Head of Data

£90000 - £150000 per annum + Benefits


£90,000-£150,000 + BENEFITS


Are you looking to lead and direct the data function of a tech company who are re-inventing and modernising a traditional market? As the Head of Data, you will be building and leading your team of analysts to turn complex data into actionable business recommendations in a fast-paced, ever-evolving environment. Alongside this, you will be responsible for mapping this companies' growth goals driven by a strong data vision, supporting through to execution.


As the Head of Data, you will be working closely with both C-suite and leadership teams to drive business and achieve goals. This company's structure means that your team is closely aligned with key stakeholders across marketing, product and commercial functions in order for you to identify excellent opportunities for improvement.


As the Head of Data, you can expect to provide clear leadership, direction, coaching, mentoring and support to your team. Your leadership will help to grow projects such across multiple channels, both online and offline whilst establishing KPI's.

More specifically, as the Head of Analytics, you will be involved in the following:

  • Leading the team, working on projects with growth and commercial objectives
  • Working to develop a team that drives the company based on data-driven insights using your knowledge in forecasting, data science, ML and predictive modelling
  • Initially building reports and dashboards as one of the first key projects
  • Hiring, leading and developing a team of highly talented individuals
  • Workings hands-on, but with a focus on managing and developing the function
  • Executing and developing data strategy


The successful Head of Data will have the following skills and experience:

  • Extensive experience in Data Analytics
  • Analytical team leadership experience, inclusive of recruitment, retention, performance management
  • Excellent ability to clearly communicate complex ideas
  • Willingness to initially work hands-on, leaning more towards a strategic role as the team develops
  • Excellent commercial knowledge with proven experience in increasing commercial uplift from data-driven insights
  • Excellent business judgement and strategic thinking, with the technical toolkit to enable delivery and strong experience in collaborating and co-ordinating across multiple business departments
  • Very strong SQL experience, inclusive of relational databases to understand and aid team members when required (knowledge around Python/R is also beneficial)
  • Knowledge of ML, predictive modelling and forecasting and it's uses is essential
  • Educated to degree level in mathematics, statistics or another quantitative field


The successful Head of Data will receive a salary between £90,000 and £150,000. In addition to this, you will receive 25 days holiday + 8 days bank holiday (increasing after 5 years service), Life Insurance, Group Income Protection, Private medical, Statutory pension, Paid voluntary day, Access to the EAP - essentially free telephone counselling and a bike to work scheme.


Please register your interest by sending your CV to Dylan Butcher via the Apply link on this page.

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