Senior Data Scientist – Racing

Data, Analytics & User Research (Birmingham-UK, London-UK)

At NaturalMotion, we make games that wow people. We innovate to create experiences that previously were impossible and that would not exist without us. We take pride in making titles that reach a large audience and in creating communities that last. For the past four years NaturalMotion Studios have been named as one of the Best Places to Work in the UK games industry by

Our Racing Studio - responsible for the CSR Racing franchise and the #1 Racing Game on Mobile CSR2 - is one of the most ambitious, successful, and creatively inclusive studios in the UK. Based across three locations – London, Birmingham and Bangalore - the team loves welcoming diverse, humble, straightforward and ambitious talent, aspiring for award-winning excellence. People who want to find a place where they will be supported and encouraged to do the best work of their career.

Hiring Update: The safety of our candidates and team members is our top priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our workforce transitioned to working from home, with all interviewing and onboarding being conducted virtually until further notice.

Job Purpose

As Senior Data Scientist, you will collaborate with our diverse team, work with world-class technology and content pipelines, and partner with Zynga's global analytics community. We will invest in your learning and development, and believe strong analytical partnerships fuel phenomenal games.

Our Analytics Team make a huge impact for our players. Exceptional candidates are driven by the alchemy of combining analytical/technical skills, an eye for business value, and a driving focus on delivering outstanding player experiences.

Key Roles & Responsibilities

  • Deliver compelling insights to influence decisions and roadmaps
  • Analytically tackle problems and deliver robust modelling
  • Communicate convincingly through visual storytelling
  • Design and analyse experiments that advise decisions and help us continue to service the needs of our players
  • Work with peers on end to end data pipelines that empower end users
  • Contribute to the innovative thinking culture that drives our craft
  • Shape and manipulate sophisticated datasets to discover opportunities for driving value for the business
  • Apply creative thinking towards designing, testing, verifying, and implementing solutions
  • Champion our games and studio, and collaborate with analytics teams across Zynga

Required Experience & Skills  

  • BSc or BA.: Data Science, Math, Statistics, Comp Sci preferred
  • Confident in manipulating, transforming, and analysing complex data at large scales
  • Experience in SQL and Python; excited to learn new languages where needed
  • Familiar with prominent infrastructures: Vertica, Spark, Databricks, others: Redshift, Snowflake, etc
  • Comfortable building out bespoke visuals/tools using open source technology or BI tools, e.g. Tableau
  • Passionate about the craft, and enjoys working in a dynamic environment
  • Comfortable explaining sophisticated ideas clearly and simply
  • Strong balance of business thinking alongside analytical and technical skills
  • Excellent attention to detail, natural curiosity, and ability to problem-solve creatively
  • Good influencing skills with partners across teams
  • Proven track record in similar roles

Desirable Experience & Skills  

  • Experience working in the games industry
  • An interest in games

What do we offer?

  • Competitive salary and discretionary annual bonus scheme
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday, plus public holidays and Christmas shutdown
  • Private medical care, dental and healthcare cash plan
  • Life insurance, critical illness insurance and income protection
  • 6 months fully paid maternity leave or 3 months fully paid paternity leave
  • Discounted gym membership and free weekly (virtual) fitness classes
  • Annual season ticket loan and cycle to work scheme
  • Flexible working hours
  • Summer and Christmas parties 

We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse and talented workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, colour, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law. We welcome job-seekers, players, employees, and partners from all backgrounds to join us!

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