synapse SQL Database, and Databricks
  • Develop a broad knowledge of the company's data assets and business processes that collect or produce data, and help the Data Management and Governance Manager to establish a culture of continuous learning about the business and financial services industry
  • Serve on an internal committee made up of senior analysts from across the company in defining the data vision, strategy, and tactics for the company and communicating changes to data systems
  • Assist in the development of standards for the company's analytics platform, data quality, naming conventions, and data formats, as well as coordinate across the business an agreement of definitions consistent with the consumer credit industry
  • Translate business requirements into data harvesting prototypes (e.g. develop code to connect to APIs of new data sources for preliminary analysis as requested by business users, explore innovative approaches to harvest data, harvest data into data lake, and establish processes to allow future requests to become more efficient
  • Create and maintain data catalog and dictionaries
  • Add new data sources to data lake
  • Design and develop prototype data structures that refine raw data for use by business analysts, e.g. parse new data sources for preliminary analysis into a consumable format when requested by business analysts
  • Understand the processes of QA, design, and deployment used by BI and AppDev teams to ensure the resulting data meets the company's quality standards
  • Provide data management support to business teams, including simple ad hoc data queries structured for use by less-technical business leaders and analysts
  • Troubleshoot data anomalies to aid BI in understanding how errors manifest in reports and analyses, and recommend solutions for their correction
  • Develop and maintain systems for monitoring data quality to prevent data errors from impacting analytical results and business decisions
  • Act as an evangelist and internal resource to all business analysts on data assets
  • Facilitate and accelerate iterative learning and innovation using data assets
  • Assist business teams in the finalization of business requirements for the purpose of providing to the BI team for productionalizing dashboards and reportsRequirements
    • BS in Computer Science or related field, an analytical field (e.g. Statistics, Econometrics, Applied Mathematics), or a highly quantitative engineering (e.g. Chemical Engineering) field
    • 2 years of experience as a data analyst, report developer, or business analyst
    • Solid experience using SQL in a professional setting
    • Results-oriented self-starter who is confident in defending his/her critical thinking abilities
    • Proven track record of delivering successful projects on-time and with high-quality
    • Customer service and consultative mindset
    • Capitalistic mindset supported by a strong business acumen and work ethic
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas and analysis results effectively both verbally and in writing to a non-technical audience
    • Local (Dallas/Fort Worth area) candidates only - no relocation
    • Must be currently authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship and not require sponsorship in the futurePreferred Qualifications
      • Master's degree
      • Advanced user of SQL
      • Microsoft Azure certifications in related areas, such as Azure Solutions Architect Expert, or Azure Data Engineer Associate
      • PowerBI developer-level experienceCompensation
        • Annual salary of $72,200Benefits
          • Medical, dental, and vision
          • Voluntary life/ AD&D
          • Short-term & long-term disability
          • 401K with company match
          • Paid vacation, holidays, and sick time
          • Paid maternity, paternity, bereavement, extended medical leave, and jury duty
          • Corporate discount program on "personal cell phone accounts" with select providers
          • Corporate discount program on Microsoft 365 "Home Use Program"
          • Business casual work environment About Cottonwood Founded in 1996, Cottonwood Financial is one of the largest privately held retail consumer finance companies in the United States. Headquartered in Irving (Las Colinas), Texas, we have 275+ company-owned locations, under our Cash Store brand, across the country. Through this national brick-and-mortar footprint, we provide best-in-class customer service and offer an innovative mix of financial products and services to our customers. We are profitable, have a healthy balance sheet, and are positioned to grow.We have been named multiple times to the Inc. 5000 list of America's fastest-growing private companies, as well as to the Dallas 100 list of the fastest-growing private companies in North Texas.Cottonwood Financial is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Keywords: Cottonwood Financial, Irving , Data Scientist - Cloud, Other , Irving, Texas

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