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Role: Data Scientist Director

Team / Department: Data Science Team within Marketing Sciences Department

Line Manager: Alexey Drozdetskiy

Team Lead: Alexey Drozdetskiy

Team size:  8

We are looking for a Data Scientist Director to own client relationships & lead project teams in building & productionising end-to-end Data Science solutions (from classic classification & regression models for retention & price optimisation, to state-of-the-art recommendation engines with NLP, Computer Vision layers & third-party data-driven sophisticated enhancements). Successful candidate would naturally participate in advancing the team in adopting best DevOps/MLOps practices, in applying scientific rigour to solutions, participating in pitch discussions with potential clients, & overall championing data driven / data science approaches company-wide.

As a business weve grown every year during the pandemic. In the last 12 months weve won the biggest pitches in our category (Virgin Media 02 & Mercedes) & our clients say that were reinventing the future of marketing. 

Here is a list of skills & experiences for Data Scientists in our Team this is both, the list of requirements & the list you would look forward to developing & advancing once you join. Data Science field is vast so, a healthy subset of the below is sufficient to apply. From our side we will do our best to help you to expand on it (you are welcome to check feedback on Alexeys LinkedIn -

In no particular order:

  • End-to-end data science solutions technical, hands-on ownership: experience delivering multiple complex solutions
  • Project team leadership (including collaboration with project team members outside of data science practice)
  • Stakeholder management: from leading pitch conversations to agile delivery, to opportunity expansion
  • Strong (ideally - production level) Python code, functional, well structured, config driven. Experience in C/C++, Linux Shell, SQL, Spark/Databricks
  • Comprehensive EDA, & experience with TDD
  • Classic algorithms & approaches clustering, classification, regression from k-Means to XGBoost
  • Time Series well beyond (S)ARIMA(X)
  • Recommendation Engines
  • NLP & Computer Vision, including Deep Learning, including application of GANs
  • DevOps/MLOps approaches & techniques with implementation in AWS (Azure, GCP)
  • Statistics, including reasoning around algorithms & underlying math
  • Explainability & bias detection/avoidance
  • Git, GitFlow, MLflow, Agile development, config-driven implementations, CI/CD

Please note that the exact position title (e.g., between Associate & Senior Director) & corresponding compensation would depend on the applicant level of expertise. 


We stand up for individuality. We actively foster an inclusive workplace where diversity & individual difference are valued & leveraged to achieve the agencys vision. And most importantly we value every individuals wellbeing.  

As a diversity champion, equal opportunities & disability confident employer & an ardent advocate of flexible working we understand that everyone has unique requirements & needs.

We are a global creative agency, but the individual really is at the heart of everything we do. We use data to find out what makes them tick. We use technology to talk to them one-to-one but to one million at a time. And we use creativity to encourage them to engage, click, buy & bond, again & again.  

Each brand is unique & has its own individual challenges. We pride ourselves in rising to each & every one of them, for brands such as KFC, Mercedes Benz, IKEA, Paypal & Virgin Media 02.


We are true advocates of Flexible Working. We ask you to work where & when you work best. Well be honest though, we do love seeing people in the office, because it delivers on our Culture, Collaboration & Connection. For Concentration, work where youll work best. We call it the 4 Cs.

Learning & Development is important. We all know that. Its why we have a dedicated Learning & Development team & offer regular career conversations & bespoke L&D programmes so that you can leave us with more than when you started.

We recognise that the work of diversity, equity & inclusion calls on all of us. Thats why we set up The Neighbourhood. A collective of people, at different stages of the DE&I journey, whether impacted or allies, dedicated to helping our colleagues take ownership & effect change across 4 key pillars; Anti-racism, Disability, Gender & LGBTQ+ & Parents & Carers.

The Health & Wellbeing of our people matters immensely. We offer Coaching opportunities for all through our partnerships with Sanctus (mental health partner who provides online coaching; you can talk about anything, personal or professional) & Sayge (1:1 professional development coaching program). We have 40 trained Mental Health First Aiders across the agency & have Babylon Health (Private GP service) for all.

Youre better at work when you feel better in yourself.  So, in addition to your annual holiday, you can take a Me day & an Us day, every year. Your Me day is for you to invest in yourself go after a life goal, meditate, learn to paint, bake cakes or just have a duvet day watching Netflix!

Your Us day is all about giving back & helping others volunteer, pick litter at a local park, hang out with the elderly or raise money for a local charity.

Were progressive & always open to new initiatives, for example weve recently partnered with Fertifa (Leading Fertility & Reproductive Health benefit providers). Because we know the journey to becoming a family isnt always easy (that includes men too), & we support our people through that journey whether you are new parent, experiencing the menopause, or anything else in between.

Whatever stage of life you are at, we make sure you have the tools you need to have a healthy work life balance.

Recruitment process

Were not a 9 stage interview process agency. We like to keep recruitment swift, lean & individual & find that 2 or 3 stages gives all parties the opportunity to get to know each other. Plus we have a team on hand to answer questions throughout the process.

We are RAPP. And we cant wait to meet you.

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