Data Science Manager

Location UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, United Arab Emirates
Experience level Experienced Hire
Job details sector Sales and Distribution
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We are convinced that Data Science is a key pillar of our strategy to become a more customer centric company, designing insurance solutions that enable our customers to live better lives. In line with this, AXA Gulf aims to build on and go beyond its past successes in this area through a reinforced focus on unlocking the value that data analytics can bring to our business.
Developing and strengthening the Data Science team within the organization is essential for us to reach this ambition. As a Senior Data Science Manager, you will report to the Director for Transformation and Data Analytics. Your role will include the management of the Data Science team, interfacing with senior business stakeholders, and delivering Data Science projects and solutions across different Business Lines and parts of the insurance value chain. Your main mission will be to translate business challenges and/or opportunities into Data Science problems to which you can apply your own skills as well as those of the team and manage the delivery and implementation of these solutions.
You will be successful in this role not only through building on and developing your subject matter expertise in Data Science techniques, but also through working closely and collaboratively with the business. This will be key to understand how to best identify domains where Data Science can help improve performance – and to develop and implement solutions that are practical and adopted by the relevant business stakeholders.
Data strategy and priorities:
  • Lead the Data Science team’s work to build and promote strategic data assets for the business in domains covering sales and marketing, offering development, pricing, claims management, etc.
  • Act as the main Data Science contributor to the innovation process and champion Data Science’s role in the same
  • Lead the team’s work with the business, aiming at defining relevant Data Science problems that, if solved and their solutions implemented, would have a strong positive value impact
Business modeling and data transparency:
  • Define relevant metrics for the Data Science team and oversee the development and maintenance of dashboards for the Data Science activity – while contributing to business data reporting improvements in other areas
  • Develop an excellent understanding for business needs (actuarial, sales, processing, etc.) through engagement and collaboration with various business teams (sales, offering and product development, actuarial, etc.)
  • Coordinate and quality-proof the Data Science team’s project work, models, and solutions – including overseeing their collaboration with IT on securing models and solutions’ performance over time
  • Plan for and secure scalability of delivered solutions and future use cases through close collaboration with IT product teams 
  • Ensure the creation and use of impact assessment models, together with relevant business and Finance teams, for all Data Science initiatives and/or developments
  • Encourage and coordinate team members’ exploratory analyses on databases (including vast databases, unstructured or open, which are big data-like) to establish relations and/or correlations to potentially exploit in order to enhance business performance
  • Secure strong understanding of business needs, problem formalization, and overview of theoretical solutions based on available tools
  • Engage with business stakeholders to establish what potential solutions would be relevant, applicable, and impactful from their perspective
  • Guide the team in their choice of relevant Data Science technique(s), data processing solutions, and/or end-user output (including interface solutions) that would allow to best address the needs
  • Good understanding of the insurance sector and/or other Financial Services sector and/or practical experience in applying Data Science techniques in business contexts (e.g., customer segmentation and targeting, network optimization, etc.)
Project management:
  • Ensure buy-in from business stakeholders at key moments of Data Science initiatives/ projects
  • Secure strong end-to-end Data Science project management, through directly managing projects and overseeing team members’ project management, including but not limited to:
    • Business requirement sourcing, project scoping, definition of approach, time and resource planning, business case development, team onboarding, pilot delivery and evaluation (e.g., a | b testing), ramp-up of solutions, planning and enablement of production hand-over for BAU integration, etc.
  • Work with senior managers across departments (e.g., Business Lines, Actuarial, IT, Finance, etc.) throughout project deliveries as relevant and pertinent, in order to facilitate model/ solution/ project delivery on time, to specifications, and at quality – securing upstream that these are usable and downstream that these are used by business teams
  • Secure solid knowledge management and transfer, from the Data Science team to the business, through appropriate documentation and initiatives – including but not limited to:
    • Efficient and effective communication on projects, solutions, and Data Science opportunities (e.g., through compelling presentations and/or documentation); solid understanding for how to best handle and communicate sensitive information; etc.
  • Present and promote the delivered solutions vis-à-vis relevant stakeholders and senior management

