SME Data Science and Analytics Specialist – Contingent

Applied Research Associates, Inc
Applied Research Associates, Inc

Job Overview

ARA is looking for a dynamic candidate to work with stakeholders throughout BMI & BMW to identify opportunities for leveraging AF and NSA data to drive AFCO solutions. The candidate must have a mix of intellectual curiosity, quantitative acumen, and customer-focus to identify novel sources of data across a range of fields, to improve the performance of predictive algorithms, and to encourage user adoption of high-end data analytics platforms in partnership with a highly qualified, highly motivated team.
SME Data Science and Analytics Specialist – Contingent Security Clearance Requirements:
TS/SCI with CI Poly
SME Data Science and Analytics Specialist – Contingent Required Experience:
MS/MA with 10 years experience, BS/BA with 18 years experience, or AS/AA with 22 years experience
Mine and analyze data from AF and NSA databases to drive optimization and improvement of product development and manpower and personnel strategies
Develop custom data models and algorithms to apply to data sets and use predictive modeling to increase and optimize AFCO outcomes
Develop AFCO testing framework and test model quality
Develop processes and tools to monitor and analyze model performance and data accuracy
Identify and customize, if necessary, Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) Information Technology (IT) tools for administration and data collection, or to leverage, support, and integrate the process with tools built for the AF and/or its component elements
Provide an advanced capability for data analysis of relevant information from disparate data types, promoting visualization and storytelling to discover insights that help guide business decisions. Let the data tell the story including what is inconsistent or contradictory and automate data cleansing as much as possible
Coordinate and facilitate community of practice and working group meetings, to include meeting logistics, agenda development and presenter coordination, day-of execution and facilitation, documentation and distribution of meeting minutes and presentations
Present or coordinate presentations on relevant topics as directed by AFCO leadership
10+ years of related experience preferably in data modeling, data analysis and/or data science
10+ years working in the intelligence community
Ability to translate complex, technical, or analytic findings into an easily understood narrative- tell a story with the data in graphical, verbal, or written form
Previous experience performing research in Data Analytics or big data. SME Data Science and Analytics Specialist – Contingent Desired Qualifications:
Experience supporting the ACC ISR enterprise
Have a strong background in research design, exploratory analysis, quantitative methods, user interface application design, and experience with customer outreach and engagement
Ability to analyze and assess software development or data acquisition requirements and determine optimum, cost-effective solutions

Demonstrated experience with structuring data, natural language processing, database technologies, and machine learning algorithms
Experience with Data Visualization software programs such as Tableau. Microsoft PowerBI, IBM Cognos Analytics or Qlikview
Applied knowledge in the mathematical sciences such as probability, statistics, predictive modeling, computational social sciences; computer programming such as but not limited to Python, JAVA, PERL, C++, R-Programming, SAS, and SPSS
Experience with Oracle Database and Procedural language/Structured Query Language (PUSQL)
Preferred experiences include but not limited to C#.NET, ASP.NET Model View Controller (MVC), jQuery, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), etc.
Experience with SQL Database/Coding
Familiarity with social network analysis, supply chain analysis, forensic accounting, pattern of life, natural language processing, social media analysis, classification algorithms, and/or image processing A Letter of Commitment is required for this contingent offer.
About Us:
Applied Research Associates, Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company known for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. We were founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979 as the disco era was, thankfully, closing out and the personal computer era was beginning. We employ over 1,500 professionals and continue to grow. ARA offices throughout the U.S. and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense, civil, and health technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. Around ARA you are equally likely to hear a conversation about Kubernetes clusters as you are a debate on merits of a reverse polish notation (RPN) calculator!
While this is all of the Year One and Beyond stuff, Day One is highly impressive too. These are things like our competitive salary (DOE), Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), benefits package, relocation opportunities, and a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets so we give our employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take active roles as owners. The motto, Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit sums up the ARA experience. The company realizes employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels.
ARA is passionate about inclusion and diversity in our workplace. In % of our new employees voluntarily self-identified as protected veterans. (Source-AAP EOY 2018 Veterans Data Collection Report). Additionally, the Southeast Division looks not only for the right skills, but also for a cultural fit. We seek colleagues who will contribute to the unique culture that makes ARA such a great place to work. Some of the social impact aspects we have implemented at our division include monthly get-togethers, team outings to local baseball games in the summer, board game lunches, holiday party, corn hole tournaments, chili cook-offs and so on. We are also very proud of our Womens Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please apply at year(s): Relevant Work ExperienceEducationRequiredAssociates or betterPreferredBachelors or betterMasters or betterLicenses & CertificationsRequiredSecurity Clear Top SecretEqual Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with DisabilitiesThe contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigatiSME Data Science and Analytics Specialist - Contingent 1

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