Data Scientist (Pricing)

Booking.com

Manchester, UK

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We're BookingGo, the ground transport division of Booking.com. We're the ones who empower people to get where they're going. Whether they're taking the wheel or sitting back and leaving it to the driver. Whether they're heading straight from A to B or enjoying the freedom to go wherever their journey takes them.

To do that, we offer car hire to our customers through our Rentalcars.com brand and car hire, taxis and ticketed transfer services through Booking.com. We also have a B2B solution, providing great ground transportation options to the customers of our partners

With our HQ in Manchester, we're part of the worldwide Booking.com family. At the same time, we're proud of our own unique identity. Speaking 42 languages, our 2,000+ staff come from all over the world, just like our customers. What brings us together is our love of adventure: our own as well as other people's. It's easy to be passionate about a job that enriches so many lives on a daily basis, and our workplace reflects our passion, our diversity, our global focus. We're in good company. Together with priceline.com, KAYAK, agoda.com, and OpenTable, as part of Booking Holdings, we form the world leader in online travel and related services.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated data scientist to join our team. You will work alongside other Data Scientists, analysts, engineers & product owners to produce valuable insights, shaping and creating models using analytics tools, statistics and data-mining techniques. With a focus on the Commercial side of the business, you will help to shape the way customers interact with us, and how we interact with our commercial partners across the world. Our goal is to provide the largest and most competitive car-rental business in the world. We have a great journey ahead and our vision is to radically change the working practices to realise our ambition of being “World Class”.

Role Description

As BookingGo continues its journey to be a fully data driven organisation, we are looking for an exceptional self-led data scientist who wants to join the Commercial product teams; analysing, validating and shaping data held in Hadoop and SQL data stores, ensuring the quality of the model outputs and owning machine-learning tools that forms a crucial part of the business. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with big data, new technologies and supporting and kick-starting innovative ML projects.

As part of the BookingGo pricing team, you’ll be working to optimise pricing strategy and performance for one of the biggest travel tech companies in the UK. You’ll be using your expertise to leverage large datasets to build and improve a variety of machine learning models, covering all aspects of pricing, promotions, range and merchandising improving our commercial performance and driving business growth.

The focus will be on assessing the quality and suitability of data, taking a systematic approach to creating and exploring useful data sets, delivering insight and enabling and supporting advanced analysis and data insights for the team. This pivotal role will involve assessing the impact of machine learning on the fundamental aspects of our business with the power to influence wide-ranging aspects of how we operate globally.

Where we are going

  • Enacting a data driven approach by bringing advanced analytics and ML to the business
  • Transforming the influence of machine-learning in a business-critical field
  • Revolutionising our online customer experience by changing how we attract and provide hire for millions
  • Supporting this impact using the state-of-the-art infrastructure, and big data technologies

Skills and experience we are looking for

Essential

  • Academic background in a field related to data science, computer science, machine learning, applied mathematics, statistics or similar
  • Professional experience in using data science and statistics-based solutions to solve business problems
  • Proven experience delivering insight from highly complex datasets
  • Ability to clearly communicate complicated ideas to varied and non-technical stakeholders
  • Experience managing the process of building a machine learning model
    • Understanding how to incorporate features, tune performance
    • Unrivalled understanding of machine learning models (regression and ensembles)
    • Understanding of the limitations of these methods, and how to address them

Desired

  • Strong SQL skills for querying and exploring data sets
  • Working knowledge of Python data tools (e.g. Jupyter, Pandas, Scikit-Learn, Matplotlib)
  • Ability to talk the language of statistics, finance and economics
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn new analytic skills

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide insight and understanding that can transform a business
  • Encode this understanding within machine-learning models that are both reliable and robust
  • Work with a team of mixed expertise to deliver analytics that can change the direction of the company

Key Attributes

  • Analytical in approach, determined and passionate about delivering an impact on the business
  • A real team player
  • Commitment to personal and professional development, seeks and acts on feedback
  • Able to communicate effectively to all levels within the business – verbally and written, formally and informally
  • Robust & resilient, a completer/finisher with an attention to detail
  • Sense of ownership of the understanding & quality of the results that the team rely upon
  • Have fun!

What we offer in return

  • Ownership of your work and a great technical challenge
  • A great office to work in the heart of Manchester
  • Great facilities including subsidised canteen and Starbucks, free breakfast & fruit and cycle hub
  • An exciting and dynamic place to work
  • 25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays
  • Great discounts on car rentals and other group benefits
  • Opportunity to help shape the future of the team and data and analytics culture

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