Discovery Communications: Manager – Data Science

Work closely with other analytics professionals and with the Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence group to develop a technology infrastructure that supports the data science process.

Discovery Communications Company: Discovery Communications
Location: Silver Spring, MD

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories.

Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity, engaging and entertaining viewers with high-quality content on worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Science, as well as U.S. joint venture network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Discovery also controls Eurosport International, a premier sports entertainment group, including six pay-TV network brands across Europe and Asia. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, through Discovery Education, and a digital leader with a diversified online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks. For more information, please visit

We are seeking candidates for the position of Manager - Data Science to be located in our Silver Spring, Maryland headquarters.

Position Summary: As Discovery Communications' portfolio continues to grow - around the world and across platforms, the Global Technology & Operations team is building media technology and IT systems that meet the world class standard for which Discovery is known. GT&O builds, implements and maintains the business systems and technology that are critical for delivering Discovery's products, while articulating the long-term technology strategy that will enable Discovery's growing pay-TV, digital terrestrial, free-to-air and online services to reach more audiences on more platforms.

From Amsterdam to Singapore; satellite and broadcast operations to SAP, we are driving Discovery forward on the leading edge of technology.

The Global Data & Analytics team is responsible for creating a holistic understanding of Discovery's business data and reporting tools to identify key links in system data to drive the application of business analytics.

As part of the Global Data & Analytics team, the Data Science Manager will focus on building out Discovery's advanced analytics capabilities.

The Data Science Manager will work closely with other analytics professionals and with the Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence group to develop a technology infrastructure that supports the data science process. He/she will develop and operationalize techniques that quantify and solve big, meaningful problems for the company, including emphasis areas in marketing, advertising, and consumer insights.

1. Work in close partnership with internal and external stakeholders to build relationships and success stories with analytics clients throughout the company.
2. He/she will also work closely with the data warehousing and data technology group to build out the advanced analytics infrastructure to enable self-sufficiency in applying data science.
3. Work towards systematizing data insights into concrete tools and applications to be used throughout the company.
4. Developing actionable quantitative models in the areas of audience analytics and viewership optimization.
5. Assist in making sophisticated modeling approachable and understandable to non-modelers
6. Participate in developing overall company strategy for statistical data use
7. Build and refine predictive and descriptive statistical models to improve insights, enhance data-driven business strategies, and ultimately drive profitability
8. Build, review, and improve the actual code that solves complex data manipulation problems
9. Develop material and conduct training for both technical and business colleagues

Job Requirements
  • Master's degree in a statistics, machine learning, physics, computer science, or a related field, or a Bachelor's degree and relevant work experience (5-7 years)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of modern statistical learning methods
  • Experience using applied statistics or machine learning in a professional or other intensive problem-solving environment with large, complex datasets
  • Expertise in statistical packages such as R or the Python scientific stack (NumPy, SciPy, scikit-learn, pandas)
  • Experience with SQL databases
  • Experience identifying and correcting for problems in imperfect data
  • An ability and eagerness to constantly learn and teach others
  • Must have legal right to work in the United States

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Discovery Communications, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Discovery is committed to being an employer of choice, not just a good place to work, but a great and inclusive place to work. To that end, we strive to recruit and maintain a workforce that meaningfully represents the diverse and culturally rich communities that we serve. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disabled status or, genetic information.