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US, CA, San Diego
Amazon.com strives to be Earth's most customer-centric company where people can find and discover anything they want to buy online. We hire the world's brightest minds, offering them a fast paced, technologically sophisticated and friendly work environment.Economists at Amazon will be expected to work directly with senior management on key business problems faced in retail, international retail, cloud computing, third party merchants, search, Kindle, streaming video, and operations. Amazon economists will apply the frontier of economic thinking to market design, pricing, forecasting, program evaluation, online advertising and other areas. You will build econometric models, using our world class data systems, and apply economic theory to solve business problems in a fast moving environment. Economists at Amazon will be expected to develop new techniques to process large data sets, address quantitative problems, and contribute to design of automated systems around the company.
US, NY, New York
The Advertising Supply & Monetization team determines the display ads shown to Amazon shoppers, and is responsible for delivering an engaging, relevant and personalized ad experience. We optimize entire pages of retail and advertising content in near real-time for millions of shoppers each day, maximizing the long-term value that display advertising creates for Amazon.We are looking for an experienced PhD economist to build long-term causal estimation products and valuation models for advertising in the context of delivering a highly personalized content experience on retail shopping pages. You will invent methodologies to quantify the impact on shopping from changes in ad quality, relevance, and the general user experience with ads. You will also utilize engineering and econometric tools to lead experimentation efforts and continuously validate advertising’s positive impact to the Amazon shopping experience.We are looking for a seasoned economist who is able to provide structure, including sourcing, defining, and leveling, around complex and varied business problems. We seek creative thinkers who can combine a strong economic toolbox with a desire to learn from others, and who know how to execute and deliver on big ideas.
US, WA, Seattle
Device Economics (DEcon) needs a leader to advance pricing analyses and recommendation for Amazon devices. The ideal candidate will be a senior economic specialized in Empirical Industrial Organization who is passionate about advancing science to aid critical promotion decisions in the Amazon Devices org, and excited to build systems to automate this work. The role will lead science innovation and excellence for promotion to aid Devices finance and business executives.Amazon Devices designs and builds Amazon first-party consumer electronics products to delight and engage customers. Amazon Devices represents a highly complex space with 100+ products across several product categories (e-readers [Kindle], tablets [Fire Tablets], smart speakers and audio assistants [Echo], wifi routers [eero], and video doorbells and cameras [Ring and Blink]), for sale both online and in offline retailers in several regions. The space becomes more complex with dynamic product offering with new product launches, new marketplace launches, and improvements to existing devices through software improvements. The Devices Economics team leads in analyzing these complex marketplace dynamics to enable science-driven decision making in the Devices org. Device Economics achieves this by combining economic expertise with macroeconomic trends, and including both in scientific applications for use by internal analysts, to provide deep understanding of customer preferences. Our team’s outputs inform product development decisions, investments in future product categories, product pricing and promotion, and bundling across complementary product lines. We have achieved substantial impact on the Devices business, and will achieve more.Amazon devices are durable consumer goods that delight customers at purchase and over time, and exhibit complementarities across product lines and product generations. Device Economics seeks an expert in measuring customer preferences to improve the scientific recommendation of pricing and promotion schedules for devices. The space is complex due to the number of products, features of those products, and timeline of the business. This role requires proven capacity to innovate, scale measurement, and mentor talent. This pricing and promotion science leadership role has broad Devices-wide impact by advancing measurement of market dynamics, product interactions, and improving bundling, applicable across all product lines.The candidate will work closely with Amazon Devices engineering teams and other scientists to innovate in science and scale systems to execute. The candidate must be passionate about advancing science for business and customer impact.
US, WA, Seattle
Are you excited about powering Amazon’s physical stores’ expansion through economic models? Do you thrive in a fast-moving, innovative environment that values data-driven decision making and sound scientific practices? We are looking for PhD Economists to build the next level of economic models that will help Amazon physical stores grow and succeed.Our team is responsible for building the core intelligence, insights, and algorithms that support the real estate acquisition strategies for Amazon physical stores. We are tackling cutting-edge, complex problems such as predicting the optimal location for new Amazon stores by bringing together numerous data assets from disparate sources inside and outside of Amazon, and using best-in-class modelling solutions to extract the most information out of them.You will have a proven track-record of delivering measurable benefit to business through strategic analysis, model building, and/or development of new software. You will be comfortable handling complex economic problems and making the right modeling tradeoffs by applying strong economic reasoning. You will be able to break down complex information and insights into clear and concise language and be comfortable presenting your findings to audiences with a broad range of backgrounds.Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.
