Senior Specialist: Lead Data Scientist

Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa

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About the Company

We are currently looking for a Senior Specialist: Lead Data Scientist

About the Role

Responsible to execute the strategic roadmap and create value through delivery of internal and external artificial intelligence solutions and products. Oversight of a portfolio of data science projects, providing strategic and technical guidance on solving a variety of use cases across the client and for its customers. Develop machine learning and deep learning competencies and manage and develop a 'full-stack' team of data science specialists. The role's focus will be on NLP, both text and speech, but projects can span Computer Vision and other domains.


Core Competencies

  • Statistical and mathematical foundations

  • Data science and analytics frameworks (NLP and Computer Vision)

  • Programming (Python, R, Git, Linux)

  • Cloud computing (GCP preferable)

  • Big Data (Cloudera, Hadoop, Spark)

Functional Skills

  • Strategic thinking

  • Innovative thinking

  • Communication (written and verbal)

  • Stakeholder management

  • Planning & organizing (Miro, Confluence & Jira)

  • Research & development

Attitude / Leadership Competencies

  • Business Leadership

  • Market Leadership

  • Personal Leadership

  • Problem solver

  • Takes initiative

  • Hard working

  • Can do attitude

  • Innovative thinker

  • Works well in teams

  • Works well under pressure

  • Relishes dynamic/ changing environment

  • Time management

Job Responsibilities

  • Define and implement the AI strategy and product roadmap in relation to the TKG strategy, and provide input into the broader strategic direction of our client Strategic Insights

  • Cultivate and manage working relationships with a variety of stakeholders to support the design and delivery of data science projects and solutions

  • Develop business cases for new solutions or products, and establish the value for existing projects

  • Determine the most appropriate data science tools/ approaches for specific projects

  • Execute end to end data science projects and product development processes

  • Engage with our data engineering team to ensure any AI products or solutions are managed

  • Identify and manage resource requirements including people and systems

  • Lead and develop a team of data scientists and provide hands on guidance

  • Establish, document and champion data science best practices in the team

  • Help Strategic Insights become thought leaders in the areas of data science and artificial intelligence

  • Stay abreast of new developments and solutions in the market to ensure we don't fall behind

  • Contribute to our agile way of work and our innovation culture

  • Consistent documentation of all implemented systems and processes

Required Certification/Professional Registration

  • Data science and cloud certifications will be advantageous (GCP, Azure, AWS).


  • Post graduate degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, or a related field (NQF level 7)

  • A qualified Actuary with data science experience

  • A Master's degree (NQF level 9) will be an advantage


  • 7 years of work experience in the field of data science with at least 2 years having been on management/ specialist level

  • Experience in ICT/Telecommunications will be an advantage

Special Requirements

  • Experience in Natural Language Processing

  • Strong statistical & mathematical foundations

  • Experience with Google Cloud Platform

  • Expected to stay abreast of new data science developments and to put them into practice