Lead Data Scientist – ESR

  • Company:
    Science New Zealand
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:

Lead Data Scientist

Permanent, Fulltime

  • Newly created leadership position
  • Drive business outcomes and impacts from data science
  • Grow data science capability across ESR
  • ESR is a Government-owned Crown Research Institute (CRI) that uses the power of science to solve complex problems for our partners and customers and protect people and products in New Zealand, and around the world. 

    ESR is a world leader in the science that keeps people safe, healthy and prosperous. Our customers regard us as a critical partner for their work and we are known for our service ethic. 

    About the role:

    We are seeking a leader who can drive data science across ESR by creating business outcomes and impacts from internal and external data through building strong relationships with external stakeholders and internal business groups. 

    The role involves development and execution of data science strategy, building staff capability in data science and maximising opportunities to create successful data science projects and products.

    Key accountabilities will include:

  • Lead the data science strategy, development and adoption of data science across ESR.
  • Create valuable business outcomes and impacts from internal and external datasets
  • Build strong engagement with external stakeholders to create new opportunities for ESR
  • Build data science capability and training across the organisation
  • Grow our research utilising a variety data science techniques
  • Apply data science techniques to a range of research, organisational and commercial projects
  • What we’re looking for:

    To be successful in the role of Lead Data Scientist you will need to have a successful track record in data science research and technologies, creating business outcomes from data including revenue generation, development of commercial data science products, research innovation, successful research grant applications and have published in data science journals. You will need to be well networked in government and private sectors, and have strong relationship building skills. 

    You will be capable of providing specialist advice, developing and executing strategy and monitoring progress. You are able to successfully mobilise a whole organisation to achieve data science goals and provide meaningful guidance, mentoring and training in a range of contexts.

    You will have strong skills in a range of data science techniques which may include artificial intelligence, machine learning, data visualisation, and statistical methods. You will also be proficient with software such as SQL, R, Python, SAS and management of code. These skills will enable you to support a variety of projects and activities.

    What you’ll get in return  

    You will get to work with a passionate team, who take pride in the quality of their work and have the opportunity to contribute to public health responses across New Zealand. You will also get to be part of a very unique institution that supports the wellbeing of the community and wider New Zealand. 

    ESR promotes active work/life policies including family-friendly initiatives and flexible hours. You’ll receive ongoing personal development, free car parking as well as access to a Southern Cross group membership scheme.

    To Apply 

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    Please note the successful applicant will be required to complete a pre-employment drug-screen and police records check as conditions of employment