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Date: Mar 7, 2021

Location: Marlborough, MA, US, 01752

Company: Boston Scientific

Additional Locations: US-MN-Arden Hills; US-MN-Maple Grove



Purpose and Passion • Comprehensive Benefits • Life-Work Integration • Community • Career Growth

At Boston Scientific, you will find a collaborative culture driven by a passion for innovation that keeps us connected on the most essential level. With determination, imagination and a deep caring for human life, we’re solving some of the most important healthcare industry challenges. Together, we’re one global team committed to making a difference in people’s lives around the world. This is a place where you can find a career with meaningful purpose—improving lives through your life’s work.


About the role: 
Boston Scientific is seeking an experienced Principal Data Scientist within the IT organization. This individual will have a unique opportunity to work across externally facing Digital Health initiatives as well internal data efforts to enable advanced analytics for the enterprise. This individual will have both a hands-on and strategic role in data science and data engineering efforts and will also help to define the future team structure and roles needed to accelerate advanced analytics at Boston Scientific. 



Your respnsibilites include: 

  • Development of predictive and diagnostic algorithms to support Digital Health initiatives through collaboration and physical or virtual collocation with a Digital Health application product development team
  • Assess internal data and processes to determine opportunities for application of advanced analytics to support internal business operations 
  • Development of advanced analytics capabilities to improve internal business efficiencies 
  • Collaborate with leadership on development and execution of advanced analytics strategic and tactical road maps
  • Train junior data engineers on advanced analytics tools, models, etc. and provide technical leadership for the IT organization 
  • Analyze the analytics needs of functional departments, divisions and regions and makes recommendations for implementing advanced analytics solutions to support functional initiatives
  • Work collaboratively with cross-functional and technical teams to provide strategic direction to global groups and serve as an advocate to promote the benefits of existing and new analytics platforms and capabilities 
  • Promotes and supports the principles and standards of the enterprise architecture and enterprise supported technologies
  • Additional Responsibilities 
  • Collaborate with Data Architects, Data Engineers and Product Managers to contribute to the overall data modeling strategy and information flow decisions
  • Promotes simplified integrations and analytics solutions with a business process first approach
  • Support the development of integration systems throughout the Software Development Lifecycle according to the IT methodology, department SOP’s, and team guidelines
  • Maintains validated systems within the advanced analytics scope in accordance with internal software validation procedures and compliance to external controls such as GDPR, HIPAA, etc. 
  • Oversees and provides guidance for solutions to complex technical problems by challenging traditional technical assumptions
  • Identifies innovative uses of Information Technology to provide a competitive advantage in healthcare analytics for Boston Scientific
  • Stays up-to-date with emerging business problems and how the industry is using AI/ML techniques
  • Participate and take lead role in enterprise communities of practice for analytics, AI, ML, etc. 


What we're looking for: 

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s level degree in engineering, statistics or mathematics
  • Seasoned, professional data scientist with 5-7 years of experience in healthcare industry 
  • Expert in math and statistics with demonstrated ability using data to make intelligent business predictions and continually improves the way the company uses data
  • Experience managing or leading junior data scientists or teams with data engineering roles
  • Experience with agile methodology, design thinking, and lean startup approach
  • Experience with healthcare algorithms, their implementation and integration into healthcare systems and workflows
  • Strong communication skills and ability to interact with business stakeholders at varying levels in the organization 
  • Able to understand/define business problem statements clearly
  • Multiple domain specialties in data and analytics 
  • Understands statistical and ML/AL algorithms and how different parameters impact outcomes
  • Able to explain findings (statistical and analytical) to business partners and what they mean from business perspective, defines business value 
  • Working knowledge of emerging cloud AI platforms and vendor’s analytics offerings
  • Have broad experience and expertise working with various technologies such as Python, SQL, R, SAS, Apache Spark MLib, Scala, BigML, D3, MATLAB, Google AI, Google Analytics, TensorFlow, Microsoft CNTK, Tableau and other frameworks and libraries for AI
  • Able to work on a team in person and in a collaborative virtual setting; self-motivated, self-directed, adaptable
  • Proven experience working in a regulated environment with quality systems which includes strong documentation skills, experience with Software-as-a-Medical Device a plus
  • Experience with software development life cycle, Waterfall, Agile and Dev/Ops methodologies

Transferrable Skills/Experiences

With the right mindset and ability to learn quickly on the job, the right candidate can thrive from a variety of functional backgrounds. A few of the examples of experiences and skills that will translate well as a successful Principal Data Scientist:

  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial/startup environment
  • Experience in a clinical setting and/or solving clinical problems 
  • Experience working directly with patients or clinicians
  • Experiences where you needed to learn quickly in a new field
  • Experience in consulting or similar roles where you needed to deeply understand a business need and problem space


About us

As a global medical technology leader for more than 35 years, our mission at Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) is to transform lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients. If you’re looking to truly make a difference to people both around the world and around the corner, there’s no better place to make it happen.


Requisition ID: 468592


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