Data Scientist 1 in San Francisco at PayPal

Date Posted: 6/23/2019

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Job Description

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 277 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

Xoom, A PayPal Service, is revolutionizing the global digital money services market by providing people with an easy, convenient and cost-effective means of sending money worldwide. We offer a secure, fast and inexpensive means of sending money, paying bills and topping up prepaid services across multiple digital platforms to both online and offline recipients in over 130 countries and counting. We are seeking a highly motivated, data driven with a positive outlook Data Scientist, with a positive attitude and have the enthusiasm to prevent online fraud, money-laundering and terrorist financing in a high energy, fast paced, ever evolving atmosphere with minimal customer friction.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA degree in related field required or equivalent professional work-related experience.
  • 3+ years related professional experience or master’s degree and 1+ year.
  • Experience in online fraud or consumer risk management preferred


  • Works on assignments that are of intermediate complexity with multiple steps in execution, and guided by generally defined processes and project requirements
  • Focuses primarily on completing short-term goals of a project efficiently and effectively
  • Partner with Risk Analysts and provide exceptional global solutions
  • Focuses primarily on how to achieve overall analytic objectives of a project with speed and quality
  • Suggests ideas for operational plans and objectives 
  • Identify glitches in processes and tools and develop and execute solutions to overcome general issues and obstacles with little supervision.
  • Learning in-depth analysis of alternatives and applying specialized knowledge
  • Seeks improvement within defined tasks. Understands, evaluates, and executes improvement ideas from managers, stakeholders and partners


  • High proficiency in fundamental technical skills (Programming language like Java/C/C++; scripting language like Perl/Python; strong UNIX background; working knowledge of Hadoop, Map-Reduce, Hive, Pig, R; data warehouse skills)
  • Has working knowledge analytic tools, processes, and methodologies to achieve the expected results with minimum supervision
  • Has a good understanding of Risk business trends and directions to be able to put own work in the broad business context
  • Data driven, and results oriented with positive outlook
  • Demonstrates effective verbal and written communication skills on a defined set of technical topics.  Articulately expresses technical ideas and appropriately requests clarification when questions arise. Asks open-ended questions
  • Interfaces primarily with own team to get own job done or cross-functional teams when needed.
  • Be transparent and accountable
  • Be data-driven and outcome-focused
  • Persevere but know when to change course

We're a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day. We hold ourselves to our One Team Behaviors which demand that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect. Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment. Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.



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