Data Scientist

Sport Whispers are looking for a Data Scientist to join our growing team. Sport Whispers is a sports tech company, and creative innovation through Data Science is at the heart of our product portfolio. That means that as part of the team you’ll have the exciting opportunity to test the full range of your capabilities and creativity in developing products with commercial value in the rich arena that is sports data.

The Data Science team is involved from start to finish in the development of our products, from R&D to integration of production quality Python code with the rest of the engineering team. Our infrastructure is set up in a way that allows for quick iteration and exposure of your insight and ideas to the wider company and clients; and we’re sure that you’ll find the challenge extremely motivating and stimulating, especially if you’re passionate about sports.

We are on a journey to build the platform used by the world’s best known sport organisations to engage fans, grow audiences and reduce cost. We have a great client list, traction and we are well funded.

(Remote applicants will be considered but must be able to work between UTC-6:00 and UTC+2:00 timezones)

What you’ll be expected to do on the job:

  • Help shape our vision about what products we can build with our data

  • Research and develop new and exciting data analytics ideas in line with company strategy

  • Continuously expose these ideas by iteratively prototyping through internal mechanisms, until a Proof of Concept is achieved

  • Productise these ideas by bridging the gap between engineering and data science and contributing appropriately to the production codebase

  • Maintain data science products moving forward

  • Contribute to the data visualisations portfolio of the company

  • Deliver bespoke data analysis tasks to clients and other stakeholders

Job Requirements

Essential:

  • You have a degree in a heavily quantitative discipline such as Mathematics, Statistics, Physics or Computer Science or are demonstrably knowledgeable in current machine learning techniques

  • You have experience programming for data analysis and machine learning in Python, and are familiar and comfortable with the common frameworks and packages of data analysis and machine learning in this language (pandas, numpy, sklearn, statsmodels, etc)

  • You are capable of working and prioritising independently

  • Excellent English language skills

  • You are a fast learner

  • In the end, the most important thing is that you need to be a creative person with a deep understanding of how to extract insight from data, who knows how to prototype unique ideas using data and communicate that insight, and is willing to independently propose and pursue projects. However…

Desirable:

Any candidate that fulfils all the above requirements will strongly stand out from other applicants if:

  • You have previous experience working as a data scientist

  • You have experience writing SQL and working with relational databases

  • You are comfortable developing code in version control such as Git

  • You are comfortable with command-line tools

  • Knowledge or previous projects in sports data analytics, especially football (soccer)

  • A GitHub profile with code examples

  • Experience with data visualisation tools, preferably in Python

  • Experience with the AWS stack and deploying applications in Docker containers

  • Experience contributing to basic web apps

Benefits of working at Sport Whispers:

Working for Sport Whispers offers many perks, but, the key thing is that we are a talented team with a passion for the product we are building. If you do join our team you will benefit from:

  • The flexibility of remote work (with allowance for co-working membership to ensure you don’t go stir crazy at home)

  • Competitive salary

  • Staff share ownership scheme

  • Excellent holiday allowance

  • Top of the range equipment budget

  • A range of other benefits including healthcare and support for gym membership