Data Scientist - Remote

Auto req ID: 13763 
Title: Data Scientist - Remote 
Job Function: Risk Management 
Location: CHICAGO 
Company: Harley-Davidson Financial Services 
Full or Part-Time:Full Time  


At Harley-Davidson, we are building more than machines. It’s our passion and commitment to continue the evolution of this storied brand, and heighten the desirability of the Harley-Davidson experience. To keep building our legend and leading our industry through innovation, evolution, and emotion we need the best and brightest talent. We stand for the timeless pursuit of adventure. Freedom for the soul. Are you ready to join us?


Harley-Davidson Financial Services (HDFS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, Inc., offers a wide range of financial products and services to motorcycle enthusiasts and Harley-Davidson dealerships. Products available to consumers include financing on motorcycles, MotorClothes™, and parts and accessories; cycle insurance; and extended service plans for Harley-Davidson® motorcycles.


You’ll play a pivotal role in helping us create the company we want to be. And for our employees and H-D community it’s done through being fair, honest, positive and creative. This isn’t just any company. And yours isn’t just any career. It’s part of your story. Ride with us and make it legendary.


Located inside the Chicago Loop you’ll find a vibrant area featuring eclectic eateries, shops, theaters, parks and HDFS’ Chicago office. Chicago is HDFS’ corporate headquarters and serves as the home office for employees who work in Accounting, Business Intelligence, Corporate Strategy, Credit and Risk Management, Marketing, Sales, and Securitization. Join our team as Data Scientist - Remote.

Job Summary

The Data Scientist - HDFS supports the organization with insight and analytics relative to optimizing our retail portfolio. The Data Scientist will provide predictive and prescriptive analytics technical know-how within the Risk Modeling and Decision Analytics, team. This role will be responsible for assisting in procuring data, building informative dashboards, loss forecasting, marketing analytics, enhancing originations and account treatment strategies, among other tasks. This role may be expected to assist other data scientists on larger ad hoc projects identified by company leadership which achieve company profitability and loss objectives. These projects may include building originations, loss forecasting or servicing models, optimizing pricing, etc. across a variety of potential environmental conditions.

Job Responsibilities

  • Effectively analyze and distill data into patterns, trends, and insights. 
  • Assist in developing large scale data science projects from the ground up, including: Framing data science problems; identifying clear lines of questioning; extracting, wrangling, and structuring data from multiple sources; implementing appropriate classification, recommendation, simulation, optimization, and other models; checking your work against existing business knowledge
  • Conduct survey data analysis and business forecasts as needed to understand customer behavior, thinking, and demand
  • Proactively research industry trends, opportunities, and risks
  • Produce clear, concise, and repeatable code that can be used by other members of the team without explanation 

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications

A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in Statistics, Analytics, Economics, Computer Science, Physics, or a related field; An advanced degree in a related field is strongly preferred. PhD is a plus.

Experience Requirements

  • Typically requires 3+ years of related experience, preferably with financial services or banking 
  • Proven ability to integrate data from many sources, identifying yet unasked questions, and capitalizing on opportunities to advance business goals
  • Strong knowledge of statistical methodologies, machine learning, and their underlying assumptions. Proven knowledge in the use of either R (preferred) or Python for data science. Knowledge of additional analytical software like Tableau, Business Objects, SAS and Alteryx preferred but not required. Familiarity with techniques and methodologies for analyzing large data sets 
  • A true team spirit who thrives on working as part of an enthusiastic and energetic team, and inspiring others; demonstrating a collaborative approach
  • Should be comfortable working on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Comfort working with ambiguity; strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • A track record for achieving results, encouraging the inputs and ideas of others, and understanding the importance of active listening in the role.
  • Global perspective and understanding, thinking across borders and cultures. 


Harley-Davidson is an equal opportunity employer that continues to build a culture of inclusion, belonging and equity through our commitment to attracting and retaining diverse talent from all backgrounds, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. We believe in fairness and providing a level playing field for all. We foster a culture that thrives on diverse perspectives and contributions to ignite the creativity and innovation to fuel our business and enhance the employee and customer experience.


We offer an inclusive compensation package for all full-time employees including, but not limited to, bonus programs, health insurance benefits, a 401k program, onsite fitness centers, employee discounts on products and accessories, and more. Learn more about Harley-Davidson here.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States. 


Direct Reports: No  
Travel Required: 0 - 10%  
COVID-19 Vaccine Required: No  
Visa Sponsorship: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship  
Relocation: This position is not eligible for relocation assistance 





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