Data Analytics Consultant

Apply by September 30th, 2018

Darkhorse Analytics

Darkhorse Analytics is an Edmonton-based consulting firm specializing in predictive analytics and data visualization. We are a team of data scientists and information designers helping organizations identify insights within their data and building tools to help them make decisions. We have a relaxed, open, friendly work environment. We seldom use pie charts. We are tool and industry agnostic and have worked with emergency services, professional sports teams, consumer goods, energy, not-for-profits, and many more.

You can learn more about us and our work at darkhorseanalytics.com.

The Job

Darkhorse is hiring a Data Analytics Consultant.

Work at Darkhorse is ever-changing. We solve interesting and challenging business problems for clients in a wide range of industries.  Your responsibilities as an analyst will depend on your skill, experience, and the project itself. You will work with a team of analysts and take part in the project life cycle from start to finish, including:

Translating client needs into achievable solutions. We meet with clients who sometimes can’t fully articulate their needs, or may not know about a deeper root cause. Understanding our clients means that we can confidently approach their business problems.

Brainstorming creative approaches. Theory and practice never align, so creativity is a must in planning a solution.

Data cleaning and summary analysis. Data is rarely what you want it to be. Cleaning and understanding your inputs are the first required step in any quantitative project.

Developing hypotheses and models. It would be nice just to give your client an answer, but it would be nicer to explain how you got there. Developing a robust and reproducible model is as much about your rationale and hypothesis, as it is about the answer.

Interpreting, and presenting results to clients. The right answer is only half the answer. The work doesn’t stop at the end of the analysis; it stops when it leads to a decision.

Developing useful custom applications, tools, visualizations and dashboards for clients. When an answer is reproducible, we like it to be implemented and used continuously with visual analytics and custom application design.

What we look for...

You genuinely enjoy problem-solving and finding patterns. The harder the challenge, the harder it is to put it down until you crack it.

You are intrigued by a career in consulting and data analysis. You believe that being constantly pushed out of your comfort zone is a thrilling opportunity.

You can communicate well. Having the correct analytical solution is one thing, but you should also be able to develop your solution methodically and explain the whole thing to your grandmother in the end.

You are skeptical, motivated, flexible, and comfortable immersing yourself in data. You’re detail-oriented but can see the big picture.

You are familiar with a variety of methods and approaches including inferential statistics, optimization, linear programming, and machine learning.

You are a wizard with some combination of Excel, SQL, [R], and Python.

You are creative in your approach to problem-solving.

You share our values.

Our Values

We’re selective about those who enter our company, and the result is a team of brilliant people who genuinely enjoy working with one another. We’re looking for an analyst who shares our values:

Trust first
We choose to extend trust before it can be earned. We value transparency and openness, and we believe in our employees.

Do the right thing, every time
We maintain our integrity in the face of difficult or uncomfortable decisions. And we trust our team to know what the right thing is.

Clarity
We communicate the complex in a way that others can grasp, and we do so succinctly.

Is there a better way?
Sometimes a best practice is only a good practice.  We’re continually looking for ways to improve our work and our workplace.

Own it
We are proud of our accomplishments and accountable for our mistakes.  We own our commitments and we own the success of our company.

Take the long view
We look at every decision through a long-term lens.  Our relationships with employees and clients is sustainable through time.

Qualifications

  • University Degree in a related field preferred but not required (Business, Economics, Statistics, Engineering, Math).
  • 1-5 years experience in a project-based work environment
  • Recent graduates with co-op experience will be considered.
  • Demonstrated project management skills and expertise is an asset.
  • Experience with client engagement is an asset.

How to Apply

Please submit your CV and cover letter via the following link by September 30th, 2018.
Applying through this link requires a short 30-minute discovery survey. This is best completed in an environment where you can focus:

CLICK TO APPLY

We look forward to hearing from you!


 

Data Visualization Software Development (Intern)

Are you interested in data analytics or visualization?  Do you want to work directly on client projects for your internship?  How about working at one of the most unique companies in Canada?

