Job description

Are you looking for the next step in your Data Science career? Do you have experience of managing and influencing teams and stakeholders on all things data? Do you enjoy working within a changing and evolving environment?

If so, you might be interested in our brand-new Data Scientist role based within our new Data team.

**Please note we are unable to offer sponsorship for this role**

Competitive salary with excellent benefits including 23 holiday days (plus your birthday off), on-site parking, and pet insurance discount.

At Animal Friends we are working remotely, when our office re-open’s there will be the option to work from the office or to continue to work from home with occasional days in the office depending on business requirements.

What you`ll get up to as a Data Scientist

As we continue to expand our business, we are looking for a motivated and high-achieving Data Scientist to join the team on our vision to optimise every department in our business. This is a full-time placement with significant opportunities for personal development. We offer an intellectually stimulating environment, work within an interdisciplinary team and an inclusive culture.

  • Take a hands-on role in supporting the Data Science strategy, in close collaboration and alignment with key business areas
  • Work with the Engineering and Architect team, to ensure an efficient data infrastructure for model development and deployment is maintained and improved
  • Play a key role in delivering the data science use cases and analytics platform that enables the end-to-end development of insights, data mining, machine learning and AI etc
  • Explore opportunities to develop a data pipeline to enable fast, easy and scalable access to our data
  • Maintain & optimise data science deployed outcomes & applications
  • Support advance analytics opportunities implementing machine learning systems that enhance products and processes across the business
  • Evangelise centre of excellence for advanced statistics and machine learning across the business, providing guidance, training, and best practice
  • Support the Data Science function to deliver insight and Machine Learning capabilities to provide strategic actionable insight and data products to drive growth
  • A collaborative individual with problem-solving skills, able to inspire and motivate colleagues as well as work alongside them as required

What we look for in you

  • Previous experience as a Data Scientists or Machine Learning engineering roles
  • Experience with the application of data science in a commercial environment, particularly in the development and release of predictive models that deliver outsized business performance
  • Experience working with customer engagement data i.e. behavioural data, digital interactions, Life time value
  • Extensive experience using SQL, R, Python, Spark etc to manage or analyse data & build models
  • A degree or equivalent in a numerical subject such as Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering
  • Proven experience in delivering a range of data-based automated solutions, ideally including machine learning/artificial intelligence/optimisation
  • Familiar and comfortable with data engineering technologies and solutions
  • Solid knowledge of statistics (e.g., Linear Regression, hypothesis testing, time series, maximum likelihood, bootstrap, Bayesian inference etc)
  • Strong interest, curiosity and breadth in technology and a commitment to application of data and science in decision-making including deep learning, NLP and cloud platforms would be a strong desirable
  • Familiarity with the Azure ecosystem and methodologies to deliver effective solutions into production
  • Knowledge of commonly used data science and analytics platforms, such as Databricks, RapidMiner, Azure ML etc
  • A good understanding of agile product development and software development lifecycle

What Animal Friends is all about!

Animal Friends has grown to become not only an award-winning business but one of the largest pet insurance providers in the UK, looking after over 1 million pets and offering cover for cats, dogs and horses.

A large part of our success is due to our company values which are the foundation of how we work, we are courageous by continually looking for new ways to innovate our customers experience and the pet insurance industry. We are kind-hearted with animal welfare being important to us, we donate and support over 300 charities across the UK and worldwide, to date, we have donated over £6.6 million. And we are passionate about the support we provide to our customers helping them care for their pets.

Benefits of working with Animal Friends

We recognise that your hard work shouldn`t come without its perks, so here`s a little list of some of the things you can expect to get from us:

  • 23 days annual leave plus bank holidays and we give you your birthday off
  • 95% of our employee’s own pets, we’re able to provide up to 50% off insurance along with free access to our Vet consultation app JOII
  • We believe looking after employees’ health is important, so we offer discount on gym membership, access to a Wellbeing hub, a health care cash plan
  • We like to celebrate success and recognise excellent employee performance; we will donate £3k to the charity of our employee of the quarter’s choice
  • Most importantly, you`ll be working within a courageous, passionate and kind-hearted team

Animal Friends Pet Insurance Ltd is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome people of all ages, ethnicities, disabilities, religions and sexual orientations. Your application will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

As an FCA regulated business, we require successful applicants to clear our pre-employment screening process which includes a credit check and references checks.

Due to the current climate regarding Covid-19, all our interviews are now taking place as a video interview via Zoom or Teams.

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