Our Johannesburg office is situated in Houghton Estate, within walking distance of the Rosebank Gautrain station.
We are looking for Data Scientists – both with specialist or leadership career paths, to join our collaborative, engaged and inspirational Data Science team. Are you are passionate about using data to lead problem solving and the positive impact it will have on the lives of people everywhere? Are you inspired to create and leverage the valuable insights contained in data solutions that empower positive transformation for clients and their customers? Do you have the skills and tenacity to contribute and grow towards a digital future where fact-based decisioning makes a difference in the lives of others? Do you want to work with the most talented people in South Africa? Then you will love it here!
Main purpose of the role
Our Data Science team provide critical data science and data analytics expertise and experience to help solve our clients most important business problems. You will work within multi-skilled delivery teams to design and deploy cutting edge solutions within client environments.
About the role
- Honours or Master’s Degree in Mathematical Statistics, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or related field
- Certifications: e.g. SAS, any Big Data certifications, SCRUM / Prince2
- 5-12 years of solving complex business and technology problems through applying data science techniques within a fast-paced project environment
- Experience in machine learning, deep learning, data mining, statistical methodology and demonstrated experience using these techniques to solve business problems
- Experience with analytics tools such as R, Python, SPSS, MATLAB and BI tools such as QlikView, PowerBI, Tableau is required
- Experience with deep learning tools (such as Keras, TensorFlow or Theano) and distributed computing frameworks (such as Hadoop and Spark) is a plus
- Evidence of leading and developing others whilst taking ownership for specific project outcomes
- Must possess basic project management skills such as estimation, planning and risk & issue management
- Relevant industries include (but are not limited to): Banking, Insurance/Assurance, Telcos, Oil & Gas, Retail, FMCG, Specialised Financial Services
- To help clients articulate and solve their most important business problems through the use of data, technology, domain knowledge, industry expertise and research
- Understand the impact of big data and machine data trends, as well as emerging data science technologies on our clients and their customers
- Work with our clients to create innovative solutions to business problems
- Help clients innovate and create new business data models
- Persuade and influence business leaders to make the right decisions
- Drive the execution of key initiatives, through approach and knowledge, to support projects delivery and bring the science of data to life
- Profile the BSG brand to attract talent and build further client opportunities
- Coach and mentor other BSG consultants to grow skills and drive effective delivery
- Able to shape the project delivery approach and lead the execution plan for designing and deploying cutting edge machine learning solutions in business environments.
- Able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary project team, coaching and mentoring others to deliver end-to-end business solutions in a collaborative and professional manner.
- Deep understanding of statistical and predictive modelling concepts and machine learning approaches with practical experience assessing the accuracy of data sources and data gathering techniques. Experience working with various data architecture.
- Able to explain technical concepts and their real world advantages/disadvantages to a business audience.
- Able to build good working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders (at all levels).
- Understands and applies best practises for own work and able to influence others to improve delivery standards. Experience with Git and modern software development workflow will be a plus.
- Experience delivering project outcomes using design thinking, lean start-up and agile principles.
- Natural leadership and the ability to easily establish trust-based relationships.
- Skilled in gaining valuable insights through collaboration and communication.
- Enjoys challenging work and has the proven ability to adapt manage change.
- Has an understanding of project-related commercial management for the engagement.
- Contribute to the organisation’s knowledge goals through the publication of knowledge-related articles, presentation at industry events or the advancement of knowledge management related initiatives within the organisation.
- Openness (relationships, information)
- Collaboration (in teams, with clients)
- Practical Focus (plans, solutions, technical problem solving)
- Delivery Focus (value, excellence)
- Empathy towards clients and staff
- Good communicator
- Willing & helpful
- Able to work well under pressure
- Holds self accountable
- Delivery focussed
- Quality driven
- Trustworthy (open & honest)
- Willing to travel
Note: We give full consideration to every applicant’s fit to this role, so if you decide to apply and you do not hear from BSG within a maximum of a four week period, please consider your application unsuccessful at this time.