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Senior Data Scientist – London (Temporarily remote working)

Employer
The Culture Trip
Location
London (Temporarily remote working)
Salary
Depending on Experience
Closing date
17 Feb 2021

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Sector
Financial & Support jobs, Senior Management (Admin), Site Administrator, IT
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Senior Data Scientist – London (Temporarily remote working)

Culture Trip is the trusted shortcut to booking travel that’s good, and makes you feel good. In one single platform, our customers can discover and book spot-on stays and experiences, hand-picked by a global community of travel experts and local insiders. In 2011, Culture Trip was created to inspire people to go beyond their cultural boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special, unique and meaningful. Fast-forward to 2021, and Culture Trip has become the essential travel companion, having evolved into a global travel e-commerce brand with content at its heart. This is a unique proposition in a market dominated by the more utilitarian online travel agencies (OTAs), user-generated content (UGC) and price-comparison sites.

Culture Trip is different, because, for a decade now, its global community of travel experts and local insiders have hand-picked the world’s best bits to share travel stories and unbiased recommendations, together with curated collections of places to stay, hotels, things to do and experiences that can be booked online. Culture

Trip inspires people and enables them to turn this inspiration into reality, all in one place.

We are a diverse team comprising travel experts, engineers, creators, data scientists, marketeers, media specialists and more, across offices in London, NYC, and Tel Aviv. In addition, we work with a global network of hundreds of freelance content creators who share their insider knowledge and insights on the places they know well.

Every month, Culture Trip attracts millions of visitors to its site; app downloads have leapt to almost 3 million; social followers have increased to more than 8 million, and our videos have been viewed more than 2 billion times. Since 2019, we have won more than 30 awards for our inspirational content, and our work for brand partners and commercial clients.

Founded in 2011 and after four years evolving the concept, Culture Trip secured seed funding of $2 million in 2015, Series A funding of $20 million in 2016, a funding injection of $80 million in 2018 and, in August 2020, we secured additional funding to drive further growth.

You and the Role

We are looking for an outstanding hands-on Senior Data Scientist, adept at not only understanding and interpreting data, but also building models and influencing change in the organisation. You should have a proven record of working with large datasets, leading the development of technical solutions, and building production-ready machine learning models. You should be a self starter with an entrepreneurial spirit, able to think outside the box and take your own initiative. You should have a natural affinity for numbers and be a confident communicator. Above all, you should be smart, passionate and dedicated to building a great business.

As a Senior Data Scientist at Culture Trip, your role will generally involve:

  • Leading the development of data science projects, making use of large amounts of data and appropriate technologies to develop the right solution for business problems
  • Responsible for building and deploying production-ready machine learning models, including testing, documentation, maintenance and tracking their performance
  • Engaging with key stakeholders, including Product Managers and their respective teams, to understand business requirements and write technical specifications for the projects you are working on
  • Communicating complex ideas in a clear, precise, yet accessible way, making sure insights are easy to understand for the less data-minded
  • Responsible for the continued improvement and development of best practices within data science, including tools, methodologies and capabilities
  • Identify opportunities in the company to help the development of the product roadmap through data science
  • Effectively manage your time, including the planning and management of project tasks, and plan resources to finish projects in a timely manner
  • Mentor and collaborate with other members working in Data
  • Learn new technologies that align with your own and the company's interest
  • Represent Culture Trip at events and conferences

Requirements:

  • An MSc or PhD in Data Science, Computer Science, Statistics, Maths, Physics, Engineering or a similar, relevant subject
  • At least three years’ experience applying data science to business/real world applications
  • Highly proficient in Python (at least 2 years) and its associated libraries such as Pandas, NumPy, scikit-learn
  • Experience using Machine Learning algorithms in production (Regression, Decision Trees, SVMs, Gradient Boosting algorithms etc.)
  • Experience with at least one of the following: Deep Learning, NLP, Reinforcement Learning
  • Experience working with AWS or similar cloud technologies
  • Experience with version control and automatic testing of code
  • Experience in a technical leadership capacity, mentoring junior data scientists and leading technical development
  • The ability to effectively manage your time, including the planning and management of project tasks; ability to plan resources to finish projects in a timely manner
  • Understand how to manage stakeholder relationships. You should be good at influencing departments to make smarter decisions.
  • Comfortable working within a global company, liaising across different time zones, with a passion for culture
  • Culture Trip is a fast-growing organisation; you must have the ability to adjust to a changing landscape, be a self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit and be able to act on your own initiative

What's in it for you?

We believe what we do is unique in the industry and working alongside passionate colleagues on exciting projects will help us deliver against our important mission. We are a startup on a journey and when joining us, you really can make a difference.

The health and safety of our employees is of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, we are following local government guidelines which means that we encourage our employees to work from home - there is no expectation that they should come to the office at this time.

However, we know that everyone’s personal circumstances are different, meaning that some of our colleagues do need to use the office space from time to time. Where possible, our offices are still open and we have put processes in place and taken every precaution to make it a safe environment for those who might occasionally need to be there.

Work-life balance, work hours & time off

  • 25 days holiday in addition to all public holidays
  • You get a bonus day off on your birthday so you can spend all day eating cake
  • Flexible hours - if you’re an early riser or a night owl worry not, you can choose your start and finish time as long as you work around the core hours

Pension, healthcare & wellbeing

  • Pension scheme - we will contribute 4% and you will contribute a minimum of 4%
  • Optional Private Health Insurance (after 3 months employment)
  • Family friendly policies
  • Employee assistance programme - a free employee wellbeing service
  • Cycle to work scheme - an amazing scheme that saves you income tax and NI contributions from the bike’s retail price
  • 50% off Pure Gym annual membership

P​rofessional & personal development (and team fun!)

  • Unlimited access to Udemy for Business - an online learning platform
  • Volunteering Days - each Culture Trip employee gets 2 charity days a year to dedicate their time to a good cause of their choice
  • Virtual social events such as beer tasting and bingo

The health and safety of our employees is of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, we are following local government guidelines which means that we encourage our employees to work from home - there is no expectation that they should come to the office at this time.

However, we know that everyone’s personal circumstances are different, meaning that some of our colleagues do need to use the office space from time to time. Our office is

still open and we have put processes in place and taken every precaution to make it a safe environment for those who might occasionally need to be there.

And when we’re back in the office, there’s also these lovely perks

  • Working from home - need to do some thinking or get away from distractions? You can get out of the office to work almost from anywhere. You are encouraged to do this once a week
  • Dogs in the workplace
  • Department Socials - Get to know your wider department with Culture Trip funded socials every quarter.
  • Teams also organise their own team-building lunches, dinners, breakfasts or other socials
  • Company Wide Parties & Events
  • Snacks - Get in your five a day, we provide fresh fruit, biscuits and tea and coffee in the office
  • Friday treats - Every Friday we take turns to host themed Friday treats. From Italian food to national cake day get ready for your tastebuds to be tickled
  • Dress down everyday (or up if that’s your thing!)

Culture Trip is committed to equality of opportunity for all. We strongly believe that diversity of backgrounds, ethnicities, experience, circumstances, abilities and perspectives leads to a better workplace for our employees and a better product for our users.

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