Job adverts posted by Sainsbury's and Channel 4 show that both companies are on the hunt for data scientists.
The successful Sainsbury's candidate will work across the business supporting marketing, commercial, agriculture, finance and HR, as well as the non-food and banking departments.
Sainsbury's said that it is looking for someone who can solve complex retail problems with a modern data-science stack, work in a collaborative environment, support digital experiences, DevOps and development teams, and use agile delivery with a focus on meeting business needs and driving value.
Candidates will need expertise in SAS, R, Python, SQL, NoSQL, Linux, Power BI, D3 and more, as well as knowledge of AWS, Spark, MapReduce, Hive, Impala.
They will need a relevant Bachelors or MSc degree and ideally some experience of working in a retail environment.
Meanwhile, Channel 4 is looking for a junior data scientist. The organisation is looking for an analytically minded individual with a strong background (from university or a previous job) in applying statistical techniques and providing actionable insight from huge amounts of data.
The successful candidate will help in the development, building and delivery of the necessary statistical models and data-driven products, enabling the business to gain a better understanding of its viewers.
The junior data scientist will run queries in Spark and HiveQL, assist in data cleansing and preparation for further analysis, and use Natural Language Processing, machine learning or statistical techniques.
He or she will have a BSc in statistics, mathematics, engineering, operations research, computer science or other quantitative discipline, such as political science or econometrics, and experience in at least one statistical programming platform or language.
Channel 4's current stack includes Spark, Python, R and Hadoop, but the company said it is "very flexible" about the language applicants have used.
However, applicants must have experience in predictive analytics, including machine learning techniques and classical statistical modelling, and understand the value of software development.
Channel 4 has a partnership with University College London, so the chosen candidate will have the opportunity to audit courses in machine learning and statistics. He or she will be mentored by Channel 4's team of senior data scientists and work closely with its PhD students.
The salary for the role has not been disclosed. The junior data scientist will be based in London on a full-time contract. The closing date for applications is midnight.
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