Lotte Giants (KBO) Analyst, Research & Development
Location: Busan, South Korea
The Lotte Giants, an inaugural member of the KBO (Korean Baseball Organization) League, are looking for an Analyst to work out of the front office at Sajik Stadium in Busan, South Korea. The KBO was founded in 1982 and is the top level of professional baseball in South Korea. Consisting of ten teams, the league is split into two divisions and each team plays a total of 144 games. The Lotte Giants are located in Busan, the country’s second-biggest city, on the southeastern coast of the Korean peninsula.
The Research & Development team is involved in every aspect of the organization, including but not limited to Major League Operations, Player Personnel, Scouting, Advance Scouting, Player Development, and Sports Science. The department is responsible for the oversight and implementation of all data and technology-related processes within the organization. The current department was the first of its kind in the KBO and has set the standard for quantitative analysis in foreign professional baseball leagues. The incoming Analyst will have an opportunity to have an enormous impact on the day-to-day operations of the organization while also continuing to assist in the scaling of the R&D department. The incoming Analyst’s responsibilities consist of the following, but are not limited to:
- Utilize the current player evaluation infrastructure to assist the GM with player personnel decision-making
- Enhance the current player evaluation system
- Propose new project ideas and take the initiative to help improve on the current processes in place
- Lead the R&D departments advance scouting efforts
- Utilize the predictive modeling infrastructure to help players optimize their skillsets
- Maintain and improve the departments back-end data science architecture
- Be the go between the R&D department and first team manager
- Provide feedback to the coaching staff to improve in-game strategy
The ideal candidate primarily uses either R or Python, and SQL, and has some background and knowledge about baseball-specific sabermetrics processes. The department will place a strong priority on candidates with experience creating models and translating raw data into practical, usable information. Some understanding of biomechanics and sports science would be a plus, as would prior experience with roster construction and advance scouting. Critical thinking skills will be highly valued for this position, as the Analyst will serve as an important member of a decision-making group.
There are no specific educational background requirements for this position, though experience in data science, computer science, and/or a related computational field will be considered – whether academic or professional. The ability to speak Korean is not necessary for this role, although the ability to do so is a plus.
If interested in this position, please email your resume, desired salary and any pertinent work samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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