KBC Data Scientist
In a changing market environment, where customer needs are more diverse and customer expectations are more personalized, KBC group wants to optimally use the growing “data footprint” of the market to become more customer centric and become a reference in data analytics. Ultimately, we aim to transform our business into a data driven group. KBC therefore wants to attract external capabilities that are highly advanced in exploiting, analysing and modelling data but most importantly, who are able to apply the insights in the business context. The recruiting group will operate on Corporate level, working in support of all Business Units.
What does this function mean?
In a changing market environment, where customer needs are more diverse and customer expectations are more personalized, KBC group wants to optimally use the growing “data footprint” of the market to become more customer centric and become a reference in data analytics and application of artificial intelligence.
KBC therefore wants to attract external capabilities that are highly advanced in exploiting, analysing and modelling data but most importantly, who are able to apply the insights in the business context.
What do we expect from you?
You will be accountable for:
- Feeding local Business Units with unknown insights based on data and assisting them with the commercial activation of these insights
- Testing commercial hypotheses as suggested by Business Units or from within the own group aiming to provide monetizing of data.
- Exploring the possibilities for development and commercial application of Data Modelling and Artificial Intelligence.
- A close collaborative relationship with IT in deploying and maintaining big data solutions
- Ensuring the evolution of the knowledge and technology base throughout the KBC Group in Belgium and other European markets
Belgium, Louvain or Ghent.
Master's degree or PhD in Artificial Intelligence, Marketing Analytics, Computer Science, Statistics, Econometrics, Mathematics, Physics or comparable field.
•You are able to manage and analyse large data sets with analytic rigor by using the usual toolset of statistical and machine-learning methods, you have a good understanding of supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms and strategies for data processing, data/text mining and artificial intelligence and you are able to implement them in business context.
•You are familiar with the standard data science stack like Python on Jupyter Notebooks with Pandas, Scikit-learn, H2O.ai, Spark ML. Knowledge of other tools like Tensorflow and Keras for AI, or R for statistical analysis is a plus.
•You are strong in exploratory analysis, finding and communicating stories found in the data. Knowledge of tools like D3.js and Bokeh could help.
•You have a certain understanding of relational and non-relational databases, can wrangle data in different formats like JSON, flat-files or relational tables and understand how the data is accessed by APIs and web applications. Web-scraping skills are an advantage.
•Having working experience with Artificial Intelligence, in the context of recommendation and personalization, using for example NLP, NLG, deep learning, reinforcement learning for applications like chat bots, image processing or voice analytics, is a big advantage.
•Knowledge and experience with SQL and ideally also Apache Spark. Knowledge and regular usage of version control systems is a plus.
•Our ideal candidate is passionate about working with data both professionally and in leisure time.
•You have great drive and entrepreneurial attitude. You challenge your colleagues and yourself and drive ideas and initiatives forward at a start-up speed.
•You are a constant learner, easily adapting to a fast-paced environment. You have to be persistent, innovative, curious, pragmatic and creative when facing complex problems.
•You have excellent communication skills, can clearly present and visualize your work to others. You can communicate the outcomes of complicated analyses and make complex things simple without dropping the essence of the problem.
•You are self-driven and independent but you are not afraid to ask if you don’t know. Also, you are a good team player helping others and bringing good atmosphere to the team.
•Preferably, you have obtained these skills through working experience in a corporate environment or in a successful start-up. Knowledge in the field of financial services, marketing or client behaviour (banking industry, telecom) is strongly preferred.
•Most importantly, you have business mentality and are proficient in turning data discoveries into actionable insights creating value for the company.
What can we offer you?
You can count on KBC for:
- active support during your career,
- an exceptional range of training and development opportunities,
- many different career opportunities,
- a permanent contract,
- a competitive salary package, including an extensive package of additional benefits and special terms for employees for our banking and insurance products,
- possibilities to integrate your work and private life,
- a dynamic working environment with an open culture and pleasant atmosphere.
Please apply with your CV and cover letter written in English.