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Lead Data Scientist

Job ID: 1340 Location: Waterside Category: Analytics & Data Science Salary: Competative & Benefits Hours: Closing date: June 20th 2020, 11:55 PM

Job Description:

Are you an experienced leader within the data science community? Do you want to work within an exceptional and highly motivated team? Are you looking to move, or step-up into a leadership role, to a company that puts data at the heart of their business?

Within the data science function at M&S we are looking at we build end-to-end data science and machine learning solutions in retail and help our business units such as Food, Clothing and Home, Fashion, Marketing, Loyalty, Supply Chain, Growth, Customer Services etc to drive value from data and create personalised experiences for our customers. We apply state of the art machine learning techniques to solve variety of problems such as outfit recommendation for our fashion program, personalised offers for our loyalty program, logistics cost minimization or demand forecasting for our supply chain management, product waste management for our retail unit, AI powered campaigns for our marketing are only a few examples.

Key skills:

  • Significant experience landing data science capability, applying most effective statistical and machine learning models on real world commercial problems and having measured business benefits

  • Leadership experience within a high performing team

  • PhD in a numerate subject: Machine Learning, Computer Science, Statistics, etc.

  • Experience developing and deploying machine learning using Python or R

  • Proficient with SQL and NoSQL data bases

  • Prior experience of using Apache Spark to develop and deploy data science projects

  • Comprehensive proficiency in key programming languages: Python, Java, R, SPARK, SQL, etc) and software development skills

  • Expert in mining large and complex data sets - both structures and unstructured extraction of data, transformation and application

  • Excellent communication skills are essential as you will be responsible for translating data science into actionable insight to both technical and non-technical senior stakeholders across the M&S business

Salary & benefits:

  • Competitive and negotiable based on experience

  • Central London Location

  • Strong Pension Scheme

  • 20% colleague discount

  • Smarter working

  • Holiday purchase scheme

Key accountabilities & measures:

  • Manage Data Scientists to prioritise and solve real-life business problems, within a data science remit, which align to business priorities and enables M&S to grow and better serve its customer base

  • Use expert knowledge of data science techniques and statistics to both lead and regularly deliver complex projects, with a robust commercial approach, being mindful that operationalisation is a key success criteria

  • Deliver high quality and actionable data science by performing ad hoc analysis to predict, measure and interpret business trends

  • Demonstrate a culture of analytical ‘curiosity’ through innovative, data driven, insights on business questions

  • Develop a long-term vision of the team, clearly demonstrate an expertise above and beyond current capabilities and introduce data science solutions into everyday business problems

  • Implement a highly visual and commercial approach when delivering data science projects that engages and challenges the thinking of non-technical audiences

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