Senior Portfolio Analyst

Date: Nov 12, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific membership association, with a mission to “advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people”.

ACS Publications is a Division of the ACS and has all the characteristics of a medium-large scientific and technical publishing organization. It is one of two Divisions charged with serving the dual function of generating a reliable annual surplus to support the Society’s programmatic activities, while also fulfilling a core goal of the Society in advancing knowledge in the field of chemistry and the chemical enterprise.  The Division publishes 75+ high-quality peer-reviewed journals covering the breadth of chemistry and allied fields, as well as numerous other high quality products and services of benefit to the global community.


CAS uses intuitive technology, unparalleled scientific content and unmatched human expertise to help companies create groundbreaking innovations that benefit the world. As the scientific information solutions division of the American Chemical Society, CAS manages the largest curated reservoir of scientific knowledge, and for 111 years, has helped innovators mine, assess and apply that information to keep businesses thriving. The CAS team is global, diverse, endlessly curious and strives to make scientific insights accessible to innovators worldwide.

Position Summary

CAS is currently seeking a Data Scientist.  This position will be located in our headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.


Bachelor degree in Science, Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related field. Advanced degree is preferred. A degree in Science is preferred.

3+ years of experience performing statistical models, machine learning, and data analysis (prediction, classification, clustering, time series forecasting, regression models, etc.)

Excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively communicate value and benefits to external customers and internal stakeholders.

Demonstrated ability to translate complicated models into actionable business insights.

Attention to detail, time management, strong multi-tasking and problem solving skills.

Proven ability to learn and expand in a fast-paced environment.

Two or more of the following technical requirements.

Experience using statistical computer languages (R, Python, SQL, etc.) to manipulate data and draw insights from large data sets.

Experience working with and creating data architectures.

Knowledge of machine learning techniques (clustering, decision tree learning, artificial neural networks, etc.) and deep learning toolkits (CNTK, TensorFlow, etc.)

Knowledge of advanced statistical techniques (regression, properties of distributions, statistical tests and proper usage, etc.) and experience with their applications.

Experience visualizing and presenting data for stakeholders using Tableau, Periscope, Business Objects, D3, ggplot, etc.


Work with internal functions including IT, marketing, sales, etc. to establish a content analytics and products & services development process.

Standardize a data analytics end-to-end process including methodology of business rules for content preparation with fast iterations, data integration of internal and external content, data cleansing and wrangling, data extraction/transformation/loading (ETL), data discovery of trends/patterns/relationships, data interpretation, hypothesis formulation and testing, and trends/relationship prediction.

Understand customer’s business problems and illustrate business insights to promote CAS brand and thought leadership in the market and develop products & services offering by extracting meaningful business insights and recommending critical business solutions to guide customers in making data driven business decisions.

Work with internal and external customers solving their business problems and deliver high quality products and services.

CAS offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including a generous vacation plan, medical, dental, vision insurance plans, and employee savings and retirement plans.  Candidates for this position must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by our company for this position now or in the future.  EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran

The Senior Portfolio Analyst is responsible for the reporting and analysis of editorial data to ensure the success of the overall journal program in a data-driven environment. S/he will work closely with other Journal Publications Group staff to identify innovative data-driven solutions to the evolving portfolio’s needs, while monitoring portfolio performance on an ongoing basis. Responsibilities include data collection, analysis, and reporting to internal stakeholders on existing product performance, conducting market research and development of new journal and closely related product opportunities, and leading development efforts around data reliability and scalability. The incumbent should be able to obtain, organize, and synthesize data from different types of sources and at significantly varying scales for subsequent analysis. S/he will be passionate about data and applying analytical methods to answer critical business questions and make recommendations based on the data at hand. The incumbent reports to the Senior Manager, Editorial Business Intelligence & Analytics.


Position Accountabilities

  1. Ongoing portfolio analysis and performance
    • Independently collect, clean, organize, and report on in-depth data and trends, collaborating closely with other analytics teams in the organization as needed. Synthesize and visualize analytic findings for consumption by stakeholders and customers in the form of dashboards, reports, white papers and/or presentations.
    • Apply statistical tests and analysis to evaluate data sets and metrics for decision-making suitability and properly frame the results to key stakeholders.
    • Identify and implement opportunities to streamline and/or extend the capabilities of the EBI&A team to collect or analyze data with scalability, accuracy and data governance in mind.
    • Coordinate and distribute detailed monthly and annual reports related to portfolio and market performance.
  2. Special projects in support of portfolio and product development
    • Represent the EBI&A team on cross-functional project teams to ensure accurate data sourcing and support scalable reporting features. Lead and own data-driven projects as required.
    • Identify innovative data-driven solutions for addressing portfolio development needs.
    • Participate in new product launch teams as required.



  • Required Skills:
    • Strong commitment to quality
    • Demonstrated advanced proficiency with common data analytics tools and platforms
    • Demonstrated analytical, problem solving, organization, and prioritizing skills
    • Strong sense of curiosity, desire to learn and understand, and ability to draw connections between pieces of information.
    • Knowledge of and ability to apply basic statistical analyses
    • Proficiency with data visualization to present complex data in the simplest, accurate manner possible
    • Self-awareness to understand knowledge gaps, acknowledge and learn from mistakes, and ability to ask questions
    • Ability to interpret data, analyze trends, and provide insights to stakeholders at all levels
    • Ability to communicate with colleagues in the most effective manner in written and spoken interactions; ability to flex communication style depending on the situation
  • Desirable Technical Skills:
    • A working knowledge of SQL
    • Working knowledge of advanced statistical analyses
    • Experience working with common scientific literature databases (e.g., SciFinder, Web of Science, Scopus, Dimensions, etc.)
    • Knowledge of the scholarly publishing landscape and peer-review process
  • Educational Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of related experience in an academic or business setting; advanced degree in Mathematics or Science are preferred


Position location: ACS Headquarters in Washington, DC. Consideration may be given to remote candidates as well as those who would work out of other ACS offices – such as Columbus, OH, or in Oxford, UK.

Relocation assistance available.

10% travel

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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