Head of Data Science

Ascential Group
Job function:
Strategy & Insight
Job type:
Perm Full Time
London, UK
Competitive Market Rate Salary
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We're looking for a Head of Data Science to join our team in London.  The role will work across Ascential and cover two main areas:

  • Project-based delivery – Working within virtual teams to deliver complex analytics and world class big data solutions. The role will play a key part in helping the different Ascential brands use data more effectively to improve operational processes related to sales, marketing, product and finance
  • Development of Big Data solutions – Work with the wider Data & Insight team to develop revenue forecast models, customer segmentations, churn models, customer lifetime value and recommendation systems. You will play a part in testing the output through practical application, working with business teams to use the model output and measure the impact


Key Responsibilities

  • Delivering best in class big data solutions that improve the performance of key business processes (e.g. Renewal targeting, revenue forecasting, segmentation)
  • Identifying key data sources required to solve the business and undertaking data collection, pre-processing and analysis
  • Presenting information using data visualization techniques
  • Evaluating the model performance
  • Partnering with key business stakeholder, to deliver core capabilities into the business, and ensuring adoption of the capabilities is embedded within the business
  • Lead automation of manual processes
  • Lead the research and development, and implementation of new and improved forecasting methods to improve accuracy
  • Support internal stakeholders with data queries
  • Prototype new ways to visualize and understand data relationships
  • Innovate and looking for new ways to solve business problems to drive ROI
  • Define robust measurement methodology to assess and track the value deliver through the capabilities deliver into the business


Your Experience

  • MSc or higher in Statistics, Mathematics, Machine Learning or other quantitative scientific discipline
  • Previous relevant industry experience in an advanced Analytics and Data Science role, with commercial exposure to modelling customers, sales/revenue forecasting, customer segmentation and digital marketing, etc.
  • Experience of taking a project from manipulating raw data, through exploratory analysis and algorithmic development, to production and ongoing improvement
  • Demonstrate where previous work has led to tangible financial benefits
  • Excellent understanding of machine learning techniques and algorithms, such as k-NN, Naive Bayes, SVM, Forests of Decision Trees, Online Learning etc.
  • Excellent applied statistics skills, such as distributions, statistical testing, regression, etc.
  • Extensive experience with common data science toolkits, such as DataRobot, R, Weka, NumPy, Spark ML. Excellence in at least one of these is highly desirable
  • Experience working with data pipelines and modelling in a production environment
  • Expert data visualisation knowledge—Experience with Tableau or Looker highly preferred
  • Experience of using Cloud based platforms and tools
  • Great communication skills, comfortable taking complex ideas and communicating them to different audiences
  • Self-sufficient with the ability to work autonomously when needed
  • An entrepreneurial mindset who figures out how to improve business processes and finds opportunities to apply data science techniques to real problems
  • An expert in SQL and RDBMS concepts, including experience in working with large datasets
  • Good scripting and programming skills using languages like Python and R
  • Understanding of Salesforce (desirable)


What We Offer

Our benefits package incorporates what we’re passionate about – unlocking your future, overall well-being and sustainability – whilst giving you control over your benefits.

  • 25 days of holiday per year – with the option to buy or sell between 1-5 days
  • Great learning and development opportunities
  • Pension, Private Medical and Dental Insurance plans
  • Life Assurance; Income Protection and Critical Illness covers
  • Option to opt into the Ascential Shares Scheme
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Season ticket loans

In addition, we offer flexible benefit packages that include Childcare Vouchers; Cycle to Work; Retail Vouchers; Gourmet Card; Gym Flex; Gadget Insurance, Health Assessments and Will Writing.


About Ascential

Ascential is a specialist, global, information company that helps the world’s most ambitious businesses win in the digital economy.


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