Lead Data Scientist

Technology – Data Science
Welcome! We’re Attest: a Consumer Growth Platform. We’re on a mission to bring every business closer to consumers, and empower them with the insights that drive predictable and repeatable growth; enabling them to create and deliver better, more useful services, products and experiences for communities worldwide.

We’re spearheaded by a bunch of awesome individuals, and our guess is that you’re pretty awesome, too. We’re ultra-proud of the inclusive company we’ve built to date. Attest is not just an exciting place to work alongside great people, but a feeling – one of belonging and adventure. We’re delighted that you’ve taken the first step to becoming an Attester by expressing an interest in who we are and what we do.

About the Technology team
Engineers join us for the technical challenges we overcome and stay for the incredible culture our Engineers create and grow, from talking at meetups such as the monthly 'London Microservices Meetup' (hosted and set up by our very own Technical Director) to contributing regularly to open source software (we're lucky to have the core contributor to Vue.js in our ranks). We work very closely with Product and Design in cross-functional squads, each of which has the autonomy to practice agile in the way that works best for them. We're also excited to build out a Data Science function here at Attest, focusing on ML and NLP techniques to provide greater insights to our customers and safeguard our high data quality.

About the role
We’re looking for a Senior Data Scientist to join our expanding team, and join us in the creation of a new function within Attest.

We have been using NLP techniques to analyse free text answers and make predictions about their validity, with views to extend this to semantic analysis and entity recognition. Coding in python, using libraries such as scikit learn and tensorflow our next focus is to augment our results experience, enabling clients to easily derive insights on the Attest platform. Using our newly launched innovation pipeline we hope to discover new and exciting projects and implement them using data science and machine learning.

You will play a critical role in the expansion and evolution of the Data Science team, and the development of products and services that bring to life the full power of the important datasets Attest generates.

As a contributing team lead, you’ll have a wide-ranging role: designing the data science function, helping us to recruit top-tier talent, and training, coaching and up-skilling existing team members; all while working on projects yourself, role-modelling best practices and appropriate skill sets.

You’ll work on the Attest core product, creating new features for our customers:

Identifying and serving insights to customers from the data created by respondents to help our customers gain insights.
Further understanding respondent answers, developing reasoning about answer sets, and assessing validity based on quality scoring.
Create customer guidance based on past cohort behaviour; creating training and enablement processes, optimising client usability. 

Working alongside our engineering and product teams, you will take data science projects from idea to production. You will also work closely with the Attest Center of Excellence, identifying ways to produce complex client reporting and analysis, in simple, low touch, high-impact ways.

You’ll start by working with and mentoring our existing data scientist. We’ll soon be scaling up the team, approaching four new members by end 2019.

What you’ll be doing
Collaborate with the whole company to identify new use cases, develop ideas with our clients and create best-in-class products.
Teach and mentor other data scientists in the team, and the wider company about your discipline.
Build machine learning models and deliver them to our customers with help from our engineers.
Participate in engineering & product planning, stand-ups and retrospective meetings.
Explore new innovative ideas and solve existing problems in creative ways.

Who you are
A team player. Collaborative, self-motivated, creative, entrepreneurial & thoughtful style.
A leader. You enjoy teaching and seeing the team progress in their careers.
A challenge lover. You enjoy solving complex data & machine learning problems efficiently.
Results-driven. With proactive use and exploration of new technologies and methodologies from academia and the tech sector.
You love delivery. You love to see your solutions available to real users.
An evangelist. You are active within the data science community and you love to contribute articles and speak at events.

