Director of Data Science, Citi Ventures Studio

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Job Description

Citi Ventures’ mission is to drive customer-focused innovation that delivers new growth and value for Citi. Citi Ventures is headquartered in California with additional presence in New York, Tel Aviv, and Singapore. We invest in innovative startups, and we work with our colleagues, clients, and the innovation ecosystem to pilot new technologies and test solutions and business models with the potential to transform the future of financial services.

The Studio team at Citi Ventures develops digital products and services that foster economic vitality for people and communities. The team includes designers, user experience researchers, product managers, software engineers, data scientists, and strategists working in a fast-paced, collaborative, startup environment with the backing of a major financial institution.

Job Description

Citi Ventures Studio is looking for a senior leader to serve as the Director of Data Science. In this role you will set the data strategy for a portfolio of digital products and services ranging from web apps to blockchain-enabled open finance solutions. You will also lead the data initiatives of a new multidisciplinary team promoting the use of technology in reducing bias and delivering more equitable outcomes to communities of color, a key part of Citi’s Action for Racial Equity initiative.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for leading and growing an innovative data science team with a mandate to use data in support of inclusive and equitable economic development. They will also have a strong technical background with the ability to collaborate with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and specialists. This is a senior leadership role at Citi and candidates must have command of technical and business subject matter to influence and manage senior stakeholders at Citi. This role is based in New York and will report to the Head of Digital, Citi Ventures Studio.

Position Summary

As Director of Data Science you will:

  • Oversee data strategy for all existing and new Citi Ventures Studio digital products
  • Build, lead, and inspire a world-class team of data scientists and data engineers
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with product, engineering, design, user research, and partnerships
  • Establish best practices and pioneer new data solutions in support of diversity and inclusion at Citi and across financial services
  • Cultivate and engage with a community of data scientists, technologies, and AI/ML practitioners across Citi to advance the whole organization on the ethical use of data
  • Use data to develop competitive insights to promote inclusive, equitable, and sustainable economic growth
  • Collaborate with external partners across academia, multinational organizations, and financial institutions to develop innovative blockchain technologies

Learn more about our work:

  • Ventures Studio mission and team:
  • Our products: Worthi
  • Our products: City Builder
  • Racial Equity Action at Citi:


  • Master’s or PhD degree in a quantitative discipline: statistics, operations research, computer science, informatics, engineering, applied mathematics, economics, etc. (or a degree in public policy, sociology, or psychology with a focus on analytics) or equivalent experience
  • You have 10+ years of experience leading Data Science teams
  • You have 15+ years of experience in tech and/or finance in a Data Science-related field
  • You have a wide range of experience with statistical tools, machine learning, and big data analysis
  • You have deep and practical experience using AI & Machine Learning techniques and designing fair and inclusive algorithms
  • You have experience working across organizations to further societal goals (i.e. in support of public policy initiatives, AI ethics, or D&I goals)
  • You have excellent written and verbal skills
  • You have an entrepreneurial mindset
  • You are highly motivated and a standout teammate

Company Info.


Citigroup Inc. or Citi is an American multinational investment bank and financial services corporation headquartered in New York City. The company was formed by the merger of banking giant Citicorp and financial conglomerate Travelers Group in 1998; Travelers was subsequently spun off from the company in 2002.

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