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Data Scientist

Posting Country:  United Kingdom
Date Posted:  08-Jan-2022
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

At Vodafone, we’re working hard to build a better future. A more connected, inclusive and sustainable world. As a dynamic global community, it's our human spirit, together with technology, that empowers us to achieve this. 

We challenge and innovate in order to connect people, businesses, and communities across the world. Delighting our customers and earning their loyalty drive us, and we experiment, learn fast and get it done, together.

With us, you can be truly be yourself and belong, share inspiration, embrace new opportunities, thrive, and make a real difference.

Data Scientist

Location:  Newbury (3-4 days per month office based, remaining days remote working)

Vodafone Business has a strong focus on Data. We have started a journey to find and engage with customers in new ways and we are looking for ambitious, smart and dedicated people to help us get there.
The Business Insights and Data Science team is a corner stone in Vodafone Business’s data driven strategy. We perform data driven insight to really understand our customers, build machine learning models to automate marketing, find data to improve sales and create new business opportunities, and support the CVM teams in using a data driven approach when they talk to customers.

This is a collaborative team where you’ll be supported and developed through challenges and a broad set of skills, both technical and business impacting. You’ll be working across teams and employing a mix of technical skills, data analysis and business sense. You’ll be rewarded with an enthusiastic environment where you can really develop your skills and enjoy the challenge.  In return, we want someone who puts curiosity at the heart of everything they do and is brilliant at communicating about data and the benefits it brings.

What will you be doing? 

Working with a small team of Data Scientists you’ll be responsible for creating the future of data within Vodafone Business.
A varied role where you’ll need to utilise a range of technical skills, customer understanding and commercial curiosity in order to:


  • Develop machine learning models to improve existing customer experience, upselling, cross-selling and customer retention.
  • Create advanced analytics products that provide actionable business insight to Vodafone and external partners.
  • Develop predictive models with large and varied datasets working with a community of colleagues across technology, data and marketing.
  • Managing and developing team members to better utilise Python, SQL and Git.
  • Identify potential new data sources and investigating potential user cases.
  • Work with stakeholders to create hypotheses which you will then test and deliver solutions to real business problems.

As an experienced member of the team you’ll get involved with developing other members of the team, with the potential to mentor and nurture junior team members.  We’ll also want you to support the Data Science and Insight team’s overall vision of driving data decision making across the Business by articulating and promoting the value of analytical work across the business

You’ll support the strategy for the transformation of data in the department, including ML techniques and using your interpersonal skills to get more usage by marketers and analysts. This role will pave the way to deliver the Vodafone Business Data Transformation roadmap of creating new value streams through automation and advanced data techniques.

Alongside machine learning and automation, we’re changing the department by upgrading our systems and the way we use data within them. This role will need to drive and do project work for data usage on these platforms. You’ll manage the expectations of all the stakeholders against the capacity of the team. 
You will assist in planning a code migration to GCP and ensure solutions are delivered are in line with the Tech 2025 strategic vision of the company to become a Techcomms company.

The role is broad, requiring a logical and curious mind, and a business focus to find new opportunities. In exchange, there are many development opportunities both within the team and in the wider Vodafone business.

Who are we looking for?  

We’re looking for someone who has amazing technical skills who can communicate their ideas and concepts to a non-technical audience.  You should be a natural problem solver who loves a challenge.  You should also have the following skills and experience:


  • Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree in quantitative fields including Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Computer Science Engineering.
  • Excellent communication skills - able to convey complex concepts to non-analytical audiences in a succinct form.
  • Expertise in data manipulation: use of structured data tools (e.g., SQL), & unstructured data tools and platforms (e.g., Hadoop, Spark, NoSQL).
  • Experience with Google Cloud Platform.
  • Significant experience using Python is essential.  Experience in PySpark, TensorFlow and Scala preferred but not required.
  • Experience managing several large-scale projects and working across teams and departments.
  • Experience of implementing data transformations and algorithms in common programming languages.
  • Software development skills (e.g. unit testing, Git, etc.) and development of Retention and/or Recommender Systems.
  • Understanding and hands-on experience in related use cases (e.g. churn reduction, personalisation, network optimisation, customer satisfaction, etc) 

What’s in it for you? 

An excellent remuneration and bonus package with 28 days holiday entitlement, in addition to bank holidays and paid leave for charity projects. We offer an extensive and flexible benefits package that can be tailored to suit you and your family. From our market-leading parental leave policies through to employee discounts, retail vouchers, pension plan and share schemes we are committed to supporting you throughout your career with Vodafone. 

Vodafone is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people by offering a motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised and rewarded. We are committed to promoting Inclusion for All with the belief that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business. We actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of our journey.