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Senior Data Scientist

Norfolk Southern Corp.

This is a Full-time position in Atlanta, GA posted January 2, 2022.

Requisition 28945 : B5 Data Scientist
– FP&A

Posting Start Date: October 26, 20201

Posting End Date: November 12, 2021

Norfolk Southern plays an essential role in America’s freight transportation system.

Our rail network, spanning 22 states, moves goods consumed daily by businesses and households across territory that covers more than half the nation’s population, manufacturing, and energy consumption.

Last year, the Wall Street Journal listed Norfolk Southern as one of the 100 Most Sustainably Managed Companies in the World.

Railroads move 45% of the country’s long-distance freight but produce only 7% of all freight-related emissions.

By joining our team, your work will contribute directly to more efficient transportation, economic growth, cleaner air and less congested highways.

The FP&A department provides decision support to the company’s leaders.

Our work involves analyzing tradeoffs and recommending optimal choices on a wide range of business problems.

Topics that you may work on in our team include:

  • Directing the deployment of hundreds of millions of dollars in capital expenditure by choosing an optimal number of assets (rail cars, intermodal chassis, etc.)
  • Optimizing the frequency of last mile rail service across thousands of locations
  • Simulating the throughput of terminals to identify bottlenecks and compare alternate investment options

The Senior Data Scientist in FP&A is a role that requires a balance of theorical knowledge, hands-on coding experience and exposure to real-world problem-solving.

In this role, you will help enhance our decision-making using insights from large scale data sets containing operational and financial information.

The successful candidate will be a person who excels at diving into complex data to identify patterns and root causes.

You will routinely work and interact with cross-functional teams including Operations, Marketing, Finance and IT.

You will be a key stakeholder in the dialogue to make data-driven decisions and represent senior management’s perspective in technical discussions.

  • Partner with IT to develop, optimize and maintain data pipelines
  • Evaluate the accuracy and quality of data sources, and develop appropriate remedies for data gaps
  • Build exploratory data analyses and work collaboratively with others to develop hypotheses and test them in the data
  • Effectively utilize appropriate statistical, simulation and machine learning models and techniques to solve various business problems
  • Articulate nuanced, business-focused interpretations of analytical and modeling results
  • Collaborate with application development teams to integrate developed models into a production environment
  • Advise leadership in building world-class analytics at NS
  • Build the team by teaching and mentoring

Preferred Level: 5+ Years


Minimum: Bachelor’s degree with extensive relevant work experience
Preferred: Master’s degree or PhD
Preferred Majors: Operations Research, Data Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering or other quantitative fields

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Mastery of SQL and data relationships (CTEs, window functions, etc.)
  • Fluency in Python, R or another scientific computing language
  • Experience working with large data sets and “Big Data” solutions (e.g.

    NoSQL, Spark, cloud-based analytics)

  • Academic training and hands-on coding experience with statistical modeling, operations research and/or machine learning techniques
  • Experience with simulation modeling

Preferred Experience:

  • Exposure to optimization of large networked operations (railroads, airlines, etc.) and/or supply chain operations
  • An understanding of modern analytics ecosystems (processes, tools, conventions), best practices and trade-offs
  • Experience communicating data insights to drive business impact

Company Overview

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is a Fortune 300 organization and one of the nation’s premier transportation companies.

Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers.

Norfolk Southern is a major transporter of industrial products, including chemicals, agriculture, and metals and construction materials.

In addition, the railroad operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a principal carrier of coal, automobiles, and automotive parts.

At Norfolk Southern, we believe in celebrating our individuality.

By leveraging the unique backgrounds and viewpoints of our employees, we can create a culture of innovation, respect, and inclusion.

We know that employees thrive in a workplace where differing viewpoints, ideas, and experiences are freely shared and valued.

As such, we encourage all employees to contribute their distinctive skills and capabilities to our organization.

Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Together, we power progress.

On September 9, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14042.

This order and the associated federal safety protocols for federal contractors that were issued on September 24, 2021, require covered contractors who work with the federal government to ensure that their employees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or approved for a health or religious accommodation by December 8, 2021.

As a covered federal contractor, Norfolk Southern must adhere to these legal requirements. If you are made a conditional job offer, you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination, or apply and be approved for a health or religious accommodation prior to your start date

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