Data Scientist

About 15gifts

At 15gifts, we’re obsessed with the psychology of choice. We study the key principles that drive people to make confident choices on the high street, and we pour this insight into our intelligent decision engine technology to replicate the experience online.

We work with some of the world’s leading brands, powering thousands of confident customer decisions every day. Our partners include Verizon, O2, Sky, Virgin Media, EE and BT.

We also love data; with every interaction, we learn more about our customers - gathering insights and generating increasingly accurate recommendations.

We’re a fast-growing company and we’re excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. We’re a team that’s made of driven and ambitious people, and we’re looking for someone to become part of our success story.

About the role

This mid level data science role is based within the Product team, where the successful applicant will play a crucial role in collaboratively researching and building intelligent features as part of a multifunctional team. This person will be individually responsible for providing the insights required to design new features, any data modelling or machine learning required to power them, any experimentation to optimise them and also collaboratively building tools to monitor them.

This role is also part of client focussed squads (alongside Customer Success, Analytics, and Product Owners), and within these teams they will be responsible for experimentation and the optimisation of the deployed features to tune them for clients’ particular goals and KPIs.

In practise this means that they are involved with product features from inception to delivery, allowing unique insights and understanding when performing optimisation for specific clients.

This role also has a responsibility for exploring, modelling and refining attributes on our sophisticated data layers, paying particular attention to their squad clients, but also developing cross client models.

The person we’re looking for

  • Passionate about designing and delivering solutions to complex problems

  • Curious with a desire for continuous learning

  • Friendly with a collaborative attitude to solving problem

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Comfortable both expressing your opinions and also listening to the opinions of others as required by the situation

You’ll be responsible for

  • Collaboratively research, design and build new product features

  • Build our understanding of the product and it’s features

  • Build tools to monitor feature performance

  • Build quality reusable data pipelines

  • Build business relevant statistical and machine learning models

  • Understand the strategic goals of clients

  • Build/refine/run/maintain collaborative experimentation plans

  • Design and run strategic and statistically sound experiments

  • Grow squad KPIs to meet targets

Skills and experience

  • 2+ years data science experience in a business environment

  • BSc in maths, computer science, engineering, physics or equivalent (Masters or Phd. preferred)

  • Excellent understanding of machine learning techniques and algorithms

  • Strong applied statistics skills, such as distributions, statistical testing, regression, etc

  • Demonstrable background and ability with programming skills

  • Solid experience with Python and SciKit Learn

Why choose us

Our Culture

Our success is underpinned by our cultural values. These values are not something we stick up on a wall – they don’t need to be. They are behaviours that we recognise and celebrate in each other. They are what we live by every day.

Our Cultural Values

  • Celebrate brilliance

  • Take ownership

  • Share Insights

  • Look for a better way

  • Support each other

Our values are driven through Culture Club – a staff team that rotates every quarter. Advocates for our culture as we grow, Culture Club activates ideas, makes improvements and helps everyone to connect.

Our office and remote working

We can confidently say that our sea-view office is one of Brighton’s best. However, we’re currently all working from home and we’ll be taking a cautious approach to returning to our much loved office.  

Our plan moving forward is to have a remote workforce that can work from any location in the UK, but that also have access to our Brighton office space when they choose. We believe this offers ultimate flexibility to our team, and is reflective of how people will work in future. We also recognise that this will allow us to bring in a wider range of talent to our business, which is something that we’re really excited about.

We see this flexibility as a key employee benefit and all we ask is that you come into the office for a minimum of 3 days per quarter, which will include our quarterly team get together. 

When in the office, we have flexible workspaces, which means you’re not tied to a desk, unless you want to be. You could work in a sociable spot on floor 4, or set yourself up with a screen on floor 3. This is everyone’s space and it’s available after work – our staff host everything from gaming and craft nights to adventure film screenings. However, we will of course be following strict social distancing and health & safety guidelines for as long as is advised.

Benefits include

  • Remote working for our team in any location across the UK

  • Employee Assistance Programme (confidential counselling)

  • Medicash healthcare scheme (reclaim costs for dental, physiotherapy, osteopathy and optical care)

  • easitBrighton travel scheme (discounted public transport options)

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Life Insurance scheme 

  • 33 days holiday (including bank holidays)

Other extras in the office

  • On site changing rooms, showers and internal bike storage

  • Breakfast, fresh fruit, snacks, beers, locally-roasted coffee

  • Food for thought: lunch and talks every Friday

  • Yoga and other fitness activities

  • Regular social events, including Friday drinks and book club

  • Visits from friendly office dogs

For more information on what it's like to work at 15gifts, check out our recent Talent Talk with Wired Sussex


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