Sr. Data Taxonomist (Remote)

Stop Scrolling!! Do you love getting in the weeds with data? Yes? Do you also have strong quantitative research skills and a passion for seeing patterns in data? You do??? Well you get jazzed about extracting those patterns? Yes again??

Then you've just found the Sr. Data Taxonomist role you've been looking for!


At Lightcast we are rapidly growing and fiercely dedicated to serving our clients while still having fun and celebrating our successes. 

Lightcast is a global leader in labor market insights with headquarters in Moscow (ID) and Boston (MA) and offices in the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and India.  We work with partners across six continents to help drive economic prosperity by solving a variety of problems in three key sectors: education, community, and corporate.

A Data Taxonomist at Lightcast is responsible for evaluating and improving the coverage and quality of Lightcast’s taxonomies and models. The taxonomist’s day to day work primarily consists of performing root cause analysis, developing decision-making criteria, ensuring data quality assurance, and executing solutions for data ambiguity. The Taxonomy team ensures that these taxonomies are fit-for-purpose, up-to-date and accurately reflect the complexity of the job market.

What you'll be doing:

•Interpretation and classification of natural language elements (e.g. job titles, job postings, and company names)

•Executing root cause analysis

•Rapid and consistent decision making

•Development of decision-making criteria and processes

•Establishing and adhering to data quality assurance processes

•Performing research regarding taxonomic improvements and use case opportunities

•Communicating complex data realities / problems to teammates, engineers, and stakeholders

•Responding to customer feedback and questions about the dataset

What you’ll need:

•Competent use of data extraction languages such as SQL, Elasticsearch, KQL, SPARQL

•Working ability to perform ETL and apply data mining techniques on large data sets using Python, R, Excel, or a preferred tool.

•Product road mapping and project scoping.

•Attention to detail.

•Excellent research skills.

•High English reading comprehension.

•Communication, teamwork, and decision-making skills.

•Comfortable working in a structured and disciplined manner as part of a technical organization

•2-3 years of experience maintaining and developing proprietary or government taxonomies for a variety of data types.

•Bachelor's degree in Data Analytics, Information Systems, Computer Science, Mathematics, or related technical field, advanced degree or equivalent practical experience.

These skills will be preferred (but not necessary to apply):

•Proficiency with data extraction languages such as SQL, Elasticsearch, KQL, SPARQL

•Working ability to perform advanced analytics, ETL, and data mining techniques on large data sets using Python, R, Excel, or a preferred tool.

•Experience with agile project management and issue tracking softwares such as Jira, Wrike, or Asana.

•Experience with data visualization tools such as Kibana, Looker, and Tableau.

•Theoretical understanding of the methods and purposes of text analysis, natural language processing, and machine learning.

Our Core Values

Live the Mission

Innovate Inside and Out

Give Customers the Unexpected

Hide Nothing; Own Everything

Teamwork makes the Data Work

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.   

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer, a telephone, and keyboard reach. 

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to the computer work.  

Light to moderate lifting is required.    

Regular, predictable attendance is required.  

The work environment characteristics described are what is encountered while performing the essential functions of this job.  

Moderate noise (i.e., business office with computers, phones, printers, light traffic).  

Ability to work in confined areas.  

Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period.  


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disability to perform the essential functions.   

Lightcast is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. Lightcast has always been, and always will be, committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek dynamic professionals from all backgrounds to join our team, and we encourage our employees to bring their authentic, original, and best selves to work.


Job Type
Full Time
77 days ago

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