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Nelnet Sr. Data Scientist in Jefferson City, Missouri

Nelnet is a student loan servicer that's grown into a fiber internet pioneer, real estate investor, and software provider. But that's just the beginning. With 6,500 associates and growing, we take our business wherever superior customer experiences and ingenuity are needed.

The perks of working at Nelnet go beyond our benefits package. When you join the Nelnet team, you're part of a community invested in the success of each individual. That support comes through in our work, as we are united by our mission of creating opportunities for people where they live, learn, and work.

Nelnet is looking for a talented Sr. Data Scientist to help drive our businesses forward. The Data Science team represents a niche division of our Analytics department tasked with solving our most complex quantitative, statistical, and data-oriented problems. This role will use a powerful blend of business acumen, analytics, mathematics, programming, and modeling to provide strategic recommendations, insights, and products across a diverse set of business areas and industries.

Functional projects typically include deep-dive operational and financial analyses, data wrangling and processing, programmatic automation, dashboarding/visualization initiatives, and predictive modeling. Our data scientist roles operate with wide-latitude and are often asked to tackle complicated questions that require creative solutions; candidates should be highly inquisitive, self-motivated, strong communicators, and have the ability to map out solutions with a starting point and end goal, but few steps identified in-between.

By supporting teams that span the entire organization, we operate in a fun, fast-paced, and engaging environment that brings new and unique challenges every day.


  1. Conduct advanced analyses and statistical deep-dives, with a focus on producing actionable recommendations and strategic guidance for decision makers.

  2. Develop and deploy custom models and algorithms using Python data and machine learning libraries.

  3. Mine, clean, process, transform and join data from a variety of sources including SQL servers, AWS environments, Azure, SnowFlake, SalesForce, internal systems, and flat files.

  4. Identify, wrangle, scrape, and assemble new data sources from the web, data aggregators, and public sources.

  5. Build rich, interactive dashboards and visualizations from the ground up using PowerBI.

  6. Compile and present key findings and reports to all levels of the organization, including senior leadership.

  7. Continuously seek out opportunities to add value through process automation and programmatic solutions to manual tasks.

  8. Be a subject matter expert within the data science field. Continuously learn, grow, and explore new emerging technologies.

  9. Be a mentor, role-model, and resource for junior analysts and team members.

  10. Be an exceptional problem solver, idea machine, and source of creative solutions.

Colorado candidates: $85,000-$130,000


Bachelor’s or Master’s degree required in a Quantitative or Programming discipline. Quantitative disciplines are those that require a heavy amount of mathematics, statistics or analysis, including (but not limited to) fields such as Math, Physics, Finance or Economics.


2+ years of prior data science work experience required. 4+ years of hands-on experience in data analysis and programming.


  1. Exceptional ability to analyze and synthesize data.

  2. Mastery in SQL and Python. Heavy experience working with database and ETL tools.

  3. Experience designing, building, deploying, and validating machine-learning predictive models within a business framework.

  4. Experience structuring data for rapid insights, analysis, reporting, and dashboards

  5. Competency navigating and working within the AWS cloud suite.

  6. Competency using BI and data visualization tools (Microsoft PowerBI preferred).

  7. Deep understanding of statistical concepts and methods.

  8. Competency in the MS Office Suite.

  9. Highly accountable and inquisitive, able to manage multiple tasks in a fast paced dynamic environment. Self-motivated.

  10. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills for coordinating across teams. Polished presentation skills.

Our benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, HSA and FSA, generous earned time off, 401K/student loan repayment, life insurance & AD&D insurance, employee assistance program, employee stock purchase program, tuition reimbursement, performance-based incentive pay, short- and long-term disability, and a robust wellness program. Click here to learn more about our benefits: LINK (http://nelnetinc.com/careers/benefits/) .

Nelnet is an Equal Opportunity Employer, complies with Executive Order 11246, and takes affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, national origin, gender, or sex, marital status, age, disability, use of a guide dog or service animal, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance. Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Nelnet Corporate Recruiting.

Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Corporate Recruiting at 402-486-5725 or corporaterecruiting@nelnet.net .

Nelnet is a Drug Free and Tobacco Free Workplace.

Nelnet is a leading student loan servicer – but we’re even more than that. We’re a professional services company, telecommunications innovator, and K-12 and higher education expert (and that’s just the shortlist). For over 40 years, we’ve been serving our customers and making their dreams possible.

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