Junior Data Scientist

  • Hastings Direct
  • London, UK
  • Jul 31, 2019
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Our street pricing strategy is the responsibility of the Retail Pricing team – every day our pricing, data science and analytics experts are optimising prices to maximise the value generated through customer acquisition and retention. 

Using advanced machine learning techniques and extensive, diverse datasets our Data Scientists build predictive models of customer behaviour and market dynamics, deploying them to enhance our pricing algorithms.

About us 

Hastings Direct is a fast growing, digitally focused general insurance provider of products and services to over 2.7 million customers in the UK. We've doubled our customer base in just three years and we now employ over 3,400 colleagues. 

It's our attitude and the way we run our business that makes us different. We focus on getting it right for our colleagues, customers, company and community. It's a dynamic, flexible, fun and constantly changing environment. You'll enjoy the scope to make a real difference for our customers, influence our company, benefit the communities we work in and have some fun along the way. 

The Role 

Collaborating with some of the sharpest minds in the industry, you will work with our Hadoop warehouse to create features and extract data for modelling, learn the art of combining statistical and machine learning modelling approaches, and develop new pricing algorithms and tests to drive innovation.

Location is flexible, either based at our city office in Cannon Street, or our Bexhill Group Head office down by the sea either way, flexible home working is an option and regular travel between offices is required.

Some of the skills and experience we’re looking for, the rest we will show you

  • Degree (Masters preferred) in a numerical discipline (e.g. mathematics, sciences, engineering, computing)
  • SQL and experience working with large or complex datasets; experience with Hadoop and/or Spark would be great but not essential
  • R/Python/Matlab or coding statistical methods in other languages
  • Building classification and/or regression models (e.g. GLMs); practical experience with machine learning models would be really good 

Personal attributes 

As a growing business this role is critical to our delivery and success, it will be exciting, busy, varied and challenging so a roll sleeves up, hands-on approach is an absolute must  

  • Creative thinker and problem solver – we’ve always got new challenges
  • Cares about the detail – because small errors can have big impacts
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced  environment – organisation and multi-tasking are key
  • Hungry for knowledge – always seeking to learn, develop and come up with new ideas
  • Communicates effectively – because our stakeholders don’t always get it  

Benefits for you  

  • Highly competitive basic salary which we will share with you upon shortlisting
  • Flexible working opportunities working 1-2 days a week from home
  • Up to 5% bonus earning potential
  • 25 days holiday
  • Life assurance
  • Competitive pension
  • Flexible benefits – buy or sell holidays
  • Discounted Hastings Direct products  

Hastings Group is an equal opportunities employer which means we treat people fairly. We welcome applications from all suitably skilled persons regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, ethnic background, religion/belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or marital/family status. Please also note that we have a thorough referencing process, which includes credit and criminal record checks. 

Experience level of the applicant we want

Some work experience, Graduate