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Director, Data Application and Analytics

Mountain View, CA | Engineering

Job Description

About Us:

IMVU, Inc. (http://www.imvu.com) is an online social game where members use 3D avatars to meet new people, chat, create and play games with their friends. IMVU has reached 100 million registered users, 10+ million unique visitors per month and a $50+ million annualized revenue run rate. IMVU has the world's largest virtual goods catalog of more than six million items, almost all of which are created by its own members.  IMVU is available in multiple languages on both Windows PC and Mac platforms, and for mobile users via its IMVU 2Go iPhone application, available in the Apple App Store.

IMVU has been recognized frequently, including Best Place to Work for the past 3 years, Inc. 500/5000, 8th fastest growing private tech company in Silicon Valley over the past 3 years, and 87th fastest growing tech company in North America over the past 4 years. 

Founded in 2004, IMVU is backed by venture investors Menlo Ventures, Allegis Capital, Bridgescale Partners and Best Buy Capital and is located in Mountain View, CA.  IMVU has been profitable since 2009.


About the Role:

The Director of Analytics is responsible for the overall use of data across the company. With a proven track record of leveraging data to drive business decisions and business value, this director drives improvements to, and use of, the Big Data Warehouse for the company. This includes development of data marts, executive dashboards, customer analytics, business analytics, experiment systems and more.

The director works closely with officers and feature teams from a strategic perspective to identify and maximize opportunities to improve business processes by utilizing data. He or she will promote the strategic use of information and enable the workforce to use data as a competitive tool. He or she will provide corporate leadership, vision, and direction for data warehousing and analytic systems, in support of business objectives and requirements.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Mentor product owners, data analysts and data scientists while driving business analysis, customer segmentation, predictive modeling frameworks and business forecasting
  • Work with the executive team to continuously improve a culture of data driven decision making
  • Lead the design and expansion of a scalable, high performance data warehouse and analytical platform used for complex reporting and analytics
  • Design and build executive dashboards and feature dashboards for decision support and performance measurements
  • Oversee the development of research and data analytics that drive business insights and business growth through data driven action

  • Lead the creation of classifiers, large scale recommenders, cluster analysis, graph algorithms, time series analysis and trending, text analytics for applications in anti-fraud, customer experiments, marketing optimization, online gaming, marketing efforts, financial modeling, feature development, customer service, operations and social networking


  • Express ideas clearly and constructively (written and spoken, upward and downward, one-on-one and with groups)
  • Leverage business acumen along with data insight to influence actions that enhance the business
  • Demonstrate strong initiative. Uncover opportunities to improve performance, time, work, and relationships effectively and efficiently

Minimum Education and Skills Required for Consideration:  

  • Bachelor’s  Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) or similar experience
  • A proven track record of creating business value from data at multiple companies
  • 15+ years in corporate data warehousing and analytical systems, technologies and methodologies
  • 10+ years strong working experience with OLAP systems
  • Experience in a Linux environment
  • Experience using and training others in experiment design and experiment analysis


  • Analytics; Personalization; Experimentation (A/B Testing); Operations Research; Analytics Tools; Product Management; Data Strategy; Data as an Asset
  • Passionate about driving value for customers through data and analytics

  • Seeks to understand customer needs and works to exceed customer expectations (internal and external)

Required Experience:

  • Experience working with large data structures and data sets to extract business value
  • Experience leveraging both structured and unstructured data
  • Experience leveraging business intelligence systems to drive the business
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing data warehouse specifications
  • Strong problem solving ability and analytical skills
  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven success building and leading a team of data analysts and data scientists
  • Experienced driving change across an organization and a business
  • Experience with Hive, Hadoop, Pig, R, Cloudera, ETL a plus
  • Experience using statistical computing tools for data visualization, sampling, analysis, model selection, estimator bias, calculated variance, and significance testing
  • Experience delivering highly compelling business presentations and internal training sessions

How to apply:

  • Please join IMVU & play around before you apply. We’d like you to understand our products and work environment.
  • Please include a cover letter. Make sure to discuss why you are interested in learning more about IMVU. Job applications without cover letters will not be considered.


Equal Opportunity Employer:
IMVU is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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