Data Scientist Manager

Location: Edinburgh

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Job Type : Permanent

Hiring Manager : Diane Berry

Location: Edinburgh or Wythall (Birmingham

We support hybrid and flexible ways of working, and would welcome discussion on how we can enable you to thrive in your role. There may be a requirement to meet, engage and collaborate with team members or stakeholders at our offices for business purposes at particular times which would be discussed with you.

As one of the UK’s Top Employers we’ve brought together businesses with long, successful histories and many strengths. More than ever, people need help and guidance from a company which is simple to deal and who they trust. And that’s where you come in.

We’re currently recruiting for a Data Science Manager to join and help build our Data Science team to develop advanced analytics, data science & AI solutions to solve business problems in a customer obsessed environment. At Phoenix, we realised that in order to deliver our growth ambition that this needs to be underpinned by a culture of learning, adapting and experimentation. We see these as core elements that underpin Data Science.

With our Chief Data Scientist coming onboard this year we are looking to build our Data Science team. In this role, you will get to help shape, recruit and lead the Data Science team and develop, build and deploy data science solutions for a variety of problems. We are building to establish best and modern data science practices from day 1 in our data science team to ensure we innovate at scale and speed.

You will work with a variety of business leaders, analytical teams and be a data science lead on a variety of use cases that will stretch from ad-hoc advanced analytics solutions, small-scale bespoke dashboards to deploying machine learning models in production environment.

If you are an experienced Data Scientist who loves building solutions and individuals, wants a dynamic role in a purpose led firm then come join us.

Key Responsibilities

  • Build and lead team of data scientists, establish best practices and deploy modern software development techniques to learn, build and scale data science solutions
  • Work with business to design and develop solutions to solve business problems
  • Deep understanding of methodologies and approaches to sufficiently explain trade-offs, nuances of approach(es) to technical and lay person audience
  • Work closely with the data community to build capabilities and to mentor and influence more broadly the importance of data science
  • Source, determine and assess data availability and quality as to whether fit for purpose and propose steps if not
  • Strong communication skills to articulate how problems can be solve with data driven approach, build confidence in proposal and solution, create narrative, provide clarity and comprehension of solution

What We’re Looking For


  • Masters in applied maths subject e.g. Data Science / AI, Statistics, Computer Science, Big Data, Engineering, Physics, Economics, Maths
  • Lead Data Scientist role, team lead oversight and innovation leader for data scientists, task management and allocation
  • Broad experience of developing and deploying statistical and machine learning models (supervised and unsupervised)
  • Essential - Python or R, SQL, Big Data, BI tool (e.g. Tableau, PowerBI, QuickSight, Qlik)
  • Modern software development experience and toolkit e.g. Git, code reviews, Data Science CookieCutter, Environments, Docker, CI/CD
  • Statistical knowledge and models, machine learning models, explainable and interpretable AI
  • Supervised (e.g linear / logistic, Random Forest. xgBoost), un-supervised (e.g. PCA, T-SNE or similar, clustering methods), SHAP, LIME, Shapley


  • Design of experiments e.g. A/B/N, multi-variate, sample size calculation, (part/fractional) factorial designs
  • Database, data warehouse or data lake experience to build SQL packages, processes, queries and tune
  • Data model for performance
  • Data staging and integration, building pipelines, ELT
  • NoSQL, Network Graphics, Spark
  • Cloud architecture e.g. AWS
  • NLP / text analytics, simulation (e.g. boot-strap, Monte-Carlo), optimisation (e.g. integer programming, genetic algorithms), Bayesian, Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning

What We Offer

Bring your ‘whole self’, skills and dedication to the Phoenix Group and we’ll recognise your effort, support your development and help to drive your ambition. We’ll ensure you’re rewarded for your contribution with a competitive package that includes an attractive pension, annual bonus potential, private medical insurance, generous holiday entitlement, enhanced maternity / paternity and adoption leave and a range of other financial services and lifestyle flexible benefits.

Join us and you join a unique organisation. It’s not just the 14 million policyholders we serve, or the £300 billion of assets we look after. Or that we’re a FTSE 100 company that has been listed as one of the UK's Top Employers for nine years running. It’s our talented, inclusive and diverse workforce that makes us a success. Find out about more about our people’s stories , our values and our commitment to diversity

Key Competencies

  • Data Science, Machine Learning and Analytical Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Delivering Results
  • Embrace Change
  • Impact & Influence
  • Innovation and Creativity

Online Interviews and Onboarding

All our interviews, onboarding and new joiners are now managed remotely. We have in place a strong virtual support network to ensure new colleagues are supported and developed as they navigate their first few months with us

About Us

Phoenix Group is a member of the FTSE 100 index and is the UK’s largest long-term savings and retirement business. We specialise in the acquisition and management of Heritage life insurance and pension funds. We’ve businesses in the UK, Germany and Ireland and hold a broad range of both Heritage and Open products split across three key business segments: UK Heritage, UK Open and Europe. Our open business manufactures and underwrites new products and policies to support people saving for their future in areas such as workplace pensions and SIPPs, primary under the Standard Life brand. And we market corporate pension trustee services and manufacture products to be sold under other brands. Did you know Phoenix Life manufactures SunLife’s market leading Guaranteed Over 50’s plan? Find out more about Phoenix Group here .

We value diversity in our workforce and welcome enquiries from everyone.

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