Urban Science Software Analytics Specialist in Detroit, Michigan

Urban Science is a business-solutions company focused on supporting the needs of the sales and marketing function of the automotive industry. We leverage a scientific methodology to help our client partners sell more vehicles, improve profitability and increase customer loyalty. And we do that by helping solve their toughest challenges including planning an optimal dealership network, improving individual dealer performance, and efficiently converting sales leads into sales. In short, we guide business through science—and we’ve been doing this since 1977.


The Software Analytics Specialist will leverage great analytics and software development knowledge to develop analytical solutions to unique and challenging business problems. This role is responsible for software design, implementation, and testing as it pertains to the needs of the Urban Science Architecture and Analytics teams. This includes working on a variety of projects as needed.

  • Provide Architectural support for the Urban Science Analytics team including:

  • Assist in the design, development and support of the analytical data sandbox.

  • Assist Architecture and Analytics teams with the building of prototype systems that create and embed new analytical models such as regression models into live systems.

  • Lead development of new data visualizations to display information effectively. This includes visualizations for ad-hoc analysis, presentations, and software solutions.

  • Work with the Analytics team to automate processes for generated reports.

  • Provide assistance with general analytics troubleshooting and support.

  • Research and implementation of machine learning and other intelligent systems techniques to facilitate repeatable and expedited data analysis.

  • Evaluation and exploratory data mining of industry wide data collections.

  • Consult with clients and internal teams on data related issues and provide potential solutions or insights.

  • Lead prototyping development of pilot analytical software solutions.

  • Assist in innovation of our software and visualization capabilities through:

  • Research and development of alternative user interfaces and controls such as mobile software.

  • Development and refinement of data visualization approaches within our software solutions.

  • Lead presentations on advanced analytics topics to increase knowledge throughout the company.

  • Attend project meetings and participate in presenting project status updates and research findings to Architecture, Analytics, Database Administration, and Application Development teams to clearly communicate project status, conclusions and results.

  • Works with manager in completing own annual goal setting and performance review in a timely manner.

  • Works with manager to prioritize other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Self-starter, detail and process oriented individual, with a strong desire to learn architecture skillsets including a large amount of new technology and use it in applications.

  • Requires ability to develop business awareness and understanding of the business requirements of IT.

  • Verbal Communication: Requires the ability to compose and verbally deliver information of varying levels, using appropriate grammar, tone, inflection and non-verbal cues, while also listening to and correctly deciphering verbal communication delivered by others.

  • Written Communication: Requires the ability and capacity to communicate ideas, facts and data in writing using appropriate grammar, syntax and sentence structure.

  • Analytical Thinking: Requires the ability to understand a situation by breaking it apart into smaller pieces, and/or tracing the implications of a situation in a step-by-step causal way.

  • Results Oriented: Requires the ability to strive for optimal results by taking responsibility for timeliness, commitment to task and adherence to performance standards.

  • Ethics & Integrity: Requires ability to behave in a trustworthy & transparent manner.

  • Teamwork & Cooperation: Requires the ability to work cooperatively with others and be part of a team.

  • Self-Control: Requires the ability to keep emotions under control and to restrain from negative actions or behaviors.

  • Information Seeking: Requires the drive to gain a deeper understanding of work related issues or events by making a concerted effort to gather information and seek out development opportunities.

  • Initiative: Requires the drive to go above and beyond in order to improve or enhance job results.

  • Quality Control: Requires the ability to monitor and check work related information and deliverables ensuring high quality and accuracy.

  • Customer Service: Requires the ability to understand and help/assist both internal and external customers and meet their needs.

  • Flexibility/Adaptability: Requires the ability to adapt to and work effectively within a variety of situations, individuals or groups, as well as understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives.

  • Conceptual Thinking: Requires the ability to understand a situation or problem by putting the different pieces together to see the bigger picture.

  • Interpersonal Understanding: Requires the ability to understand other’s feelings and concerns, and to value individual differences in people.

  • Self-Confidence: Requires the ability to express confidence in dealing with challenging circumstances, in reaching decisions or forming opinions and in handling failures or set-backs constructively.

  • Organizational Commitment: Requires the ability and willingness to align his/her own behavior with the needs, priorities and goals of the organization.

  • Relationship Building: Requires the ability to create and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues and/or customers.

  • Assertiveness: Requires the ability and intent to appropriately display assertive behaviors to ensure others follow and comply with given directions.

  • MS Office: Requires demonstrated knowledge of MS Excel for charting and graphing of data, writing formulas and utilizing functions, and filtering, sorting and formatting of data; requires intermediate knowledge of MS Word and PowerPoint.

  • Time Management: Demonstrated ability to prioritize competing demands and manage multiple concurrent tasks is required.

  • Project Management: Knowledge and understanding of project management principles and fundamentals is strongly preferred, including the ability to estimate work efforts.

  • Technical: Requires advanced knowledge of:

  • Analytical modeling including regression models, classification models, and unsupervised data exploration techniques.

  • Software engineering, development, and testing methodologies such as: object-oriented design, dependency injection, unit testing, tiered software design, and service-based architecture.

  • SQL Server and relational database concepts, which require gathering and manipulating data manually.

  • Non-relational database concepts including design and usage

  • Data definition languages, data manipulation languages and the principles of database design.

  • Exposure and experience with a wide variety of programming languages such as: C#, HTML, XML/JSON, .NET Architecture, JavaScript, CSS, Mobile Development, R, and Python.

  • Strong willingness to learn new technologies and possibly merge together many different technologies into a single solution.


  • University degree required in an appropriate IT field such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Management Information Systems from an accredited U.S. college or university, equivalent foreign institution, or equivalent experience; Masters or advanced degree preferred

  • Demonstrated experience with software development, testing, and data analytics methodologies.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this position. It is NOT an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified. The job may require additional hours beyond the normal 40-hour workweek.

ID: 2018-4040

External Company Name: Urban Science Applications, Inc.

External Company URL: www.urbanscience.com

Street: 400 Renaissance Center