Website Govini

Company Description

Govini is a decision science firm dedicated to transforming the business of national security through data science and machine learning. Through its data and analytic platform, Govini delivers objective, decision-grade information at scale to the national security enterprise, so that leaders can better direct investments to innovation and modernization. Govini has offices in Arlington, Virginia, San Francisco, California, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Job Description

We are seeking an inquisitive data scientist to join our team and work with our various datasets to find connections, knowledge, and potential issues in order to help our government clients make more informed decisions.  Your role on the Decision Science team will be primarily focused on our large datasets, and you will design and implement scalable statistical systems based on your analysis. You will have the opportunity to expand and grow data-driven research across Govini, and lead new areas to apply advanced analytics to drive business results. 

In order to do this job well, you must be a highly organized problem-solver and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. You are independent, driven and motivated to jump in and roll up your sleeves to get the job done. You lead by influence and motivation. You have a passion for great work and nothing less than your best will do. You share our intolerance of mediocrity. You’re uber-smart, challenged by figuring things out and producing simple solutions to complex problems. Knowing there are always multiple answers to a problem, you know how to engage in a constructive dialogue to find the best path forward. You’re scrappy. We like scrappy.

This is a full-time team member position, working onsite in our Pittsburgh, PA office.

Scope of Responsibilities

  • Design experiments, test hypotheses, and build models for advanced data analysis and complex algorithms
  • Apply advanced statistical and predictive modeling techniques to build, maintain, and improve on multiple real-time decision systems
  • Make strategic recommendations on data collection, integration and retention requirements, incorporating business requirements and knowledge of data industry best practices
  • Model and frame business scenarios that are meaningful and which impact critical processes and decisions; transform, standardize, and integrate datasets for client use cases
  • Convert custom, complex and manual client data analysis tasks into repeatable, configurable processes for consistent and scalable use within the Govini SaaS platform
  • Optimize processes for maximum speed, performance and accuracy; craft clean, testable, and maintainable code
  • Partner with internal Govini business analysts and external client teams to seek out the best solutions regarding data-driven problem solving
  • Participate in end-to-end software development, on an agile team in a scrum process, collaborating closely with fellow software, machine learning, data and QA engineers


US Citizenship is required

Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or a related field; Master’s or PHD preferred
  • Minimum 3 years hands on data science experience
  • Regular development experience in major statistical scripting languages
  • Regular development experience in Python
  • Prior hands-on experience working with data-driven analytics
  • Proven ability to develop solutions to loosely defined business problems by leveraging pattern detection over large datasets
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis, quantitative analytics, forecasting/predictive analytics, multivariate testing, and optimization algorithms
  • Experience using machine learning algorithms (e.g., gradient-boosted machines, neural networks)
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • A burning desire to work in a challenging fast paced environment

Desired Skills

  • Experience working on agile/scrum teams
  • Experience building datasets from common database tools using flavors of SQL
  • Expertise with automation and streaming data
  • Experience with major NLP frameworks (spaCy, fasttext, BERT)
  • Familiarity with big data frameworks (e.g., HDFS, Spark) and AWS
  • Familiarity with Git source control management
  • Experience working in a product organization
  • Experience in or exposure to the nuances of a startup or other entrepreneurial environment
  • Current possession of a U.S. security clearance or the ability to obtain one

We firmly believe that past performance is the best indicator of future performance. If you believe you meet the qualifications above, and you’re prepared to perform complex, mentally rigorous work, we’re eager to hear from you. 

Govini is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and protected veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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