Senior Data Scientist

Location: CapeTown, South Africa
Salary: Market related rate per hour
Recruiter: DLK
Job Ref: 4.6.3_DSS_SD
Summary: We are looking for a Junior Data Scientist to work in Cape Town. You will need Seven (7) – fifteen (15) years of relevant data scientist experience and Relevant qualification.

 

 

Job Description

Mandatory Requirements

The mandatory requirements for this position are:

  • Seven (7) – fifteen (15) years of relevant data scientist experience;
  • Relevant qualification; and
  • Experience in at least two of the following areas, but with knowledge of all:
    • Programming, coding and scripting in languages such as R, Python and SQL;
    • Data visualisation and story-telling;
    • Machine learning and artificial intellegence;
    • Predictive analytics;
    • Statistical methods;
    • Big data platforms such as Hadoop and Apache Spark; and
    • Unstructured data.

Responsibilities and Job Function

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Extract meaning from and interpret large amounts of available structured and unstructured data to produce insights to be used for informative decision making;
  • Manage the communication of results and ideas to key decision makers;
  • Develop and manage processes to effectively collect, clean and wrangle data;
  • Research and develop statistical learning models for data analysis;
  • Collaborate with product management and engineering departments to understand company needs and devise possible solutions;
  • Keep up-to-date with latest technology trends;
  • Manage the implementation of new statistical or other mathematical methodologies as needed for specific models or analysis;
  • Solve complex problems;
  • Design and build predictive and pattern detection engines;
  • Design and build dashboards and data analytics stories; and
  • Supervise and mentor intermediate data scientists.

Knowledge and Skills

The general skills required for this position are:

  • Solid analytical and creative skills – the ability to gather, view, interpret and analyse information;
  • Solid numeracy skills – have knowledge of figures and numbers, understand the relationships existing between numbers and interpret any mathematical information;
  • Solid business acumen;
  • Excellent problem solving;
  • Acute attention to detail; and
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, rapidly changing and sometimes unstructured environment.

 The technical skills required for this position are:

  • Solid knowledge of big data and big data platforms such as Hadoop and Apache;
  • Solid knowledge of artificial intelligence and machine learning;
  • Solid understanding of logical and physical data modelling;
  • Solid understanding of data mining and statistical analysis;
  • Solid understanding of ETL processes, data processing and data analytics;
  • Solid understanding of data transformation;
  • Solid use of programming, coding and scripting languages such as R, Python, Java and SQL;
  • Solid knowledge of pattern recognition and predictive modelling; and
  • Solid understanding of unstructured data analysis.

Qualifications

and Experience

The qualifications and experience related to this position are:

  • Appropriate and recognised data scientist related tertiary qualification, preferably a post graduate degree majoring in computer science, mathematics or statistics; and
  • Experience of seven (7) – fifteen (15) years within a data scientist role.

 

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