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Decision Scientist in San Jose at PayPal

Date Posted: 6/11/2021

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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 392 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.

Decision scientists are highly motivated team players with self-learning ability who specialize in creating, driving and executing initiatives to mitigate fraud patterns while improving the customer’s experience for the PayPal’s hundreds of millions of customers. The day to day job involves identifying fraud patterns based on analysis of huge data sets, creating mitigations to prevent fraud on PayPal’s customers and adapting advanced proprietary fraud prevention mechanisms to enable PayPal’s growth. The decision scientists work with a wide verity of partners in the company such as product experts, developers, data scientists and engineers to bring their analytical insights to life. The ideal candidates are problem solvers, equipped with strong analytical skills suited to approach varied challenges in complex big data environments. Decision scientists will be required to drive solutions from start to finish, have a strong sense of accountability coupled with passion for a great customer experience.

What does Success Look Like?  

Deliver decision strategies

  • Develop data-driven decision strategies to support the business’ global financial goals, monitor their impact and adjust it according to the dynamic world we operate in.
  • Work with PayPal’s detailed business data to optimize performance and minimize financial loss across multiple products, global regions and financial systems.

Drive End-to-End processes with partners across many organizations

  • Plan and execute long-term projects from start to finish.
  • Drive partners from across the company to help in executing process.
  • Think and execute product requests to help Risk achieve their goals of reducing fraud losses and improving customers’ experience.

Support Product and Business Organizations

  • Guide the development of customer-facing products to enhance the PayPal experience around the world.
  • Work to improve user experience in PayPal’s products while maintaining high Risk decision accuracy.
  • Act as Risk’s point of contact for products launches, represent Risk’s point of view and make sure PayPal products are launched with Risk capabilities that meets our high standards.

About You

We know the confidence gap and imposter syndrome can get in the way of meeting spectacular candidates. Please don't hesitate to apply.

  • Bachelor’s Degree or above in one of the following: economics, finance, engineering, data sciences, statistics, etc.
  • Experience with SQL /Tableau/ R / Python/ programming/scripting language) – a must
  • Intern/work experience in risk management – preferred
  • Fast and self-learner, wide general knowledge, problem solver and a team player

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. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at



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