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Principal Data Scientist

Date: Jan 31, 2019

Location: Southlake, TX, US, 76092-2103

Company: Sabre

Req ID: 44140

Job Family: Information Technology/Software Development


Sabre is the global leader in innovative technology that leads the travel industry. We are always looking for bright and driven people who have a penchant for technology and want to hone their skills. If you are interested in challenging work, being part of a global team, and solving complex problems through technology, business intelligence and analytics, and Agile practices - then Sabre is right for you! It is our people who develop and deliver powerful solutions that meet the current and future needs for our airline, hotel, and travel agency customers.

Job Description


The travel industry is one of the top 10 transaction processors among banks and social networks. A typical traveler generates at least twice as much data as a savvy internet user.

With travel industry being highly complex and data-driven, this role identifies and solves interesting puzzles which leads to innovative products or directly benefits the financials of the company.


Under minimal or no direction this role is responsible for innovation in the travel space. The successful candidate will be able to identify and prioritize potential ideas, communicate them effectively, gather input from industry experts, and look at the ideas from the point of view of different types of travel industry players (i.e. travel suppliers, travel agents, travel management companies, corporations and travelers alike). This role is also responsible for helping immediate team or internal customers in various business decisions for products and services by using the available data.




The candidate will possess the following characteristics:

  • A strong passion to identify and solve real business problems using data
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal or no direction
  • Collaborate efficiently with other technical or non-technical teams
  • Entrepreneurial mindset to identify and promote innovative travel products, and solve the internal puzzles and prototype the end product
  • Ability to move seamlessly between business problems and coding
  • Good presentation skills to explain complicated analytical solutions to a non-technical group of people, internal or external
  • Creativity in using available tools and out-of-the-box thinking to provide the best solution to problems
  • Ability to rapidly prototype and evaluate innovative travel products and applications
  • Persistence and willingness to learn and apply new techniques/new tools constantly
  • Experience working with very large datasets which happen to be residing in different data stores in different formats



  • Understand business problems and design and build ML/AI and Advanced Analytics models to solve them.
  • Design and build working data pipelines to move data between different source systems to be self-sufficient in Data engineering
  • Own the prototype solution end-to-end
  • Collaborate with other teams efficiently and seamlessly
  • Potentially lead and mentor an intern or another junior member in the team

Job Requirements


Key technical qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of experience with one or more of the following: Python, R, SAS, Spark.
  • Strong hands-on experience with open source Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence libraries such as Spark MLlib,, TensorFlow, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in scaling and deploying Machine Learning models into production
  • Strong programming skills in one of the following: Python, Scala or Java.
  • Experience with data visualization tools such as Tableau, Business Intelligence, Reporting and other advanced analytics tools and how they access data on different data stores
  • Experience in Hadoop-related technologies, MapReduce, Spark, Kafka, Hive, Impala, etc.
  • Good knowledge on Data Warehouses, RDBMS and MPP database skills, including query optimization, and performance tuning
  • Working knowledge in large-scale/distributed SQL, Hadoop, NoSQL, HBase, Columnar databases


Other qualifications:

  • Strong ability to drive a project from the beginning to the end
  • Strong process and technical documentation skills
  • Strong communications skills with different levels in the organization as well as a business acumen to understand various types of business problems
  • Experience working with teams who have highly analytical skills
  • Strong desire to learn new technologies and try implementing them
  • Prior leadership and/or mentorship experience will be valuable



Graduate (advanced) degree in a highly-technical field, such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Mathematics. PhDs in these fields are strongly recommended to apply.



Reasonable Accommodation

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Affirmative Action

Sabre is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals. EEO IS THE LAW


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