US, WA, Seattle
Are you passionate to join an innovative team of scientists who use machine learning, econometrics, and statistical techniques to create state-of-the-art solutions to help Selling Partners and Customers on Amazon? The North American Consumer Recruitment and Development team is looking for an econ intern to help recruit and empower all the brands in the world to sell and grow on Amazon. To drive this unprecedented scale, our entrepreneurial team of sales reps, account managers, product managers, and software engineers continuously invent new ways to scale and raise the bar for our selling partners through automation.We are looking for detail-oriented, organized, and responsible individuals who are eager to learn how to work with large and complicated data sets. Some knowledge of econometrics, as well as basic familiarity with Python is necessary, and experience with SQL and UNIX would be a plus.These are full-time positions at 40 hours per week, with compensation being awarded on an hourly basis. You will learn how to build data sets and perform applied econometric analysis at Internet speed collaborating with economists, scientists, and product managers. These skills will translate well into writing applied chapters in your dissertation and provide you with work experience that may help you with placement.Roughly 50% of previous cohorts have converted to full time scientist employment at Amazon. If you are interested, please send your CV to our mailing list at econ-internship@amazon.com.Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation
US, WA, Seattle
From Jeff Bezos’s, 2014 Amazon shareholder letter (http://tinyurl.com/q8zpobu): “Internally, Marketplace was known as SDP for Single Detail Page. The idea was to take our most valuable retail real estate – our product detail pages – and let third-party sellers compete against our own retail category managers.” Today, millions of third party sellers offer products alongside Amazon Retail though the Amazon Marketplace. The Featured Merchant Algorithm (FMA) team owns the system and algorithms that select the offers that are featured on the ‘Add to Cart’ button (aka the ‘Buy Box’) on Amazon’s most valuable retail real estate – the Product Detail Page referenced above. The FMA team’s mission is to ensure that featured offers provide the best possible customer value based on factors including price, availability, delivery options and customer service. Our team leverages sophisticated econometric, machine learning, and big data technologies to help customers to discover the right products at the right prices from millions of trusted sellers billions of times a day. If you are looking for a career-defining opportunity on one of the most customer centric and business impacting teams within Amazon, we’d love to hear from you.Key Responsibilities· Develop new econometric models or improve existing approaches using scalable techniques· · Extract data for analysis and model development from large, complex datasets· · Closely work with engineering teams to build scalable, efficient systems that implement prototypes in production· · Apply economic theory to solve business problems in a fast moving environment· · Distill problem definitions from informal business requirements and communicate technical solutions to senior business leaders· · Drive innovation and best practices in applied research across the Amazon research science communityAmazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation
US, WA, Seattle
Digital Advertising and Corp development Economist Team is looking for an experienced PhD economist. You will lead science projects using cutting edge econometrics and ML especially causal inference technique to measure effectiveness of online advertisements.Advertising is used daily to surface new selection and provide customers a wider set of product choices along their shopping journeys. The business is focused on generating value for shoppers as well as advertisers. Our team uses a combination of econometrics, machine learning, and data science to build disruptive products for all our Advertising products. We also generate insights to guide Amazon Advertising strategy, providing direct support to senior leadership.
US, WA, Seattle
Amazon.com strives to be Earth's most customer-centric company where people can find and discover anything they want to buy online. We hire the world's brightest minds, offering them a fast paced, technologically sophisticated and friendly work environment.Economists at Amazon will be expected to work directly with our Chief Economists and senior management on key business problems. Amazon economists will apply the frontier of economic thinking to market design, pricing, forecasting, program evaluation, online advertising and other areas. You will build econometric models, using our world class data systems, and apply economic theory to solve business problems in a fast moving environment. Economists at Amazon will be expected to develop new techniques to process large data sets, address quantitative problems, and contribute to design of automated systems around the company.
US, MO, Virtual Location - Missouri
Are you passionate about conducting research to improve people’s lives? Would you like to impact more than one million Amazonians globally and improve their employee experience? If so, you should consider joining Organizational Research and Measurement (ORM) for World Wide Consumer Talent. Our goal is to be the best and most diverse workforce in the world. ORM uses science, research and technology to optimize employee experience and performance across the full employee lifecycle, from first contact through exit.We are looking for outstanding economists to join a new team that focuses on the economic issues of more than one million associates at Amazon. Ideal candidates will work with data scientists and data engineers to frame ambiguous and complex business problems into specific scientific questions, design experiments and develop models using large scale data, and transform the insights into improved policies and products at scale. Ideal candidates should have strong business acumen, practical technical skills in causal inference, and be able to communicate the insights to multiple audiences (e.g., scientific peers, functional teams and business leaders).
