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Sr. Principal Economist, Topline Forecasting

Job ID: 2059936 | Services LLC


Job summary
The Topline Forecast and Insights team is seeking a technical leader who is passionate about applying the frontier of economic thinking to business problems. Modeling and forecasting demand is at the core of business strategy for Amazon’s sophisticated physical consumer business. To delight customers and deliver millions of packages each day, Amazon faces decisions such as how to direct investments to new programs and benefits, how to optimize processes for better customer experience, how to expand the selection of products from global sellers and vendors, and how many fulfillment centers to build. All these decisions rely on understanding the full customer journey through their engagement with Amazon, simulation support to assess different scenarios, and accurate demand forecasts for various time horizons, product categories, and geographic regions.
We are looking for an outstanding Economist who is able to provide structure around complex business problems, work with machine learning scientists to estimate and validate their models on large scale data, and who can help business and tech partners turn the results of their analysis into policies, programs, and actions that have a major impact on Amazon’s business. We are looking for creative thinkers who can combine a strong economic toolbox with a desire to learn from others, and who know how to execute and deliver on big ideas.

At the senior level, we expect you be able to own the development of economic models and to manage, in close collaboration with scientists and engineers, the data analysis, modeling, and experimentation that is necessary for estimating and validating your model. You will need to work with our business partners to communicate the properties of your analysis/modeling and be able to work to incorporate their feedback and requests into your project. Experience in applied economic analysis is essential, and you should be familiar with modern tools for data science and business analysis.

We are particularly interested in candidates with research background in applied microeconomics, Finance, time series, empirical IO, Marketing, applied econometrics, and market design. However, we want to talk with any experienced economist with an interest in working on an interest in working on innovative, strategic problems with significant business impact.


· PhD in Economics or highly related field (Marketing, Finance)
· 8+ years of experience in industry, consulting, government, or academic research
· Experience with big data and machine learning or data science
· Coding ability in a scripting language such as R or python or STATA


· Strong research track record, drives results
· Thinks strategically, but stays on top of tactical execution
· Effective verbal and written communications skills
· Exhibits business judgment
· Has relentlessly high standards
· Dives deep, thinks big and has convictions

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