Job Posting: Tampa Bay Rays (Multiple)

Please note, this posting contains multiple positions.

Position: Baseball Research & Development Analyst (Multiple Roles)

Location: St. Petersburg, Florida

Description: The Tampa Bay Rays are searching for their next Baseball Research and Development Analysts. Their R&D group helps shape their Baseball Operations decision-making processes through the analysis and interpretation of data. They are seeking those with a passion for baseball and a desire to contribute through mathematics, data analysis, and computation. The next members of their R&D team will be intellectual contributors that can work both individually and collaboratively, come up with interesting research questions to explore, find ways to answer those questions through the available data, develop, test and validate quantitative tools, communicate the results of their research, and work to apply their research outcomes to improve how their organization operates. They want to work with people who care about being a good teammate, want to make a positive impact on their organization, have an innovative spirit, and will explore new ways to make them better. Does this describe you?

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop models to answer various questions and problems posed by decision makers
  • Generate internal quantitative tools for use by other members of the department
  • Administer the processing of quality data from various sources
  • Examine the relationship between the data from various sources and player performance
  • Create reports at the request of various stakeholders
  • Investigate ways to improve current tools

Skills:

  • Fluency in R or Python
  • Experience with statistical modeling and machine learning
  • Candidates with non-traditional schooling backgrounds, as well as candidates with traditional degrees in related areas, are encouraged to apply

To Apply:
To apply, please complete this application.

Position: Product Designer

Location: St. Petersburg, Florida

Description: The Tampa Bay Rays are hiring a Product Designer to improve their existing products and build new features in their products. The goal is to provide their end-users with an intuitive and consistent experience throughout the entire suite of applications. They are searching for someone who is self-motivated and acquires skills quickly. This role will have a direct impact in the software that is used for all aspects of their Baseball Operations department and on the experience of users in different capacities around the world. Their ideal candidate will have experience and demonstrated success in the items listed below.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Create a design framework of reusable components to standardize the UI across the entire web app
  • Develop new user-facing features, and improve the existing UI/UX
  • Ensure the technical feasibility of UI/UX designs
  • Be responsible for all design choices from inception through launch
  • Collaborate with other team members and stakeholders from beginning to end with regards to UI/UX design and usability to ensure that the stakeholders needs are met in coordination with the Baseball Systems Development Team

Skills:

  • Be able to implement your designs using HTML & CSS
  • Understanding of when it’s best to use different technologies such as Flexbox and CSS Grid
  • Understanding of server-side CSS pre-processing platforms, such as Sass
  • Familiarity with client-side scripting and JavaScript frameworks such as Vue, React, jQuery, vanilla JavaScript & ES6
  • Good understanding of asynchronous request handling, partial page updates, and AJAX and how it will affect your design choices
  • Knowledge of image authoring tools, to be able to crop, resize, or perform small adjustments on an image. Familiarity with tools such as Gimp or Photoshop is a plus.
  • Understanding of the Git version control system

To Apply:
To apply, please complete this application.

Position: Data Engineer

Location: St. Petersburg, Florida

Description: The Tampa Bay Rays are seeking a Data Engineer to join their Baseball Systems department to help ensure data integrity and that users have acceptable performance when accessing the database. This role is responsible for importing data from external providers, integrating data from different sources, and working with members of the R&D department to operationalize analytical products. This person will interact with multiple departments and staff members, sometimes all at once, to take feedback as well as to make recommendations for improvements. The sole focus of this role is the performance of the database – a critical aspect of the success of the Rays Baseball Operations department – and the necessary interaction with the Research and Development and Baseball Systems groups to achieve that goal. Problem-solving skills and being an excellent teammate are a must in this role.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for development and support of integrations with external data providers
  • Address data quality issues and implement procedures for error checking and monitoring
  • Ensure the database performs up to an acceptable level
  • Coordinate R&D models with the daily flow of data to ensure that they are synchronized
  • Explore emerging technologies and determine their fit with the Rays’ current platform

Skills:

  • Advanced understanding of SQL
  • Experience with R, Python, or other scripting language
  • Proficiency with evaluating and improving the performance of SQL queries
  • Ability to assist in the development of data models optimized for business intelligence and/or analytic workloads
  • Knowledge or experience with semi-structured or unstructured data stores
  • Comfort with exploring and evaluating new technologies
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and priority levels at once

Technologies:

  • RDBMS (SQL Server, MySQL)
  • SQL Server Integration Services
  • Cloud Technologies (Azure, AWS)
  • Apache Project (Hive, Spark, Kafka, NiFi)

Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering Degree or commensurate experience

Demonstrated success with:

  • Data Ingestion
  • Data Processing (Cleaning, Transformation, Integration, etc.)
  • Data Warehousing

To Apply:
To apply, please complete this application.

Position: Junior Data Technician

Location: St. Petersburg, Florida

Description: The Rays’ Junior Data Technician will be responsible for assisting with the inspection, validation, calibration, and processing of multiple data sets. Their new hire will partner with the Data Technician to thoroughly vet, critically assess, and curate many data sources used by the Baseball Operations department. They will work collaboratively while ensuring the reproducibility and reliability of the Rays’ data processing by standardizing procedures and generating documentation. This role will interact with multiple departments and staff members to take feedback as well as to make recommendations for improvements.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Builds statistical models and automated systems to process, evaluate, and calibrate data
  • Assures that data received from external sources is of usable quality and standardized
  • Reviews discrepancies in data, gathers clarification or advises end users of issues related to data set
  • Supports the analysts that use the data set
  • Interacts with staff on matters affecting the data and makes recommendations for improvement or process enhancement
  • Produces documentation outlining standard processes

Skills & Education:

  • Familiarity with R and SQL or proven ability to learn new a programming language quickly
  • Knowledge of statistical modeling
  • Candidates with non-traditional schooling backgrounds, as well as candidates with traditional degrees in related areas, are encouraged to apply

To Apply:
To apply, please complete this application.

Position: DevOps Engineer

Location: St. Petersburg, Florida

Description: The Tampa Bay Rays are seeking a DevOps Engineer to embed with their Baseball Research & Development department to improve the efficiency and increase the reliability of their products and tools. A primary goal for this position is to reduce the amount of time spent on code and infrastructure maintenance while positively impacting research progress. This person will work in collaboration with current staff and develop best practices for the department. This role will have the expertise to develop a framework to facilitate continuous evaluation of their models to ensure reliability and optimize speed. Their new hire will also have a strong ability to relate to staff and effectively communicate new practices. If you have a passion for improving processes, automation, developing best practices, and being a great teammate, consider the responsibilities below.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Improve the overall efficiency of the R&D group and reliability of production models and code
  • Oversee computational infrastructure, make decisions on the best approach, and configure the infrastructure accordingly
  • Improve database performance by reducing the inefficient ways database resources are used
  • Facilitate the reliability and quality control of the Rays’ various models
  • Develop internal software packages (R, Python) that can be leveraged to make development and deployment more efficient
  • Manage a server that houses various analytical tools
  • Coordinate with Data Engineering to deploy the Rays’ pipeline in their main data import procedures, when possible
  • Develop API’s for their models for live data processing and for exploration of models via interactive apps
  • Assist analysts in the development and maintenance of various apps

Skills & Education:

  • Continuous Integration and Deployment in a data science environment
  • Containerization technologies
  • Automated testing tools
  • Package development
  • Scripting Languages (Python, Powershell, Perl, etc.)
  • Candidates with non-traditional schooling backgrounds, as well as candidates with traditional degrees in related areas, are encouraged to apply

To Apply:
To apply, please complete this application.

The Rays are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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