US, WA, Seattle
LOCATION: Seattle, WAMULTIPLE POSITIONS AVAILABLE1) Work with the chief economist and/or senior management on key business problems faced in retail, international retail, cloud computing, third party merchants, search, Kindle, streaming video, and/or operations.2) Apply the frontier of economic thinking to market design, pricing, forecasting, program evaluation, online advertising, and other areas.3) Build econometric models using data systems.4) Apply economic theory to solve business problems.5) Develop new techniques to process large data sets, address quantitative problems, and contribute to design of automated systems.6) Apply tools from applied micro-econometrics (e.g. experimental design, difference-in-difference, regression discontinuity, and IV) and forecasting (essential time series models).7) Leverage big data tools for data extraction.8) Write up and present analysis for distribution to various levels of management at Amazon.#0000
US, WA, Seattle
Have you ever ordered a product on Amazon and when that box with the smile arrives you wonder how it got to you so fast? Wondered where it came from and how much it would have cost Amazon? If so, Amazon’s Supply Chain Optimization Technologies (SCOT) team is for you. We build systems to peer into the future and estimate the distribution of tens of millions of products every week to Amazon’s warehouses in the most cost-effective way. When customers place orders, our systems use real time, large scale optimization techniques to optimally choose where to ship from and how to consolidate multiple orders so that customers get their shipments on time or faster with the lowest possible transportation costs. This team is focused on saving hundreds of millions of dollars using cutting edge science, machine learning, and scalable distributed software on the Cloud that automates and optimizes inventory and shipments to customers under the uncertainty of demand, pricing and supply.Fulfillment-by-Amazon (FBA) Inventory Technology (FIT) at Amazon’s Supply Chain Optimization Technologies (SCOT) focuses on driving long term free cash flow by automating and optimizing our third-party supply chain. The team’s efforts will address the key challenges facing the worldwide FBA Seller business, including 1) improving FBA Seller inventory efficiency, 2) efficiently balancing the supply and demand of FBA Seller capacity, 3) closing worldwide selection gap by enabling global selling profitability, and 4) driving out costs across the FBA supply chain to spin the flywheel. This is truly a unique problem space – optimizing for inventory in Amazon’s pipeline when you don’t control the process or own the inventory.FIT is looking for a result driven Economist to join its science team in Seattle. The position offers an opportunity to apply the frontier of econometrics and economic theory to market design, pricing, forecasting, program evaluation, and other areas. You will work closely with other research scientists, machine learning experts, and economists to build econometric models, using our world class data systems, and apply economic theory to solve business problems in a fast-moving environment. Economists at Amazon will be expected to develop new techniques to process large data sets, address quantitative problems, and contribute to design of automated systems around the company.If you are a visionary with a passion for seeing economic principles come alive in large datasets, apply today! We will consider strong candidates with more experience for senior economist (L6) position.
US, IL, Virtual Location - Illinois
The Amazon Devices organization designs, builds and markets Kindle e-readers, Fire Tablets, Fire TV Streaming Media Players and Echo devices. The Device Economics team is looking for an Economist to join our fast paced, start-up environment to help invent the future of product economics. We solve significant business problems in the devices and retail spaces by understanding customer behavior and developing business decision-making frameworks.You will build econometric and machine learning models for causal inference and prediction, using our world class data systems, and apply economic theory to solve business problems in a fast-moving environment. This involves analyzing Amazon Devices customer behavior, and measuring and predicting the lifetime value of existing and future products. We build scalable systems to ensure that our models have broad applicability and large impact. You will work with Scientists, Economists, Product Managers, and Software Developers to provide meaningful feedback about stakeholder problems to inform business solutions and increase the velocity, quality, and scope behind our recommendations.
