Data Scientist

Date: Nov 28, 2021

Location: San Juan-Cupey, PR

Full Time Opportunity

General Description

We are looking for a developer to support Popular in identifying, designing and implementing data science & artificial intelligence solutions. The ideal candidate should have exceptional skills in programming machine learning models, as well as knowledge of data science, statistics, machine learning algorithms, and software engineering.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Understand business needs and devise a development plan for a machine learning model considering factors such as:

  • Data availability, prediction to be made, business context, scoring needs, implementation architecture, etc. 
  • Implement machine learning models by going through the data science development cycle which includes, 
    • Research and implement appropriate machine learning algorithms to solve business problems
    • Develop visualizations, transformations, feature selection and other techniques to improve the performance of the models
    • Perform statistical analysis of machine learning models results and act upon analysis outcome
  • Assess machine learning development techniques & algorithms to incorporate into model development cycle
  • Use software engineering best practices for the full development life cycle of Machine Learning models, including coding standards, code reviews, version control management, testing, deployment, and monitoring


Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, engineering, statistics, mathematics, or related field


At least 2 years of experience as Data Scientist or Machine Learning Engineer

Required Qualifications

  • Proficiency with Python and libraries for machine learning such as scikit-learn, Matplotlib, and pandas
  • Expertise in visualizing and manipulating big datasets
  • Strong knowledge of a variety of machine learning algorithms (SVM, decision trees, random forest, neural networks, etc.) 
  • Strong knowledge of the data science development process


Other Qualifications

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Statistics (p values, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, etc.)
  • Knowledge of relational databases and SQL
  • Knowledge of Machine Learning / statistical frameworks, such as Jupyter, AWS, Azure ML, Knime, SAS, Strata, etc.
  • Experience with visualization tools such as Excel, PowerBI, Tableau, etc.
  • Experience on Scrum, Lean or other Agile methodologies and general software lifecycle
  • Ability to learn new skill sets and adapt to work in different roles of the team, based on the needs (cross functional), for example, gather requirements and conducts trainings rather than developing


Analytical Discipline
Business Excellence
Change Agent
Collaboration & Teamwork
Customer Centric
Self Development


The candidate must provide evidence of academic preparation or courses related to the job posting.

Popular requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of work. We will require you to provide a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. 1

1 In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: ±

 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or

 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Popular may provide vaccination exemptions for medical or pregnancy reasons, or due to a sincerely held religious belief or practice, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship to Popular or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others. If you wish to request a vaccination exemption or have a disability and need assistance with the application process, please contact us at This email inbox is monitored for such types of requests only. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed exemptions or reasonable accommodations. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

As Puerto Rico’s leading financial institution, we reaffirm our commitment to always offer essential financial services and solutions for our customers, including during emergency situations and/or natural disasters. Popular’ s employees are considered essential workers, whose role is critical in the continuity of these important services even under such circumstances. By applying to this position, you acknowledge that Popular may require your services during and immediately after any such events.

Popular is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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