Ecosystem Economist

Job post summary
Location United States
Team Business Operations

About the role

We think you’ll do this by; 

  • applying econometric or statistical knowledge to improve our understanding of our partner ecosystem and how it could best serve the needs of our merchants. 
  • analyze historical data to identify trends and support decision making
  • create a set of economic models of merchant/partner behavior that accounts for the realities of our ecosystem, and use that model to inform the way we design our marketplaces, individual products we build, and the programs and policies that we put in place to help our partners serve our merchants. 
  • proactively identify anomalies in Shopify’s ecosystem, whether anecdotal or identified automatically, deep dive to explain why they happen, and identify fixes.
  • partner with product and data science in order to apply optimization algorithms, and behavioral models
  • work very closely with quantitative researchers, data scientists, design researchers and designers to draw on diverse data sets and tools to improve our ecosystem and marketplaces. 
  • provide critical insights to decisions around pricing, bundling, promotion, discounting, multiple marketplace interactions, and competition. 

And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also;

  • look outside of Shopify to identify economic phenomena and structures and use them to help inform our ecosystem strategy and products. 
  • engage with the academic community and policy makers in order to develop a POV for the company that best serves the needs of merchants in the e-commerce space globally.  


Here's what we'd like to see from you;

  •  An advanced degree in economics/statistics/or related field
  • 2-3 experience in industry working on complex open ended problems and developing practical solutions for product teams/business. 
  • Experience working with open-ended problems whose solutions require both good theory and rigorous confirmation in the data.
  • Experience in econometric modeling and statistical analyses, using standard statistical software such as Stata and R.
  • At least 2 years of experience with data querying languages (e.g. SQL) scripting languages (e.g. Python), or statistical modeling/mathematical software (e.g. R, Stata, Matlab)
  • Experience processing, filtering, and presenting large quantities (Millions to Billions of rows) of data 
  • Effective written/verbal communication skills and giving presentations


OK, are you excited to apply?  Awesome.  We know that applying to a new role takes a lot of work and we truly value your time.  If you want to address a message to the hiring team, please address it to Paul.  And we want you to answer this question:

In 200 words or less, tell us why this role gets you excited?  What would you be excited to work on if you had our data set and the power of Shopify at your back?

Finally, at Shopify, we are committed to building and fostering an environment where our employees feel included, valued, and heard. Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion enables us to truly make commerce better for everyone. We strongly encourage applications from racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities.

This application will close at 12.01am on Saturday, May 22


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