Sunderland AFC is recruiting for Lead Data Scientist to work within the club to inform decision making and underpin processes to create a performance culture based on evidence.
Reporting to the Head of Analysis and Data to create a football and business operations technology and data roadmap this position will develop and standardise the club’s products, services and processes, and implement the performance analysis and data strategy.
The successful applicant will have strong communication and presentation skills with creative problem solving to lead in the development, maintenance and improvement of operational processes aligned to the roadmap that builds in structured decision making and governance.
The successful candidate will hold a degree in a numerate discipline, have experience of coding and software development (e.g., Python, R, VB), mathematical and statistical packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Matlab) and data visualisation tools (e.g., Power Bl or Tableau). Familiarity of using football data sources (eg, Wyscout, Opta, InStat, Statsbomb), database design and managing teams is essential.
Desirable skills and experience include the ability to engage with and influence stakeholders, project management methods, previous experience in data led industries and/or football or other sports sectors.
The position is full time (40 hours per week), with working hours being flexible around business demands and include evening and weekend work, home matches and special events as required. You will be expected to undertake any specific training or Continued Professional Development to maintain your up-to-date knowledge and qualifications, and/or as organised by the club.
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