MarketFinance is hiring a

Head of Data Science

London, United Kingdom

About MarketFinance

At MarketFinance we believe that finance has moved on with technology - and we’re here to make it work better for businesses. We want to help entrepreneurs spend more time on ideas and less time worrying about their cash flow.

So what makes us different? With our smart online platform, we’re making it quick and easy for UK companies to access business finance. But it’s not just about the tech. Our people are our greatest asset and one of the best things about working at MarketFinance.

We’re a team of bright and talented people from all over the world, who work together to get things done. Positivity is key to our culture, which means we support each other and have a lot of fun along the way.

At MarketFinance, the opportunity for growth is as big as your ambition. We challenge ourselves to learn more and to think in different ways. In fintech, things move quickly - but that’s part of the adventure.

Our values matter and as part of the team, they’ll be yours too.

#MakeItHappen | #1Team1Dream | #AlwaysBeLearning

About the role

As Head of Data Science you will be responsible for using data and data science to provide MarketFinance with a competitive advantage. You will build and lead a team of world-class data scientists, acting as a role model and providing technical guidance across all areas of modelling and analytics.

One of the areas of ownership will be the credit risk and pricing models. Alongside the monitoring and optimisation of the existing suite of models, you will use your expertise to introduce new data sources and models to further improve decision automation.

You will own the data roadmap - both the identification of problems and solutions, and also the delivery of the roadmap. At the same time, you are expected to be hands-on with the data science work.


You will have the following skills and attributes:

  • Credit risk. Extensive experience of using modelling and analytics to improve credit decisioning.
  • Modelling. Expertise in binary classification modelling / credit scorecard modelling, using for example Random Forest, Gradient Boosting, and Logistic Regression.
  • Statistics. A demonstrable understanding of Statistics, backed by core principles gained in a quantitative degree like Maths or similar.
  • Data science toolkit. Python or R for modelling/analytics; SQL, Excel for BI; experience productionising models.
  • Business impact. You can design a data roadmap that is aligned with the business strategy and immediate needs, and own the delivery of this roadmap.
  • Great communicator. You are able to tailor your message to the audience to get stakeholders on board and comfortable presenting to senior stakeholders.


Not only will you have the opportunity to make a huge impact at one of the UK's leading Fintechs, you’ll also have access to:

  • Best in class share options scheme
  • Best in class private health coverage, including many benefits such as half price Virgin Active gym membership
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Amazon Kindle and unlimited book allowance
  • 25 days of annual leave per year, plus your birthday off
  • A great office (complete with roof terrace, awesome facilities and a community feel) in the heart of vibrant Shoreditch

Our commitment to you

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