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Head of Data Science

  • Employee status: Permanent
  • Closing date: Ongoing
  • Reference number: 43225
We’re Sky, Europe’s biggest entertainment brand. Think top-quality shows. Breaking news. Innovative tech. Must-have products. Careers here mean the freedom and support you need to make an impact – pushing boundaries, creating solutions, hitting targets. And as part of our close-knit team, you’ll enjoy plenty of benefits. Plus, experiences you’ll only find at Sky.

'This a unique opportunity to develop a world class capability to enable Sky to utilise its data to improve our customers’ experiences' - Managing Director, Data Technology and Analytics

What you’ll get

Sky Q, a generous pension and private health care. Access to over 12,000 LinkedIn Learning courses to support your development. And if that’s not enough, our award-winning Osterley campus boasts six subsidised restaurants, a cinema, gym, and much more. 

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We have a significant opportunity for a Head of Data Science, to lead our advanced analytics function.  Sky has made significant progress in improving our data and decisioning and are now expanding our data science team to take our capability to the next level. 
Reporting to the Managing Director of Data Technology and Analytics, as a leader of the function, you need to be both technical and commercially driven, have a strong focus on practical & pragmatic use of data and a passion for connecting your work directly to the customer experience, making a real and tangible impact to 

What you’ll do

-Lead the data science strategy and capability to deliver actionable data science solutions for Sky customer teams including Retention, Acquisitions, Customer Management, Finance, Product, and Customer Service.
-Responsible for recruiting and retaining our internal data science function and building a world class data science team to support business initiatives.
-Engage with senior stakeholders to proactively identify and implement advanced analytics solutions for driving business value
-Engage and work with our technology teams to drive data transformation, build robust and scalable analytics platform, efficiently design and process our data for supporting all customer interactions.
-Develop and implement end to end best practices covering model development, management, test design and deployment.
-Continuously innovate and drive thought leadership to evolve our machine learning capabilities to support Sky business strategy
-Training and coaching our people to be the best in the industry for data science and creating a great work culture within the team.

What we look for

-Deep Learning techniques including CNN, RCNN, LSTM, Autoencoder for video and image processing
-Machine learning - Supervised/unsupervised learning, regression, decision trees, random forests, boosting, SVM, clustering, GLM, Bayesian hierarchical models
-Python with experience on GCP (BigQuery, Big Table, GCS, Datalab, Dataproc, Cloud ML, Tensorflow)
-Data modelling (relational and key-value pair)
-Tensorflow, Theano, Orange, SQL, SAS, ,PL/SQL, R,  Matlab,  Keras, Torch 
-Spark, C/C++, Java
-Experience leading high performing data science teams and delivering advanced analytics solutions in a large scale (preferably B2C) cloud environment is essential.
-Demonstrable leadership skills building and managing large high performing analytics teams (20 – 25) is essential
-Commercial Skills – ability to understand and translate business context and create opportunities by extracting great actionable insights from data to drive real business value is essential.
-Outstanding stakeholder, demand and resource management skills and great communication skills is essential
-Technical expertise on a wide range of cloud environments and tools for analytics, ML techniques and ability to build solutions for business is essential
-Technical skills including coding, model development and deployment is highly desirable.

So, what are you waiting for? Apply now for a chance to forge your own career path and be brilliant as part of a bright, talented team. 

Just so you know: if your application is successful, your appointment will be subject to receiving a positive outcome from your criminal record check.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. 

It’s our people that make Sky Europe’s leading entertainment company. That’s why we work hard to be an inclusive employer, so everyone at Sky can be their best.

If you are successful in your application for this role, your appointment will be subject to receiving a positive outcome from your Criminal Record Check.

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