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Data & Operations Research Scientist - #222173
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Principal Financial Group | Des Moines, IA
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Job Description

Job Area: Data Science & Analytics

Business Area: PGI Other

Location: IA - Des Moines

Career Category: Recent College Graduate,Experienced Professional

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Date Posted: 2018-09-05


Do you want a career where you can make a real difference? At Principal®, you can.

We work with a greater purpose in mind-to give people the financial tools and confidence to live their best lives. And we take that to heart not only for our clients but also extend that to our employees.

By choosing to work at Principal, you'll be a part of making a difference in the lives of customers and in communities. And you can make a difference in your own life by joining a company that cares about its employees as much as it cares about its customers. From career development to comprehensive benefits to our vibrant, diverse work environment, you'll find plenty of opportunities to enrich your personal and professional life.

In this role you will use quantitative methods, GIS, advanced mathematical models, operations research techniques, simulation and strong business acumen to deliver insight, recommendations and solutions for Principal businesses.


* Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation or other managerial functions.
* Play a crucial role in leading world class financial solutions, logistics and distribution capacity planning and diagnostics, network design, flow modeling and operations research on regional and global levels.
* Help drive decisions that optimize total cost, lead time on strategic and tactical, and more opportunistic levels.
* Present compelling, validated stories to all levels of organization, including peers, senior management and internal customers to drive both strategic and operational changes in business.


* BS or MS in a recognized quantitative science field, GIS, agent based modeling, operations research, industrial Engineering, or mathematics or related field required.
* Advanced degree in statistics, data science, computational biology, complexity science or related quantitative field preferred.
* Analytical thinking skills required.
* Theoretical and practical knowledge of quantitative sciences, Bayesian statistics, GIS, operations research and mathematical optimization concepts is required.
* Experience with machine learning algorithms and statistical techniques highly preferred.
* Expertise in agent based modeling, probability theory, Bayesian statistics, textual analytics, queuing theory, game theory preferred.
* Good understanding of algorithms and computational complexity preferred.
* Drive for translating business problems into research initiatives that deliver business value.
* Creativity in defining challenging exploratory projects and developing solutions.
* Strong business aptitude, the ability to rapidly learn new problem domains, and become conversant in the domain with subject matter experts.
* Strong organizational, interpersonal, and proven problem solving abilities.
* Ability to work in a matrix environment, leading & influencing people at varying levels of responsibility.
* Proven ability to communicate complex qualitative analysis in clear, precise and actionable manner.
* Creative, proactive, bold and out-of-box thinking.
* Strong influencing skills to lead alignment and adoption on process and methods.
* Good communication skills.

Investment Code of Ethics

You will be required to comply with a Code of Ethics which covers personal trading activities for you and members of your household.

Job Level

Willing to consider applicants at multiple job levels.


Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship status, disability, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic partner status, military status, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Interview Details

What's next? Innovation at its finest.

We'll review your application and if you're selected for an interview, you'll receive an invite for an On-Demand Video interview. Haven't done that before, don't worry. We've got all the tips and tricks available to help you be successful. With an On-Demand Video Interview, you can add your own flair and personality - at your pace.

Be sure to check your email frequently. We'll communicate our decisions through the email address used on your online profile. If you receive an email from Principal Talent Team, you've been selected to begin your video interview and have a set time to submit once you log in.

About Principal Financial Group

Principal Financial Group, Inc. (PFG) is a provider of retirement savings, investment and insurance products and services. The Company's United States and international operations is engaged on the asset accumulation and asset management. In addition, the Company is also engaged in providing a range of individual and group life insurance, group health insurance, individual and group disability insurance and group dental and vision insurance. The Company operates in four business segments: U.S. Asset Accumulation, Global Asset Management, International Asset Management and Accumulation, and Life and Health Insurance. (Source: 10-K)