Data Science Lead

Digital Chennai, India Chetpet


Data Science Lead

Location:  Chennai, India
Required Language: English
Employment Type: Full Time
Seniority Level: Mid - Senior Level
Travel : <10%

Buckman is a privately held, global specialty chemical company with headquarters in Memphis, TN, USA, committed to safeguarding the environment, maintaining safety in the workplace, and promoting sustainable development. Buckman delivers exceptional service and innovative solutions to our customers globally in the pulp and paper, leather, and water treatment sectors to help boost productivity, reduce risk, improve product quality, and provide a measurable return on investment.  Buckman is in the middle of a digital transformation of its businesses and focused on building the capabilities and tools in support of this.

Position Summary
Buckman is seeking an experienced Data Science leader to lead the development of a Data Science program at our Chennai facility. You will work closely with Buckman stakeholders to derive deep industry knowledge across paper, water, leather, and performance chemical industries.  You will help develop a data strategy for the company including collection of the right data, creation of the data science project portfolio, partnering with external providers, and augmenting capabilities with additional internal hires.  A large part of the job is communicating and developing relationship with key stakeholders and subject matter experts to tee up proofs of concept projects to demonstrate how data science can be used to solve old problems in unique and novel ways.  You will not have a large internal team to rely on, at least initially, so individual expertise, breadth of data science knowledge, and ability to partner with external companies will be essential for success.  In addition to the pure data science problems, you will be working closely with a multi-disciplinary team consisting of sensor scientists, software engineers, network engineers, mechanical/electrical engineers, and chemical engineers in the development, and deployment of IoT solutions.  If you like working for an entrepreneurial company with a Sustainability mission and digital ambitions at the core of its strategy, Buckman is the place for you.

Competencies Needed for Success

  • Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative field such as Data Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, or Computer Science
  • 8+ years of relevant working experience in an analytical role involving data extraction, analysis, and visualization
  • Expertise in one or more programming languages R, Python, MATLAB, JMP, Minitab, Java, C++, Scala
  • Key libraries such as Sklearn, XgBoost, GLMNet, Dplyr, ggplot, Rshiny
  • Experience and knowledge of data mining algorithms including supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques areas such as Gradient Boosting, Decision Trees, Multivariate Regressions, Logistic regressions, Neural Network, Random Forest, Support Vector Machine, Naive Bayes, Time Series, Optimization
  • Microsoft IoT/data science toolkit: Azure Machine Learning, Datalake, Datalake analytics, Workbench, IoT Hub, Stream Analytics, Cosmos DB, Time Series Insights, Power BI
  • Data querying languages (e.g. SQL, Hadoop/Hive) and Preferred Qualifications
  • A demonstrated record of success with a verifiable portfolio of problems tackled

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s or PhD degree in a quantitative field such as Data Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, or Computer Science
  • 3+ years of experience managing data science teams.
  • Experience in the specialty chemicals sector or similar industry
  • Background in engineering, especially Chemical Engineering
  • Experience starting up a data science program
  • Experience working with global stakeholders
  • Experience working in a start-up environment, preferably in an IoT company
  • Knowledge in quantitative modeling tools and statistical analysis