Data Scientist
The Job

A fantastic opportunity for an ambitious individual to join The Lead Agency in the role of Data Scientist. Reporting to the Head of Data Insight, the role will be wholly focused on the support and delivery of key Big Data projects across the business. The role holder will work in tandem with technology, R&D and development teams within the business to create statistical learning models that drive key business systems and processes.

As an expert in the application of statistical analysis and data modelling techniques, you will work with internal technology and infrastructure owners to develop data capture, cleansing, enrichment and verification processes to maximise the value of data inflows to the business. You will transform large, unstructured data flows into structured, queryable datasets, and subsequently develop statistical models to systematically interrogate datasets to produce actionable insights. You will leverage your knowledge of and experience with machine learning applications to make applications automatable and self-sufficient.

With strong leadership and communication skills, you will own and lead data projects within the business, driving the business’ data science and machine learning applications forward to maximise value delivery. You will clearly communicate outcomes at key points, ensuring that senior stakeholders are aligned and engaged with projects at all times.

This is a new role within The Lead Agency and represents a fantastic opportunity for the right person to establish themselves as a functional expert in a fast-growing technology business.

The Responsibilities
  • Systemise the collection of unstructured data and systematically transform into queryable dataset via wrangling, cleansing and verification techniques.
  • Enrich datasets with third-party data where possible and/or necessary.
  • Optimise data storage and processing architecture, ensuring it is fit-for-purpose for requirements.
  • Research and develop statistical learning models for data analysis.
  • Own data projects, leading the development of TLA’s data science and machine learning projects.
  • Collaborate with product management and technology/development teams to understand company needs and devise possible solutions.
  • Communicate results and ideas to key decision makers.
The Skills
  • A strong degree in a mathematical, statistical or computer science related field (postgraduate preferred)
  • 5 years’ practical experience with data mining and statistical analysis for Big Data, with a track record of delivering actionable, value-adding outputs
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis, quantitative analytics, forecasting / predictive analytics, multivariate testing, and optimisation algorithms.
  • Advanced skills in SQL, Python and r, with proficiency with other programming languages (SAS, Java etc.) being beneficial
  • Strong experience of leading transformational data projects
  • A strong working knowledge of machine learning theory and application, with demonstrable experience of application in previous roles
  • Experience working with Big Data frameworks (such as Hadoop, Spark, Cosmos DB or others)
  • Strong communication and leadership skills
  • Technically-minded, with an active interest in working with cutting-edge technology
  • Unafraid to challenge the status quo
  • Great team worker, able to influence and promote change
  • Passionate about the detail
The Company

The Lead Agency is a performance and technology business that helps companies to acquire new customers.

We use our own digital assets, emerging technologies and a unique network of premium UK publishers to find and engage hard-to-reach in-market consumers as they research their next purchase online. Our proprietary lead technology and in-house contact centre teams then process the data we generate – from initial enquiries through to the secure distribution of qualified leads to our clients’ CRM.

We have been in business since 2002 and specialise in automotive and property. Our extensive client list includes BMW, VW Group, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Hyundai, Yopa and eMoov.


Ambitious businesses need ambitious people – and that’s exactly what we’re looking for at TLA. Our journey – from a start-up business in 2002 to one of the UK’s fastest-growing tech companies – owes a lot to our focus on continuous improvement and striving to be the best that we can be.

We want to grow with people who share that ethos; who can bring something special to the team but have that desire to keep improving. This role is an exciting opportunity to contribute to an award-winning team and fulfil your potential within a growing business.


  • Award-winning performance and technology business based in Liverpool and London
  • 100-strong team spanning roles in development, design, UX, digital marketing, customer service, quality assurance, product ownership, account management and more.
  • One of the UK and Europe’s fastest-growing tech companies:
    • Tech Track 100 (The Sunday Times)
    • FT1000 (Financial Times)
  • Fifth-fastest growing tech company in the north of the UK (Tech Nation)
The Culture

The Lead Agency is a fast-moving and creative company that believes that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

We value ambition and persistence, and we encourage each other to drive progress through continual improvement and innovation. We’re working on exciting projects with the potential to transform our industry and allow us to expand both in the UK and internationally.

Our headquarters offer one of Liverpool’s best locations to work in – a bright, open plan office on the 13th floor of the Unity Building, offering spectacular panoramic views of our city.

Balance is important to us, which is why we offer flexible working hours, free personal training and squash games, subsidised gym membership… and a free office bar every Friday! In addition, we have regular nights out and charity events throughout the calendar.

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Position: Data Scientist

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Employment Type
Full Time
Beginning of employment
Duration of employment
Job Location
The Lead Agency, 20 Chapel Street, L3 9AG, Liverpool, Merseyside
Valid through
31 August 2018
Base Salary
£ 45000 - £ 50000
Date posted
8th April 2019