Senior Data Scientist - 5 Months FTC

London
£55000 - £60000 per annum + benefits

SENIOR DATA SCIENTIST

£60,000 + BENEFITS

LONDON/ REMOTE

Are you interested in working with large volumes of data for a well-known telecommunication brand that has over 25 million customers in the UK? Are you looking for great opportunity for career progression and growth in a data science team backed heavily by investment? This is the perfect opportunity for an experienced data scientist looking for a new, exciting challenge.

THE COMPANY:

As a Data Scientist, you will be working in the data science team that focuses on modelling complex business problems around improving customer experience through data insights. Previous winners of "Best Network for Customer Service," customer experience is a priority to this well-established brand. The company is currently investing heavily into their data science function and are looking for talented data scientists to grow-out the team and develop within the company and team.

THE ROLE:

The role of Data Scientist will require you to work with large volumes data and solve business problems and optimise the overall business performance.

Specifically, you can expect to be involved in the following:

  • You will be working in the data science team to solve business problems around marketing effectiveness, reducing customer churn, improving stock management and maximising customer lifetime value
  • You will be building end to end machine learning models in python
  • You will have excellent communication skills and be able to present ideas to less technically minded co-workers
  • You will be a natural problem-solver and will have genuine interest in growing out the data science function within the business

YOUR SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

The successful Data Scientist will have the following skills and experience:

  • Educated to PhD or Master's level (PhD preferred) in a STEM degree focused in quantitative methods and statistics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics etc)
  • Proficiency in programming languages and statistical analysis tools - Python, Spark, and other ML techniques
  • Proven commercial experience in a customer focused Machine Learning role
  • Proven experience working with building models for customer churn, credit risk/ optimisation, supply chain optimisation etc

THE BENEFITS:

The successful Data Scientist will receive a salary, dependent on experience be up to £60,000. There are other exciting benefits, such as a bonus, health care, pension and a car allowance.

HOW TO APPLY:

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

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