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Strategic Data Science Lead

  • Hybrid work
  • Full time, Day
  • Travel: Yes, 5% of the time

Job Category: Data Intelligence & Science

Job Level: Manager/Senior Manager

Division: Cox Automotive


  • 6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, Georgia
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The Strategic Data Science Lead will be responsible for driving innovative initiatives and strategic planning for the organization through data-driven approaches and the application of data science methodologies.

What You’ll Do


Data Collection and Preprocessing  

  • Identify data gaps that need to be closed to support go-to-market strategies 
  • Gather customer and market data from various sources 
  • Integrate and preprocess data for analysis 

Exploratory Data Analysis  

  • Conduct competitive landscape analysis to understand industry trends and potential disruptors 
  • Assess the organization's internal capabilities, resources, and areas for improvement 
  • Perform exploratory data analysis to identify patterns and insights 

Ideation and Feasibility Analysis  

  • Develop a list of ideas and potential experiments based on data insights 
  • Build a business case and quantify the value proposition for each idea 
  • Conduct feasibility analysis and experiments to determine what will or won't work 

Model Development and Deployment  

  • Development of AI/ML Models and Proof of Concepts to support Strategic Initiatives 
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to build an AI/ML strategy for the organization 
  • Leverage technical expertise in AI/ML to advise on potential use cases and implementation 

Strategic Planning and Decision Support  

  • Perform financial and risk analysis for proposed strategic initiatives 
  • Develop scenario plans and contingency strategies to address potential challenges 
  • Gather customer and market insights to identify growth opportunities 
  • Engage key stakeholders to align on strategic priorities and secure buy-in 
  • Create a detailed implementation plan with clear milestones and change management strategies 

Stakeholder Engagement and Initiative Coordination  

  • Collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams and key stakeholders across the organization 
  • Provide regular reports and presentations to update on project progress, findings, and recommendations 
  • Coordinate and drive data science initiatives, ensuring alignment with organizational goals and timely delivery 

Who You Are 


  • 3-5 years of experience in data science, machine learning, or related fields
  • Strong strategic thinking, problem-solving, and analytical abilities
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work in an ambiguous, fast-paced environment
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Fluency in a general programming language, e.g., Python
  • Knowledge of AI/ML implementation and technical expertise
  • Software development experience
  • Working knowledge of solution architecture
  • Experience working with AWS services and tools
  • Expertise in at least two of the following areas strongly preferred:
  • Statistics: Strong understanding of generalized linear models, time series models, forecasting techniques, cluster analysis, and principal component analysis
  • Operations Research: Strong understanding of linear and mixed-integer optimization, discrete event simulation, heuristic methods, and network flow analysis
  • Machine Learning: The ability to build and implement a variety of common supervised and unsupervised models; expertise in model selection, tuning, implementation, and maintenance; deep knowledge of several standard ML libraries


  • Consulting background highly preferred 
  • Proven project management experience 
  • Ability to exhibit executive presence 

What’s In It For You 

Here’s a sneak peek of the benefits at your disposal as a Cox employee:​​

  • A competitive salary and top-notch bonus/incentive plans. ​
  • Exceptional work-life balance, flexible time-off policies and accommodating work schedules. ​
  • Comprehensive healthcare, with multiple options for individuals and families. ​
  • Generous 401(k) retirement plans with up to 8% company match. ​
  • Mental health support, including counseling and access to virtual wellness resources such as CALM.
  • Access to, with up to 10 days of subsidized care for children, seniors and pets.

Check out all our benefits.  ​

Drug Testing:

To be employed in this role, you'll need to clear a pre-employment drug test. Cox Automotive does not currently administer a pre-employment drug test for marijuana for this position. However, we are a drug-free workplace, so the possession, use or being under the influence of drugs illegal under federal or state law during work hours, on company property and/or in company vehicles is prohibited.


Compensation includes a base salary of $117,300.00 - $195,500.00. The base salary may vary within the anticipated base pay range based on factors such as the ultimate location of the position and the selected candidate’s knowledge, skills, and abilities. Position may be eligible for additional compensation that may include an incentive program.


The Company offers eligible employees the flexibility to take as much vacation with pay as they deem consistent with their duties, the company’s needs, and its obligations; seven paid holidays throughout the calendar year; and up to 160 hours of paid wellness annually for their own wellness or that of family members. Employees are also eligible for additional paid time off in the form of bereavement leave, time off to vote, jury duty leave, volunteer time off, military leave, parental leave, and COVID-19 vaccination leave.

About Cox Automotive

At Cox Automotive, people of every background are driven by their passion for mobility, innovation and community. We transform the way the world buys, sells, owns and uses cars, accelerating the industry with global powerhouse brands like Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim and more. What’s more, we do it all with an emphasis on employee growth and happiness. Drive your future forward and join Cox Automotive today! 

About Cox

Cox empowers employees to build a better future and has been doing so for over 120 years. With exciting investments and innovations across transportation, communications, cleantech and healthcare, our family of businesses – which includes Cox Automotive and Cox Communications – is forging a better future for us all. Ready to make your mark? Join us today! 


Benefits of working at Cox may include health care insurance (medical, dental, vision), retirement planning (401(k)), and paid days off (sick leave, parental leave, flexible vacation/wellness days, and/or PTO). For more details on what benefits you may be offered, visit our benefits page.

Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individual’s age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law. Cox provides reasonable accommodations when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with disability, unless such accommodations would cause an undue hardship.

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