Data Scientist

Data Scientist

Location:
Haywards Heath
Salary:
£29,000 to £45,000 depending on experience
Department:
Underwriting
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We’re First Central Insurance & Technology Group (First Central for short), an award-winning innovative insurance and technology organisation, delivering market-leading motor insurance, underwriting, distribution, finance, technology and legal services.
 

Can you apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to analyse and interpret data? If you can … read on. We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Data Scientist to join our Underwriting team in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

Working as part of a team of data scientists and other specialists, you’ll help deliver a portfolio of innovative services that will discover and create value from the Company’s vast array of information assets. Applying analysis techniques and tools to deliver this value, you’ll assist the Lead Data Scientist in identifying where data science can provide value to business areas.


You’ll work with large amounts of data from a range of sources and in a variety of structured and unstructured formats, where you’ll apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to analyse and interpret data.  Building predictive models and generating machine learning algorithms, you’ll propose solutions to business challenges, and collaborate with other teams to implement these solutions.

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to have:

  • Proven experience in data science and data analysis
  • A degree in Data Science or other quantitative field
  • Good understanding of statistical techniques and their application, including GLMs, decision trees, random forest, boosting, distributions, clustering, simulation and scenario analysis

Job Responsibilities:

  • Help to identify opportunities across the organisation where data science can add value
  • Assist the Head of Data Science in defining and modelling business problems and solutions
  • Help to develop data services that include deep learning, predictive analytics and machine learning
  • Perform data analysis and data collection processes that effectively support these data services
  • Work individually and with team members, other teams and suppliers to deliver data services
  • Comply with all Group Information Security policies
  • Provide reports to internal and external Auditors as requested
  • Ensure compliance with company and other relevant standards/regulations at all times
  • Any other reasonable duties as required.

Experience

  • Proven experience in data science and data analysis
  • Good understanding of statistical techniques and their application, including GLMs, decision trees, random forest, boosting, distributions, clustering, simulation and scenario analysis
  • Knowledge of distributed data platforms, such as Hadoop / HDFS, Spark
  • Knowledge of data structures and schemas, data preparation and cleansing
  • Experience of machine learning techniques and libraries
  • Knowledge of data science toolkits and languages, such as R, Python, Scala Experience of data exploration and visualisation tools
  • Good knowledge of data query languages, such SQL, HiveQL, scripting
  • Knowledge of data integration services and ETL
  • Analytical and problem-solving aptitude
  • Degree in Data Science or other quantitative field

What can we do for you? 

We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…
 

  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle
  • Flexible working
  • YOUday – we give you an extra day off to celebrate a special day
  • The opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work
  • A health cash plan
  • Help with travel expenses
  • The opportunity to buy additional holiday
  • Company pension scheme
  • Group life assurance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Professional subscription fees paid
     

Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.

For further information on what we can offer and to learn more about this role, feel free to contact our dedicated Recruitment team.

So, if you’re up for the challenge and would like to join our vibrant and busy team, we want to hear from you today.

Want to know what it’s really like to work at First Central? Take a look at our Glassdoor reviews.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working during the recruitment process .

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Benefits

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Flexible working

We support colleagues who wish to work flexibly whilst meeting the needs of the business.

YOUday

We give you an extra day off to celebrate a special day.

Holiday Extra

Not only do you get a generous holiday entitlement, you can also buy additional leave.

Volunteering

Get a day off each year to take part in volunteering activities.

Health cash plan

Claim money back on your healthcare costs, such as dental check-ups and eye tests.

Season ticket loan

We provide interest-free loans to cover the cost of season tickets for rail, bus or car parking.