Danone

Senior Data Scientist

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Senior Data Scientist

(Utrecht, full-time)


You will use your expertise in Data Science modelling within the Human Evidence and Insights Generation Team to build partnerships with stakeholders in Danone Nutricia Research & Innovation department and provide industry-leading data science solutions to support product development and real-world problems. Your work will contribute to the development of dairy, plant-based and water products, and nutritional solutions that provide clinically proven health benefits to consumers.


In this role you will be part of the Human Evidence and Insights Generation Team at Danone Nutricia Research & Innovation. This team is responsible for providing data science modelling expertise in various R&I contexts, such as product development, omics in early-stage clinical studies, manufacturing, or digital initiatives. You will work in close collaboration with the other teams within Danone R&I. You will report to the Senior Team Leader Data Science.


About the job

As Senior Data Scientist, you will have to:

  • Ensure the analyses are in adherence with our data strategy, including responsibility for data flows, data quality and data governance.
  • Be accountable for the deliverables linked to the analyses that you will lead
  • Provide oversight and guidance to other data scientists/analysts on projects and ensure quality of deliverables

As a Senior Data Scientist, you will provide expert data science input and advice into projects across Research & Innovation, with particular focus on projects encompassing biological processes used in product design or for the demonstration of health benefits:

  • Implement methodologies and standards to prepare, extract, and analyze different data
  • Participate in all aspects of the project lifecycle from requirements gathering, data acquisition and preparation, hypothesis generation, ideation, coding, testing, and deployment of data driven solution

Next to that you will conduct hands-on data modelling and simulation, in close collaboration with colleagues in the data teams. You will have to:

  • Organize, manage, and analyze varied and large data sets, then connect dots and identify solutions and suggestions that can help our team reach its goals
  • Conduct open-ended data exploration to evaluate and solve business/science problem or create new opportunities
  • Select KPIs and evaluate success

And finally, your role will be to help teams mature their exploitation of data and:

  • Build a network within R&I, identify data analysis opportunities, help team develop their data strategy
  • Convert a into digestible bites that non-technical members of an organization can understand
  • Be a partner to interpret data into tangible health outcomes or other KPIs
  • Create reports and eventually dashboards so that findings are accessible to management
  • Understand the functions and systems within our organization and using data findings to support decision-making
  • Advise our stakeholders in data methods whenever appropriate
  • Connect with data teams in Danone to learn and share, be part of the data community
About you

About you

  • Master's degree or equivalent (PhD would be a plus) ideally in Data Science, Statistics or Mathematics with a strong statistical or machine learning content
  • Highly computer literate, and proficient in R and/or Python, github, shell
  • Mastery of machine learning toolkits and libraries (scikit learn, etc.)
  • Experience or exposure to life science industries or biological/biotechnology or manufacturing or engineering data is highly appreciated
  • Experience writing and speaking about technical concepts to business, technical, and high-level audiences and giving data-driven presentations
  • Intellectual curiosity for problem solving using data science modelling techniques and passion about keeping up to date with current methodological developments
  • Purpose-driven person, who wants to contribute to Danone Mission to positively impact health.
About us

About us

A great place to work, highly engaged and energized team
Working here you'll need to enjoy a fast-pace, complexity and it can get a little challenging. But it's packed with opportunities. You'll work with some of the best-known brands in the world, such as Evian, Nutricia, Activia and Nutrilon and we absolutely guarantee that you can just be yourself. Be innovative and entrepreneurial and the impact you could make might just amaze you. Join our movement for a healthier world.


What’s next?

Hit the “apply now”. In case you are invited to the selection process you should expect to receive feedback 2 weeks after each step of the process. To comply with GDPR, we cannot process your personal data without given consent. Therefore, we strongly recommend applying directly via our careers website.

Need more information? Please contact Valerija Usova, Talent Manager, valerija.usova@danone.com.


  • all applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status

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