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Data Scientist

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London, United Kingdom

Opta is looking to add to its Data Science team. This person will work on a small Data Science team that is responsible for the development and implementation of advanced sport metrics. Opta’s Data Science team works at the intersection of many teams within the business. The Data Science team builds models and metrics based on sport data, usually football. Those metrics are sold through APIs to external customers or used for applied engagements like consulting services and presentations. HERE’S YOUR ROLE BROKEN DOWN (NOT ALL OF IT, JUST THE MOST IMPORTANT STUFF) Partner with Data Science’s stakeholders on cross-functional projects Develop new sport metrics using statistical and machine learning techniques Extract data from databases like MySQL, and ingest data from APIs Work with product developers to bring the new metrics to production Work with OptaPro staff on consulting engagements with football (soccer) clubs and federations Give teammates feedback on work using tools like Jupyter Notebooks, and Confluence pages Promote data literacy across the company Contribute to an inquisitive, respectful, and fun work environment Pursue projects, models, and technologies that interest you DO YOU HAVE THESE ESSENTIALS? You have a degree or equivalent experience in a quantitative discipline such as Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, or Computer Science. You have programming for statistical analysis and machine learning using Python or R. You have good written English and communication skills. In particular, you can communicate findings from data succinctly, especially to non-experts. You are a fast learner and prioritize learning new ideas and technologies. You create clear data visualizations. IT WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU HAD THESE DESIRABLES TOO Understanding the current state of sports analytics, in particular football (soccer). Understanding of multiple sports a plus, especially football, cricket, and/or rugby. Understanding how data is used by sport media and professional clubs. A blog or code repository demonstrating clear analytic thought process and/or examples of code. Knowing a foreign language (or multiple). HERE’S A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US At Perform Group we like to consider ourselves a progressive, dynamic, funand fast-paced global sports media broadcasting company. We are passionate about what we do and good at it too! We have over 2,800 employees with an extensive network of freelance specialists. We have a strong team with experts from Netflix, Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, YouView and Now TV. We’re growing rapidly and launching into new global markets every year. DAZN is our sports streaming service that allows fans to watch their sport, their way, live or on-demand. With access to the world’s best sports, fans can watch their favourite teams, leagues and players anytime, anywhere, for one simple, affordable price and with no long-term contract. DAZN has over 8,000 live events a year and features the widest array of live sports ever offered on one TV service. DAZN can play, pause and rewind anytime with no commercial interruptions and no long-term commitments. DAZN is currently available in Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan on most connected devices including Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets and games consoles. In 2018, we’re soon to be launching in the US and Italy. Find out more at www.performgroup.com and http://media.dazn.com THE BENEFITS YOU WILL ENJOY WHEN YOU JOIN WILL INCLUDE… 25 days’ annual leave (increasing by 3 days after 3 years), single cover Aviva Private medical insurance*, Life Assurance (4x annual salary), matching pension contributions up to 5%, Travel Loan, Cycle to Work Scheme* and more. And there’s more…… you’ll have access to the Perform/DAZN online learning portal (MindTools) and be part of our Career Deal, which aims to support your continued professional development. We also have a structured management development programme and a financially rewarding ‘Refer a Friend’ scheme. If you fancy a move abroad, Perform are currently seeking the best talent in the world. *Please Note – some of these benefits will be available to you upon successful completion of your probation.

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