Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Lead Data Scientist - REMOTE

Job ID
Penn Interactive Ventures - Philadelphia
Regular Full-Time
Information Technology & Engineering


Penn Interactive (PI) is a real-money interactive gaming company headquartered in Philadelphia with offices in Cherry Hill, NJ and Las Vegas, NV. As the digital arm of Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ: PENN), the largest regional casino operator in the U.S., we are poised for fast-paced growth in the sports betting and online casino space. 


We are looking for a Lead Data Scientist to head up our Data Science team.  The Data Science team here at Penn is responsible for building models and APIs to help improve the Barstool Sportsbook and iCasino products.  We are looking for someone who is interested in leading the development of projects including recommendation engines, player clustering and classification, A/B feature testing, document classification and extraction, and sentiment analysis, to create a world class data-centric product experience.  We are  building  industry-leading features,  and tools to enhance player experience and player safety.


What you’ll be working on

  • User classification and player clustering: we want to better understand our players and their behaviors so that they can be  responsibly engaged
  • Document text extraction algorithms to help improve the user onboarding experience
  • Predictive models to help our infrastructure preemptively scale based on previous load
  • A/B Tests to guide development of our products and features 
  • Recommendation engine improvements to better direct users to content they might be interested in

Your daily responsibilities include

  • Lead the data science team by providing direction for the data scientists and machine learning engineers
  • Promote a data-driven culture across the organization.
  • Conceive, plan and prioritize data projects with the Director of Data
  • Collaborate with Data Engineering, Business Intelligence, and other stakeholders to provide internal data services 
  • Test the performance of our products and features to guide the growth and development of the application
  • Build analytical models and APIs to add data driven features to the application


  • University degree in Data Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Computer Science, or related field
  • Experienced technical lead for the data science team, with experience mentoring more junior engineers
  • Experience in software engineering or operations, especially in a Dockerized development environment
  • 4+ years professional experience as a Data Scientist
  • Proficiency in Python, ideally has built REST APIs with Python using FastAPI, Django, Flask, or others
  • Advanced knowledge in Tensorflow, PyTorch, Caffe, and/or Keras
  • Experience with Airflow is a plus, MLFlow experience is a plus
  • Experience in deploying data products in an enterprise environment
  • Curiosity and ability to convert complex problems into concrete requirements and build innovative solutions
  • Ability to communicate clearly, efficiently, and empathetically with technical and non-technical stakeholders




Something to leave you with

Penn Interactive is committed to helping our team members live their best, healthy life. We offer unique and competitive benefits that help our employees, through a private exchange which allows our team members the ability to choose from several coverage levels and insurance carriers (both local and national carriers). Along with medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage, there are also voluntary plans available to employees. PI also offers our employees office perks such as free catered lunches, snacks, and beverages in the office.


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