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Data Scientist (m/f/d) wanted to act out on a technical playground


Nürnberg, Deutschland

hadoop python pyspark machine-learning statistics

Feb 28

Market research is the original data driven business. Incubated and spun-off from a university, we have earned the trust of the world´s biggest companies and leading brands - for more than 80 years. Today, everything at GfK starts and ends with Data and Science

We are proud of our heritage – and our future: Currently we’re on a transformational journey from a traditional market research company to a trusted provider of prescriptive data analytics powered by cutting edge technology. In our Technology & Data organization, we are responsible for the entire lifecycle of our data-driven products.  

You still think Market Research is about questionnaires aggregated with Excel?


We are building end-to-end, data-driven products using high performance computing solutions on top of our own big data environments that collect, pipeline, mine and aggregate data at petabyte-scale.

And we, the Global Data Science team, sit right there in the engine room, developing innovative and prescriptive analytics solutions in an agile way, using our unique data assets. A perfect playground for creative minds who have fun shaping things!

Our projects are challenging - so it's quite likely you need to leave your comfort zone to deliver compelling solutions. Fortunately, we have a team of over 30 Scientist with very diverse backgrounds. So you'll always find someone who is able and happy to help. In our team, everybody is eager to learn - and share!

This is only possible with extraordinary people.
And that’s why we are looking for YOU! A passionate Senior Data Scientist (m/f/d).

Job description

In our Technology & Data business unit, we are responsible for the entire lifecycle of our data-driven products and the division Global Data Science is an essential part of it.

As a Senior Data Scientist (m/f/d), you will be part of a cross-functional development team, providing guidance and vision to other data scientists, and working hands-on with machine learning engineers, developers and client solution experts on delivering our end-2-end analytic solutions that will make us the indispensable data and analytics partner for the durable goods and technology industries.

At GfK, we develop our offerings with an agile mindset, which requires you to actively contribute to all phases of the solution development. It will be your responsibility to translate the product vision into data/analytic/algorithmic requirements, to conduct PoCs and to build prototypes, and at a later stage to work on high-performance implementations.

On your first assignment, you will work with large volumes of Point of Sale data and other related data assets to build solutions which allow our clients to optimize the usage of their trade marketing budgets, their pricing and promotional activities and their product assortments.

In that position, you’ll be looked after by Sidharth, who is an experienced leader of Data Science teams who likes working with talented professionals and providing them the perfect environment for their growth.

Sidharth is an avid fan of riding motorbikes and travelling. So feel free to share some of your interesting travel stories or ask for tips!

Concrete tasks will include:

  • Design and develop analytical approaches based on product concepts, going all the way from feasibility checks to proof-of-concepts to prototypes to implementation in end-to-end solutions

  • Manage and coordinate Data Science projects, i.e. defining user stories and specific tasks working closely with Product Owners and Product Managers

  • Closely collaborate with machine learning engineers/ software engineers on creating data-driven end-to-end solutions for marketers

  • Provide guidance and leadership to non-Senior Data Scientists in your workstream

  • Present GfK’s Data Science capabilities in client-facing situations, at conferences and in workshops

  • Actively share Data Science knowledge within GfK's Technology and Data network

We look for a profile with complementary skills, such as:

  • Expert knowledge of Python programming, including pySpark

  • Solid skills with regard to working in Big Data environments (e.g., Cloudera Hadoop, Hortonworks Data Platform, AWS EMR, Map/Reduce, Hive)

  • Expert knowledge of the constantly evolving Data Science ecosystem and its frameworks (e.g., Hadoop, Spark MLlib, H2O, Tensorflow, Torch, Theano)

  • Basic skills with regard to performance optimization and scalability (e.g., parallelization, code optimization, containerization, function as a service)

  • Expert skills with regard to database handling, in particular SQL, NoSQL

  • Expert statistical modeling skills

  • Expert knowledge of optimization and / or machine learning algorithms and / or deep learning algorithms

  • Solid understanding of Big Data Architectures

  • PhD or Master degree that reflects strong modeling, statistics and IT skills.

  • 5+ years of professional experience in quantitative data analysis/ data science or related areas

  • Used to work in agile Scrum teams, ideally experienced with SAFe

On top, your English communication skills are great, you are a team-player and tech-obsessed, always on the hunt for the latest and hottest shots!

Why else GfK?:

  • Any advantages of a Global Player combined with an agile start-up atmosphere

  • Annual budget to attend development programs and conferences

  • Free language classes

  • 30 days holiday per year (plus 24.12 / 31.12.)

  • Flexible working hours and the possibility to work from home

  • Occupational pensions

  • Group Accident insurance also for private life

  • Sports and health Management

  • Childcare during the summer Holidays

  • 5 days paid leave for each child sickness

  • Subsidized Canteen / Meals and free coffee/water all the time

  • Visa Sponsorship and Relocation service to help anyone moving from abroad

Our doors in our newly built open-concept office space are open for everyone and we are free of stereotyped thinking. The power of our team grows with the variety of individual perspectives and that’s why we need YOU!

Let’s design and shape our exciting future together. Right here. Right now. Together!

Just send an email to Florian