Lead Data Scientist
Data Science function hiring in: United Kingdom
Engagement Option(s): Full Time
Work Preference Option(s): Work From Home | Hybrid | In Office

Join Ascent and help us do extraordinary things with data for our customers! 


About the role

Here at Ascent, we believe that using data in the right way doesn't just help companies perform better; it transforms entire industries. You'll help world-leading brands transform the way their industries work and be at the heart of our growing business.

You will help the Head of Data Science and BI run the function – this entails highly rewarding tasks and responsibilities. At the core of the role is engaging with our customers in a technical lead capacity in project delivery, internally you also own a subset of people management and pre-sales engagement collaborating with sales and marketing teams. You will have the opportunity to develop in other leadership aspects such as account management and proposition development. You will influence internal and external stakeholders on solutions, frameworks, and best practices. 


If you … 

  • Can confidently talk about your contributions and achievements, how you made difficult decisions, how you overcame technical and non-technical challenges and brought about change 
  • Enjoy the communication aspect of data science – from the programming language design to scaling operations with machine learning, from model release best practices to data visualization theory – backed by solid hands-on experience implementing solutions in a commercial environment 
  • Have a relentless focus on business impact and value from the solution, while embracing an engineering mindset for scalable products 
  • Are motivated by curiosity, lifelong learning, self-improvement, and customer experience/satisfaction

…, then we would love to hear from you! 


What you’ll do

  • Delivering Data Science solutions as a project technical lead 
  • Some hands-on coding tasks may be required 
  • Following delivery frameworks, including appropriate application of Agile 
  • Pre-sales and technical solutioning (working with sales and commercials) 
  • Project scoping and planning 
  • Ensuring solutions deliver business and value 
  • People management - career development and other BAU 


Skills and experience required

  • Proficient in both Python and R 
  • Machine learning 
  • MLOps / ML model lifecycle management 
  • ML in the cloud (Azure ML or AWS Sagemaker) 
  • CI/CD 
  • NLP 


Experience and knowledge which are considered a bonus

  • MSFT DP-100 certificate 
  • ETL, Synapse, ADF 
  • Spark, Databricks 
  • AI 
  • Infrastructure as code 
  • Engineering mindset 
  • API development 
  • Real-time system 
  • Deep learning/reinforcement learning 


Working at Ascent  

We choose hybrid working, where you balance time at the office or with your customers with working at home. Occasionally, you will be expected to participate in client workshops onsite. You'll earn a competitive salary, with a good range of benefits. Our offices are places to connect and collaborate with colleagues, with socials and regular get-togethers. We take your development and growth seriously, with plenty of opportunities to acquire skills and get certified.  

Ascent is an equal opportunities employer. We take intentional steps to ensure inclusion and belonging are something real here, not just something we talk about. No person will be treated less favorably because of their gender, pregnancy, maternity status, marital or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, or disability status. Please let us know when you apply if you require any reasonable accommodation. 

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Why join Ascent?

We’re fast becoming a leading European digital transformation business.

Joining Ascent means you’ll be involved in delivering exciting technology projects for leading global brands. You’ll be part of a growing team of super-talented people who are actively choosing to join us on our journey rather than working in big corporates.

Your voice matters at Ascent. We are always keen to hear your opinions and those ideas that come to you at 3am (some of them are definitely as good as they seemed at the time). You’ll develop your talent through our internal Academy, providing a wide range of personal development, up-skilling and cross-skilling opportunities.

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