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Data Scientist

SmartNews Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
  • 💴 No salary range given
  • 🏡 Fully remote
  • 🧪 Minimum years of experience unspecified
  • 💬 Fluent Japanese
  • 🌏 Apply from abroad
  • 🧳 Relocate to Japan

About SmartNews

SmartNews Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

SmartNews is a news app with 20 million monthly active users in the U.S. and Japan. We are a machine-learning company deeply committed to helping users find quality news beyond the filter bubble.

Key benefits

  • Not too big, not too small
  • Highly collaborative environment
  • International team

About the position

At SmartNews, decision making based on scientific analysis accelerates product and business growth. Data science plays an important role in improving user satisfaction and giving value to business stakeholders like publishers, and advertisers.

We are seeking a data scientist who has a proactive mind in ambiguous environment and the skill to deliver impactful actionable insight to product and business.


  • Analyze data for one or more of the following areas:
    • ad product development
    • ad sales
    • marketing
    • mobile app UI/UX
    • news/video content
    • other product analyses
  • Proactively ideate analysis projects and prioritize them
  • Report data insights and predictions via visualizations and dashboards as well as written and verbal communication
  • Work closely with product managers, engineers, etc. to ensure that data insights are actually translated into concrete product improvements or actions
  • Help determine the overall data strategy (potentially with help from data engineers and product managers)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Technical university degree or equivalent knowledge
  • 3 years of analytical work experience
  • Experience with SQL and either R or Python
  • Advanced knowledge of applied statistics (hypothesis testing, building predictive models, causal inference, etc.)
  • Analytical work experience related to apps, web service, or digital ads
  • Strong communication, logical thinking, and enthusiasm for new challenges
  • Business-level English

Preferred Qualifications

  • Business-level Japanese
  • Experience managing/mentoring other data scientists
  • Understanding of machine learning
  • Basic understanding of data engineering tasks (e.g. data warehousing, model deployment, using data workflow tools like Azkaban or Airflow)
  • Experience with big data (Hive, Spark, Presto, etc.) and SQL performance tuning
  • Experience with Linux command line

Hiring Process

  1. 1

    Application review

    When you submit your application to SmartNews, it will be reviewed by our recruitment team, to make sure it is relevant to the position.

  2. 2

    Online coding test

    When you pass this initial screening, you’ll then be sent out an online coding test. The results of this test and your resume will then be reviewed in more detail by one of our engineers.

  3. 3


    After you pass this secondary screening, you’ll be invited in for a round of interviews, covering both behavioral and technical topics.

  4. 4


    Once you’ve passed these interviews, we’ll make you an offer.

Meet SmartNews's Developers

When Robert joined SmartNews as a software engineer, most of his colleagues were Japanese. Since then, it’s grown into an international organization where English is predominantly used.

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YuCheng is a senior software engineer at SmartNews. He explains the freedom he enjoys at SmartNews: not only from a technical perspective, but also the influence he can have over the direction of the product.

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Cortland recently joined SmartNews as an engineering manager, where he leads a six person team. He talks about what drew him to the company, his role as a manager, and how they use matrix management to maximize their engineers’ success.

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