Principal Data Scientist, People Analytics

South San Francisco
California, United States of America

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The Position

The People Analytics team at Genentech is a small group of 9 people that has an outsized impact.  We build products around data whose insights affect all ~14,000 Genentech employees.  Our team is close knit and dynamic acting more like a startup within Genentech than anything else.  We are looking for a dynamic Senior Data Scientist to join our team to help propel our trajectory and drive more impact.

Who we are looking for

As we are a small team, we are looking for an experienced Data Scientist with a variety of engineering, modeling, statistical and business skills who is comfortable working on both products and projects.  Communication with stakeholders and within our team is a must, so excellent communication skills are required, especially around technical topics to non-technical audiences.  No ideas are out of bounds, so we are looking for someone who is creative with data, including how and where we acquire it and how and where we use it.  Most importantly we are seeking someone who is persistent: we are working on many things at once so we have to stay patient but continue to push the envelope.

No experience in People Analytics or HR is required, but the desire to learn and become a subject matter expert on the HR domain is a necessity.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leadership of projects and initiatives
  • Thought leadership on how to use advanced statistics, ML and AI in the HR domain
  • Synthesizing requirements from non-technical stakeholders
  • Drive decision making by clearly tell stories with data
  • Promote (both your own and others on the team) ideas and vision to external stakeholders and potential customers
  • Inspire and collaborate closely with team members and stakeholders
  • Forge relationships with peers across the company to drive team success

Technical Experience


  • At least 10 years experience building models, executing statistical analyses and manipulating data
  • At least 5 years experience with Python (Numpy, Scipy, Pandas, scikit-learn)
  • Building production ETL processes to acquire and process data
  • Production Deployment of Machine Learning models
  • Statistical expertise
  • Data Visualization
  • Production software development experience (git, testing, code reviews etc)

Familiar (and willingness to learn more of)

  • AWS (S3, EC2, Sagemaker, Glue)
  • R
  • Docker
  • Agile processes
  • Plotly and Plotly-Dash
  • Deep Learning (Tensorflow, Pytorch)


Who We Are

A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech has multiple therapies on the market for cancer & other serious illnesses. Please take this opportunity to learn about Genentech where we believe that our employees are our most important asset & are dedicated to remaining a great place to work.

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Genentech is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status. For more information about equal employment opportunity, visit our Genentech Careers page.

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