Economist

Job ID: 1262511 | Amazon.com Services LLC

DESCRIPTION

From Jeff Bezos’s, 2014 Amazon shareholder letter (http://tinyurl.com/q8zpobu): “Internally, Marketplace was known as SDP for Single Detail Page. The idea was to take our most valuable retail real estate – our product detail pages – and let third-party sellers compete against our own retail category managers.” Today, millions of third party sellers offer products alongside Amazon Retail though the Amazon Marketplace. The Featured Merchant Algorithm (FMA) team owns the system and algorithms that select the offers that are featured on the ‘Add to Cart’ button (aka the ‘Buy Box’) on Amazon’s most valuable retail real estate – the Product Detail Page referenced above. The FMA team’s mission is to ensure that featured offers provide the best possible customer value based on factors including price, availability, delivery options and customer service. Our team leverages sophisticated econometric, machine learning, and big data technologies to help customers to discover the right products at the right prices from millions of trusted sellers billions of times a day. If you are looking for a career-defining opportunity on one of the most customer centric and business impacting teams within Amazon, we’d love to hear from you.

Key Responsibilities
· Develop new econometric models or improve existing approaches using scalable techniques
· Extract data for analysis and model development from large, complex datasets
· Closely work with engineering teams to build scalable, efficient systems that implement prototypes in production
· Apply economic theory to solve business problems in a fast moving environment
· Distill problem definitions from informal business requirements and communicate technical solutions to senior business leaders
· Drive innovation and best practices in applied research across the Amazon research science community


BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

· Basic Qualifications
· PhD in Economics
· 5+ years of experience in industry, consulting, government or academic research
· Fluency in at least one statistical software package such as R, Stata, Matlab, SAS


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

· Preferred Qualifications
· Applicants with considerably more experience, including mid-career, are also strongly encouraged
· Strong background in statistics methodology, machine learning, applications to business problems, and/or big data
· Experience with programming languages such as Python, Java, C++, experience with SQL and / or working in a Unix / Linux environment is a plus
· Ability to work in a fast-paced business environment
· Strong research track record
· Effective verbal and written communications skills
Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation / Age