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Data Scientist

Dublin, Ireland | Permanent | Full time

Data Scientist

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Full time

Description of Business Unit:

Group Internal Audit (GIA) is on a journey towards a digital future, where automation, technology and data will act as key enablers to both what we do, and how we do it. The Data Solutions & Analytics function within GIA is responsible for the development and execution of GIA's 'Digital & Data' strategy and digital transformation roadmap (DTR), to enable GIA to embed technology, data science and automation techniques at the heart of its operating model.

Purpose of the Role:

This is a cross functional individual contributor role to develop complex, multi-component data science solutions to realise value from both the Group's and external data. You will contribute towards GIA's multi-year digital transformation strategy, through the development of multi-component data science solutions, creating and embedding of 'smart processes' and input into GIA's technology strategy and implementation plan. You will also be responsible for the rollout of key capability and training initiatives across the division, utilising Agile principles and methodologies, designed to increase our overall level of digital and data capability across GIA.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Develop complex multi-component analytical solutions (including natural language processes/generation, classification and regression models and unsupervised machine learning solutions e.g. anomaly detection, clustering), from initial requirements workshops through to embedding the solution in the day to day operations of the business.
  • Complete sophisticated research project and analysis for senior management to drive business insights and proactive risk management across the Group.
  • Drive innovation projects across the function, utilising data science techniques and methodologies to inform decisions to drive enhanced risk management and insight across the Group.
  • Contribute towards the 'Digital & Data' strategy (and underpinning initiatives) and the wider Data Solutions & Analytics function through the identification of new value add data exploitation and continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Design, development and implementation of insight and management information visualisation solutions to present data driven insights to senior management within GIA, and across the Group.
  • Promote awareness of data science, emerging industry trends (incl. regulation) and a digital future across Group Internal Audit.
  • Contribute to a creative culture centred on an agile environment, value prioritisation and design thinking.

What is the Opportunity?

You will work as part of a dynamic and ambitious team, and be a driving force behind digital transformation in GIA. You will gain significant exposure to developing data science solutions end to end, leveraging applied statistics and supervised/unsupervised machine learning methodologies, on both structured and unstructured datasets, to extract value from numerous, disparate, complex data sources.

You will also gain exposure to solution architecture, user experience design, strategy development/execution and project management. This is a high visibility role within division and a great opportunity for you to make a difference to our colleagues, customers and stakeholders, through leveraging data as an asset.

Working at Bank of Ireland doesn't have to mean working in an office to have an impact. Our commitment to enabling colleagues to thrive means that depending on role type you can have choice and flexibility in where you work and live, subject to your role, customer needs and our requirements. We have a hybrid working model, with home, agile hub and office based options available. We will always list a primary location which can be where you go for in person collaboration, and a location where you can best perform your role.

Please note you must live in the jurisdiction for the business to which you are contracted.

This job can be done anywhere in ROI with the primary office location as Dublin to which travel will be required for in person collaboration. Exact frequency to be agreed with manager.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Third Level qualification, in computational science, computer science, mathematics, statistics or another discipline including a significant quantitative element.

Essential Skills & Experience:

  • Demonstrable experience in developing and implementing business focussed data science solutions, translating the needs of the business into a scalable, fit for purpose solution for stakeholders.
  • Understanding of the methodologies underpinning machine learning and modelling techniques such as logistic regression, decision trees, neural networks, graph analytics, density based clustering and stochastic techniques etc.
  • Demonstrable experience in applying data science and statistical techniques to test complex hypotheses and perform 'deep dive' analysis across a wide variety of functional domains.
  • Demonstrable experience in leveraging SQL and Python/R to acquire, transform and extract insights from large scale complex datasets.
  • Demonstrable experience in developing and validating machine learning models Python, R, pySpark, sparkR or Scala.
  • Strong attention to detail and high levels of accuracy and a strong team ethic and flexible approach in order to meet challenging objectives and deadlines.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills with the ability to work on own initiative.
  • High level of discretion, capable of dealing with highly confidential and sensitive information.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Experience:

  • Knowledge of the Cloudera Hadoop platform, and associated analytical tools (i.e. pySpark).
  • Experience in leveraging machine learning and robotic process automation techniques to re-engineer and optimise business processes would be advantageous.

Key Competencies

  • Amplify Capability - People Manager
  • Accountable - Self
  • Champion Transformation - People Manager
  • Manage Risk - People Manager
  • Agile - Self

Where Agency assistance is required Bank of Ireland Recruitment Team will engage directly with suppliers. Unsolicited CVs / profiles supplied to Bank of Ireland by Recruitment Agencies will not be accepted for this role.

Bank of Ireland Group is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to fostering an inclusive workplace which values and benefits from the diversity of our workforce.

Closing date: Jun 23, 2021

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