Jobs at Marks and Spencer – Lead Data Scientist

Website Marks and Spencer

Job Description:

There has never been a more exciting time to join our digital and data team! Why? Because we are at the start of a journey that will fundamentally change our business, and how our customers shop with us both today – and in the future.

As a result, we are looking for an experienced technical leader to help us continue to turbocharge data science at M&S.

The community is dedicated to building end-to-end AI and machine learning solutions in retail and e-commerce. This helps our colleagues in Food, Clothing & Home, Fashion, Marketing, Loyalty, Supply Chain, Growth and Customer Services to drive value from data and build personalised experiences for our customers.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop, mentor and coach individual team members.
  • Lead the concurrent development of multiple projects through an agile workflow.
  • Use experienced knowledge of data science techniques and statistics to both lead and regularly deliver sophisticated projects, with a robust commercial approach, being mindful that operationalisation is a key success criteria.
  • Develop a long-term vision of the team, clearly demonstrate an expertise above and beyond current capabilities and introduce data science solutions into everyday business problems.
  • Implement a highly visual and commercial approach when delivering data science projects that engages and challenges the thinking of non-technical audiences.
  • Build industrialised data science products by promoting accurate software development standards and practices.
  • Work with business and technology partners to establish a productive analytical and development environment.
  • Work as a hands-on technical leader, take the ownership of delivering sophisticated projects, support their team members and play a role model.

Job Requirements:

  • Experience in retail or e-commerce.
  • Significant experience in landing data science capability, applying the most effective statistical and ML models on real world commercial problems and having measured the business benefits.
  • MSc or PhD in a STEM subject e.g. Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, etc.
  • Strong statistical background applied across a number of areas: segmentations, NLP, predictive modelling and recommendation systems.
  • Experience using both simple and sophisticated statistical models such as regression, clustering, affinity analysis, causal inference models, time series, convolutional neural networks and transformers.
  • Comprehensive proficiency in key programming and scripting languages (e.g. Python, R, SPARK, SQL, etc) and software development skills.
  • Specialist in mining large & sophisticated data sets – both structured and unstructured data and including (but not limited to) efficient extraction of data, transformation and application.
  • Able to demonstrate innovation in approach and application.
  • Development of collaborative relationships with colleagues across the business.
  • Clear interpersonal skills are important, as the role will require translating data science into meaningful insight and influencing wider community at M&S.

Job Details:

Company: Marks and Spencer

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Liverpool, England, UK

Application Deadline: N/A

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