VP, Data Science

San Francisco, California, United States | Q-US | Full-time


Since 2002, Quantium have combined the best of human and artificial intelligence to power possibilities for individuals, organizations, and society. Whether it be building forecasting engines that materially drive down food wastage or creating tools that combat human trafficking, Quantium believes in using the power of analytics and machine learning for better goods, services, experiences for a brighter future.  


The opportunity


As a US VP, Data Science, you will be leading key client relationships, developing our data science teams and managing complex projects to deliver meaningful value through high value consulting and emerging and mature product solutions.


This role will see you working on extremely tough end-to-end predictive modeling / data science problems with real world demand drivers and in turn real world impact. If you are excited about the challenge of partnering with our biggest clients to develop new proof of concepts and transition them into complex solutions that scale, we would love to hear from you.




Can you share a little more on some of Quantium’s projects?


At Quantium, we seek out complex, technical problems. We leverage extremely large and often disparate datasets in the retail, CPG and banking industries to solve problems for our clients that have never been solved previously. These include business problems like optimizing product offerings, personalizing customer interactions, selecting best locations for stores/branches, improving inventory forecasting and pricing for some of the biggest companies in the world


These will typically be end-to-end data science solutions, including deploying complex models that underpin decision-engines our clients will deploy. We work in fast-paced environments on transformational projects with tight timeframes, often teaming up in agile delivery squads. Our projects are diverse, and our solutions have a big impact on our clients’ businesses, shaping the direction of their industries and the experience of the customers they touch.


What will I be doing as a VP, Data Science, at Quantium?


You will be leveraging your hands-on, technical background to lead a team of data scientists. We generally have project teams of 4-8 data scientists, and you will be responsible for a similar number of direct reports. Partnering with our other VPs, you will oversee our client teams of 15 to 25 data scientists.  


You will have accountability for the solution design and overall delivery of innovative, data science solutions for real world, high impact problems. In other words, whilst you will rarely be writing the code yourself, you will have the knowledge and willingness to get into that level of detail if needed and always be confident that your team is delivering high quality and practical solutions. This will go hand-in-hand with your role in fostering positive, strategic relationships with our clients and having the right conversations with key client decision-makers to ensure future commercial opportunities come to fruition.


Whilst the majority of your time will be focused on technical leadership and delivering value to our clients, you will also play a key role in designing team and workforce planning, and overall business strategy. Working with some of the brightest people in the industry, we are seeking strong technical leaders to continue fostering our positive culture that brings the best out of our people.


Why should I be excited about this opportunity?


With our Americas team being established a little over three years ago, this is a unique opportunity to join an exciting, high growth environment where each team member is contributing in their own way and can have a big impact on the success of the team. You also have access to Quantium’s global capabilities (proven products and solutions built over 18 years!) and subject matter experts in data science and software engineering to back you.


Today in the US, we are working with some of the biggest companies in the world and have built some uniquely strong relationships with our clients. Within a collaborative team environment, you will be working closely with rest of the team and the Head of the US to deliver against agreed targets, P&L and overall growth plans, taking the success our of US business to our full potential. The opportunities for  growth are largely within your control


You've mentioned consulting work. Can you tell me more about the travel requirements?


Our team is committed to growing trusted relationships with our clients. For the current and upcoming projects, you may be required to work onsite at client offices for 80% of your time.  We are happy to be creative with travel options to accommodate to individual needs.  Our teams are currently based in San Francisco, Bentonville or Chicago.  Travel depends on where our clients are based, need to be on site and clients’ relative openness to remote work (all teams are remote presently due to COVID concerns).


What is Quantium looking for in the ideal candidate?


Firstly, you can be anybody, from any walk of life. Before we get to your skills, we want to assure you that we actively try to foster an environment where all our employees feel safe, welcomed and celebrated. We look for the same in all people we hire.

At Quantium, our team are solving problems that haven’t previously been tackled in these industries. With multiple teams and projects operating on a massive scale, you’ll be a pragmatist and a true innovator who loves to solve complex issues and doesn’t shy away from ambiguity, as well as provide the team with the focus to remain on track to meet key client deliverables. In leading technical solution design and your team, you will bring your smarts and creativity to ensure we are always thinking of new things and learning swiftly from our mistakes when things don’t work out.


Do have a bullet point list so I can see if I meet the requirements of this opportunity?

We know people are not bullet points but here we go: 


  • You will likely have 10+ years’ experience in a relevant position, providing team and technical leadership, ideally working with external clients
  • A strong technical data science background; ideally with predictive modeling and machine learning experience, leading the solution design component, with the ability to code and build models if needed
    • Proficiency in at least one of Spark / Scala, R or Python
  • A desire to lead technical projects and teams, providing best practice guidance, coaching and review of technical work - strong aptitude for structured problem solving
  • A degree in a quantitative discipline e.g. actuarial studies, mathematics / statistics, engineering, computer science, etc.  
  • Management experience of technical teams and passion for supporting professional growth and seeing your team succeed
  • Appreciation for building and implementing technical data science solutions that are practical and can be productionized/ executed at scale
  • Keen eye for detail and in depth understanding of the data will see you understand the inner workings of what our team is building and be able to quickly identify the downstream impacts of analytical roadblocks
  • Proven track record in building positive stakeholder relationships and the ability to secure new project proposals will be highly regarded
  • As a member of the US leadership team have an interest in building the overall business and responsibilities separate from client delivery, e.g. L&D, Ops, Staffing, Employee Engagement


What else can I look forward to?

  • Flights, accommodation and a per diem for work travel, when necessary
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage, company paid for US employees
  • Flexible spending account
  • Commuter tax benefit (in Chicago and San Francisco)
  • Retirement 401(k) plan with uncapped 6% employer contribution on salary
  • Annual bonus scheme
  • Annual company weekend trip and plenty of other team events


We value diversity. Quantium is an affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.