Data Scientist (Charlotte, US)

Data Scientist (Charlotte, US)

About the Role

As a data scientist at Passport, you will work across a number of functions to create value from vast amounts of data generated in the course of business operations.  You will help us enhance our product capabilities and develop new features. You will also work with Marketing, Finance, and other teams to build prediction and forecasting models.   At times, your curiosity will drive you to discover new insights and abilities that we hadn’t even considered yet, always with an eye toward creating new value for our team members and clients.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop the algorithms to support our most ambitious product development goals for enhancing our service portfolio by uniquely solving problems for our team members, our clients, and our end users.
  • Mine massive data sets for new insights that we can use to drive additional business value for our business and that of our clients.
  • Create sophisticated predictive models that can be applied to product enhancements as well as improving business operations.
  • Collaborate with Product and Engineering teams on the generation and protection of new intellectual property that expands the capabilities of our service offerings.
  • Serve as a liaison to expert advisors from academia, industry partners, as well as key clients to help advance the development of unique smart city capabilities.
  • Develop proofs-of-concept (POCs) and simulations for new or experimental product capabilities.
  • Build expert data science capabilities at Passport, especially in the area of using geolocation data to help cities and communities they serve.
  • Contribute to overall thought leadership publications at Passport through multiple channels, including representing Passport in relevant industry forums.
  • Be resourceful in identifying sources of data that can be useful in generating new value for our clients and growth for our business.
  • Occasionally evaluate our data science toolkit and explore additional opportunities to enhance our capabilities.
  • Keep up with the latest best practices in relevant areas of data science, raising those that may be relevant to Passport’s business to the team for discussion.
  • Make sure data governance and compliance requirements are met in delivery of product capabilities.
  • Field ad-hoc requests for exploratory analysis.
  • Advise on data requirements related to new product development and enhancements.
  • Provide active input to creation and maintenance of data lakes and workflows in order to optimize for data science requirements. 


  • At least 5+ years of professional experience in statistics or data science
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, applied mathematics, computer science or a related quantitative field. Master’s or PhD, a plus.
  • Solid SQL skills and a general understanding of large-scale database systems, including relational, non-relational, and associated technologies
  • Significant experience turning data into effective visualizations
  • Expert knowledge of applying statistical methods
  • Experience developing for machine learning
  • Experience building complex prediction algorithms
  • Fluency in Python and/or R
  • Track record of successfully delivering projects on time
  • Strong communication skills, especially at being able to communicate complex information clearly to multiple parties
  • Business acumen as it relates to being able to identify opportunities for value creation
  • Strong relationship building and interpersonal skills with the ability to instill confidence
  • Ability to manage project deliverables across several projects at a time

Desired skills:

  • Interest or experience in mobile technology and consumer behavior
  • Experience incorporating geolocation data into analysis
  • Interest or experience in transportation, transit, automotive, or municipal-related industries
  • Experience with React, D3, Periscope, or data services with AWS
  • Strong GitHub repository showcasing key skills
  • Product development experience

About You

You obsess over the details.  You blend technical ability with business acumen. While you are not necessarily a developer, you may have tinkered and are familiar with development methodologies. You are effective at connecting long-term vision to near-term objectives.

You are incredibly organized. Nothing slips through the cracks when you’re running a project. You measure everything. You are inquisitive, and you know how to listen and incorporate new knowledge into your projects. You have a knack for connecting the dots across multiple things and ensuring they are consistent. You know how to work collaboratively across teams in order to produce the strongest outputs.  Above all else, you are an excellent communicator, both written and verbal, and you understand how to effectively convey ideas to various stakeholders across the organization.

You will have the opportunity to wear several hats, and you should be comfortable learning new things and taking on new responsibilities. You’ll spearhead strategic initiatives. You won’t hesitate to roll up your sleeves and do the dirty work to turn your concepts into reality.  You’ll team up with sales and marketing one day, dig through spreadsheets and analytics tools another day, and deep dive with product and engineering the next. You’re comfortable working in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment.

You read the books, you’ve followed the blogs, and as someone committed to continual improvement, you’re excited to improve the overall practice of business intelligence at Passport.

Willingness to travel up to 5%.

About Us

Passport is transforming mobility management for cities, empowering them to create more livable and equitable communities. Passport’s mobility platform enables clients to digitally coordinate all modes of transportation and implement real-time, data-centric management of their curbside and street space through its enterprise software. Trusted by nearly 600 cities, universities and agencies, including Chicago, Toronto, London, Los Angeles, and Miami.

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