Data & Ops Research Scientist

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Website Principal Financial Group

Principal Financial Group

Company : Principal Financial Group

Country: United States

Location : Des Moines, Iowa

Post: Thu, 09 Sep 2021 15:47:24 GMT

Expires: Thu, 07 Oct 2021 23:59:59 GMT

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As a Data & Operations Research Scientist in our Principal Global Investors Data Science team, you’ll use quantitative methods, GIS, sophisticated mathematical models, operations research techniques, simulation and strong discernment to deliver insight, recommendations and solutions for our business.


Here are a few examples of the kinds of things you’ll do:

Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation or other managerial functions.

Play a crucial role in leading world class financial solutions, logistics and distribution capacity planning and diagnostics, network design, flow modeling and operations research on regional and global levels.

Help drive decisions that optimize total cost, lead time on strategic and tactical, and more opportunistic levels.

Present compelling, validated stories to all levels of organization, including peers, senior management and internal customers to drive both strategic and operational changes in business.

Serve as consulting resource for quantitative sciences, GIS, experimental design and data analysis methodologies for targeted PFG business units.

Maintain expertise in the proper application and use of quantitative tools for the management of Principal business unit objectives.

Serve as power user subject matter expert for the ongoing development and optimization of at least one critical quantitative science objective.

Excel at building relationships internally and externally, executing external collaboration strategies to engage and identify mutually beneficial opportunities that will drive value for our clients, our partner and our practice.


We’re looking for someone with:

MS or PhD in a recognized quantitative science field, GIS, agent-based modeling, operations research, Engineering, or Mathematics or related field required

Advanced degree in engineering, statistics, data science, computational biology, complexity science, quantitative social science or related quantitative field preferred

Analytical thinking skills required

Theoretical and practical knowledge of quantitative sciences, Bayesian statistics, GIS, operations research and mathematical optimization concepts

Additional preferred experience:

Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Good understanding of algorithms and computational complexity

Expertise in agent-based modeling, probability theory, Bayesian statistics, textual analytics, queuing theory, game theory

Experience with operations research, stochastic, machine learning algorithms and statistical techniques

Strengths for success:

Drive for translating business problems into research initiatives that deliver business value

Strong business aptitude and ability to rapidly learn new problem domains

Ability to work in a matrix environment, leading & influencing people at varying levels of responsibility.

Demonstrable ability to communicate complex qualitative analysis in a clear, detailed and measurable manner.

Creative, proactive, bold and out-of-box thinking.

Good communication and influencing skills to lead alignment and adoption on process and methods.

Working towards Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) certification will be part of this role requirement once eligible 

Additional Information:
Job level


We’ll consider talent at the next level with the right experiences and skills.

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we’re not considering candidates that need any type of immigration sponsorship (additional work authorization or permanent work authorization) now or in the future to work in the United States? This includes, but IS NOT LIMITED TO: F1-OPT, F1-CPT, H-1B, TN, L-1, J-1, etc. For additional information around work authorization needs please use the following links.




Investment Code of Ethics

For Principal Global Investors positions, you’ll need to follow an Investment Code of Ethics related to personal and business conduct as well as personal trading activities for you and members of your household. These same requirements may also apply to other positions across the organization.

Experience Principal

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Principal is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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