Data Scientist (Contract) - Product Recommendation

London
£500 - £600 per day

I am working with an established insurance firm based in London, they are on the lookout for a Data Scientist contractor to join up with a personalisation team. The client has been on a transformation programme within the organisation to implement Data & Analytics at every level within the business, this is a decision that has been funded directly by the CEO.

One of the core teams is hiring contractors currently, it is to join up with the personalisation team the part of the analytics function that is responsible for: Personalising the online experience including customer journey and creating the product recommender systems. For this contract we need experience across the following areas:

  • Machine Learning
  • Python, SQL
  • Algorithm Development
  • Product Recommendation Systems (Nice to have)
  • Working with Stakeholders

The contract roles are long term, 6 months initially with the view to extend up to 3 years. You can work remotely initially and then it would be a 3/2 split from the Shoreditch office. The roles have been deemed Inside IR35 and the rates on offer for the project is up to £600.day, if interested please send an up to date copy of your CV.

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