Who we are...

Darkhorse Analytics is a Canadian consulting firm specializing in predictive analytics and data visualization.  We help organizations identify insights with data, and build tools to help make decisions. Our work has been featured in outlets like Wired, Fast Company, and The Washington Post.  You can learn more about us at darkhorseanalytics.com.

What you'll be working on...

Our interns build interactive data visualizations. You don’t have to have built a visualization before, but an interest in and understanding of the field will help. Most of our work uses D3.js but each project uses the technology most appropriate for the task.

You’ll spend the first few weeks learning our process, frameworks, and libraries. Then you’ll start on a project with one or two others. There will be a project manager to liaise with the client and possibly an analyst or another developer. Early on, you’ll likely be paired with another coder to get you used to our process and code rules.

Depending on what’s in our pipeline, you may also work on a public-facing data visualization.  Past interns have contributed to an award-winning school grades visualization, an open data demographics tool, and our hockey rankings visual. As part of the development team you’ll work improve our internal processes, researching new methodologies and technologies. A number of our processes were initially spearheaded by interns.

Finally, you’ll have opportunity to participate in our company’s internal initiatives. Perhaps you’re interested in helping organize our Lunchalytics speakers series. Or maybe you want to improve our onboarding experience for new interns and employees. If you’re passionate about some other aspect of our business we want you to help make it better.

A unique experience...

We have a relaxed, open, friendly work environment.  Our structure is flat structure and everyone — including our interns — has a voice. We’re selective about those we hire, and the result is a team of brilliant people who enjoy working with one another.

And then, there are the perks. We have Free Food Fridays and monthly socials where your foodie, go-karting, and escape room skills will come in handy.

By the time you leave, you’ll have created interactives and visuals that are easy to understand and cool to show off. You’ll have project experience to point to and skills to apply to future endeavours. Many of our interns have returned to work for us after they’ve finished their studies.

What we look for...

We’re looking for someone who genuinely enjoys coding and is intrigued by a career in data visualization or analysis. You communicate clearly, in your code, in your conversations, and in your final products. You take initiative and don’t wait to be told what to do. You’re willing to learn and grow, and you don’t say “that’s not my problem”. You keep your commitments and your judgement is sound.  You’re continually asking “how can we do this better?” You want to push our capabilities far beyond where they are today.

Our Values

We’re selective about those who enter our company, and the result is a team of brilliant people who genuinely enjoy working with one another. We’re looking for someone who shares our values:

Trust first
We choose to extend trust before it can be earned. We value transparency and openness, and we believe in our employees.

Do the right thing, every time
We maintain our integrity in the face of difficult or uncomfortable decisions. And we trust our team to know what the right thing is.

Clarity
We communicate the complex in a way that others can grasp, and we do so succinctly.

Is there a better way?
Sometimes a best practice is only a good practice.  We’re continually looking for ways to improve our work and our workplace.

Own it
We are proud of our accomplishments and accountable for our mistakes.  We own our commitments and we own the success of our company.

Take the long view
We look at every decision through a long-term lens.  Our relationships with employees and clients is sustainable through time.

The Process

Selected applicants will be given a telephone interview, and you may be asked to write a simple program with a language of your choosing beforehand. This is intended to help us understand how you approach a problem and what it is like to work and interact with you.

Selected candidates will move on to a second round of in-person interviews. Along with standard interview questions, we’ll give you a coding exercise and provide the time and space to solve it. We’ll be around to answer questions, but won’t hover over you. When you’re done, we’ll go through your solution with you and talk about your approach.

Getting started...

Please submit your CV with transcripts, and cover letter via both of the following:

  1. The online portal for your internship/coop program (if applicable)
  2. Our private job posting link (requires a short 30-minute discovery survey - best completed in an environment where you can focus):
    CLICK TO APPLY

Only applicants that submit through both will be considered for the position. We look forward to hearing from you!