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Data Scientist

Data, Analytics & User Research London, London

Position at NaturalMotion

NaturalMotion London was established in 2012. At the heart of our business are our people we have built a culture that celebrates diversity and community, whilst encouraging creativity and fun. We provide the opportunity to work with talented people across disciplines locally alongside a hardworking analytics discipline that is part of a wider global analytics community. We have a fast-paced environment that also supports the importance of work-life balance. In 2018 & 2019 we have been recognised as one of the best places to work in the UK video games industry!

We like making stuff that seems impossible. The thrill of achieving this together in a team – and seeing the result played by millions is what makes us tick. Our hit games include CSR2, Dawn of Titans, Star Wars™: Commander, and we’re developing all-new Star Wars mobile games.

We have millions of players that generate rich and complex datasets alongside a strong analytics infrastructure. Our data science roles help us deliver huge impact direct to players and in supporting capabilities. We invest in learning and development and believe in strong analytical partners working with other key disciplines. We have strong data culture capabilities making us a compelling career destination.

A successful candidate will enjoy combining analytical/technical skills with an eye for business to deliver value in our game studios and ensure we offer amazing player experience. Contributing to high performing discipline as part of a talented and encouraging team.

Main Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Deliver actionable insight as a cross-discipline partner to influence decisions/roadmaps:
    • Analytically problem solve: all methods focusing on Discovery, Prescription, Optimization
    • Efficiently apply the best machine learning models in production and at scale
    • Impactfully communicates with compelling visuals /strong storytelling.
    • Working knowledge of experimentation when partnering with cross disciplines
  • Deliver good technical capabilities:
    • Object orientated programming in production with strong programming principles
    • Provide best in class visualization/tools/techniques to share with peers
    • Collaborate on end to end data projects: Telemetry >ETL’s > tools (end-user /players)
  • Apply mathematical rigour/critical thinking to optimise and personalise the user experiences
  • Contribute to the innovative thinking culture of our local and global analytics discipline
  • Be an effective cross discipline partner in studio, collaborate with global analytics community

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • BSc or BA.: Data Science, Math, Statistics, Comp Sci preferred; advanced degrees welcome
  • Confident in manipulating, transforming, and analysing complex data at large scales
  • Experience in:
    • SQL and Python at production-grade level, excited to learn new languages where needed
    • Big Data infrastructures: Vertica, Spark, Databricks or others e.g. Redshift, Snowflake, etc.
    • Building out bespoke visuals/tools using open source technology or BI tools e.g. Tableau
    • Evolving an idea from inception to robust and scalable implementation
  • Passionate about the discipline, enjoys career growth with strong data science thought leadership
  • Enjoys working in a dynamic environment with opportunity to multitask on parallel projects
  • Excellent communication skills, comfortable explaining complex ideas clearly and simply
  • Strong balance of Business acumen alongside analytical and technical skills
  • Strong attention to detail, natural curiosity with ability to problem-solve creatively
  • Good influencing skills and enjoys working with partners across disciplines
  • Proven track record in similar roles, preferably within gaming, technology or digital
  • An interest in the games market and/or enjoys engaging in games /digital apps (preferred)


What do we offer?

  • Competitive salary, discretionary annual bonus scheme and Zynga stock allowance
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday, plus public holidays and Christmas shutdown
  • Private medical care and healthcare cash plan
  • Life insurance and critical illness insurance
  • Discounted gym membership and free weekly yoga class
  • Flexible working hours
  • Free fruit, snacks & soft drinks provided daily, as well as free lunch on Fridays
  • Annual season ticket loan and cycle to work scheme
  • Summer and Christmas parties and Happy Hour every Friday

NaturalMotion is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, pregnancy, marital status or veteran status.