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POSTING TITLE: Senior Data Scientist

Kemper is one of the nation’s leading specialized insurers. Our success is a direct reflection of the talented and diverse people who make a positive difference in the lives of our customers every day. We believe a high-performing culture, valuable opportunities for personal development and professional challenge, and a healthy work-life balance can be highly motivating and productive. Kemper’s products and services are making a real difference to our customers, who have unique and evolving needs. By joining our team, you are helping to provide an experience to our stakeholders that delivers on our promises. 


Kemper has an immediate need for a Data Scientist in our corporate headquarters location in Chicago, IL. You will work as part of a team to build predictive models designed to support the Kemper organization in areas such as risk selection, customer segmentation and lifetime value, insurance pricing, operational efficiency, and fraud detection.


Work as part of a team to build predictive models designed to support the Kemper organization in areas such as risk selection, customer segmentation and lifetime value, insurance pricing, operational efficiency and fraud detection.
Develop and automate predictive modeling processes that can be deployed through the organization to solve reoccurring analytics needs (ex: state specific implementations).
Aid the decision making process of our internal customers by building easy to deploy tools that present both insightful data summaries and actionable modeling results.
Serve as project coordinator for complex work streams that include multiple projects and address the research needs of an entire corporate function. Provide guidance and feedback to managers on analyst performance.
Experiment with and conduct internal peer reviews for new modeling techniques to continually improve on existing methodologies.



Modeling software:  Python and R – strong skills with one and some familiarity with the other. Knowledge of the Spark ecosystem preferred.
Solid coding skills and proficient with at least one programming language (C++, Java, Python, Scala etc.)
Ability to work with various data formats – from delimited text files to ODBC connections, data frames and relational databases.
Proficiency and experience with several modeling techniques such as generalized linear models, decision trees, ensemble learning, regularized models (ridge/lasso/nets), clustering or neural networks.
Combining various analysis methods to solve complex business problems, including using mathematical optimization techniques to combine predictions of different statistical models
Excellent overall communication skills, particularly possessing the ability to translate technical results for wide audiences
Graduate degree in a quantitative field required: Mathematics, Statistics, CS, Physics etc.
5+ years’ experience in a data science environment; financial service industry preferred.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.  The incumbent must have the abilities or aptitudes to perform each essential function proficiently with or without reasonable accommodation.  Our organization has a dynamic work environment where positions evolve and change.  Therefore, the Company reserves the right to modify, delete, or add job duties, responsibilities and skills that are stated in this job description at any time.  

Kemper is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We are committed to supporting diversity and equality across our organization and we work diligently to maintain a workplace free from discrimination.  
Kemper does not accept unsolicited resumes through or from search firms or staffing agencies. All unsolicited resumes will be considered the property of Kemper and Kemper will not be obligated to pay a placement fee. 

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