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Data System Improvement Engineer

Date: Jan 7, 2021

Location: Irvine, California, US, 92606

Company: KIA Motors America

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.




The purpose of this position is to provide the means and processes to collect and perform analysis of data sources to provide the National Manager, Safety Evaluation & Assessment with early identification of Potential Safety Issues (PSI). This position will make determinations as to which KMA field data, TREAD reports and NHTSA VOQ, Recall and Investigation data should be collected, compiled, analyzed, and reported. This individual will also determine the technology and software applications need to perform these tasks and to continuously seek improvement of the means and processes used, as technology changes and additional data sources become available. This position will be responsible for maintaining procedures and communication links with all departments which are providing the source data for the Data Analysis Engineer(s) as well as sharing this data and analysis with shareholders.

Major Responsibilities

Priority Major Responsibility %
1st Determine data sources necessary for early identification of PSIs and determining the means to access and update the information on a continuous basis. Develop automated processes to support data access and upload  30%
2nd Provide means and processes for Data Analysis Engineers to access analyze and report PSIs by providing powerful analytic and programing tools. 30%
3rd Develop and continuously improve predictive modeling for NHTSA Risk Matrix estimation. 20%
4th Develop and continuously improve predictive modeling for NHTSA Risk Matrix estimation. 20%



  • BS degree in Engineering, Statistics, Computer Science or another quantitative field required. 

Overall Experience

  • 3-5 years experience with experience in manipulating data sets and building statistical models.    


Other Requirements:

  • Schedule(s) may vary due to needs of the business including but not limited to working outside of normal business hours, travel, weekends and/or holidays.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Directly Related Experience

  • Working knowledge of statistical analysis concept and building statistical models.
  • Experience with SAS programming and/or SQL query language
  • Experience working with and creating data architectures
  • Experience with Text Mining and building taxonomy models using SAS Contextual Analytics.
  • Experience building visualizations for stakeholders using SAS Visual Analytics
  • Some automotive, aerospace or equivalent technical background. 


Basic knowledge of automotive systems and components.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Good analytical skills and attention to detail.
Basic knowledge of statistics and statistical software.
Ability to work and communicate clearly with members of various KMNA/KMA Departments.
Advanced knowledge of standard PC software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
Experience querying databases and using statistical computer languages: R, Python, SLQ, etc.


CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels
Adapting to Change
Championing Customer Needs
Communicating Effectively
Delivering High Quality Work
Entrepreneurial Thinking


Equal Employment Opportunities

KMA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KMA complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KMA has offices.  The KMA EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.


Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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