Our preferred candidate is a good people and project manager with strong technical skills, collaborative, curious, and pragmatic
Technical skills:
  • In-depth understanding of the scientific method
  • Ability to formalize the business’ reality into equations and models, accounting for the implications and limitations of a given model
  • Strong programming skills, including in Python (mandatory) and R (beneficial)
  • Good knowledge of machine learning, including libraries (e.g., scikit-learn, Spark MLlib, Caret, etc.) – professional experience with machine learning applied to business contexts constitutes a substantial advantage
  • Experience with a Hadoop Cluster, ideally having leveraged a modern distributed computing framework (e.g., Spark)
  • Strong track-record in data processing (e.g., data mining, social network analysis, text mining, etc.)
  • Great ease in working with data visualization/ data tools (e.g., Matplotlib,, C3.js, Tableau, Highcharts, Dataiku, etc.)
  • Additional elements that constitute an advantage:
    • Practical experience with tools such as Kafka, Rabbitmq, Redis, Riak, etc.
    • Knowledge of front-end development, including but not limited to knowledge of a good javascript framework such as Angular JS
    • PhD in a relevant field
    • Good knowledge of Java/ Scala
Soft skills:
  • Autonomy, curiosity, and eagerness to solve problems
  • Capacity to perform well in a multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent stakeholder management and negotiation skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to lead a team of Data Scientists in a way so that they continuously develop their subject matter expertise and apply the same to bring strong positive value to the business
  • Strong people management skills including mentoring, people development, and motivation
  • Agile mindset and working style, adapting with ease to changing requirements
  • Results-oriented, hands-on, collaborative, and pragmatic – focusing on managing projects well in order to deliver value uplift to the business
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team, on complex topics, involving different stakeholders
  • Interest in and capacity to transfer knowledge to the team and other business stakeholders  
  • Full fluency in English, both written and spoken, is mandatory
  • Minimum 4 years of successful professional experience as s Data Scientist, ideally within an insurance and/or other Financial Services company
  • Work experience in an international environment constitutes an advantage

At AXA, we support millions of people around the world by protecting them, their families, belongings, assets, businesses and their future.
Present in 64 countries, AXA’s 166,000 employees and exclusive distributors provide their expertise in support of 103 million customers through four core business activities: Property & Casualty Insurance; Life & Savings; Health Insurance; and Asset Management. In a fast-evolving world, AXA anticipates change to offer services and solutions tailored to the current and future needs of its customers.
We strive to lead the transformation of our industry. We are looking for talented individuals who come from varied backgrounds, think differently and want to be part of this exciting transformation by challenging the status quo so we can push AXA - a leading global brand and one of the most innovative companies in the world - onto even greater things. At AXA, we want our people to wake up every day with the drive and inspiration of our noble mission; collectively, we want to empower people to live a better life.

With a workforce of over 1,000 employees, 44 branches & retail shops region-wide, more than 1 million customers and 2015 gross written premium of over US$ 963 million, AXA is one of the largest international player in the GCC. Present in the region for more than 65 years, AXA in the Gulf offers a wide range of insurance products and services for corporate, SME and individual customers.
Our business is to protect people over the long term. We emphasis on designing reliable solutions to meet the needs of our customers, manage risks in a professional way, treat our partners fairly, develop a work environment built on strong values, relationship and trust
We also believe that we have a role to play in protecting the environment, supporting the communities in which we operate, and more broadly in helping to create stronger and more sustainable societies. This is part of creating a sustainable, long-term business, and becoming the preferred company for our customers, employees, and other stakeholders.
AXA Gulf has been awarded General Insurance Company of the Year for 2nd consecutive year and Health Insurance Company of the Year at the 2015 Middle East Insurance Industry Awards (MIIA), Insurer of the Year and Personal Lines insurer in 2016 at the MENA Insurance Awards and Best Motor Insurance Product by the Banker Middle East in both UAE & KSA.
As part of AXA’s corporate responsibility and its commitment to building better understanding about the health risks faced by individuals and the society, the company achieved a new Guinness world record for the most blood cholesterol readings in 8 hours at a single venue

AXA is the leading insurer in the Gulf and we are looking for individuals who can make a difference. If your aim is to work in an environment that encourages you to grow, develop and enjoy your work, then AXA Gulf is the place for you.