Center of Excellence Data Analytics Director – Chief Data Scientist – Grant Thornton – Charlotte, NC

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Job ID: 5992
Job date: 2016-09-16
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Grant Thornton is collaborative, entrepreneurial and on the move. As part of a dynamic global organization of 42,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, we have the agility and focus it takes to be a leader.

Center of Excellence Data Analytics Director – Chief Data Scientist

You need a full-service advisory capability and we’re here to help dynamic organizations. We focus on our client’s market – their industry, their issues. Through clear insights, practical solutions and an unmatched commitment to quality, we help clients solve problems, manage risk and seize opportunities to unlock their potential for growth. In working with us to reach your growth objectives, you can benefit from unmatched quality and the scores to prove it; a full-service advisory portfolio that’s easy to access; deep specialization to get to the root of the issue; and a global reach with local know-how.

The Chief Data Scientist will support our newly established Center of Excellence (CoE) working with a wide variety of clients on advanced analytics projects across our focused industries.

In this mission critical role, the successful candidate will guide the data science team’s efforts across products and projects firm wide, working closely with CoE leadership, the CTO, and industry practice leaders to set our technical vision and direction of data science capabilities.

The Chief Data Scientist will collaborate with firm leadership to define the Firm’s long term data science roadmap. The successful candidate will also drive adoption of best practices in data science and provide vision to acquire the latest developments in statistical modeling, optimization techniques and machine learning methods.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead a bold agenda around the use of structured and unstructured data in new and creative ways

Work with multiple, complex data sources on a large scale

Utilize big data and machine learning to build predictive, prescriptive, and cognitive models across a wide variety of client engagements

Assist in the development and mentorship of a team of data scientists across the firm to move the analytics capabilities forward

Collaborate with the Advisory service line and industry leaders to develop new use cases and expand the business in new directions

Perform thorough testing and validation of models and support various aspects of the business with data analytics

Work closely with our technology partner and development team to design, build, implement and test a wide variety of analytic models to support client and industry solutions

Identify new data sources/patterns that add significant lift to predictive modeling capabilities

Other duties as assigned.


Required Skills and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or a background in machine learning, statistics, bioinformatics, signal processing or related field. A MS or PhD is preferred.

Seven plus years of experience as a data scientist.

Proven ability to prioritize and drive solution-centric efforts across a geographically distributed team of business and technology professionals

Prior experience in leading and managing a team

Results driven with sound judgment and pragmatism demonstrated

Strong background/experience with ETL, data mining, statistical analysis, data processing with very large amounts of data

Strong business acumen and ability to determine the impact of data at a very high level

Strong intuition; ability to advocate for, and ability to dig deep into data

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
Ability to move data around, from a database or an API, through a transformation or to a model and into human-readable form (ROC curve, Excel chart, map, d3 visualization, Tableau, etc.)

Experience with Python, Java, R, Storm, Julia, SQL, Matlab, Mahout or a Perl one-liner.

A working knowledge of the Microsoft Azure and Cortana Intelligence stack

Ability to take action, experiment and turn losses into wins by moving forward

Big, undefined problems and petabytes challenge you.

Additional Information:
Ability to work additional hours and travel to various client sites as needed.



Grant Thornton LLP promotes a nationally recognized culture of health and offers an extensive array of benefits to meet individual lifestyles. For a complete list of benefits, please visit


Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd., one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton has revenues in excess of $1.3 billion and operates 58 offices across the U.S., with more than 565 partners and 8,000+ employees.

Grant Thornton works with a broad range of publicly- and privately-held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations. Core industries served include consumer and industrial products, financial services, not-for-profit, private equity, and technology. Grant Thornton focuses on serving dynamic organizations that pursue growth holistically — whether through revenue improvement, leadership, mission fulfillment or innovation.

It is Grant Thornton’s policy to promote equal employment opportunities. All personnel decisions, including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits and termination, are made without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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US-North Carolina-Charlotte

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201 South College Street

Suite 2500



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