Job description

Who we are:

We’ve been changing the financial services game since we were founded in 1974, when we invented a whole new category of trading. Today, we’re the world’s No.1 spread betting and CFD provider, with operations in 20 countries across five continents and over 400,000 active clients worldwide. But we know our success is only possible because of our people, who we encourage and empower to be brave, determined and inventive. Join us if you’d like to work in an inclusive, collaborative team that will recognize your talent and allow it to shine.


Are you passionate about delivering real value to an organization using advanced techniques in data science and machine learning?

We are looking for a talented data scientist to work in our Data Science t eam. The role presents an opportunity for you to partner with stakeholders across all areas of the business including marketing, risk, customer services and quants , to deliver impact data products using state of the art machine learning techniques .

What you’ll do:

  • Explore a variety of data from structured to unstructured data spanning client, operational and financial domains to identify opportunities for data science that add value to the business.

  • Advance the use of machine learning within IG by building our next generation data products , e.g. recommendation systems, chatbots, text analytics systems and automatic insight generation systems .

  • Work with stakeholders from across the business to turn business problems into data science solutions.

  • Build descriptive and predictive models to understand customer behavior and prescribe next best actions .

  • Build customer segmentation models to deepen understanding of our increasingly diverse client base and provide personalised customer experience.

  • Build predictive models to optimize IG’s pricing and hedging strategies.

  • Be a subject matter expert on advanced data science techniques, coaching less-experienced team members on practical approaches to applying machine learning in a commercial environment.

Who you’ll be:

  • You have a methodical approach to solving difficult problems and will feel comfortable in presenting insights generated from data to the business using visualisation tools such as Tableau.

  • You have experience and the desire to coach members of the data science team on best practices

  • You possess excellent communication skills, explaining complicated concepts to non-technical colleagues

  • You are an innovative thinker keen to put forward own ideas and suggestions.

  • You’ll need experience in:

  • Implementing machine learning in production using in-house or third-party data science platforms

  • B uilding machine learning models; experience in Natural Language Processing, Time-Series prediction, Neural Networks and Recommendation Systems will be advantageous .

  • G enerating insights from complex data sources.

  • Coaching data scientists.

  • You’ll possess strong skills in the following areas:

  • Data analysis and modelling

  • Machine Learning: NLP, Time-Series prediction, Neural Networks, Recommendation Systems and the classic machine learning techniques

  • Python

  • SQL

  • Tableau or similar data visualisation tools

  • Big-data technology stack, e.g. Hadoop, Spark, AWS

  • Qualifications:

  • Essential – Degree level education in numerate discipline (computer science, engineering, physics, maths , economics)

  • Desirable – Higher level degree (MSc/PhD) in a numerate discipline

How you’ll progress:

This role is for a senior member of the Data Science community at IG. It is a fully hands-on role, requiring you to provide guidance to junior members of the team. We will provide you with the opportunity to develop your career and advance to a Lead Data Scientist or Data Science Team Lead position depending on your strengths and career plans.

Where you’ll work:

Leading IG to become a data-driven company, data science is the bridge between technology and business leaders, providing actionable insights to support strategic decisions and empowering people to deliver recognizable impact to the enterprise.

We are building a world-class team of data scientists, known by all areas of IG for delivering and aiding others to deliver value, and recognized externally for our innovation and people development.

Our mission is to:

  • Build quality data products that deliver measurable impact to the business

  • Deliver actionable insights to enable the business to provide tailored services to our clients

  • Advance the use of Machine Learning within IG

  • Optimize business processes through automation

  • Build a data science community that promotes growth of team members through knowledge sharing, coaching and training

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