Economist – Local Intelligence

Palo Alto, CA, US

Job Description / Skills Required

Requisition ID: R11867
Groupon is building the daily habit in local commerce, offering a vast mobile and online marketplace where people discover and save on amazing things to do, see, eat and buy. Currently Groupon operates in over 150 local markets in North America and in 28 different countries with $6B+ in annual billings. Groupon is redefining how small businesses attract and retain customers by providing them with customizable and scalable marketing tools and services to profitably grow their businesses.

The Local Intelligence team at Groupon is looking for economists and data scientists with at least a PhD and research interests in Industrial Organization, Microeconometrics, Two Sided Markets, or Entrepreneurship. The ideal candidate will have expertise in programming and querying languages, and experience/willingness to learn Hadoop, Hive, and Spark. You will collaborate with a team of brilliant data scientists, economists, engineers and product managers and will apply your expertise in these areas:

Application of economic and econometric principles to improve Groupon’s marketplace

Designing, executing and measuring the results of large scale experiments

Interpreting and communicating insights and findings to product, service, and business managers


PhD degree in Economics or related quantitative field, with an emphasis on data mining, statistics, machine learning or statistical learning.

Experience with pricing; designing, executing and measuring multivariate tests, optimization

Strong R and SQL skills. Experience/willingness to learn big data technologies like Hadoop and Hive.

This is not just a classic Data Science research position! It requires a passion for consumer experience, a desire to go into uncharted territory with bold new ideas, and a willingness to go the last mile on execution!

Groupon provides a global marketplace where people can buy just about anything, anywhere, anytime. We’re enabling real-time commerce across an expanding range of categories including local businesses, travel destinations, consumer products, and live or lively events. At the same time, we are providing advertising options and tools that merchants can use to grow and manage their businesses. Culturally, we believe that great people make great companies and that starting with the customer and working backward moves us forward. Community matters to us on an internal, local and global scale—it’s fundamental to our company’s growth and to the well-being of the world at large. We also value self-awareness, candor, lunch and WiFi. If we match with you, please apply to join us.