Rise Interactive is a digital marketing agency, specializing in media, analytics, and customer experience. The agency is a strategic partner, helping marketing leaders make smarter investment decisions, grounded in data insights. Rise manages enterprise-level analytics and campaigns across all channels of digital marketing.


Rise Interactive (http://www.riseinteractive.com), a rapidly growing full service interactive advertising agency, is looking to hire a Data Scientist, into the Innovation team. We are seeking a detail-oriented, highly motivated individual contributor that is excited about joining a new Innovation department, on a talented, close-knit team and contributing professionally to an entrepreneurial company with an expanding Fortune 500 client base.

Summary and Scope

We’re looking for a Data Scientist to help us build out our personalized marketing and analytics platforms. Our platform processes billions of records today – and we’re just getting started. Our goal is to find data scientist with hands-on coding skills, not only just research and analytical skills. This is an individual contributor role that is expected to contribute to production solutions in addition to leading and teaching others on the team, and communicating results to business stakeholders. This position will be involved in the entire data science solution pipeline from end-to-end.

Why Rise
  • Fast growing company with an expanding list of Fortune 500 clients
  • Competitive Salary and Benefits Package
  • Casual Work Environment
  • Great Opportunities for Growth
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

We operate a cross-functional team that specializes when needed but aims to have everyone able to contribute. Duties of the Data Scientist include:


  • Collaborate with stakeholders, executives and subject matter experts
  • Develop innovative experiment designs, modeling methodologies, real-time recommendation, and machine learning approaches to measure our advertising targeting for optimization and forecasting
  • Identify, generate, and select modeling features from various structured and semi-structured data sets
  • Train and build machine learning models to meet business goals
  • Innovate new machine learning techniques to address business needs
  • Embrace and assist in evolving our Agile (Scrum) team processes and data science role responsibilities
  • Own the discover, delivery, evolution, and maintenance of models and data science solutions
  • Design A/B and multivariate tests
  • Explain the what and why of particular steps in your analysis or machine learning solution to others
  • Naturally inquisitive and possess strong conceptual skills
Required Skills
  • Experience managing end-to-end machine learning pipeline from data exploration, feature engineering, model building, performance evaluation, and online testing with TB to PB sized data sets
  • Strong understanding of statistics, predictive modeling, multivariate analysis, machine learning and information retrieval
  • Smart, high aptitude to learn new things and sense of urgency to get things done
  • 2+ years of experience working with large amounts of real data
  • Able to program in languages such as Python, SQL, SparkML, R, SAS
  • Experience with data visualization tools like Tableau, D3, Shiny
  • Experience writing advanced queries for large, semi-structured datasets with tools like Hadoop, Hive, Spark, MapReduce, and NoSQL technologies
  • Excellent communication is essential in this role -- experience communicating with diverse teams including data scientists, engineers, devops, product managers, and executive management
  • Experience working in cloud-only infrastructure, especially Amazon Web Services
  • A strong passion for empirical research and answering hard questions
  • Team player – demonstrated experience on a few teams that have shipped a product
  • Professional developer – experienced with source control (Git) and bug tracking
  • Practical-minded – chooses stability/reliability/maintainability over shiny new objects
  • Passionate about technology – ideally you build things outside of work for fun
  • Must be totally comfortable at the command line
  • Experience delivering data products in the marketing, ad tech space is also a plus.

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Company Reviews

"There is just something in the atmosphere here that seems to have every single person excited about achieving superior performance and remarkable results for our clients, while also helping this company become the best it can be.."
Connor D.
Associate Manager, Global Partnerships
at Rise Interactive
“The main differentiator at Rise is the people and the passion they bring to the job. Everyone comes here every day to give 100% and provide the best possible experience for our clients."
Jocelyn S.
Senior Account Executive
at Rise Interactive
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Why work with us
Currently, we’re over 200-strong and growing. Our extensive recruiting process, which includes a pre-interview analytics exam, ensures our agency is filled with smart, data-driven individuals. We know that having a committed, and curious team is key – and we strive to provide a nurturing, energizing workplace. We’ve been recognized with many accolades for our culture, including the National Best & Brightest Places to Work For list four years in a row. Along with our dedication to hiring Chicago’s most tech-savvy and quantitatively-minded talent, we also love being part of the city’s technology community. We’re proud to have been recognized by Built in Chicago as a Top 100 Digital Employer for the last five years. We’re also a previous Chicago Innovation Award winner, and our CEO has been named to Techweek100’s list twice. To top it off, Rise is located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, with close proximity to public transportation, and convenient access to stores and restaurants.
As a fast-growing company, our commitment to culture runs deep and continues to grow and evolve based on employees’ needs. We know that a healthy, positive culture results in an innovative and productive team, and we invest in making Rise a top place to work. We are committed to providing ongoing training and development opportunities, both inside and outside of the office. We also offer employees an open and collaborative environment, providing a workspace that has no true barriers, and that really fosters the creativity of each individual. From celebrating award wins and agency accomplishments, to arcade games and Beer Fridays, and frequent team-building events in our office lounge, we always encourage collaboration and camaraderie among our employees. Risers believe in working hard and playing hard – and it shows in our ability to deliver top results for our clients, while having fun.
Perks & Benefits
Quarterly Happy Hours
Beer Fridays
Casual Work Environment
Robust health, vision, and dental benefits
Paid Time Off & Company Holidays
Alternative Seating & Work Spaces
Training & Development Resources
Volunteer Opportunities
Comprehensive Savings Program

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