Principal Data Scientist

Full time

Employment Information

AXA XL recognizes digital, data and information assets are critical for the business, both in terms of managing risk and enabling new business opportunities. Data Science and Applied AI assets should not only be high quality, but also drive a sustained competitive advantage and delivering a superior experience to our internal, external customers and improving efficiency. Our Data, Analytics & Intelligence function is focused on driving innovation by optimizing how we leverage digital, data and AI to drive strategy and differentiate ourselves from the competition.

As we develop an enterprise-wide data and digital strategy that moves us toward greater focus on the use of data and strengthen our digital, AI capabilities, we are seeking a principal data scientist. In this role, you will be able to work on a portfolio of Data Science and AI models, projects and products that seek to yield a significant business benefit, build our competitive advantage, and help differentiate in the market through execution on innovation.

DISCOVER your opportunity

What will your essential responsibilities include?

  • Build and deliver meaningful Data Science and AI models, products, solutions enabling functions across the insurance value chain such as Underwriting, Claims, Distribution, Operations, etc.
  • Develop, grow, and mentor junior data scientists in delivering meaningful business value taking advantage of the latest developments in the fields of Data Science and AI
  • Build, validate, and deploy data science and ML models to address specific business problems with appropriate success criteria defined, tracked, and reported
  • Manage the end-end lifecycle of data science and AI solutions working in partnership with Data Science platform, Global Technology, and other relevant teams
  • Build Data Science, AI, and ML capability to ensure appropriate reuse of relevant assets across the business and potentially with the wider Group
  • Partner with key areas within Global Technology, Pricing & Underwriting, Transformation & Change Delivery, and other teams for Projects and for Business as Usual
  • Oversee and manages the function’s resource demand, capacity on in-flight projects as well as BAU work
  • Instill a customer-first attitude on the team, prioritizing service for our business stakeholders above all else
  • In this role, you will report to the Division Lead, Data Science Excellence.

SHARE your talent

We’re looking for someone who has these abilities and skills:

  • Excellent understanding of algorithms, complexities and able to conduct research and develop efficient solutions to meet business needs.
  • Good business acumen and commercial awareness. Experience in commercial insurance is a plus.
  • Proficiency in end-to-end model and software development and deployment.
  • Significant programming experience in Python. Experience with Spark, Microsoft Azure Ecosystem, Databricks is a plus.
  • Regression, Classification, Natural Language Processing, and Deep Learning experience preferred.
  • Ability to communicate well with leadership team, peers, teams across the globe.
  • Brings in a collaborative spirit, can-do attitude and a Customer First mindset.
  • Requires a combination of solid execution, strategic thinking, and ability to ‘connect the dots’.
  • Expected to recommend innovation and improvement to policies, procedures, deploying resources and performing core activities
  • A minimum of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Moderate to Extensive experience in a Data Science, AI or related roles (Actuarial, Statistics, Analytics, Engineering)
  • Passion for digital, data and AI and experience working within a digital and data driven organization

FIND your future

AXA XL, the P&C and specialty risk division of AXA, is known for solving complex risks. For mid-sized companies, multinationals and even some inspirational individuals we don’t just provide re/insurance, we reinvent it. How? By combining a comprehensive and efficient capital platform, data-driven insights, leading technology, and the best talent in an agile and inclusive workspace, empowered to deliver top client service across all our lines of business − property, casualty, professional, financial lines and specialty. With an innovative and flexible approach to risk solutions, we partner with those who move the world forward.

Inclusion & Diversity

AXA XL is committed to equal employment opportunity and will consider applicants regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity and origins, marital status, religion, disability, or any other protected characteristic.

At AXA XL, we know that an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce enable business growth and are critical to our success. That’s why we have made a strategic commitment to attract, develop, advance and retain the most diverse workforce possible, and create an inclusive culture where everyone can bring their full selves to work and can reach their highest potential. It’s about helping one another — and our business — to move forward and succeed.

  • Five Business Resource Groups focused on gender, LGBTQ+, ethnicity and origins, disability and inclusion with 20 Chapters around the globe
  • Robust support for Flexible Working Arrangements
  • Enhanced family friendly leave benefits
  • Named to the Diversity Best Practices Index
  • Signatory to the UK Women in Finance Charter
  • Learn more at AXA XL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


At AXA XL, Sustainability is integral to our business strategy. In an ever-changing world, AXA XL protects what matters most for our clients and communities. We know that sustainability is at the root of a more resilient future. Our 2023-26 Sustainability strategy, called “Roots of resilience,” focuses on protecting natural ecosystems, addressing climate change, and embedding sustainable practices across our operations.

Our Pillars:

  • Valuing nature: How we impact nature affects how nature impacts us. Resilient ecosystems - the foundation of a sustainable planet and society – are essential to our future. We’re committed to protecting and restoring nature – from mangrove forests to the bees in our backyard – by increasing biodiversity awareness and inspiring clients and colleagues to put nature at the heart of their plans.
  • Addressing climate change: The effects of a changing climate are far reaching and significant. Unpredictable weather, increasing temperatures, and rising sea levels cause both social inequalities and environmental disruption. We’re building a net zero strategy, developing insurance products and services, and mobilizing to advance thought leadership and investment in societal-led solutions.
  • Integrating ESG: All companies have a role to play in building a more resilient future. Incorporating ESG considerations into our internal processes and practices builds resilience from the roots of our business. We’re training our colleagues, engaging our external partners, and evolving our sustainability governance and reporting.
  • AXA Hearts in Action: We have established volunteering and charitable giving programs to help colleagues support causes that matter most to them, known as AXA XL’s “Hearts in Action” programs. These include our Matching Gifts program, Volunteering Leave, and our annual volunteering day – the Global Day of Giving. For more information, please see Sustainability at AXA XL.

The U.S. pay range for this position is USD 118,500– 233,000. Actual pay will be determined based upon the individual’s skills, experience, and location. We strive for market alignment and internal equity with our colleagues’ pay.

At AXA XL, we know how important physical, mental, and financial health are to our employees, which is why we are proud to offer benefits such as a competitive retirement savings plan, health and wellness programs, and many other benefits. We also believe in fostering our colleagues' development and offer a wide range of learning opportunities for colleagues to hone their professional skills and to position themselves for the next step of their careers. For more details about AXA XL’s benefits offerings, please visit US-Benefits-at-a-Glance_2023_US.pdf


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