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Data Scientist 1

Data Scientist 1
Shanghai, China
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Job Description

At PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), we believe that every person has the right to participate fully in the global economy. Our mission is to democratize financial services to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or economic standing, has access to affordable, convenient, and secure products and services to take control of their financial lives.

Job Description Summary:

This role offers a unique opportunity to innovate and improve PayPal’s fraud prevention and detection technologies. Make sound decisions that balance risk, user experience and financial performance. Exercise judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results on matters of significance to the business. Develop and automate tracking functionality that monitors volume and solution efficacy. Provide the appropriate framing of business problems, define project plans and work breakdowns, setting timelines and quality metrics for the project, and coordinating activities of cross- functional teams to deliver effective solutions. Continuously seek improvement and innovation opportunities that have immediate and meaningful impact on business. Excel in a dynamic and fast-paced environment; manage changes, set and follow priorities and execute on vision and strategy.

Job Description:


  • Apply advanced statistical techniques and algorithms on complex dataset to build statistical or financial models for prediction and driving actionable business insights for PayPal product or customer level fraud risk management
  • Mine data covering a wide range of information from user profile to transaction details to solve risk problems that involve classification, clustering, pattern analysis, sampling, simulations. Leverage data to conduct business program and initiative analytics, monitoring, and reporting with scalable and flexible platform
  • Conduct a 360 fraud risk framework that covers risk lifecycle metrics and customer experience/engagement metrics for decisioning and drive cross team collaboration. Conduct on-going performance overview to senior leadership team
  • Carry out independent research and innovation in new content, ML and technological domains. Trouble shooting any data, system and flow challenges while maintaining flawless strategy execution


  • Master’s degree with 3+ year professional experience.
  • Data driven mindset with degree in a quantitative discipline such as Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics.
  • Proven experience in employing mathematical, statistical and data mining methods on real world problems
  • Proficient in data mining and familiar with SQL, BigQuery, Python, etc.
  • Must be an intuitive, organized analytical thinker, with the ability to drive analysis end to end
  • Industry experience in payments, e-commerce, or financial services is a plus.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills to influence cross-functional teams.

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Our Benefits:
At PayPal, we’re committed to building an equitable and inclusive global economy. And we can’t do this without our most important asset—you. That’s why we offer benefits to help you thrive in every stage of life. We champion your financial, physical, and mental health by offering valuable benefits and resources to help you care for the whole you.
We have great benefits including a flexible work environment, employee shares options, health and life insurance and more. To learn more about our benefits please visit

Who We Are:
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PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution for more than 20 years. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, the PayPal platform is empowering more than 400 million consumers and merchants in more than 200 markets to join and thrive in the global economy. For more information, visit

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at

As part of PayPal’s commitment to employees’ health and safety, we have established in-office Covid-19 protocols and requirements, based on expert guidance. Depending on location, this might include a Covid-19 vaccination requirement for any employee whose role requires them to work onsite. Employees may request reasonable accommodation based on a medical condition or religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated.

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