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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Senior Data Scientist in Rockville, Maryland

Senior Data Scientist

Strategic Business Development

Rockville, MD



Summary of the Position

The Sr. Data Scientist is a non-supervisory position within the Data Strategy and Analytics (DS&A) team within the Strategy and Business Development (SBD) division. The DS&A team performs a centralized business analytics function for USP – supporting all levels of the organization including the Executive Team. The Senior Data Scientist performs a highly visible, complex, and vital role in DS&A related to the modeling and evaluation of USP products, services, processes, and public health strategic opportunities, including support for business development activities such as strategy development, new product development, market development, sales analysis, etc. Using a broad range of analytical skills combined with public health, life sciences, or pharmacology domain expertise, the Senior Data Scientist performs and coordinates complex analyses surrounding business problems and make recommendations accordingly. They communicate analytical results to non-technical audiences – translating analyses into concise and clear business recommendations.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead data analysis projects in support of strategic initiatives, global public health impact, medicine quality assurance operations, business development, and other needs of the organization

  • Identify business questions, understanding market landscape, planning and conducting insights and strategic research, forming hypotheses, creating recommendations

  • Advise internal partners on best practices in using data analysis to reveal actionable public health and medicine quality insights

  • Enhance predictive modeling and improve research processes

  • Identify opportunities to improve forecast development and validation processes, partnering with multiple teams

  • Develops and refine statistical/algorithmic models to support decision making at both the strategic and operational levels of the organization

  • Provides priorities, projections, and analyses to support USP monograph, general chapter, and reference material development

  • Support internal stakeholders through data queries, building and maintaining BI dashboards, computing analytics, and other data accessibility tasks

  • Develops ad hoc reports and analyses as needed

  • Acts as a thought partner with colleagues across USP on how to resolve unique business problems using data analysis. Partners include program unit heads, site heads, and strategy leaders

  • Set and manages internal partner expectations related to specific deliverables

  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree required. Preferred majors in chemistry, biology, or other life science, or public health.

  • At least 4 or more years of experience in advanced data analysis, data science, or data strategy with bachelor’s degree

  • At least 2 or more year of experience in advanced data analysis, data science, or data strategy with master’s degree

Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA or other relevant master’s degree preferred such as, data science, analytics, statistics, computer science, quantitative public health or social science disciplines, or other related fields

  • Strong communication skills required: Verbal, written, and interpersonal

  • Advanced-level data analysis skills required, including demonstrated experience with procedures involving linear modeling, model development and validation, classification and/or machine learning

  • Highly proficient data manipulation skills including SQL and solid knowledge of relational databases

  • Demonstrated domain expertise in a life science (preferably chemistry, biology, or pharmacology) or global public health

  • Proficient in data visualization and modeling skills such as Tableau

  • Demonstrated experience with programming and/or data analysis coding languages such as R (preferred), Python, SQL, STATA, SAS

  • Experience with scientific projects involving hypothesis testing, research design

  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Highly proficient in Excel skills and intermediate skills for other MS Office applications

  • Ability to explain highly technical or complex issues to a non-technical audience

  • Self-motivated and able to handle multiple concurrent projects and prioritize tasks independently

  • Demonstrates thought leadership and consulting ability

  • Excellent time and project management skills

  • Has the ability to deal with ambiguity independently

  • Has the ability to work at all levels of the organization

  • Has the ability to work across a global company

  • Has the ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment

  • Has the ability to handle change

Supervisory Responsibilities


USP offers an impressive benefits package , including:

  • Generous paid time off – 14 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start

  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately

  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Job Category Strategic Business Development