Revantage Corporate Services

  • Sr Specialist - Data Scientist

    Job Locations US-Chicago
  • The Sr Specialist - Data Scientist will be hands-on, intellectually curious, and self-learning.  Focused on delivering results, the candidate will use a variety of modeling and algorithmic techniques to deliver insights to support commercial real-estate decision making.  The individual will have familiarity with product analytics, marketing analytics, web analytics, business analytics, and customer value. Responsibilities will include developing algorithmic and rule-based models and analytic capabilities based on rules engine, machine learning, mathematical modeling, pattern recognition, and data mining techniques.  Will perform data analysis and modeling using a variety of analytic techniques, tools, and programming languages to provide business insight and product analytics.

     

    Revantage Corporate Services (“Revantage”) is a newly-formed organization providing key business services to real estate portfolio companies of the alternative investment firm, The Blackstone Group.  Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Revantage is a fully-integrated corporate services platform set up to deliver best-in-class services which include accounting, tax, treasury, legal, risk management, technology and human resource capabilities, to a diverse real estate portfolio comprised of multi-family (LivCor), commercial office (EQ Office), hospitality (BRE Hotels and Resorts), industrial (Gateway Industrial Properties) , manufactured housing, retail (ShopCore) and senior living assets (Longview).

    Revantage is a forward-thinking company with a highly skilled employee base and a strong commitment to sustainability.  Culturally, its professionals are innovative, focused on future trends and requirements, and committed to providing the highest level of service and value.  Revantage’s primary objective is to provide efficient, scalable, best-in-class corporate services to Blackstone Real Estate, as well as support the operating business of each portfolio company.  Revantage’s vision is “Partnering in possibilities to unlock our greatest potential, together.”  Integral to the vision are several values or practices, such as lead with needs, better every day, innovation is a mindset, feedback loop, one team and co-ownership.

    Blackstone is a global leader in real estate investing.  Founded in 1991, the company manages approximately $420 billion in assets, including $120 billion in real estate investments with properties located across the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.  Major holdings include Willis Tower, The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Invitation Homes (single family homes), Stuytown (New York City), Thompson Reuters Corp., and prime retail and office buildings in the world’s major cities.  Blackstone real estate also operates one of the leading real estate finance platforms, including management of the publicly traded Blackstone Mortgage Trust.

    As the Sr Specialist - Data Scientist, one is held accountable to, however not limited to, the following job functions: 

    • Perform complex data analysis on large volumes of property and market data and present model performance to stakeholders
    • Create model reports for stakeholder review and model documentation
    • Create data derivation and linkage through algorithm and/or data rules
    • Create and select predictive features from raw data
    • Perform pattern recognition model creation and training using various types of algorithms and machine learning modeling techniques for unknown or less well-defined – an unknown problem, solve new problems (e.g., clustering, logistic regression, neural networks, CART, support vector machines, boosting trees, supervised and unsupervised models)
    • Develop analytics tool using SQL, R, Python, Spark and other big data tools such as Tableau, Talend Open Studio, Skytree Server, and Splunk
    • Develop analytics solutions using traditional database technology such as SQL and big data technology such as Hadoop, MongoDB, Cassandra, Redis, Riak, CouchDB, and Neo4j, NoSQL databases
    • QA and analyze large amounts of data to create appropriate data sets for model building
    • Conduct defined quantitative and qualitative research projects independently and communicates research results to internal and external stakeholders
    • Deploy production models and design efficient methods to maintain model integrity over time
    • Performs other duties as assigned

    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in machine learning, computer science, math, statistics or an engineering field, or equivalent work experience
    • Ability to thrive in a team environment and adapt to quickly changing priorities
    • 4-8 years of directly related experience
    • Strong problem solving and analytical ability
    • Strong communication skills
    • Ability to quickly and efficiently adapt to new concepts.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of statistical techniques
    • Data mining/data analysis experience
    • Machine Learning/AI: familiar with many supervised model types including Generalized Linear Models, Random Forests, Gradient Boosting Machines, Support Vector Machines, Deep Learning Neural Nets, Ensemble Learning/Stacking. Unsupervised model types like Principal Component Analysis, K-means clustering, Hierarchical Clustering, Autoenconders
    • Building models for highly imbalanced data sets. Bias/Variance tradeoff. Model quality metrics like Rsquared, AUC. Outlier detection and removal

    PREFERRED QUALIFICAITONS:

    Technologies:

    • Python, R, Hadoop, Spark, H2O, Tensorflow, Amazon Web Services, MySQL database, Azure

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