Lead Data Scientist
Job Description
Become a Lead Data Scientist at Digitas, where brilliant minds come together to make bold, award-winning marketing. We use data-driven insights to guide our work, but we also believe in a healthy dose of spirited storytelling as we strive to transform the marketing landscape.

As part of Data & Analytics (DNA) our Data Science teams develop industry-leading analytic solutions for clients across industries, channels, and business functions.  We apply a bespoke and cutting-edge arsenal of statistical, analytical and computing techniques to complex data problems at scale, with the emphasis on game-changing – and measurable – business impact.  We work in close collaboration with colleagues across all agency disciplines to develop truly innovative, highly effective, data-powered solutions for our clients.

To help with this, we’re looking for an outstanding Lead Data Scientist – an experienced problem solver and passionate evangelist of all things data, including the latest and greatest in methods, technologies and applications. Sound like you? Read on.

Data Scientists provide a wide range of analytic solutions for a multitude of client applications.  We build inferential and predictive models, including machine learning algorithms and AI; we process, integrate and manipulate big data with distributed systems and customer data pipelines; we synthesize results and translate findings and into compelling stories that resonate with clients.

As Lead Data Scientist, you are our internal expert.  You will develop and implement multi-faceted solutions for complex marketing and business challenges—from cross-channel media and customer experience optimization to segmentation, targeting and business strategy – synthesizing just the right elements of our technical and analytical offerings.

The role maintains a primary responsibility in Sydney. The role will also support and be supported by the network as part of the global data community.


Day-to-day, your role includes:

End-to-end ownership of analytical projects involving data engineering, data mining, statistical modeling, and business strategy
Internal expertise in fundamental skill areas such as statistical methods, distributed computing, machine learning, AI, and open source programming
Thought leadership and innovation in process, technique, and implementation.
Summarizing, visualizing, communicating and documenting analytic concepts, processes and results for technical and non-technical audiences.
Sharing knowledge, debating techniques, conducting research to advance the collective knowledge and skills of our Data Science practice.
Sharing knowledge, debating techniques, conducting research to advance the collective knowledge and skills of our Data Science practice.
Your experience and skills:

We’re looking for rigorous analytic training and 7+ years professional experience in a data science or analytics role, which typically includes:

Mathematics, Statistics or Sciences qualifications
Robust domain expertise in areas of statistical methods, distributed computing, machine learning, AI, and/or a variety of open source programming languages
Experience implementing a range of statistical or machine learning methods, from basic descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing and feature transformation to complex dimension reduction, supervised or unsupervised learning, and model tuning and validation.
Experience in Marketing Mix Models and Econometric modelling
Proficiency in Python or R, SQL, and distributed computing systems such as Hadoop or AWS.  Familiarity with Linux and/or Spark preferred.
Conversant in marketing technology stacks which enable data science and audience activation
Demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical concepts to non-technical audiences
Experience integrating a variety of data sources, methods, and applications to achieve specific objectives
Demonstrated passion for marketing analytic applications
Demonstrated self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment with limited structure.
About Digitas

Digitas is The Connected Marketing Agency, committed to helping brands better connect with people through Truth. Connection. Wonder. With diverse expertise in data, strategy, creative, media, and tech, we work across capabilities and continents to make better connections and achieve ambitious outcomes through ideas that excite, provoke and inspire. Curious and fully transparent, we are always examining real human behavior to create authentic connections—between brands and consumers, clients and partners, and ideas and outcomes. Digitas has 3,300 employees across 12 countries and 24 offices, with an extended network via Publicis Media of over 23,500 employees present in more than 100 countries worldwide. To connect with Digitas or learn more, visit www.digitas.com


Digitas, part of Publicis Groupe, believes that to deliver the best solutions to our clients, our people need to reflect the diverse communities in which our clients operate. We value diversity and the skills, knowledge and experience that difference brings to our culture and solutions. We encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, mature age workers, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.
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