Senior Data Scientist (AI)

  • Ovo Energy Limited
  • London, UK
  • 31/05/2024
Full time Data Science Artificial Intelligence Software Engineering Data Warehouse

Job Description

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Team: AVA
Salary banding: £60,000 - £85,000
Experience: Expert
Working pattern: Full-Time
Reporting to: Senior Data Science Manager
Sponsorship: Unfortunately we are unable to offer sponsorship for this role.
This role in 3 words: Impact. Ownership. Opportunity.
Top 3 qualities for this role: Innovation. Problem Solving. Delivery Excellence

Where you'll work:

At OVO, we understand that a one size fits all approach doesn't work for everyone. That's why we created the OVO Way of Flexibility.

We're looking for someone ideally based in London, with 1 day in the office per week, where we have a dedicated space for collaboration, connection and teamwork. You'll also have the flexibility to work from home.

Everyone belongs at OVO

At OVO, we are on a mission to solve one of humanity's biggest challenges, the climate crisis. And we know it takes all of us to change the world. That's why we need diverse people from all abilities, gender identities, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, life experiences and backgrounds to join us.

Teamworking for the planet

Everything we do here spins around Plan Zero. So, naturally, the team you'll be joining plays a gigantic role in making that happen. Here's how:

We're hiring Data Science experts. You'll be working in our AI team, helping to deliver world class customer experiences. The faster we can serve our customers, the quicker we can work towards our Plan Zero goals.

This role in a nutshell:

As a Senior Data Scientist at OVO, you will be at the forefront of using AI to enhance customer experiences. You'll work as a team to develop and implement innovative solutions that optimise user interactions and personalise services. Your expertise will drive the delivery of innovative AI-powered features, ensuring OVO remains a leader in providing seamless and tailored experiences for our customers.

Your key outcomes will be:

  • Advanced Modeling and Deployment: Take ownership of the end-to-end lifecycle of sophisticated machine learning models (including GenAI, language and computer vision models) from conceptualization to deployment and ongoing maintenance in production environments. You will apply your expertise in Python and SQL to develop these models on the GCP platform, adhering to the highest standards of model governance and ethical AI practices.
  • Leadership in Methodology Selection: Lead the selection and application of the most appropriate data science methodologies for each use case. This may range from developing complex machine learning algorithms to designing data structures, labels and labeling protocols for effective implementation of the data-driven solutions.
  • Strategic Development: Coordinate between domain experts, product managers and engineers to identify and define impactful data science opportunities. You will play a pivotal role in translating complex business challenges into actionable data-driven opportunities, ensuring alignment with our strategic goals.
  • Communication and Collaboration: Effectively communicate sophisticated data-driven insights to stakeholders at all levels of technical expertise and seniority. Utilise advanced data visualisation techniques to narrate compelling stories with data, ensuring the practical application of analytical outputs.
  • Community Engagement and Innovation: Actively contribute to the data science community to foster a culture of collaboration, openness, and innovation. Stay abreast of the latest developments in data science and technology, bringing innovative solutions and best practices to the team.
  • Engineering Excellence: Leverage your deep understanding of engineering principles to design, develop, and deploy scalable and reproduceable data models and algorithms. Lead initiatives to enhance data accessibility and maturity across the organisation, promoting automation and innovative use of data.
  • Experimentation and Insights Generation: Design and implement sophisticated experiments to extract, merge, manage, and analyse data from diverse sources, delivering tailored insights to stakeholders. Utilise advanced visualisation tools to communicate these insights effectively.

Within your first 3 months month you'll:

  • Make a measurable impact on customer experience
  • Conduct analysis to find opportunities for model enhancements
  • Plan and deliver the development of improvements to existing ML models.
  • Measure and communicate impacts of the changes to key customers

Systems: Python, GCP (Bigquery and Vertex AI), Kubeflow

You'll be a successful Senior Data Scientist at OVO if you…

  • Extensive Experience: Minimum 5 years of experience in data science roles with a proven track record of delivering impactful data science solutions. Demonstrated leadership in the design, development, and deployment of advanced machine learning models.
  • Advanced Analytical Techniques: Proficiency in a wide range of statistical, machine learning, and data mining techniques. Experience in Natural Language Processing and GenAI are highly desirable
  • Expertise in Cloud and Data Science Tools: Advanced knowledge of cloud platforms (specifically GCP / VertexAI), machine learning frameworks, and data science tooling (SQL, Python, GitHub).
  • Strategic Thinking and Communication: Ability to translate complex business requirements into data science opportunities. Skilled in presenting sophisticated concepts to senior stakeholders and leading cross-functional project teams to successful deployment.
  • Professional Growth and Collaboration: A growth mindset with a passion for continuous learning and knowledge sharing. Experience in fostering a collaborative and innovative work environment.
  • Education and Additional Skills: A degree or equivalent experience in a quantitative field (e.g., Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering). Experience with scheduling platforms like Kubeflow and an understanding of advanced programming principles are highly desirable

Let's talk about what's in it for you

We'll pay you between £60,000 and £85,000, depending on your specific skills and experience.

We keep our pay ranges broad on purpose to give us, and you, flexibility to match your experience to our zero carbon mission.

You'll be eligible for an on-target bonus of 15%. We have one OVO bonus plan that focuses on the collective performance of our people to deliver our Plan Zero goal.

We also offer plenty of green benefits and progressive policies to help you feel like you belong at OVO…and there's flex pay. It's an extra 9% of your salary on top of your core pay to use as you like. You can take it as cash, add to your pension, or choose to spend it on a huge range of flex benefits.
Here's a taster of what's on offer:

For starters, you'll get 34 days of holiday (including bank holidays).

For your health
With benefits like a healthcare cash plan or private medical insurance depending on your career level, critical illness cover, life assurance, health assessments, and more

For your wellbeing
With gym membership, gadget, travel and cyber insurance, workplace ISA, will writing services, DNA testing, dental insurance, and more

For your lifestyle
With extra holiday buying, discount dining, culture cards, tech loans, and supporting your favourite charities with give-as-you-earn donations

For your home
For your home Get up to £300 towards any OVO Energy plan, plus personal carbon offsetting and great discounts on smart thermostats and EV chargers

For your commute
Nab a great deal on ultra-low emission car leasing, plus our cycle to work scheme and public transport season ticket loans
Want to hear about our full range of flexible benefits and progressive people policies? Our People Team can tell you everything you need to know.

For your Belonging

To find better ways to support our people, we need to listen to each other's experiences and find ways to build a truly inclusive and diverse workplace. As part of this, we have 8 Belonging Networks at OVO. Led by our people, for our people - so when you join OVO, you can play a part - big or small - with any of the Networks. It's up to you.

Oh, and one last thing...

We'd be thrilled if you tick off all our boxes, yet we also believe it's just as important we tick off all of yours. And if you think you have most of what we're looking for but not every single thing, go ahead and hit apply. We'd still love to hear from you!

If you have any additional requirements, there's a space to let us know on the application form; we want to make the process as easy and comfortable for you as possible..