About Pondera Solutions

Pondera Solutions was founded in 2011 with the singular focus of leveraging the power of cloud computing and advanced analytics to combat fraud, waste, and abuse in large government programs. Since that time, we have helped our clients prevent and collect hundreds of millions of dollars in improper payments.

Pondera offers a comprehensive cloud solution to detect, investigate, and enforce fraud, waste, and abuse. Our system combines program data with third party consumer and business data and then runs every business (Facilities or Retailers), rendering provider, and recipient through a series of procedural and prediction models.

The system flags transactions that violate predetermined thresholds and sends an Alert to an integrated dashboard "built by investigators, for investigators." Investigative and Audit staff can then analyze the lead, use our system to investigate the lead, and even create and manage a case for ongoing audit and enforcement activities.

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Relevant Experience

Over 5 years of Enterprise web applications experience engaging in hands-on in-depth analysis, review, design, and development of software.

Skills Inventory

  • Experience building Enterprise web applications with extensive exposure to SDLC processes including architecture, design, coding, testing, deployment and support
  • Extensive exposure to SQL server 2012/ 2008, creating queries, stored procedures, Views, and database functions
  • Heavy development with C#.Net creating custom applications , products and web services
  • Develop and implement projects in with MS development stack using SOAP, C#.Net , ASP.Net, ADO.Net, MVC 4.0, Entity Framework
  • Experience with AJAX, HTML 5, XML and XSL & XSLT transformations, CSS
  • Deployed applications in using IIS 7.5/ 7.0/ 6.0
  • Hands on experience in Visual Studio 2012/ 2010 with frame work 4.0/3.5/2.0 and classic ASP
  • Used SVN, CVS, and VSS tools for version control management


MVC 4.0/ 2.0, EF4, .Net Framework 4.0/3.5/3.0/2.0/1.1, ASP.NET, C#, VB.NET, ADO.NET,  XML, XSLT, XPath, XQuery, XAML, Web services, Windows Services, Classic ASP 3.0, SQL Server 2012/ 2008 R2/ ORACLE 10g, JavaScript, JQuery, Microsoft Visual Studio 2012/ 2010/ 2008, Team Foundation Server (TFS), VSS (Visual Source Safe 6.0), SVN, CVS for versioning, AJAX, and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), RDBMS, DBMS, SQL Profiler, SSIS, IIS 7.5/ 6.0, Windows server

Education & Certification

  • Master of Computer Science (preferred)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) (minimum)
  • Microsoft Certified Applications Developer (MCAD) from Microsoft


The Data Scientist - Predictive Modeler is responsible for the design and supervision of all historical and predictive Analytical Data Models, Analytics, and Data Science. This position is responsible for conducting and supervising modeling, data mining, and database analytics using advanced algorithms and tools.

This position will design and build models to work with large government data sets to identify potential fraud via the identification of known and previously unknown fraud methods. The position will be responsible for using cutting edge technologies and methods to deploy supervised and unsupervised prediction algorithms, statistical models, and applying statistical rigor to Pondera’s existing rules-based detection models.

The position will work with Pondera’s Research & Development department to build new and validate existing methods and models. It will also work with customers to validate the models, tune them on a regular basis, and monitor usage and effectiveness.


Junior Data Scientists and/or Data Analysts

Essential Functions

  • Design and supervise historical and predictive Analytical Data Models, Analytics, and Data Science.
  • Provide statistical rigor to existing fraud detection models for issues such as spike indicators and peer comparisons.
  • Work with Research & Development (R&D) to create new models and validate concepts and models in the R&D pipeline.
  • Monitor transaction activity, utilization, and model efficacy.
  • Take the lead role in working with various project teams (including analysts and business designers) to discover and develop actionable, high-impact data analytics in a variety of customer business types including but not limited to Medicaid, Unemployment, Tax and SNAP/Food Stamps.
  • Maintain accurate and complete documentation on data models.
  • Formulate policies, procedures, and standards relating to model development and management.
  • Facilitate the design and implementation process for new products/projects, and evaluates impacts on the operation, informing senior executive of alternatives.
  • Assist in establishing standards and guidelines for the design & development, tuning, deployment and maintenance of information and advanced data models.

