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Company Description

At Octo, the difference is clear. It's in our DNA. We're a want-it-more, obsessed-with-client-success consulting firm. We're hungry for results and stop at nothing to deliver on every engagement. We founded Octo Consulting Group in 2006 as a fresh alternative to the traditional consulting choices. We all have backgrounds from big firms and big schools. Today, we're all at Octo because we believe in creating the biggest impact. We deliver the results IT leaders in Government and Business need to improve performance and accomplish their missions. Through our approach to client engagements, Octo offers world-class analysis, relevant insights, and intelligent solutions that consistently produce practical, measurable outcomes. In the end, isn't that what matters most?

Job Description

Our team is what makes Octo great. At Octo you'll work with some of the smartest and most accomplished people you'll find in your career. Octo offers fantastic benefits, and it’s an amazing workplace culture where you will feel valued while you perform mission critical work for our government. Voted one of the region’s best places to work multiple times, Octo is an employer of choice!

Octo Consulting Group, Inc. (Octo) is supporting an Intelligence Agency program’s development of a shared services platform to support Agile-enablement, migration to the cloud, and the streaming and enhancement of national security data. This program is a pioneer at this Agency and a model for modernization of legacy systems.

Octo is seeking a Data Scientist/Data Analytics SME to join our growing team. In this role, the successful candidate will be responsible for integrating analytic techniques to evaluate, enhance, and visualize national security data. The successful candidate will have existing experience integrating disparate data sources and building customer-oriented visualizations to support mission decision-making and operational planning.

Responsibilities Include: 

  • Selecting features, building and optimizing classifiers using machine learning techniques
  • Data mining using state-of-the-art methods
  • Extending national security data with additional data and metadata sources
  • Enhancing data collection procedures to include information that is relevant for building analytic systems
  • Processing, cleansing, and verifying the integrity of data used for analysis
  • Doing ad-hoc analysis and presenting results in a clear manner
  • Creating automated anomaly detection systems and constant tracking of its performance

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Operational Research (ORSA), or other Technical Disciplines and 3+ years of experience on data science, ORSA, or big data efforts
  • Excellent understanding of machine learning techniques and algorithms, such as k-NN, Naive Bayes, SVM, Decision Forests, etc.
  • Experience with common data science toolkits, such as R, Weka, NumPy, MatLab, etc. (Excellence in at least one of these is highly desirable)
  • Great communication skills
  • Good applied statistics skills, such as distributions, statistical testing, regression, etc.
  • Good scripting and programming skills
  • Comfortable working using Agile development methodologies and have experience using the Atlassian tool suite (JIRA, Confluence and BitBucket) for documenting work.
  • Familiar with TDF tagging
  • Experience operating in a C2S environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with data visualization tools, such as D3.js, GGplot, etc.
  • Proficiency in using query languages such as SQL, Hive, Pig
  • Experience with NoSQL databases, such as MongoDB, Cassandra, HBase

Clearance: Must have TS/SCI w Active CI Poly

Location: Chantilly, VA

Octo is a growth-oriented firm that provides a unique, differentiated employee culture relative to our Federal market peers.  We leverage this growth-oriented and employee-focused culture to attract and retain a higher grade of talent than our peers to be an employer of choice. 


  • Please no Corp-to-Corp or 1099 candidates; this position is W-2 only
  • Per contract clearance requirements, US citizenship is mandatory
  • Relocation will not be offered
  • Octo Consulting Group is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, protected veteran status, race, color, religious creed, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, or genetic information. Octo Consulting Group’s commitment to diversity and inclusive selection practices includes ensuring qualified long-term unemployed job seekers receive equal consideration for employment
  • Selected applicant will be subject to a background investigation
Estimated annual salary


  • Analyze and interpret statistical data to identify significant differences in relationships among sources of information.
  • Identify relationships and trends in data, as well as any factors that could affect the results of research.
  • Determine whether statistical methods are appropriate, based on user needs or research questions of interest.
  • Prepare data for processing by organizing information, checking for inaccuracies, and adjusting and weighting the raw data.


  • Reading ComprehensionUnderstanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active ListeningGiving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • WritingCommunicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • SpeakingTalking to others to convey information effectively.


  • Computers and ElectronicsKnowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • MathematicsKnowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English LanguageKnowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Octo Consulting Group


Company - Private


201 to 500 employees


$50M to $100M


Reston, VA






Mehul Sanghani

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