Senior Data Scientist

The Impact You Will Make

We are looking for a Data Scientist who will support our product, sales, leadership and marketing teams with insights gained from analyzing company data. The ideal candidate is adept at using large data sets to find opportunities for product and process optimization and using models to test the effectiveness of different courses of action.
You work together with domain experts, data engineers and Data analysts to build scalable and reliable AI solutions. You will have a direct impact on new solutions that will improve MarketForce products and processes.
You take the ownership of specific components, make them reliable, scalable and help to design the overall data architecture.
You like to continuously grow your skills and support your colleagues in improving theirs and you are willing to write and deliver production level code and will to collaborate with various levels of management and technical staff.



Share knowledge by clearly articulating results and ideas to customers, managers, and key decision makers.
Select and apply appropriate statistical, machine learning, and computing methods to large-scale, high-dimensional data
Write clear, maintainable and tested code
Stay current with the latest research and technology and communicate your knowledge throughout the enterprise
Take responsibility for preparing data for analysis, and provide critical feedback on issues of data integrity
Mine and analyze data from company databases to drive optimization and improvement of product development, marketing techniques and business strategies.
Assess the effectiveness and accuracy of new data sources and data gathering techniques.
Develop custom data models and algorithms to apply to data sets.
Use predictive modeling to increase and optimize customer experiences, revenue generation, ad targeting and other business outcomes.
Develop company A/B testing framework and test model quality.
Coordinate with different functional teams to implement models and monitor outcomes.
Develop processes and tools to monitor and analyze model performance and data accuracy.



Basic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in statistics, math, computer science, or economics. Preferably have a Masters in Computer science, math, statistics
3+ yrs experience in applying machine learning (preferably with time series data) and other analytic methods to solve practical business problems
Experience in machine learning algorithms & underlying mathematical/statistical principles
Programming Experience in Python and/or R, including common data science libraries (e.g. scikit-learn, pandas, numpy) to manipulate data and draw insights from large data sets
Experience in software engineering best practices and able to write code for production systems (e.g. modularity, unit tests)
Experience working with and creating data architectures.
Knowledge of a variety of machine learning techniques (clustering, decision tree learning, artificial neural networks, etc.) and their real-world advantages/drawbacks.
Knowledge of advanced statistical techniques and concepts (regression, properties of distributions, statistical tests and proper usage, etc.) and experience with applications.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills for coordinating across teams.
A drive to learn and master new technologies and techniques.
Experience querying databases (e.g. SQL)
Experience with BI tools (e.g. quicksight, tableau)


What will catch our eye

Experience using web services (e.g Redshift, S3).
Experience with distributed data/processing tools (e.g. Spark)
Experience deploying machine learning models in production systems
Excellent communication and documentation skills


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About Market Force

MarketForce is a fast-growing African tech startup headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. We are building the operating system for retail distribution in Africa. Powered by technology and driven by heart, our mission is to drive Africa forward by creating economic empowerment for everyone along the retail supply chain. Our B2B marketplace, RejaReja, enables corner shops to source, order and pay for inventory at any time via interactive SMS and mobile app, and get it delivered directly to their store within hours. We empower retailers further by providing them with tools to act as a one-stop shop for popular digital financial services like buying airtime, paying their water & electricity bill and accessing banking & insurance services. The impact we will make together We will empower African retailers to make more revenue. We get goods to the retailer more efficiently, creating less friction, traceability and purchasing insight visibility. We are creating job opportunities across Africa by employing hundreds of gig workers we fondly call troops. We are encouraging adoption and the use of technology helping our retailers leapfrog into the digital economy by training for basic smartphone use and designing products that are super user friendly Together we believe that we can be the preferred partner for the African retailers who are serving the 1 billion African consumers. Our Culture Responsibility and Accountability Being a self-starter who is keen on integrity, acts like an owner, and is open to bringing and adopting different ideas. Impact and Innovation Focusing on greater results rather than processes, voicing out your ideas to create a better product, client, and employee experience. Collaboration and Care Care for your job, your colleagues, and our clients. Let's face it, we rarely collaborate in activities with people we have little care for 🙂 Happiness While at MarketForce your happiness matters as a team member, you in turn need to carry it forward to make sure anyone you interact with is happy or happier than you found them! In a nutshell, we value people who exercise good judgment on execution, practice respect for themselves, their teammates, our clients, and the company. Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships - Micheal Jordan