Senior Statistical Analyst

Pearson - Iowa City, IA3.8


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Our School Assessment Psychometric Services department has one job opening for an Assistant Statistical Analyst position. Pearson Statistical Analysts provide data analysis support to Psychometricians to deliver large-scale custom assessment programs. Our Statistical Analysts are strong problem solvers who are able to leverage and extend existing analysis procedures to perform analysis tasks, are well-organized, and display the ability to collaborate. We are looking for candidates with strong technical and data analysis skills who are able to handle ambiguity and are looking for a challenge.

General Duties and Responsibilities

+ Takes direction from Ph.D. level research staff

+ Conducts analyses using exploratory techniques such as data mining, data summarization, and statistics.

+ Authors sophisticated analysis software from specifications.

+ Executes software development discipline.

+ Work with a variety of data structures and with files that are complex.

+ Evaluates the suitability of data for specific analysis purposes.

+ Evaluates outcomes from analyses to determine the accuracy, quality, and usability of those outcomes for the purposes for which they were conducted.

+ Prepares, formats, and manages data for use by internal groups.

+ Work directly with subject matter experts and technology staff to fulfill contract deliverables.

+ Meets schedules while working independently, sometimes in high-pressure situations.

+ Travels to fulfill some tasks. Travel is expected to be 5% to 10%, and is typically scheduled in advance.

This position is not considered a specialty occupation, and therefore does not qualify for H1B or Green Card sponsorship.


Although the qualifications below lend themselves to candidates coming from collegiate programs in statistics or computer science our employees collectively have a diverse background in terms of college majors, which we find enhances the ability of our team to solve a variety of problems to meet customer’s needs. What our employees have in common, regardless of collegiate background or training, are: **strong quantitative skills, strong problem solving skills, and strong communication/collaboration skills that can be applied to routinely ambiguous situations that involve large amounts of data.**

Education and Work Experience

+ Statistical Analyst position with 5 year's experience

+ Masters degree in psychometric, or related field, with 1 year of experience

Familiarity with Psychometric Principles and Theory

+ Working knowledge of item parameter estimation in the context of psychometric software

+ Independently carry out the various elements in a technical report

+ Displays expertise and innovation in the evaluation of the reasonableness of analysis outcomes

Familiarity with Data Structures and Office Software

+ Preferred candidates have demonstrated experience with statistical analysis platforms such as SAS or R;

+ OR demonstrated experience with software languages such as C\#, Python or Java

+ Authors sophisticated analysis software from specifications

+ Executes WINSTEP, IRTPRO, or other Psychometric software when given specifications. Know what the criteria are for successful completion of that software.

+ Exhibits extensive experience working with and manipulating large and complex files, such as those containing over 100,000 records

Experience with Software Development Principles

+ Evidence of software development discipline

+ OR evidence of success in coursework that prepares candidates for software development (version control, property identified variable names, etc.)

Communication Skills

+ Possesses strong communication skills, (oral, written, and business)

+ Responsible for specifications

+ Reports to management with nonstandard work situations

+ Provides written description of outcome of analysis suitable for technical reports

+ Demonstrates experience coordinating work across groups

Coordination and Task Management Skills

+ Able to manage multiple activities simultaneously

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

**Primary Location: ** US-IA-Iowa City

**Other Locations** US-TX-San Antonio

**Work Locations: ** US-TX-San Antonio-19500 Bulverde 19500 Bulverde Road San Antonio 78259

**Job: ** Professional Development

**Organization: ** Assessments School

**Employee Status: ** Regular Employee

**Job Type: ** Standard

**Shift: ** Day Job

**Job Posting: ** Aug 22, 2019

**Job Unposting: ** Ongoing

**Schedule: ** Full-time Regular

**Req ID: ** 1910816

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.