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Southern Company Data Scientist in Naperville, Illinois

Data Scientist


This position is responsible for collecting, organizing, mining, and deeply analyzing data to draw conclusions and develop insights that enable better decision-making and operational effectiveness of Southern Company Gas business units. Data scientists possess a combination of analytical skills, technical expertise and business acumen in addition to intellectual curiosity that drives their passion to transform raw intelligence into actionable insights that produce desired business outcomes. Going beyond established analytical thinking and problem-solving, the data scientist will apply creativity to unconventional concepts and out-of-the-box solutions. Other skillsets needed in this role include a working knowledge and awareness of mathematical principles and statistics, astute ability to communicate at all levels of the organization, and the ability to monitor industry trends to position Southern Company for future growth and maturity in the data space.

More specifically, this position is responsible to optimize damage prevention interventions on critical risk excavations. This role also performs data management and data analysis to track and monitor the performance of the risk model supporting watch and protect employees.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills)

Education :


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Analytics, Statistics (Theoretical/Computational), Applied Mathematics, MIS, Computer Science, or a related analytical field.


  • MS/MBA degree, Ph.D., or progress toward Masters/Ph.D. in Business Analytics, Statistics (Theoretical/Computational), Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence.



  • 3-5 years of professional experience in Analytics, Marketing, Business Analysis. Advanced statistical and predictive modeling experience using both supervised and unsupervised modeling techniques.


  • Experience manipulating large datasets and databases with working knowledge of Hadoop or other big data cloud technologies (e.g. Azure or AWS)

  • Extensive knowledge doing Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and/or production level model deployment in the cloud

  • Experience in coding, testing, and implementing campaign data initiatives using real-time decision-making marketing technology

  • Experience in database marketing working with campaign strategies and execution

  • Experience in marketing analytics

  • Experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Applicant may possess a combination of equivalent education and work experience.

Specific Skills & Knowledge:

  • Strong technical competency and programming skills in large-scale data analysis using coding/querying languages including at least one of SAS, Python, or R. Others desired to be cognizant of are Spark, T-SQL, and PL-SQL.

  • Analysis, design, development, test, troubleshooting and documentation of complex systems including several of the following: predictive models, feature extraction, data-driven analysis, application of machine learning algorithms, text mining, decision support, variable selection and model fit

  • Knowledge of data migration and integration across datasets and technology platforms

  • Deep analytical capability to debug, monitor, and troubleshoot issues with data solutions

  • Effective communication (verbal/written) and leadership skills to foster enterprise influence on data-driven business decision-making

  • Ability to transform technical jargon into meaningful business insight at varying levels of the organization

  • Comprehensive consulting skills with proven ability to work with and influence others

  • Excellent customer service skills and focus on delivery with a positive attitude

  • Self-starter with ability to work independently with minimal guidance

  • Continuous self-learner with perspective on industry trends in the data space

  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and conflicting priorities

  • Ability to build productive relationships with a focus on cooperation and teamwork

  • Experience with data visualization in Power BI, Tableau, SSRS, or other comparable tools.

  • Experience working with large enterprise databases with demonstrated ability to independently query and prepare data for analysis.

  • Familiarity with Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and/or production level model deployment.

  • Basic HTML knowledge

  • Knowledge of front-end tools such as query tools, report writers, data mining, and analysis tools.

  • Advanced level of proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint

  • Ability to locate and summarize data characteristics

  • Experience in translating and documenting business needs to technical requirements

  • Strong project management skills

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines

  • Ability to hold self and others accountable for results

  • Ability to prioritize and work multiple concurrent requests from different business teams

  • Comfortable within a fast-paced, deadline-driven and changing environment


Experience working in GIS

  • Knowledge of financial statements

  • Knowledge of the utility industry (specifically damage prevention)

  • Leadership to guide junior-level data scientists


  • Creating, enhancing, and deploying statistical models using machine learning algorithms to inform growth decisions and strategies across Nicor Gas Co.

  • Develop a framework for Machine Learning/AI. Train others on the framework. Evaluate and monitor model performance. Make recommendations on model edits and when they are needed.

  • Leverages quantitative research; relates, compares, models and maps data from different sources and makes logical assumptions; evaluates market conditions, customer data, internal metrics and competitive landscape to identify key business opportunities; analyzes program results and recommend next steps.

  • Manage multiple, concurrent projects with competing deadlines.

  • Supporting the organization’s access to, understanding of, and engagement with internal and external data sources and systems.

  • Works with a variety of technologies (including but not limited to SQL, R, Python, Excel, SAS, Azure, and Power BI) to design, develop and distribute business intelligence solutions.

  • Performs ETL design and development.

  • Identifies key information sources, assesses information quality and understands and communicates limitations.

  • Builds reports, data visualizations, and BI solutions, including presentation layer delivery.

  • Identifies data anomalies and works with business units to perform root cause analysis and resolves any issues.

Disclaimer: This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Finance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville

Operating Company: Nicor Gas

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

G O Naperville - 1844 W Ferry Rd. (1844NapervilleCODE)

1844 W Ferry Rd.

Naperville, 60536

Req ID: GAS2003484