Senior Data Scientist

Job reference: 134029BR Previous
Location: Nottingham Support Office
Function area: Insight and Analytics | IT
Shift pattern: Full-time
Contract type: Permanent
Hours per week: Over 35 hours per week
Senior Data Scientist

We’re looking for talented Masters and PhD. Data Scientists to join our growing team of Data Scientists and Engineers to join our Data and Artificial Intelligence team lead by Data IQ top 100 ‘Data Titan’ . We’re looking for people who are innovative problem solvers, are comfortable working both independently and within a team, willing to take on a high level of ownership and who relish a big challenge.
Successful candidates will have a PhD. or on the path towards one, with a strong analytics element, bring technical and investigative abilities and a passion for delivering results for customers - internal and external. So, if you are passionate about working with data to solve business problems and excited by the idea of joining a trend-setting analytical team, we’d love to hear from you.

Key Responsibilities
You can expect to be involved in the following:
• Leading the development of innovative scalable solutions for complex and diverse business problems through use of analytical techniques, machine learning and deep learning
• Collaborating on commercially focused projects with colleagues from data engineering, insights and business backgrounds
• Designing, developing and delivering world-class algorithms and predictive models, leveraging statistical, machine learning and AI methods
• Visualisation and communication of actionable insights and making commercial recommendations to audiences with varying levels of technical expertise
• Coaching more junior Data Scientists and provide inspiration, support and technical guidance for the wider team

A bit about you…
We are looking for individuals who combine independent thinking with problem-solving skills, work well in a team and have a flexible and agile approach to work. Some opportunities are available which require GIS specific expertise.

Skills and Experience

Basic Qualifications
: Common amongst our previously successful candidates and you will require a majority mix of the following;

• PhD degree or on path to getting a PhD in Computer Science, Statistics, Operations Research, Physics, Mathematics, Computational or Decision Sciences, or a related quantitative field
• Experience structuring business questions as analytics problems and using available data, quantitative modeling and statistical analysis techniques to develop a scalable solution
• Proficient in at least one general purpose programming language like Python, R, C etc.
• Proficiency in using SQL
• Knowledge of working with cloud platforms and tools, particularly Microsoft Azure - Azure HDInsight, Azure Databricks, Azure Kubernetes Service, etc.
• Hands on experience building models with deep learning frameworks like TensorFlow, PyTorch, Caffe/Caffe2, Gluon, Keras, or similar
• Strong communication and data presentation skills

Desirable Qualifications: Previously successful candidates have matched one or more of the below;

• Demonstrable record of delivering results in a dynamic, fast paced environment. Dealing well with ambiguity and an expertise in prioritisation of needs
• Expertise in working with large data sets, both structured and unstructured, using a range of data mining techniques such as anomaly detection, clustering, regression, classification, summarisation
• Expertise in both supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques such as regression, classification, clustering, dimensionality reduction, neural networks & deep learning, natural language processing, ensembling

A bit about us…
The Data & AI Team, led by a DataIQ Top 100 ‘Data Titan’ and shortlisted for the ‘Best Analytics Team’ DataIQ Award 2019, is an industry acclaimed data science team within the Walgreens Boots Alliance group. Our team provides globally scalable solutions for complex and diverse business problems and supports data-driven decision making across our global businesses.
Boots UK is part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance and is the UKs leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer. With over 2500 stores in the UK our purpose is to help our customers look and feel better than they ever thought possible. You can learn more by visiting

What we can offer you:
• Competitive Salary
• 25 days annual leave, plus statutory bank holidays
• Annual discretionary bonus plan
• Generous staff discount scheme including Boots Opticians - frames and contact lenses
• Competitive company pension scheme
• Flexible benefits scheme available ranging from private medical insurance, holiday buying, cycle to work scheme and many more
• Onsite Staff Shop, Opticians, Gym, Costa, Canteen, Dry Cleaning and more.
• Boots Benevolent Fund - a registered charity that can offer support to eligible current and former colleagues in the UK, as well as their immediate relatives and dependants, at times of financial hardship

Diversity and inclusion is at the centre of everything we do. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We offer a number of flexible working options to suit our colleagues’ needs including job share and part time working. Our website shows examples of colleagues enjoying different working patterns. If this interests you, please talk to us about it.

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