Data Science Manager - Logistics Operations

  • Job Reference: 690434
  • Date Posted: 6 January 2022
  • Employer: Tesco
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  • Location: Welwyn Garden City/London/UK
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Retail & Consumer Products
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

About the role

Here at Tesco we focus on solving complex business problems and developing data products that can be deployed at scale to our customers. Our work spans across multiple areas including Stores, Online, Fulfilment, Marketing and Clubcard and we encourage rotation amongst our Data Scientists so they can apply their skills to different business challenges and gain deeper levels of subject matter expertise. 

Our core work involves developing data products that can be deployed at scale both internally and externally. On any day you could be supporting the automation of decision-making across the business; optimising processes for key business objectives; or conducting deep-dive exploratory analysis to inform strategic decision-making. 

You will be responsible for

  • Own your technical domain and lead technical engagements with multiple business units 

  • Line manage Data Scientists and mentor/ coach the wider team in best approaches to optimisation problems  

  • Help to define the strategic direction the team should take, trading off between contradicting priorities 

  • Translate ambiguous business challenges into data science problems and applications 

  • Manage, guide and mentor the team in their daily work 

  • Communicate complex solutions in a clear, understandable way to non-experts 

  • Work end-to-end on Data Science developments, contributing to all aspects of the project lifecycle which result in productionised data products 

  • Scientifically analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of different approaches to guide future development and track the value created by the team 

  • Build mathematical models on top of big data architectures to gain deep insights into opportunities to improve the customer experience and the Tesco business 

  • Promote data science across Tesco, and promote Tesco across the external Data Science community

You will need

Skills relevant for the job:

  • Specialist knowledge of a technical Data Science domain, preferably in Operations Research and Simulations (other domains maybe: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Forecasting, NLP, Statistics) 
  • Experience with different programming languages and a high level of capability of at least one language - Java, Python, Scala, Go (or similar) 
  • Ability to influence senior stakeholders on technical topics 

Experience relevant for this job:

  • Experience of leading highly technical Data Science developments involving multiple stakeholders in the area of logistics  
  • Experience of coaching / mentoring others in technical approaches 
  • Experience of partnering with technology teams to productionize developments and roll out at scale

What's in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work.  These include but aren't limited to:

  • Annual bonus scheme - up to 20%
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day (plus 8 Bank holidays)
  • Discounted Gympass membership & free health checks via Nuffield Health
  • Retirement savings plan - save between 4% and 7.5% and Tesco will match your contribution
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay
  • Share Schemes - Join our Buy As You Earn' & Save As You Earn' share schemes after 3 months service
  • Colleague Clubcard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 3 months service
  • Colleague Discounts including: 10% increasing to 15% after every pay day for a four day period, off purchases in our Tesco Store and Online
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Opportunities to get on - take advantage of our ongoing learning opportunities and award-winning training, to help you achieve the job and career you want
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme helps you deal with life's challenges
  • Financial wellness - Tesco has partnered with experts to help you make the most of your money
  • Get involved in a range of fundraising activities with our long-term charity partners

About us

Our vision here at Tesco is to become every customer's favourite way to shop, whether they are at home or out on the move. Our core purpose is Serving Britain's shoppers a little better every day'. Our business was built with a simple mission - to be the champion for customers, helping them to enjoy a better quality of life and an easier way of living. This hasn't changed. Customers want great products at great value which they can buy easily and it's our job to deliver this in the right way for them.

In the UK, we serve some 66 shoppers every second, so it's our goal to ensure every one of those customers experiences just a little better service on each visit. At Tesco, inclusion means that Everyone's Welcome. Everyone is treated fairly and with respect; by valuing individuality and uniqueness we create a sense of belonging. Diversity and inclusion have always been at the heart of Tesco. It is embedded in our values: we treat people how they want to be treated. We always want our colleagues to feel they can be themselves at work and we are committed to helping them be at their best.

Across the Tesco group we are building an inclusive workplace, a place to actively celebrate the cultures, personalities and preferences of our colleagues - who in turn help to build the success of our business and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.