Senior Analyst - Baseball Research and Development
Summary The Senior Analyst - Baseball Research and Development will deliver research and tools to improve decision making, working with the Baseball R&D, Baseball Systems Departments, and the entire Baseball Operations Department. The position requires a person who has intellectual curiosity, is a self-starter and can communicate technical and analytical concepts effectively to a non-technical audience. Being passionate about using data, analysis, and technology to improve decision making processes is also a key differentiator.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.
- Evaluate existing data sources and build predictive or explanatory models to aid in a variety of player acquisition, player development and gameplay decisions.
- Investigate emerging data sources and identify potential for predictive value and actionable insights to improve decision making.
- Develop visualizations and other mechanisms for disseminating analytical results to Baseball Operations including consideration for less technically and analytically inclined consumers.
- Survey the latest analytical methods and advancements in baseball research to apply cutting edge methods and data to problems.
- Understand current decision processes and information systems and offer enhancements and improvements.
- Ad hoc requests for reports, visualizations and research projects during the year.
- Provide analytical guidance to other members of the Baseball Research and Development staff
- Review and provide constructive feedback on internal/external models.
Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
- Understanding of detailed statistical modeling techniques, including, but not limited to, linear regression, logistic regressions, machine learning, etc.
- Proficiency with an analytical software platform required, R or Python preferred.
- Proficiency with SQL and SQL databases required.
- Extensive experience with advanced statistical concepts, particularly those relevant to sabermetric player evaluation techniques.
- Strong language skills required including ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with front office and field staff.
- Must possess strong attention to detail and exhibit the capability to multi-task effectively.
Education and/or Experience
Advanced degree (Masters/PhD.) in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Operations Research, or related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and Internet Explorer.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions, which may include heat, cold and various forms of precipitation.
The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.