Skillz Inc. is hiring a

Lead Data Scientist

San Francisco, United States

About Skillz:

Today, people spend more time playing video games than they do playing all physical sports, and eSports are poised to become bigger than the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL combined. Skillz provides the technology that powers an eSports industry forecast to exceed $9 billion in annual revenue by 2017.

As the eSports provider for over 1,600 game studios, Skillz enables any mobile game to be turned into a competitive eSport that can also be broadcasted on major streaming sites like Twitch and YouTube. Skillz accounts for more than 20% of eSports prizes, and we’ve already hosted more than 70 million tournaments for players in over 180 countries.

We’ve raised over $28 million in funding from well-known venture capital firms as well as major sports team owners from the NFL, NBA and MLB. In our quest to make gaming better for players and developers, we’re looking for savvy, passionate and hardworking teammates to help us build the future of sports. If you’re excited about defining a multibillion dollar industry, building an awesome product, or working with bleeding edge technology, Skillz just might be for you!

Our Culture:

We are true believers in electronic sports, so don’t be surprised if you see us playing mobile games at our desks or in the kitchen. At Skillz, this type of behavior is encouraged! You can also catch us at our weekly game nights playing anything from Starcraft to Cranium over dinner, while discussing new technologies or brainstorming ideas to improve our business.

Not a “gamer”? Don’t worry about it. Every Skillzian brings a unique perspective to the team, and we bond over plenty of activities that don’t involve games. We’re working to build a truly groundbreaking company, and we want top-notch people to join us in that mission. As the creators and leaders of a new marketplace, we work with a “do whatever it takes” mentality, and frankly, we get the job done!

Our team is comprised of passionate, intelligent and creative individuals who consistently seek out new challenges and knowledge. We embrace out-of-the-box strategies to propel our business forward, and foster a culture where every person’s voice is heard. Our team comes from diverse backgrounds, and our leaders have a strong history of funding, building and selling successful enterprises. If you're up for the challenge, we’d love to meet you.

Who we’re looking for:

You love video games and software, have side projects that you can't wait to show off and are looking for a place where your contributions matter. You consider yourself a hacker and enjoy figuring out how systems are intended to work just so you can break them. You pay attention to detail, take pride in doing things the “right” way and you’re excited to play a big role on a small team. You grew up with a computer strapped to your hip and wouldn't have it any other way.

Your Skillz:

  • 5+ years performing quantitative, statistical or financial analysis
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Working knowledge of statistical mathematics (Matlab etc)
  • Prior experience in statistical algorithm design
  • Programming experience
  • Basic understanding of optimization methodologies
  • Experience building and training predictive models
  • Ability to produce ad-hoc reports using SQL
  • Good understanding of A/B testing methodologies
  • Experience with leading a team. 

Nice to Have:

  • Ability to build visualizations (in Excel, GNU Plot or other)
  • Working knowledge of R
  • Basic knowledge of game theory
  • Experience working within Linux