Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Data Science Technical Lead

Location US-PA-Philadelphia
Job ID
Casino Property
Penn Interactive Ventures - Philadelphia
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Information Technology & Engineering


Penn Interactive (PI) is a real-money interactive gaming company headquartered in Philadelphia with offices in Cherry Hill, NJ and Las Vegas, NV. As the digital arm to Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ: PENN), the largest regional casino operator in the U.S., we are poised for fast-paced growth in the sports betting and online casino space. 


We are looking for a Lead Data Scientist to head up our Data Science team.  The Data Science team here at Penn is responsible for building models and APIs to help improve the Barstool Sportsbook and iCasino products.  We are looking for someone who is interested in leading the development of recommendation engines, user classification, and other projects such as text extraction to create a world class data-centric product experience.  We want to build tools and utilities to make the Barstool Sportsbook more fun and engaging for our users while at the same time creating industry leading tooling around responsible gaming to keep our users safe!


What you’ll be working on

  • User classification and identification, we want to better understand our users so they are gambling responsibly
  • Document text extraction algorithms to help improve the user onboarding experience
  • Predictive models to help our infrastructure preemptively scale based on previous load
  • Test performance of our products and features to guide the growth and development of the application
  • Improving our recommendation engine to better direct users to content they might be interested in

Your daily responsibilities include

  • Lead The data science team by providing direction for the data scientists and machine learning engineers
  • Conceive, plan and prioritize data projects with the Director of Data
  • Work closely and collaboratively with Data Engineering, Business Intelligence, and many other teams to provide internal data services 
  • Test performance of our products and features to guide the growth and development of the application
  • Building analytical models and APIs to add data driven features to the application

To be successful in this position it will require the following skill set

  • University degree in Data Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Computer Science, or similar field
  • Experienced technical lead for the data science team, with experience mentoring more junior engineers
  • Experience in software engineering or operations, especially in a full-stack development environment
  • 4+ years professional experience as a Data Scientist
  • Proficiency in Python 
  • Advanced knowledge in Tensorflow/MLFlow, experience with Airflow or Dagsteer is a plus
  • Experience in deploying data products in an enterprise environment
  • Curiosity and ability to convert complex problems into concrete requirements and build innovative solutions
  • Ability to communicate clearly, efficiently, and empathetically with technical and non-technical stakeholders



Something to leave you with

Penn Interactive is committed to helping our team members live their best, healthy life. We offer unique and competitive benefits that help our employees, through a private exchange which allows our team members the ability to choose from several coverage levels and insurance carriers (both local and national carriers). Along with medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage, there are also voluntary plans available to employees. PI also offers our employees office perks such as free catered lunches, snacks, and beverages in the office.


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