Avant is an online lending platform that is the leading provider of credit alternatives to middle income consumers in the US & UK. Avant offers unsecured personal loans ranging from $1,000-$35,000 with funding as soon as the next business day, and has served more than 500,000 customers worldwide. Avant offers its technology solutions to bank and non-bank partners via its Powered By Avant product to provide an innovative digital lending experience to their customers. Avant, founded in late 2012, has raised over $600 million of equity capital and originated over $4 billion of loans on the platform.

Data Scientist at Avant
Job Description

We only have so many hands so for this search Avant has exclusively partnered with LaSalle Network, the leading provider of professional staffing and recruiting services. LaSalle has worked with more than 10,000 companies, ranging from Fortune 500s to start ups. With units specializing in accounting and finance, administrative, marketing, executive search, technology, supply chain, healthcare revenue cycle, call center, and human resources, LaSalle serves companies of all sizes and across all industries.

What Avant does

We are revolutionizing the world of lending by lowering the costs and barriers of borrowing for everyday people. At our core, we are a tech company that builds advanced technology platforms and uses custom analytics to expand access to credit. Today, our platform helps underserved consumers find fair and fast installment loans. Tomorrow we plan to use our world class technology and underwriting capabilities to launch new products and services that help people improve their financial lives.

We think we are great, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Avant has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TechCrunch, Fortune, Bloomberg and Crain's Chicago Business. We have also been named one of Forbes America's Most Promising Companies and we’ve been featured on Forbes’ list of Next Billion Dollar Startups. Find out more at www.avant.com.

Who Avant is

We are nerds, passionate consumer advocates, hungry to make an impact, financial wizards who actually understand the fine print, data junkies, and a place where you can wear a baseball hat, a suit or both at the same time.

We believe that ideas are more important than titles, everything is more fun together, everyone drives change, and everyone is an owner.

Cool office and amazing benefits? Yeah… we have those - just ask us.

Whoever you are, you are welcome here; come join us.

Job Description

Let’s get to business. Avant is looking for a new Data Scientist to join the team in Chicago.

We are revolutionizing access to credit by innovative mathematical models. As part of our data science team, you will leverage our fast growing structured and unstructured dataset to improve default prediction, marketing analytics and operations. Your models will have a direct impact on our customers by helping us provide them with financing options at fair cost.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, statistics, quantitative finance or other quantitative field
  • Prior experience in statistics and machine learning modeling techniques
  • Expertise in at least one statistical programming language, preferably R
  • Basic skills in a scripting language such as Python
  • Professional experience with relational databases such as PostgreSQL
  • 3+ years of professional work experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in engineering, computer science, mathematics, statistics, quantitative finance or other quantitative field 
  • Proven ability to communicate findings clearly to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Expertise in machine learning theories and practices, including regression models, GLM, SVM and tree based models (e.g. Boosting, Random Forest)
  • Familiar with Object-Oriented Design (OOD) concept and functional programming

If you are interested in the Data Scientist position and meet the requirements, please apply today!

Thank you,

Jim Halpin
Technology Services
LaSalle Network


Keywords and Related Terms: data , mathematical models , computer science , statistics , quantitative , finance , regression , regression analysis , regression model , GLM , SVM , tree-based model , tree based model , Boosting , Random Forest , Object-Oriented Design , Object Oriented Design , OOD , R , SQL , Python , PostgreSQL

Avant provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Avant complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

LaSalle Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer, m/f/d/v. 

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Company Reviews

"The Avant team focuses on using the latest technology and data science to deliver a better lending experience to the every day consumer. It feels good to be part of the solution."
Robert Krzyzanowski
Director of Data Engineering
at Avant
"It's great to work in an environment so full of talented, driven and fun people. Avant will help you become the best version of yourself."
Matt Gilk
Software Engineer
at Avant
"At Avant, I work alongside some of the smartest, most innovative people I know. I feel empowered to make decisions that have a real impact on our customers and our business."
Nupur Patel
Compliance Manager
at Avant
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