US, WA, Seattle
The mission of Prime Video’s Personalization team is to connect customers with the right video, at the right time, both within the Prime Video experience as well as on offsite placements. We own features and models that aim to generate the most relevant recommendations to customers, with automation and at scale. To do this, we personalize for individual customers and customer journeys, for the titles and video content we recommend to customers, and bring the components together, optimizing for the overall customer experience. The remit is global, and there is immediate customer-facing impact.We are looking for an economist with expertise in causal inference and general applied econometrics to build tools to improve the optimization and evaluation of Prime Video’s Personalization systems. Key responsibilities include:· Helping Prime Video jointly optimize its various products with diverse underlying economics.· Partnering with product managers and software developers to integrate sound economic into automated Prime Video Personalization systems at scale.· Building and improving econometric models to estimate causal long term benefits of customer actions.· Guiding the application of econometric models in algorithms such as carousel ranking and home page optimization.· Supporting excellence in AB testing for experiments across all of Prime Video.· Scaling solutions across customer segments, customer actions, customer touchpoints and locations (with different levels of product maturity)
US, NY, New York
Amazon’s Advertising Analytics and Insights (A&I) professional service team owns the professional services for advanced analytics and insight across our advertiser success team. They produce advanced analytics and deliver service to some of Amazon’s largest and most sophisticated advertisers. With a broad mandate to experiment and innovate, the A&I team is growing with a seemingly endless range of new opportunities.The A&I professional service team is looking for a motivated and experienced economist to own, develop and lead the application of economic models, research and narrative in the creation of bespoke and scaled advertiser insights so that A&I can produce the research that Marketing can deliver to the world.This economist will work directly with senior management, sales, marketing, and A&I team members on key business problems facing advertisers. The role allows you to influence advertising insight strategy by applying the frontier of economic thinking in statistical models, customer behavior and other areas. You will develop new techniques to process large data sets, use econometric models and methods to address complex advertiser requests, design and test hypothesis on customer pain points, develop experiments, and contribute to the design of scalene and bespoke insights. These insights will be translated into high-quality, actionable insights in the forms of white papers, seminars, case studies and other artifacts to inform, educate and inspire advertisers (small or large alike) to be successful marketers using Amazon Advertising.Overview of Responsibilities:· Provide data-driven guidance and recommendations on strategic questions for calculating downstream customer behavior.· Design experiments and define and analyze success metrics.· Identify opportunities/tests that drives scaled and bespoke discovery, support new customer acquisition or analyses with the end goal to drive growth.· Conduct, direct, and coordinate all phases of research projects, demonstrating skill in all stages of the analysis process, including defining key research questions, recommending measures, working with multiple data sources, evaluating methodology and design, executing analysis plans, interpreting and communicating results.· Partner with content and strategy leadership to develop a roadmap of key analytical questions for creators.· Conceptualize and deliver analytical, data-driven solutions to those key questions, in original analyses and in partnership.· Produce data-driven recommendations to augment our content strategy and maximize value for customers and creators.Location: Open to candidates in the US and Europe.
US, WA, Seattle
The Amazon Economics Team is hiring Interns in Economics. We are looking for detail-oriented, organized, and responsible individuals who are eager to learn how to work with large and complicated data sets. Some knowledge of econometrics, as well as basic familiarity with Stata or R is necessary, and experience with SQL, Python and ML models would be a plus.These are full-time positions at 40 hours per week, with compensation being awarded on an hourly basis. You will learn how to build data sets and perform applied econometric analysis at Internet speed collaborating with economists, data scientists and MBAʼs. These skills will translate well into writing applied chapters in your dissertation and provide you with work experience that may help you with placement.Roughly 50% of research assistants from previous cohorts have converted to full time data science or economics employment at Amazon. If you are interested, please send your CV to our mailing list at econ-internship@amazon.com.Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation
US, CA, Culver City
Prime Video is an industry leading, high-growth business and a critical driver of Amazon Prime subscriptions, which contributes to customer loyalty and lifetime value. Prime Video is a digital video streaming and download service that offers Amazon customers the ability to rent, purchase or subscribe to a huge catalog of videos. The Prime Video and Music Economist team is looking for a Senior Economist to support strategic projects in the Amazon Video business. Amazon Video provides value to our customers as both a key Prime membership benefit and separately as a retail outlet for digital downloads and streams of top TV and Movie titles.As an economist focusing on Amazon Video, you will be responsible for understanding the value that the business creates for our customers and to develop new, disruptive innovations to grow global Prime Video usage and customer value. This role requires an individual with strong quantitative modeling skills and the ability to apply statistical/machine learning, econometric, and experimental design methods to large amount of individual level data. The candidate should have strong communication skills, be able to work closely with stakeholders and translate data-driven findings into actionable insights. The successful candidate will be a self-starter comfortable with ambiguity, with strong attention to detail and ability to work in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.The candidate's responsibilities will include:· Build scalable analytic solutions using state of the art tools based on large datasets· Build econometric models, conduct statistical/machine learning analyses, or design experiments to measure the value of the business and its many features· Partner closely with Business, Finance, Science, and Tech partners to build prototypes and implement production solutions· Independently identify new opportunities for leveraging economic insights and models in the Video business· Develop and execute product workplans from concept, prototype to production incorporating feedback from customers, scientists and business leaders· Write both technical white papers and business-facing documents to clearly explain complex technical concepts to audiences with diverse business/scientific backgrounds
