Lead Data Scientist

Full time

Employment Information

Join the Exciting Journey at tombola! 🚀

Are you ready to be a part of something extraordinary? As tombola continues its remarkable growth, we’re on the hunt for a Lead Data Engineer.

The Lead Data Scientist is a key role within the Data department in the Tech team at tombola. This role will report directly into our Head of Data, and will provide leadership to our Data Scientists, helping to build our data science capability.

Find your bounce at tombola! 🎱

At tombola, we’re not just another player in the game; we’re the creators of the game. Our approach is revolutionary – we craft every element of our software in-house, from concept to execution. We take pride in the ingenuity of our developers and designers, united by their passion for pushing boundaries and shaping the future.

It’s not just our digital bingo balls that have loads of bounce. Our people do, too. Whatever your role, it’s the kind of place that can put a spring in your step.

Whether you’re developing game mechanics, keeping our players safe, testing our products or sponsoring one of the UK’s biggest TV shows, how high and how far you bounce really is up to you.

What do we offer? 💰

We champion a culture of inclusivity, flexibility, personal development, and mental wellbeing! 

As well as a salary that will be more than agreeable for you, we offer market leading benefits such as quarterly bonus, tombola merch, free breakfast and lunches in the office, private healthcare, hybrid working and much more. 

You can find out more about our benefits and what it’s like to work for us here.

Sounds great! What will I be doing? 🔎

Role Purpose:

  • Lead and grow a team of data scientists at tombola, driving them to deliver cutting-edge data science solutions.
  • Actively participate in, and oversee, the integration of data science projects into business processes to enhance tombola’s decision-making and operational efficiency.
  • Engage with senior stakeholders across various departments, understanding their needs and delivering impactful data-driven insights and solutions.
  • Working with other teams to develop collaborative ways of working that make data science capabilities available to all departments at tombola.
  • To work closely with the data engineering team to ensure data requirements for data science projects are understood and delivered.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Team Leadership: Build, mentor, and lead a data science team, promoting a collaborative and innovative work environment. Ensure professional growth and skill development within your team.
  • Project Management: Manage the lifecycle of key data science projects from inception to deployment. Apply advanced data science techniques to solve complex problems and enhance business operations.
  • Technical Expertise: Utilize your expertise in statistics, machine learning, and data management to develop predictive models and algorithms.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Maintain robust communication with stakeholders at all levels, ensuring their requirements are met and their concerns are addressed promptly.
  • Innovation and Strategy: Drive the adoption of new technologies and methodologies in machine learning and data science. Promote an environment of continuous improvement and innovation.

Knowledge & Experience:

  • Proven experience leading a data science team and managing complex projects with significant business impact.
  • Expertise in operationalising machine learning models and integrating them into business processes.
  • Strong background in machine learning, statistics, data management, and relevant technologies (e.g., Python, R, SQL, AWS SageMaker, Apache Airflow, Dbt and AWS Kinesis).
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to convey complex data concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Knowledge/experience of industry standards, such as CRISP-DM.
  • Experience in the iGaming or online betting industry is advantageous but not required.

Personal Qualities:

  • A strategic thinker with a proven track record of problem-solving and innovation.
  • A motivational leader who champions both team and individual development.
  • A team player with a “servant” approach to leadership.
  • Demonstrate high degree of empathy and emotional intelligence
  • You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, able to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • Highly motivated with a “can do” attitude and the ability to use own initiative
  • Have a “down to earth” working style
  • Good attention to detail and the ability to prioritise effectively
  • Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Spirit of fun and engagement

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