Details about position

Job Purpose

Lead a team of Data Scientists to solve a variety of Use Cases across the company and its customers. Primary role of the LDS is to solve difficult problems using sophisticated statistical, Big Data and Data Science tools with an express outcome being to unlock significant value for the company. The role entails strong thought, people and client leadership and a track-record of deep analytical skills.

Job Objectives

  • Delivering a set of Big Data | Advanced Analytics Use Cases
  • Leading a team of Data Scientists per Use Case
  • Engaging with customers to understand and solve their problems using Big Data | Advanced Analytics tools
  • Implementing practical solutions that unlock value
  • Being able to structure ‘big’ problems into a coherent set of analyses that will lead to a usable solution
  • A consultative approach with the customers to find optimal solutions
  • Building algorithms to predict outcomes that are valuable to the company
  • Build a strong analytical culture within Unit


  • Build strategic Big Data capability for the company
  • Uncover Use Cases
  • Build strategic set of assets (algorithms) to monetise

Key Stakeholders:

  • BU EXCOs

Job Knowledge and Skills

Functional Knowledge:

  • Strong Statistical foundations
  • Strong Mathematical foundations
  • Data Analytics frameworks

Functional Skills:

  • Leading teams
  • Solving difficult problems
  • Programming experience
  • R&D ability
  • Consulting background (preferable)
  • Machine learning experience (preferable)
  • Big Data experience (preferable)

Attitudes/ Leadership Behaviour:

  • Great communication
  • Building teams
  • Building culture
  • Takes initiative
  • Hard working
  • Can do attitude
  • Innovative thinker
  • Out the box thinking
  • Works well under pressure

Job Requirements


  • Post-graduate degree in Maths/Stats/Data Science, OR
  • Qualified Actuary


  • 10 years in an analytical environment
  • Company knowledge (preferable)

Required Certification / Professional Registration:

  • n/a

Special Requirements:

  • Travel RequiredThe appointment will be made in line with Employment Equity Commitments


Position: Open
Location: Cape Town
Job Title: Lead Data Scientist
Salary: To be discussed