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Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) Sr. Analyst - Big Data Engineer in Winston Salem, North Carolina

Sr. Analyst - Big Data Engineer

Date: Jul 24, 2020

Location: Winston Salem, NC, US

Company: British American Tobacco

Job Number: 26901

Reynolds American Incorporated is positively transforming the tobacco industry. We’re a family of companies that strives for success in everything we do. The future inspires us because our people are igniting the breakthroughs that are redefining the ways adult tobacco consumers enjoy tobacco in the 21st century.

When other companies talk about growth, they only talk about size. At Reynolds American, we focus on the growth of our people. We take pride in each other’s growth and well-being throughout our careers. We invest in your career and total well-being because we know our companies succeed when our people thrive.


Reynolds American Inc. is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of British American Tobacco p.l.c., and the U.S. parent company of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc.; American Snuff Company, LLC; Niconovum USA, Inc.; Niconovum AB; R. J. Reynolds Vapor Company; Lorillard Licensing Company, LLC; and Reynolds Brands, Inc.. This position is with RAI Services Company (2200) .

Here, you’ll have the opportunity to work on iconic brands and revolutionary products by collaborating with visionary, principled and passionate people every day.

The Big Data/Data Science Engineer role is a highly visible position that is an integral part of the Information & Digital Technology (IDT) team with tremendous career growth opportunities. This position provides an opportunity for technology leadership and support to cross-functional client areas and the IDT leadership team.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a productive project team member delivering high quality results for assigned tasks. Assists the project manager with project planning by assisting with the development of work plans, effort estimates and delivery timelines for assigned tasks

  • Builds expertise in Project Management discipline by leading and delivering projects (on time, within scope and within budget).

  • Assists in the identification, development, testing and implementation of new technologies, processes and services to provide the most efficient solutions to accomplish goals.

  • Effectively engages with contracted vendor services providing input to help monitor and improve the vendor’s performance.

  • Maintains awareness of emerging technology and communicates value/impact for supported functions.

  • Analyzes business and client needs to ensure that their big data platform related needs are supported, forecasted, incorporated into technology roadmaps and ultimately implemented in a platform as a service model.

  • Builds data pipelines to data lakes for new data sources and also data extractions to Data Science solutions and Reporting tools.

  • Creates POC data science/reporting solutions and explains the solutions to the stake holders.

  • Operationalize the Models in production and monitors the model drift and data drift.

  • Analyzes business and client needs to ensure that their unstructured data related needs are supported, forecasted, incorporated into technology roadmaps and ultimately implemented in a platform as a service model.

  • Lead coding and architecting of end-to-end AI applications on modern data processing technology stack (familiar with Chatbots, Image recognition, NLP, Voice technologies)

  • Drive collaborative reviews of design, code, data, features implementation performed by other data engineers in support of maintaining data engineering standards

  • Tests, integrates and maintains technology services, considering cross-functional business needs and Company goals.

  • Coordinates issue resolution with cross functional teams and vendors.

  • Builds IT Department services acumen to effectively leverage existing IT services to meet client needs.

  • Gains understanding of and supports the business processes of the assigned functions.

  • Interfaces comfortably with internal clients, co-workers and vendors building credibility and championing change.

  • Provides knowledge transfer and feedback to assist team and co-workers.

Job Requirements:

Education :

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems or related area required, or related business experience

Experience :

  • Strong knowledge of AI/ML with at least 2-4 years of experience in Python/R programming knowledge required

Required Skills:

  • Must be a strategic thinker with strong influencing skills.

  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills including both the ability to address detailed technical communications as well as the ability to distill complete technical status to executive level

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Strong analytical skills with an ability to recommend changes.

  • Must possess a high sense of urgency and work ethic.

  • Must be a self-starter who can work with minimal supervision, with the expectation of working as a motivated and cooperative team member.

  • Must be detail oriented, reliable, financially responsible, and have a proven track record of accomplishments.

  • Demonstrated ability to challenge the status quo.

  • Demonstrated experience with cloud infrastructure (AWS Big Data toolsets, CloudFormation, etc.)

  • Expertise and experience with software development and related techniques and methodologies such Agile

  • Experience with development of analytics and data science-based solutions using open source tools and libraries is required (Preferably implementing RGM, Marketing Mix, Consumer Segmentation)

  • Experience in managing production data science models and familiar with model and data drifts.

  • Experience with development of AI solutions and data science-based solutions using open source tools and libraries is required.

  • Creating Guard rails for Vendors on AI solutions on NLP, Chatbots, Image recognition & Voice.

  • Productionalize the full pipeline including distributed Machine Learning models (e.g., training/test pipeline, offer eligibility, data layer, feature layer, etc.)

  • Proficient in PySpark, Python, SQL, Java/Scala, No SQL

Preferred Skills

  • Knowledge of AWS Cloud technologies is preferred

  • Knowledge of Big Data Technologies (EMR, Hadoop, Hive, etc.)

  • Knowledge of SQL/NoSQL

  • Strong development experience with Python, Java, Scala, and related Linux-based scripting tools

Compensation/Targeted Bonus

  • Competitive Annual Salary

  • Targeted Annual Bonus

  • Relocation assistance available for those who qualify.

Benefit Summary

Our company offers very competitive benefit plans, including:

  • 401(k) plan that offers opportunity to save on pre- and post-tax basis up to 50 percent of eligible compensation. Company matches 100 percent of employee pre-tax/Roth (401k) contributions up to six percent

  • Comprehensive health- and welfare-benefits package

  • Eleven paid company holidays annually, plus a generous paid vacation plan based on length of service

  • Company-paid sick and personal days, funeral leave and jury duty leave

  • Confidential personal financial counseling service

  • On-site health clinics and fitness centers

  • A matching grants program that enables employees to direct and double their donations to qualifying charitable organizations of their choice

  • Health-care advocacy service

  • Volunteer service opportunities

  • Federal credit union membership through Allegacy Federal Credit Union

  • Extensive training opportunities

Reynolds American Inc. and its affiliated companies is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Our organization offers a level of challenge, responsibility and creativity for motivated employees that stands apart from the crowd.

We are also committed to employing a diverse workforce and valuing different perspectives, experiences and talents to maximize the company's potential for successfully achieving its business objectives.

Only applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly via email at TalentAcquisition@RJRT.com.

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