Data Scientist

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Date Posted
1st November 2017
Job Type
London, Southwark

Data Scientist

Data Science – London, Southwark

This is us…                                                                                                             

 Black Swan creates better outcomes through technology and the power of prediction.                                                                                                                

Our products transform the way brands create value from data, finding insights and solutions that create an advantage for their business.  We analyse consumer behaviour using public and private data, then build cutting edge technology based on predictive models to create better outcomes - we call this “Applied Prediction”.

Bringing together a passionate and talented team that combine skills in software engineering, data science, design, product innovation and marketing, we thrive on change, innovating across social intelligence and big data. Launched in 2011, today Black Swan employs 250 people worldwide across offices in the UK, USA, Singapore, Hungary and South Africa.  We work with some of the world’s leading consumer-focused brands including Vodafone, Pepsico, Disney, Panasonic, Tesco and GSK. 

Our work is getting us noticed – last year, we were shortlisted for a Data IQ Talent Award and have been named Britain’s fastest start up by The Sunday Times ranked #1 in their inaugural ‘Start Up Track 15’.

Welcome to the Data scientist  team at Black Swan … 

You will be part of the Data Consulting team on a 3 month rolling Contract , a client-facing division of the company, which is the main channel for growing the business with new customers. You’ll be involved in the analysis, design and delivery of interesting and innovative projects, which you nurture into repeatable methodologies, or even standalone software products. You’ll also be joining the mission to help us rapidly grow and scale Black Swan internationally over the next 3-5 years. 

We are looking for ‘T-shaped’ people with a broad knowledge base across relevant disciplines and deep skill in at least one area. 

Your main mission at Black Swan will be to identify a high-value business problem, devise an elegant Data Science solution, prove out the concept by running a live pilot of the prototype solution, and show the client the business value of rolling out the full solution. Occasionally you’ll travel to visit client sites (10% of time). 

Your role at Black Swan…

 You’ll be responsible for:

Researching a client company;
Planning, arranging and preparing to startup new engagements with new clients; 
Presenting to groups of client stakeholders on how machine learning and algorithms can enhance their business; 
Embedding with clients, leading structured workshops to dig deep into their business and define use cases for data science;
Gain deep contextual understanding of client use cases through interviews, workflow mapping, and sample data evaluation;
Communicating your findings back to the client and to internal stakeholders (e.g. the Business Development team);
Leverage your knowledge to formulate successful proposals to build & pilot products for the client;
Take a solution we’ve designed from concept to protoype: calculating success criteria, SLAs, model 
Work with your team of Data Scientists to design an appropriate pilot approach, launch the prototype, and evaluate the pilot at the end. 
Make the business case for full solution launch based on the pilot (forecasting and communicating the business value to client stakeholders). 
Perform the day-to-day project tracking, reporting and management needed to make the project successful. 
Build relationships with key stakeholders and users, gaining their trust and understanding their motivations and goals.

 What makes a ‘Swan’?

 We want people fanatical about creating innovative solutions inspired by data. We know Black Swan’s DNA is different, it’s what helps us find new perspectives on our clients’ problems. Working in a fast paced, energized environment, our bar is set high, and an ability to build long lasting partnerships both internally and externally is vital. Key responsibilities for the role include:

Deeply empathetic, skilled in ‘active listening’ and asking the right questions to understand people’s perspectives, as well as an ability to detect the underlying truth.   
A creative thinker, a person with vision who suggests workable ideas and solutions.
 Persuasive communication style and quiet confidence when presenting ideas.
Natural appetite for learning new things, reads widely. 
Likes to dig into the details of a project, immersing in the data and the client’s world, while remaining goal-focused and driving the work forward as part of a team. 
 Interest in applications cutting-edge data, machine learning, and AI technologies.

Relevant Experience:

 Management consulting in a client-facing role; OR
A similar professional supply-side experience (with customer contact), especially in enterprise software product development; OR 
An enterprise-facing startup or high-growth B2B product company; OR
A large consumer-facing commercial organization. 
Experience in a quantitative, analytical or statistical role is a strength

Desirable Experience:

Evidence of independent learning, post-university. 
Proven experience using analytics and data to change an existing business.
Experience building an analytics and/or data science team
Some quantitative/stats education or training.
Excel, SQL, Python, or other data analytics tools. 
Familiarity with PowerPoint for communicating ideas. 
Presenting to, interviewing & influencing clients or important external stakeholders. 

We want to positively change the future through technology and the power of prediction. 


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