Non-Essential Functions

  • Other duties as required

Education & Experience


  • Master’s degree in behavioral or natural sciences, business analytics, applied mathematics or comparable field.
  • Minimum 5+ years of experience in programming, data mining, statistical analysis and modeling to include experience with manipulating and analyzing clinical and financial data at an expert level.
  • Experience with Linear and Logistic Regression, Generalized Linear Models and Generalized Linear Mixed Models.
  • Experience with Neural networks, decision tree algorithms, Naïve Bayesian models, Association Rules, Sequence Analysis, and Support Vector Machine models
  • Experience designing and deploying models for clustering analysis, segmentation and anomaly detection.
  • Strong foundation in statistical theory and practice.
  • Model validation management experience.


  • 5+ years of hands-on experience with R, Microsoft Machine Learning, IBM I2, STATA, SPSS, S+, SAS Enterprise Miner or similar tools.
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience with T-SQL.
  • 2+ years of hands-on experience with Microsoft SSIS and SSAS in 2012 and above.
  • Experience in successfully developing and implementing data models in a non-education setting.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Must have high energy level; be self-motivated, with a results oriented demeanor.
  • Experience with R, STATA, SPSS, S+, SAS Enterprise Miner or similar tools


  • Mentoring

Physical Demands

  • Frequent sitting
  • Occasional standing and walking
  • Frequent bending and stooping
  • Occasional repetitive motion
  • Frequent talking and listening in person and over the phone
  • Frequent handling of materials up to 50 lbs.
  • Close up vision requirements

Emotional/Psychological Demands

  • Ability to cope with: Occasional public contact; working under pressure; long periods of concentration; changing priorities.

Work Environment

  • Open office environment; moderate temperatures; moderate noise levels.
  • Occasional travel to client sites around the United States

Position Details & Requirements

Location: Tallahassee, FL or Sacramento, CA areas

Typical duties include:

  • Review and analyze data (protected and sensitive) involving Government Programs such as Medicaid, Unemployment, SNAP, TANF, WIC, and Tax and Revenue
  • Utilize comprehensive data tools to identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets
  • Assist in the development and enhancement of Pondera’s analytics and suite of products
  • Liaison with Government teams of Investigators, Analysts, Auditors
  • Present findings in a clear and concise presentation format including Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Effectively communicate with appropriate outside authorities, client fraud staff, and law enforcement on fraud case inquiries via phone, email, and video conferencing while maintaining a strong focus on customer service
  • Complete projects in an environment with diverse, competing and sometimes conflicting priorities
  • Safeguard organizational Human Resources and financial sensitive information from unauthorized usage and individuals


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in information technology, criminal justice, healthcare, business, government administration, mathematics, statistics, management information services, or closely related field;
  • At least three years of experience in data analysis or applied research; OR
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Must pass an extensive criminal background check (including but not limited to criminal history, motor vehicle report, credit check, and drug screening)
  • Complete HIPPA training
  • Complete projects in an environment with diverse, competing, and sometimes conflicting priorities
  • Position may require work at times outside of normal business hours due to National clientele
  • Occasional travel required


  • Flexible work schedule and location
  • Health insurance
  • 401K
  • Competitive salary offer based upon experience, education, and additional qualifications

Skills Inventory

  • Excellent knowledge of data collection, analysis, statistics and data presentation with experience in data mining techniques and procedures
  • Experience using statistical packages for analyzing large data sets, advanced MS Excel and Access skills and experience
  • Experience in SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and/or Tableau, Power BI, Power Excel, R, SAS
  • Preferred understanding of public benefit program data formats including: Medicaid and/or Medicare, Welfare and Eligibility populations, Revenue and Taxation
  • Knowledge of and strong aptitude for analytical thinking and demonstrated data skills
  • Experience working with large transactional databases and data warehouses
  • Strong skills in data visualization
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with both business and technical users, and make presentations
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain effective working relationships with individuals at all levels both inside and outside of the organization
  • Strong organization skills with the ability to effectively prioritize multiple tasks and meet agreed upon deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Experience, Education & Certifications

  • 3+ years of analytical experience is required
  • Preferred Skills
    • Experience in Government social service programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, Unemployment Insurance, etc.
    • Experience with fraud detection systems and data warehousing
    • Analyst Certifications/Professional Organization Membership

Want to know more?

Contact William Avery, Fraud and Risk Manager, at


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About Our Company

Pondera leverages advanced prediction algorithms and the power of cloud computing to combat fraud, waste, and abuse in government programs.

Get in touch

  • Sacramento Address: 80 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 250, Folsom, CA 95630

  • Phone: (916) 389-7800

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