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SAP.iO Start-Up Incubator: Senior Data Scientist

Looking for a passionate data scientist to help the startup teams in our incubator run efficiently, effectively, and enjoyably; analyze diverse data sets to provide actionable insights for each team.

SAP.iO Start-Up Incubator At: SAP.iO Start-Up Incubator
Location: San Francisco, CA
Web: SAP

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Requisition ID: 122580
Work Area: Software-Development Operations
Expected Travel: 0 - 10%


As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries innovate through simplification. From the back office to the boardroom, warehouse to storefront, on premise to cloud, desktop to mobile device - SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.

Data Scientist - SAP.iO
At SAP.iO, we strive to build insanely great products by building insanely great teams. We're looking for a passionate data scientist to help the startup teams in our incubator run efficiently, effectively, and enjoyably. You'll have to analyze diverse data sets to provide actionable insights for each team. You should be obsessed with interpreting numbers and finding hidden value.


SAP.iO is a unit within SAP, charged with creating the next organic growth engines for SAP as an organization.

With more than €20 billion in annual sales, SAP manages an enormous diversity of businesses. However, moving the needle inside of SAP's dominant enterprise business requires adding more than incremental innovation - it requires the development of massively disruptive organizations.

The task of SAP.iO is to create those businesses, using SAP's unique position and differentiated data sources to transform industries ranging from people management to security.


The SAP.iO incubation process is modeled after a venture-capital approach to building startups. Startups built within SAP.iO incubation operate differently to traditional corporate business units in three distinct ways:

1. General Managers are entrusted with end-to-end responsibilities for their projects - building cross functional teams to tackle business problems;
2. Teams manage cash - budgeting is not on an annual basis but provided to prove business value over multi-year horizons;
3. Boards are created to provide oversight and guidance on a regular basis - providing senior sponsorship and involvement throughout the lifecycle of a project.

Startups that receive funding through SAP.iO incubation must be big enough to move the needle at SAP, attack new market opportunities for the company, and be able to be tested through rapid iteration and constant customer feedback.

We are looking for an experienced data scientist that is looking for an exciting opportunity to analyze data of several diverse products. This role will not be assigned to any one startup, rather, they will be a member of our centralized incubation team overseeing data science work across our portfolio. That said, if a particular business is of interest, there are opportunities to join that startup as they grow.

You will have the chance to work with the richest data sets available in the world. Your primary goal will be to implement state-of-the-art algorithms and to develop new approaches for deriving value from our customers' data. You will have a chance to select and implement the best technologies and approaches based on your own experience, judgment, and experimentation results.

This role combines (1) experience with machine learning, (2) practical knowledge of working with scalable platforms for processing of huge data sets, (3) the ability to understand the data, associated processes and business implications, (4) building and maintaining innovative new products from the ground-up, and scaling from minimum viable product up to shippable production code.

Be part of a team that rewards taking risks and drives new product ideas and development.

  • Work with each startup to provide product and project management support
  • Contribute to the efficiency, effectiveness, and improvement of data science best practices as a thought leader
  • Influence each startup's product strategy and value proposition by establishing first principles
  • Take an active role in the planning, reporting, and execution in support of various incubations, as well building out the processes within SAP to support teams within the organization
  • At least 5 years of experience in deep learning / machine learning / data science development projects with a focus on innovation
  • Masters or PHD Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Operations Research or related field
  • Statistics, predictive modeling, operations research, informatics and tools, e.g., SPSS, SAS, R, Python
  • Excellent quantitative analysis to take mixed data as an input and derive actionable recommendations as output
  • Track record of developing novel learning algorithms and/or systems
  • Proficiency in handling of big customer datasets
  • Experience with Machine / Deep Learning software packages & libraries
  • Ability to visualize data and present core insights in a clear and compelling way
  • Excellent written and communication skills in English language
  • Experience working in a startup environment with a lean product development process through rapid iteration
  • Experience working closely with developers and designers throughout the product development process
  • Experience collaborating with local and remote teams
  • Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple products with complex feature sets


* At least 10 years of experience in deep learning / machine learning / data science development projects with a focus on innovation
* At least 8 years of project lead experience in building machine learning-based products
* Experience using open source technologies such as R, Hadoop, Apache Spark
* Software development experience with Hive, Java, C++, JSON, Python, XML
* Cloud-based experience with PaaS and IaaS, as well as Cloud-based, agile, development environments


The SAP.iO office will be located in the South of Market area (SoMa) of San Francisco, California beginning January 2017. Some startup teams will be located elsewhere, including our Palo Alto campus as well as our international campuses. As such, there may be travel involved, but no more than 15%.



To harness the power of innovation, SAP invests in the development of its diverse employees. We aspire to leverage the qualities and appreciate the unique competencies that each person brings to the company.

SAP is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with SAP and are in need of accommodation or special assistance to navigate our website or to complete your application, please send an e-mail with your request to Recruiting Operations team (Americas: [email protected] or [email protected], APJ: [email protected], EMEA: [email protected]).

Requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their age, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability.

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