Data Scientist

Inspire

Remote May 23
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In-office locations: Santa Monica, CA, USA and Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Remote location(s): United States.

As a certified B Corp, our mission is truly woven into the fabric of what we do. As you grow professionally, you are doing good for the planet by helping us to transform the way consumers access clean energy and accelerate the world’s transition to a net-zero carbon future.

Our rapidly growing Data Platform and Services Team of mission-driven, climate enthusiasts is passionate, innovative and committed to a better future for the planet. We are looking for a Data Scientist to use modeling and statistical tools to define, deploy, maintain and improve the use of forecasting and algorithmic learning to drive business objectives and optimize operations. We take a product-driven, agile approach to our platform, driving measurable growth and meaningful outcomes every single sprint. We build efficient, scalable processes in a service-oriented ecosystem leveraging powerful code frameworks and repeatable patterns to solve real problems for stakeholders and customers.

How you’ll help:

  1. Apply state-of-the-art machine learning and predictive modeling techniques to provide a deeper understanding of customers, and develop and improve the accuracy of our energy, gas, and customer churn and activation rate forecasts
  2. Improve  processes by which we monitor performance of our forecasting services over time
  3. Develop, improve, and extend the implementation and architecture of our forecasting services
  4. Communicate modeling and engineering progress to stakeholders and partners (e.g. commercial strategy, pricing, trading, analytics) to drive impact and facilitate decision making

Some 1 year deliverables:

  • Measurable improvement of our customer churn or energy forecast
  • Develop a natural gas forecast service
  • Improve the configurability and robustness of our forecast services
  • Improve the input and output data monitoring of our forecast services

Here’s what you’ll bring to the table:

  • Must Have
    • 2-4 years of experience applying machine learning and statistical knowledge to drive business value, specifically with Python and SQL
    • Fluency with data visualization to communicate complex topics in approachable way
  • Nice to Have
    • Experience developing energy load forecasting models using interval meter data, preferably in ERCOT         
    • Experience developing natural gas forecasting models
    • Experience with customer churn forecasting models
    • Experience with price elasticity models
    • Experience with data engineering frameworks: Apache Airflow, dbt, MLFlow, Apache Spark, AWS services, Docker, Kubernetes
    • Experience with machine learning frameworks: scikit-learn, Light GBM, XGBoost, lifelines, pytorch, Tensorflow/Keras
    • Software development lifecycle experience in GitHub (ie environment management, testing, deployment)
    • Experience at a similar scale of data processing (Multi-TB/billions of rows)
    • Work with real-time event stream data
    • Contextual work in the energy industry

Our Work Model:

This position is eligible for remote work. Being bi-coastal, we have mastered the art of working collaboratively across different time zones and regions. Working from the comforts of our own homes, we don't mind the constant cameos from children and pets.

Here’s what we offer:

Health & Wellness:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision coverage starts from day one
  • Summer Fridays and Wellness days
  • Mental Health Benefits (Headspace, Ginger)
  • Company Paid Parental Leave

Life at Inspire:

  • Flexible Time Off
  • 401(K) up to 4% Matching
  • Employee Resource Groups
  • Treks through GivePower and the opportunity to participate in service trip
  • Training, development, and growth opportunities for all employees

Perks:

  • Work from Home
  • Semi Annual Performance Bonuses
  • B Corporation Discounts
  • Open Office Floor Plan
  • Dog-friendly workplace
  • Fun Company Events

More About Who We Are:

Inspire is a clean energy technology company on a mission to transform the way consumers access clean energy and to accelerate the world’s transition to a net-zero carbon future.

We provide our customers with access to renewable energy from wind, solar, and hydro powered sources without service interruptions or costly installations at a flat, predictable monthly rate. On average, one year of being an Inspire member can help avoid 9,639 pounds of carbon emissions - that is 7x more impactful than one year of recycling!

Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401k with company contribution
Perks & Discounts
  • Bring Your Own Device Reimbursement
  • Casual Dress
  • Snacks Provided
Health & Wellness
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • FSA
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Short Term Disability
  • Vision Insurance
Professional Development
  • Employee Recognition Programs
  • Tuition Reimbursement
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Nursing Room
  • Parental Leave
Other
  • Fully Remote Options
  • Pet Friendly Office
PTO/Flexibility
  • Paid Holidays
  • Unlimited PTO
What makes Inspire an exciting place to work? We are constantly working towards something bigger than ourselves. Our mission is what inspires and connects us. But we're also raising awareness for customers that they have choices when it comes to choosing an energy source. Roughly 20% of your overall carbon emissions come from your home — which is huge. You can eliminate that 20% from your carbon footprint simply by deciding to go with Inspire. Through data, we empower customers by informing them of their choices and giving them an option to positively impact the environment.   What’s unique about working on Inspire’s tech team? Between Philly and Santa Monica, we have about 60 people on our tech team. Being small, we’re able to bond and work together closely. Everyone across the entire team has a hand in creating something for customers. No one group comes up with ideas or roadmaps and presents them to the rest of the group; we collectively decide what we should be working on and how we can work towards bringing Inspire’s overall mission to life. We’ve created a very supportive and uplifting subculture. It’s not just about social events; it’s about asking, “How can we grow together? How can we work better together?”   How has Inspire has worked to improve employee work/life balance during the pandemic? Due to the always-on nature of working from home during quarantine, we found that people had started working more hours and taking less PTO. Even when we told people to take time off, they still seemed to check in and contribute. We established “bonus days,” where every other Friday is off for the entire company. That way, no one is working, employees don’t feel that they are missing anything, and everyone can truly relax and recharge.   What qualities make someone a promising job candidate at Inspire? Everyone at Inspire is driven by the mission to expand access to clean energy and work toward a zero-net carbon future. So we look for candidates who have that same passion for taking care of our earth. We’re a company of team players who collaborate closely, always ready to hop on Zoom to solve problems as a team. From a tech perspective, we want talented engineers of all levels, but we are also looking for people who also think deeply about the Inspire user and build features and solutions that work for them. People who are interested in their careers and helping grow the careers of those they work with share knowledge and level up their skill sets.