Data Scientist at Upgrade | Powderkeg

Location: San Francisco

Employment Type: Full-Time

Team: Data Science

Upgrade is a fintech unicorn founded in 2017. We are the fastest-growing company in the Americas (Financial Times). In the last five years, over 15 million people have applied for an Upgrade card or loan, and we have delivered over $10 billion in affordable and responsible credit. Our innovative Upgrade Card is the fastest growing credit card in America (Nilson Report). Combining the flexibility of a credit card with the low cost of an installment loan helps us redefine banking.

Upgrade has been named a “Best Place to Work in the Bay Area” three years in a row, one of the “Top Companies to work for in Arizona”, and we have received awards for being a best company for Diversity, Women, Culture, and Veterans.

We are looking for new team members who get excited about designing and delivering new and better products to join a team of 900 talented and passionate professionals. Come join us if you like to tackle big problems and make a meaningful difference in people's lives.

Reporting to Upgrade’s Head of Decision Sciences, this role will:


  • Develop and implement statistical/machine learning models for various business areas, including Credit Risk, Fraud, Marketing, and Operations.
  • Validate models to identify factors that may affect model performance.
  • Actively research new tools and techniques available for model development.
  • Collaborate with various teams across Upgrade in model development process: Operations, Product, Marketing, and Credit Risk.


  • Advanced Degree (MS/PhD) in Statistics, Mathematics, Data Sciences or a related quantitative discipline.
  • 2+ years experience as a Data Scientist. Recently graduated students welcome to apply.
  • Experience and/or strong interest in latest machine learning techniques (Random Forest, Gradient Boosted Trees, etc. strongly preferred).
  • Ability to go deep into complex technical topics, understand modeling and algorithms.
  • Proficient in Python.
  • Ability to write documentation and present analysis to people with different levels of expertise (e.g., technical staff, business leads, etc.).
  • Detail oriented and strong analytical skill set.
  • Proactive, driven, and ability to work in a fast paced environment.


- Competitive salary and stock option plan

- 100% paid coverage of medical, dental and vision insurance

- 401K match

- Unlimited vacation

- Hybrid workplace

- Learning stipend for personal growth and development

- Paid parental leave

- Health & wellness initiatives

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

California Employee Privacy Notice

Effective Date: 1/1/2020

Notice to Applicants for Employment, Employees, and Contractors:

This California Employee Privacy Notice is intended to provide California consumers who are employed or apply for employment or a contractor position with Upgrade information about the categories of personal information Upgrade collects and how the company uses this information. For any questions about this notice, please contact

Personal Information Upgrade Collects:

_Identifying information: including name, address, email, telephone number, social security number, driver license number, passport number, and other personal identifying information. Information you provide as a part of a job application or from a background check performed after a job offered is extended, including employment, education, credit, and criminal history. Data on work productivity and performance, including hours worked, electronic network activity, and tasks performed. _

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_To consider applications for employment. To complete payments, including payroll, expense reimbursement, other compensation-related payments, and the administration of stock options. To administer benefits, including medical, dental, vision, commuter, and retirement benefits. To provide human resources services and conduct performance evaluations. To monitor work eligibility including work-related licenses, credentials, training, and eligibility to work in the United States. To ensure a safe and efficient working environment. To comply with applicable legal or regulatory requirements including state and federal company reporting obligations. _

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Data Scientist
  • Company
  • Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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