Obie (S19)
Insurance and Risk Management for Real Estate Investors

Sr./Principal Data Scientist

Chicago Il/Remote / Remote
6+ years
About Obie

Obie provides an insurance and portfolio management platform for commercial real estate investors.

About the role

Obie is a Series A startup looking to hire our first data scientist. We consider this to be a foundational hire for our company, helping to determine both the essence of our product and the spirit of our company. We believe a large part of building an effective insurance company can be solved with a principled quantitative framework. We are committed to the rigorous development and effective deployment of modern statistical machine learning methods to problems in the commercial property insurance industry.

One of our core data science challenges is understanding what is driving landlord and property risk. There is no shortage of computational and statistical challenges to tackle. In addition to risk-scoring, the Data Science team will work on core problems in pricing model development, reserving methodology, marketing, and strategic business forecasts.

A Data Scientist at Obie is responsible for the end-to-end development of statistical methods and algorithms. This includes taking high-level business challenges, translating them into a concrete, quantitative framework, and shepherding solutions from R&D into production. Data Scientists typically work on cross-functional teams, regularly engaging with the members of various departments including Product, Marketing, and Engineering.


• Applying principled methods to quantitative insurance challenges in areas such as risk scoring, pricing, reserving, and estimating customer lifetime value. • Learning the required tools to get the job done, e.g. Python, R, Spark, SQL, etc. Building data processing pipelines to quickly iterate on research ideas and put them into production. • Effectively communicating insights from complex analyses. • Taking end-to-end ownership of problem domains and continuously improving upon quantitative solutions. Minimum Qualifications: • 3+ years of applying advanced quantitative techniques to problems in industry or a PhD in a quantitative discipline or mathematics. • Strong demonstrable knowledge of topics such as statistical inference, numerical linear algebra, machine learning, and numerical optimization. • Exceptional communicator and storyteller. Strong programming skills with experience using modern packages in R and Python. • Demonstrated experience building, validating, and applying statistical machine learning methods to real world problems.

Join us!

At Obie, we judge people based on the merit of their work, not who they are. Very few (if any!) people will fit every description; so if you are passionate about what this role entails, and are excited by solving real problems, we encourage you to apply; we want to learn about you, and what you can add to our team!

What draws people to Obie

• We’re a venture-backed technology company. Our early success is in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our product is only as good as the people building and promoting it. We look for individuals who find solutions by going through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity, rigor, and a highly analytical lens. Ask anyone who works here and you’ll hear similar reasons for why they joined:

• Autonomy. For assertive self-starters, the opportunities to contribute are limitless. • Impact. By challenging the way it’s always been done, we solve problems that have a big impact on our business. • Collaboration. We encourage rich discussion and civil debate at every turn. • People. We are inspired by the collection of crazy-smart people around us


Tech stack: MySQL, NodeJS & Express, AngularJS, HTML, CSS.

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