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Data Scientist (1450 views)

Frisco, TX, US
October 26, 2016
Job description

The Data Scientist is responsible for developing and tuning authentication and funding predictive models and rules for MoneyGram’s Mobile and Web Money Transfer and Payments business. The incumbent will optimize and operationalize the models and rules in a new risk management platform.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements new authentication and funding models and rules.
  • Performs analysis of fraud trends and patterns to identify business process and systemic improvements to optimize risk/return tradeoffs.
  • Assesses risk monitoring rules to evaluate rule effectiveness, identify enhancements to reduce false positives, and improve fraud detection capabilities.
  • Performs ongoing model validations for automated decisioning and risk monitoring processes.
  • Works with Product Management to create business needs documents, functional requirements, and lead user acceptance testing with the business owners.
  • Reviews project documentation to identify areas of impact to Risk Management and recommend creative solutions to proactively mitigate problems.
  • Reviews existing operational processes for cost effectiveness, compliance to standards, and flexibility to meet future needs.
  • Acts as a liaison for Risk Management related projects, system, and reporting enhancements as appropriate.
  • Creates reports, documentation, and presentations suitable for distribution to senior level/executive management.
  • Drives the implementation of new risk policies, practices and solutions to ensure holistic understanding and management of risks according to industry best practice.
  • Enhances strategies, tools, and methodologies to measure, monitor, and report risks.
  • Applies advanced knowledge to utilize or produce analytical material for discussions with cross-functional teams to understand business objectives and influence solution strategies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Any combination of relevant education and experience and/or related professional designations/certifications in this field is highly desirable.


  • Minimum Required: Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics, statistics, engineering, business, finance, accounting, or related field
  • MBA preferred
  • One or more of the following designations, preferred:
    • Associate in Risk Management (ARM or ARM-E)
    • Professional Risk Manager (PRM)
    • Financial Risk Manager (FRM)
    • Six Sigma designation
    • Actuarial designation (FSA, ASA, FCAS, ACAS, CERA)


  • 8+ years’ work experience in statistical analysis, risk management or related field.

Essential Skills

  • Proficiency with H20 model development tools
  • Strong written and verbal communication ability.
  • Prior experience working directly with senior level management.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills.
  • Ability to summarize results and write a conclusion that is supported by the evidence.
  • Ability to data map and data mine.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities in a dynamic environment.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Mentor and leadership qualities.
  • Quantitative Risk Modeling experience.