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Senior Statistician

Job ID:
R-21946
Category:
Research/Development
Location:
Bebington, England
Date posted:
11/24/2021

JOB TITLE:  Senior Statistician/Senior Data Scientist         

JOB LOCATION: Port Sunlight, UK

ABOUT UNILEVER:

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s, Marmite, Magnum and Lynx. Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace”

We are a global team who innovate boldly to create the products and experiences that improve people’s health, confidence and well-being and positively impact the health of the planet. This in turn drives sustainable, profitable growth for Unilever and our much-loved brands.
We are the innovators, scientists, engineers, chefs, technologists, regulatory experts and data scientists, bringing to life our ambitions, without being afraid to challenge our own thinking to get there.
We are award-winning leaders recognized for our expertise, celebrating the diversity and creativity in each and every one of us that makes our innovations come to life.
We are Unilever R&D.

JOB PURPOSE:
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods. Our products are sold in over 190 countries and used by 2 billion consumers every day.  People know us by our brands which include Dove, Suave, Lifebuoy, Axe, 7th Generation, Knorr, and Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream. Unilever has extensive R&D facilities around the globe with a mission to innovate boldly for people and planet. To meet the sustainable business growth challenges of the next decade, Unilever R&D aims to transform its approach to scientific discovery and product development, through a Digital Transformation program. The Digital R&D team is leading this transformation of R&D through programs focused on Digitization of R&D (knowledge/insights discovery, virtual product design and simulation) and developing Digitally enabled consumer innovations. The Modelling & Analytics team in Digital R&D, is a central expertise team that provides leading edge statistics, data science, data management, modelling and simulation expertise to deliver predictive models and advanced analytics for new insights to the category programs across all R&D functions. The products and brands we support are across Unilever’s categories in Foods & Refreshment, Home Care and Beauty & Personal Care.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provision of statistics expertise across a range of R&D disciplines including product development, consumer/sensory research. This will specifically include the development, implementation and reporting of all statistical components on defined projects.

  • Engagement and collaboration with globally deployed, multi-disciplinary teams to design and implement efficient, well-focused, statistically fit-for-purpose studies, analyse, visualize and interpret data, build and validate predictive models and simulations.

  • Be able to design and build statistical, machine learning models and visualization tools.

  • Responsibility for the quality and defensibility of statistical analyses, models and data interpretation. 

  • Work in inter- disciplinary teams that will include consumer research team, product formulators, process/packaging engineers, clinicians, measurement scientists, bio-informaticians, claim experts, and other statisticians, both internal in Unilever and external partners.

  • Engagement in continuous learning initiatives to keep abreast of state of the art analytic and statistical computing methods and tools.

ALL ABOUT YOU:

We are looking for a Statistician/Data Scientist, who will support our Product Innovation and Science & Technology teams in R&D with insights gained from experimental and observed data specifically related to consumer behavior/response and product design. The ideal candidate is adept designing experiments and scientific studies, analyzing small and large sets of data and using models to test the effectiveness of different courses of action. He/She will have a strong background in statistical analysis, machine learning, modelling and programming. The right candidate will have a passion for problem solving, discovering solution/insights hidden in data and working with stakeholders to improve business outcomes.

The candidate should have a postgraduate (MSc or PhD) degree in Statistics or Data Science with experience in research or the FMCG/Retail/Pharmaceutical industries using a variety of data analysis methods and building, evaluating and implementing models. He/she should have a strong research background, and good written and oral communication skills.

Essential:

  • Technical depth, operational breadth and demonstrated fluency in applying statistics and machine learning methods in scientific research and discovery.

  • Hands-on technical expertise in data integration and visualization to understand patterns and issues in data.

  • Strong technical background in multivariate statistical methods

  • Experience of applying statistical Design of Experiments.

  • Machine learning techniques (clustering, decision tree learning, artificial neural networks, etc.) and their real-world advantages/drawbacks.

  • Hands-on experience with professional statistical software such as SAS or R and JMP.

  • Operational at programming in languages like R, Python.  SQL desirable.

  • Knowledge of consumer/market research, product development and manufacturing processes.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills; the ability to frame a problem.

  • Ability to collaborate and consult effectively in global teams across time-zones and cultures.

WHAT WE OFFER:
Not only do we offer a competitive salary, but also our pension scheme, an annual bonus, a free gym, a staff shop and shares. You’ll get the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and agile environment. We strive to achieve a family-friendly culture and to, above all, create possibilities for all.
Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities and growing together for better business performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

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