lead data scientist in amsterdam

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amsterdam, noord-holland
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Information Technology
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Lead Data Scientist
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+31 (6) 22209888

job description

As one of the biggest recruitment organisations in the world, Randstad Groep Nederland is constantly improving its business and processes. Data, AI, and you as our Lead Data Scientists, are therefore indispensible! 

Randstad, Yacht and Tempo-Team have access to vast amounts of data between them. Over two billion records: the attributes of millions of candidates, and data belonging to clients, potential candidates and our own organisation. A treasure trove of information that our Data Scientists continuously explore to improve our business! But we are nothing without a Lead Data Scientist. Because you know how to unlock a data scientist’s full potential and have experience with bringing complicated models into production. Isn’t it great that you can help Randstad Groep Nederland make important inroads in the world of work? 

What will you be doing?
As a Lead Data Scientist you will take on a pivot role in growing Randstad’s data science capability. Therefore, at least 5 years of relevant professional experience are required. Your responsibility will be to cooperate with and coach data scientists on the team to work towards production-ready versions of machine learning models. Your main tasks will be to challenge and assist teams during all phases of model development: from idea incubation and experimentation to prototyping and eventually industrialisation. As such, you have a good understanding of what it takes to create valuable AI solutions and you will need to feel at home at the intersection between business, data science, and software development.

Where will you be working?
At our head office in Diemen, where over 150 IT professionals work and experiment with new technology all day. You will work in one of the 24 DevOps teams, but by no means in a silo. Because thanks to our agile mindset, numerous tribes - as we call them – work together on the same product or service. This makes for interesting cross-pollination between colleagues from all kinds of teams and disciplines within the IT department and beyond! You are given a great deal of freedom to organise your work yourself. Our teams are diverse and – for an IT department – boast a relatively high number of women (over 30%). We’re quite proud of this, because we know that the more diverse the teams, the better the results. 

With whom will you be working?

As a Lead Data Scientist you will grow a big network of colleagues across the organisation. On one hand you coordinate a team of Data Scientists and Machine Learning Engineers that you see on a continuous basis. You facilitate knowledge sharing, stimulate peer review and challenge people on their way-of-working. Your Data Scientists are always hungry to learn more! It’s your job to grow their craftsmanship and unlock their full potential. 

On the other hand, you talk to various stakeholders across the organisation. These include product owners, business analysts, marketers, staffing consultants, sales consultants and the management team. It all depends on what data and products you and your team of Data Scientists are working on, and which innovative new use cases you want to explore. Set your own agenda to what you think contributes most to making Randstad truly data driven!

About you

You may come from a science background or have experience in an environment driven by scientific methodology. You know your machine learning and statistics and can apply your skills to solve real world problems. Most importantly, you are a good communicator (native Dutch speaker) and are able to explain complex problems to both technical and non-technical people.

Technical knowledge required:

  • statistics

  • machine learning

  • data visualisation

  • data structures

  • recommenders

  • A/B testing

  • scripting languages

  • software engineering

  • testing (possibly: Test-Driven Development)

  • bonus: deep learning 

  • bonus: NLP


Tool experience includes:

  • analysis tools like Python / Pandas / Spark / Scikit-Learn / Keras

  • relational and NoSQL databases

  • linux, bash scripting and Git

  • cloud ML platforms (AWS Sagemaker)

  • bonus: containerization tools like docker

  • bonus: ETL orchestration tools like Airflow

Why Randstad Groep Nederland IT?

If there’s anywhere you can make an impact as a Lead Data Scientist, it’s here. Because as an IT professional for one of the biggest recruitment agencies in the world, you help keep society going. We support Randstad Groep Nederland’s HR service delivery with high-tech apps and software, which we continue to improve. As such, our innovations follow one another in quick succession. We believe in the power of technology, provided it is combined with personal attention. And the same applies to our own employees: we recognize your revolutionary ideas, but above all, we recognize you. Your job satisfaction is paramount.

We develop close-knit teams in Randstad Groep Nederland’s IT department, where you are given the freedom to develop both yourself and your ideas. Do you dare to be bold in that respect? If yes, great. We offer plenty of opportunities for growth. We offer more than a job; we offer a career. The huge diversity of roles across the whole of Randstad Groep Nederland offers exciting perspectives to you as a Lead Data Scientist. Did you know that 80% of our senior management rose through the ranks in our own organisation? Join us and grow!

What we offer you

  • a soft landing with wonderful, inspirational colleagues who support you 

  • a gross monthly salary of between € 3800.- and €5250- (depending on your work experience)

  • 25 days annual leave and 8.5% holiday pay

  • lots of training and development opportunities within Randstad Groep Nederland

  • good mobility scheme and laptop

  • generous monthly benefit-budget that you can redeem for days off or a bicycle, tablet, sports subscription, or study course

  • generous bonus scheme, plus the opportunity to earn a performance bonus twice a year

Read more about working at Randstad Groep Nederland IT and the terms and conditions of employment.

Will you be our new Lead Data Scientist?

Will you ensure Randstad Groep Nederland remains a top player in the world of work through the use of data and smart tools? Contact our Talent Acquisition Specialist Mariette Croon, via 06 – 22 20 98 88 or mariette.croon@randstadgroep.nl. She will be able to give you more information.