Everybody’s view of data science is a little different, and we are no exception. At Veracity, we view data science as a way of understanding “how the world works.” We make assumptions and models then use data of all sorts to validate or disprove them. Our customers ask tough questions about managing their multifaceted enterprises; we build and operate complex models and simulations to provide the answers that best address the decisions they face. We don’t expect you to come in with all of the subject matter expertise needed to completely understand the data analysis or to create models with the fidelity we require. We do expect you to get there quickly, though. We look for traits such as how you solve problems when you’re stuck. Do you look for creative ways to apply different techniques from tangential disciplines? Do you crack open a book and teach yourself how to do something new? Do you collaborate with your colleagues? If you take initiatives like these, you would fit in well with our team of analysts. We would love to tell you that we spend all our time developing elaborate algorithms for regression, survival, kernel weighting, etc., but honestly, we spend a lot of time wrangling data. This includes combing data from disparate data systems, manipulating formats, and cleaning—all of which are required to make the modeling happen. For this critical work we need someone who is precise, efficient, and tenacious.
At Veracity we look for demonstrated commitment to quality, first and foremost. Quality means technical expertise, attention to detail, and unwavering ability to see the job through. We’re also interested in how someone approaches problems when stuck. Is the problem-solving technique creative? Does it reflect a willingness to take responsibility? We’re not interested in excuses! The Work We believe in the transformative power of data-driven decision support. We provide decision support services for large enterprises, in particular the Department of Defense. Most of our work involves modeling complex logistics environments. As we approach a new problem, we quickly design and build a prototype model that captures 80 percent of the real-world behavior. Then we work with our clients to analyze the model’s behavior and refine our approach. If the problems were simple, we would just use Excel, but they aren’t, so instead we mainly use Python, C#, and C++ to build our software prototypes. Veracity does not sell shrink-wrapped software. We expect our customers to use our prototype tools to answer current as well as future questions. We do not want a boxed product to constrain ongoing examination of the “what if.” Locations We staff two offices, one in Alexandria, VA, and the other in Brigham City, UT. The work in this software engineering position can be performed in either environment.