What you’ll bring to Attest
Expertise in developing and implementing Natural Language Processing and recommendation models.
Expertise in a programming language like Python, and associated libraries e.g., scikit-learn, tensorflow, and other libraries for statistical modelling and implementing supervised and unsupervised machine learning models.
Experience using SQL and other data extraction techniques to compile relevant data from different data sources.
Experience handling large scale datasets, data preprocessing and transformation.
Experience in aiding recruitment and strategy, and mentoring more junior members of the team.
Experience in building, implementing and using analytic stacks (e.g., Looker, redshift, AWS pipelines, SQL, Tableau, Google APIs) is desirable, along with an interest in using data to inform marketing and commercial strategy.
What we’ll offer in return
Our benefits and perks are designed with a focus on the wellbeing, engagement, and growth of our Attesters.

A competitive salary that fairly recognises your experience and potential;
High-quality Equipment – whether you prefer a MacBook or a Windows machine, we’ll invest a sizeable amount (over £2K) to provide you with the right tools and set-up to help you do your best work;
25 days paid holiday – we care about our team’s wellbeing, so we make sure you have time to fully switch off, rest, and recharge;
Flexible working hours and working from home –  whether you have parental responsibilities, just need some headspace, or have a parcel being delivered, we’ll support you in making your work and personal life a manageable blend;
A generous Growth & Development budget to spend on the resources and tools that will help you grow in your role and achieve your career goals;
10% adventure time to invest in charitable activities, your growth and development, and/or side projects for Attest;
Weekly team lunch – a team who eats together, works hard together, and stays together, right? We order in lunch every week, but also acknowledge those who are less fortunate than ourselves: for every meal we order, our supplier donates a meal in support of the Akshaya Patra Foundation;
Fully-paid sick days – Mental health and physical health are treated equally at Attest. Whether you’ve been knocked out with the flu, are having an operation, or need some time off to manage anxiety, stress or depression, for example, we encourage all our Attesters to rest up and come back when they’re feeling more like themselves;
A values-led working environment that encourages putting people first, honesty, curiosity and leadership.
Is this role not quite the right fit for you? Or, have you not seen a suitable position available on our careers site?...We’re always on the look-out for interesting, bright folk to join our team of Attesters. Connect with us to stay in touch, and we’ll notify you when we have new opportunities.

About our people and culture
Attest is a place where you’re encouraged to bring every part of you needed to do your best work; every part of you needed to build strong, meaningful and long-lasting relationships with your fellow Attesters, our clients and partners.

We champion our people in their entirety. With our team of Attesters, we take a human-first approach, optimising for joy and adventure, ingrained in everything we do.

We’re a friendly, collaborative team, and value putting people (our team, clients and consumers) first; honesty, curiosity, empowerment and leadership are core to our team working style. Decisions are made with careful and quick consideration at Attest, to support fast and efficient growth. 

About Attest
We believe that great companies put consumers and data at the heart of every decision. These companies create better, more useful products and services, which leads to happier consumers and ever-greater success.
Through our Consumer Growth Platform, everyone can now gain answers to their questions from audiences of over 100 million consumers across 80 markets.

Our clients use Attest to learn more about their target consumers, enter new markets, build new categories, validate decisions, develop better products and services, measure their brand, track competition, all with the goal of driving sustained growth across the business.

Our clients include Heineken, Walgreens Boots, Samsung, Fever-Tree, Discovery, Transferwise, and Nutmeg, among many others.

We’re backed by leading VCs, including New Enterprise Associates (NEA) – the investors behind companies such as Uber, Salesforce, Box, and Tableau; Oxford Capital and Episode 1 (the investors behind LoveFilm, Zoopla, Betfair, Shazam, CarWow and many other greats); plus several high-powered amazing Angel investors.

Diversity statement
Diversity matters, and we celebrate it at Attest! We’re building an inclusive place to work where everyone feels they belong. We see you and you’re welcome here. Attest doesn’t discriminate on the basis of any protected characteristic including race, religion or belief, gender or gender reassignment, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

We want to give everyone the opportunity to showcase their best selves during the interview process and beyond. Do let us know if there are any adjustments you’d like to make to ensure it’s more inclusive – we’re learning too, so we’re more than happy to adapt and accommodate where possible.