Cambridge or London (Hybrid), UK

Head of Data Science & Analytics EMEA

The Opportunity

We’re looking for a Head of Data Science & Analytics, an influential leader for our EMEA Analytics team. Your future team produces industry leading machine learning models and decision systems whose actions protect hundreds of millions of cardholders and accountholders from fraud and financial crime every day.

You’ll lead a supportive group that thrive on improving day by day, who are empowered to produce the best outcomes for our customers and motivated by the opportunity to explore some of the richest datasets in financial services. As Featurespace continues to grow worldwide, this position will see you significantly expand the high-performing EMEA Analytics team during an exciting period of expansion in the region. Away from leading the team and managing customer delivery work, you’ll guide new commercial opportunities towards signature and contribute valuable insight towards the next generation of our fraud and financial crime prevention products.

You will have proven experience building then deploying machine-learning models and complex data driven systems in business-critical contexts, and are therefore well versed in the software engineering and ML Ops practices required to achieve this at scale. Beyond the technology, we’re looking for someone who is comfortable consulting directly with customers to shape their problems into defined solutions and can effectively lead and manage a team of managers and individual contributors.

This role can be based in either our Cambridge or London UK offices. This is a hybrid role so you will ideally be comfortable coming into the office at least once a week. If you’re interested in the role but require more flexibility, please speak to us!

Day to Day

  • Output – the Head of Data Science & Analytics, EMEA is ultimately accountable for the delivery and support of all analytics produced for Featurespace customers in the region
  • People management – the goal is to have an engaged, happy, and productive team where high performance, a focus on delivering value effectively, and a drive for continuous improvement are rewarded
  • Practice management – the aim is to create a regional team structure with good processes for all the major team functions with appropriate collaboration within Analytics to establish these: recruitment, on-boarding, equipment requisition, learning and development, prioritisation, knowledge sharing
  • Broad leadership – the vision is to have someone who has a broader view of the business than just Analytics, understands the perspective of customers and other departments, and can influence external organisations
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About you

Must haves

  • Leadership of a talented and high-performing Analytics or Data Science team
  • Willingness to share expertise to help grow the people the people around you
  • Deep subject matter expertise in the banking and payments industry
  • Experience leading the deployment of machine learning models into high throughput, real-time prediction contexts
  • Ability to lead system architecture/design discussions from an analytical and business impact perspective
  • Extensive commercial experience implementing statistical models and analytical algorithms in software
  • Experience of the modern software dev lifecycle: version control, unit testing, CI/CD
  • Passion and commitment to satisfying customer’s requirements by producing class leading analytics
  • Ability to understand complex systems quickly and explain them simply to other people
  • Strong problem-solving skills (especially in data-centric applications)
  • Strong, clear, concise written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritise personal workload

Great to haves

  • Ph.D. or other postgraduate level qualification with good mathematical background and knowledge of statistics
  • A track record in developing future leaders from within your organisation
  • Experience managing geographically disperse or remote teams
  • Experience in model governance, fair credit and fair lending compliance

Equal Opportunities

Here at Featurespace we are committed to being a place of equality, inclusion and respect to provide a safe environment for you to bring your authentic self to work. We know that we gain as much strength from our differences as we do our similarities. We value diversity and are dedicated to listening and learning from each other to build and maintain a positive and productive culture. We appreciate this will be an ever-evolving focus for the business to ensure everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging.

How to apply

If you think you’re a good fit for the role above, we would love to hear from you.

Fill out the short application form, upload your CV and one of the team will get back to you.

If you have any questions or queries regarding this role, or life at Featurespace, please contact [email protected]

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