US, NY, New York
Amazon Advertising seeks an Economist to help develop models to measure marketing strategies that drive advertiser value and impact our financial performance. We are looking for a motivated candidate who has operated successfully in a fast-paced, global, results-oriented environment and has the ability to influence the decisions of senior business leaders through effective verbal and written communication, logical reasoning, and the presentation of analyses. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with business teams to help execute and shape our strategy.If you enjoy using Econometric methods to shape strategy and build new initiatives from concept to full-scale operations this will be a good match. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to develop deep industry understanding, create new models measuring the performance of marketing insights, analyze customer acquisition and retention strategies to maximize revenue, and provide guidance for prioritization and decision-making. This position will collaborate with business leaders on a daily basis and will contribute to overall analysis during our operating cycle plans, business reviews, and provide business insights into key initiatives.The successful candidate will be a self-starter who is comfortable with ambiguity; dives deep into data to find key relationships, creates models to better understand and forecast processes, is detail oriented and has the ability to work well with cross-functional teams including marketing, account management, other finance teams, and senior leaders.
US, WA, Seattle
Compensation Science is building economic models and algorithms from the ground up to design and scale pay for hundreds of thousands of Amazon employees worldwide. The fast-growing, interdisciplinary team is working at the intersection of economics, machine learning, and product development.We are looking for an Economist who is able to provide structure to ambiguous, complex business problems, conduct causal econometric analysis, work with engineers to launch science models in product, and measure the impact of policy changes.This role will build and operationalize econometric models for new compensation products owned by the team and initiate high impact projects in the compensation and benefits space. Economists at Amazon have access to engineering and econometric tools and opportunities to learn new econometric and machine learning methods from world-class scholars.Responsibilities:· Own the development of economic models and econometric analysis· Assist in the delivery of automated, scalable analytic models· Work collaboratively with economists, scientists, and engineers on the team and across the HR organization· Interpret and communicate results to global business stakeholders
US, WA, Seattle
The Amazon Economics Team is hiring Interns in Economics. We are looking for detail-oriented, organized, and responsible individuals who are eager to learn how to work with large and complicated data sets. Working knowledge of econometrics (for causal inference and structural estimation), as well as of R is necessary; experience with SQL and UNIX is a plus.These are full-time positions at 40 hours per week, with compensation being awarded on an hourly basis. You will learn how to build data sets and perform applied econometric analysis at Internet speed collaborating with economists, data scientists and MBAʼs. These skills will translate well into writing applied chapters in your dissertation and provide you with work experience that may help you with placement.Roughly 50% of research assistants from previous cohorts have converted to full time data science or economics employment at Amazon. If you are interested, please send your CV to our mailing list at econ-internship@amazon.com.Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation
US, CA, San Diego
EconomistThe North American Consumer Economics team uses Economics, Statistics, and Machine Learning to understand and design the complex economy of Amazon’s network of buyers and sellers. We are an interdisciplinary team, committed to use of cutting edge technology and leveraging the strengths of engineers and scientists to build solutions for some of the toughest business problems at Amazon.We are looking for an outstanding Economist who is able to provide structure around complex business problems, work with machine learning scientists to estimate and validate their models on large scale data, and who can help business and tech partners turn the results of their analysis into policies, programs, and actions that have a major impact on Amazon’s business. We are looking for creative thinkers who can combine a strong economic toolbox with a desire to learn from others, and who know how to execute and deliver on big ideas.In this role, we expect you be able to own the development of economic models and to manage, in close collaboration with scientists and engineers, the data analysis, modeling, and experimentation that is necessary for estimating and validating your model. You will need to work with our business partners to communicate the properties of your analysis/modeling and be able to work to incorporate their feedback and requests into your project. Experience in applied economic analysis is essential, and you should be familiar with modern tools for data science and business analysis.We are particularly interested in candidates with research background in applied microeconomics, empirical IO, Marketing, Finance, applied econometrics, and market design. However, we want to talk with any experienced economist with an interest in working on an interest in working on innovative, strategic problems with significant business impact.