Senior Director, Data Science and Data Analytics

Mar 27, 2024
San Francisco, United States
... Not specified
... Senior
Full time
... Office work


Job Description:

Job Title:             Senior Director, Data Science and Data Analytics

Location:             San Francisco, CA or New York, NY

About Activision Blizzard

Our mission, to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment has never been more important. Through communities rooted in our video game franchises we enable hundreds of millions of people to experience joy, thrill and achievement. We enable social connections through the lens of fun, and we foster purpose and a sense of accomplishment through healthy competition. Like sport, but with greater accessibility, our players can find purpose and meaning through competitive gaming. Video games, unlike any other social or entertainment media, have the ability to break down the barriers that can inhibit tolerance and understanding. Celebrating differences is at the core of our culture and ensures we can create games for players of diverse backgrounds in the 190 countries our games are played.

As a member of the Fortune 500 and as a component company of the S&P 500, we have an extraordinary track record of delivering superior shareholder returns for over 30 years.

Our enduring franchises are some of the world’s most popular, including Call of Duty®, Crash Bandicoot™, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Hearthstone®, Diablo®, StarCraft®, Candy Crush™, Bubble Witch™, Pet Rescue™ and Farm Heroes™. Our sustained success has enabled the company to support corporate social responsibility initiatives that are directly tied to our franchises. As an example, our Call of Duty Endowment has helped find employment for over 80,000 veterans.

Learn more information about Activision Blizzard and how we connect and engage the world through epic entertainment on the company's website,

Position Description

Activision Blizzard Media (‘ABM’) is a rapidly growing business that has been crafted to connect advertisers with our 400MM+ global player base across Activision, Blizzard, and King. Are you interested in crafting powerful marketing solutions embraced by the world's biggest marketers? At Activision Blizzard Media we are seeking a passionate and expert Data Scientist to push the boundaries of mobile games analytics and advertising product performance.

Your role within ABM

  • Lead the data science driven initiatives/projects in building data products that power our advertising and monetization platform.
  • Leverage understanding of metrics, testing methodology and business strategy to help define the roadmap of the company.
  • Promote and use advanced modeling techniques (eg. reinforcement learning, time series forecasting, causal methods) to provide precise measurement of our player base.
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to fellow data scientists by disseminating standard methodologies, publishing reusable tools/code and giving valuable feedback.
  • Present and visualize results in a clear and concise way to senior management for decision making.
  • Lead data-driven decision making by partnering with key multi-functional teams and leadership.
  • Proactively identify and lead improvements to the execution of research and analytics within the Data Science team.

Skills to create thrills

  • Prior experience in advertising data products.
  • Experience in leading multiple high impact ad-initiatives.
  • An advanced degree in a quantitative field - computer science, engineering, statistics, operations research, economics, etc.
  • 6+ years of demonstrable experience in Analytics or Data Science both as an individual contributor and potentially leading teams
  • Consistent record of leading and influencing projects using data and working with large scale data and infrastructure
  • Be an authority expert and analysis lead for ad products.
  • Can research, identify and disseminate standard methodologies across teams in terms of tools, systems and processes.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively about data problems with multi-functional audiences (e.g Product, Engineering, Business Strategy) in simple common language.
  • You are methodological and practical; able to prioritize and assist with business requests i.e. analyzing A/B tests, strange player behavior, complex interaction dynamics, etc.
  • Experience with a broad set of statistical and machine learning methods to solve and optimize critical business problems and metrics.

Bonus points

  • Prior experience in the games industry
  • Ability to learn quickly and work in a fast paced, rapidly changing and collaborative environment.
  • The ability to write complex SQL queries and work effectively in any functional programming language for numerical analysis purposes.
  • Ability to triage a problem clearly and come up with a solution.
  • Strong alignment to data driven development and design, with an experimental and analytical approach to product improvement.
  • Able to show good communication skills, and experience in visualizing and reporting takeaways.

About Activision Blizzard Media

Activision Blizzard Media is the gateway for brands to the #1 cross-platform gaming company in the western world, with hundreds of millions of players across over 190 countries. Our legendary portfolio includes iconic mobile game franchises such as Candy Crush™, esports opportunities like the Call of Duty® and Overwatch® Leagues, and some of the top PC and console gaming franchises such as World of Warcraft®, Call of Duty®, and StarCraft®. The idea is simple: great game experiences offer great marketing experiences.

A Great Saga Needs All Sorts of Heroes

King strives to be a place where everyone can be their most authentic self. We recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion is a vital and continuous conversation, and that change only happens when we all come together. It’s our mission to build a diverse and inclusive Kingdom for our people, players, and community. 

Making the World Playful

Making the World Playful is our mission – it’s the thread that connects our people, our players, and our passion for our games. Let’s face it, who doesn’t love a bit of fun?

Kingsters are seriously playful: creative thinkers who balance art and science to bring moments of magic to millions daily. But our players aren’t the only ones that can level-up. We’re always looking for ways to champion each other and make what’s already great, even better.

So, if this feels like a fun way to spend your days, and you share our passion, our values, and our hunger to shape the future, join us in Making the World Playful.

Applications needs to be in English.

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We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!  Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company.  You can learn more by visiting

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $189,520.00 - $350,516.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.
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