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Principal Data Scientist - InsureTech

Churchill Court, BR1 1DP
Full time

At Direct Line Group, we’re shaping the future. With a mission to make insurance easier and better value for our customers, we embrace change in all its richness and variety. It’s not just what we do; it’s how we do it. We bring our whole selves to work every day and embrace fresh thinking – after all, Britain is constantly changing and to protect the nation, we adapt with it.

We have a diverse array of established brands – including Direct Line, Churchill, Privilege and Green Flag – change takes many forms. We are always evolving, and one proof of this is the establishment of our InsureTech business.

Why do we need a Data Scientist?

We need your help to push the boundary of modelling approaches to realise our ambition to build and deploy the best predictive insurance models and analyses ever created. You will bring your experience in data science and bold attitude to modelling approaches within insurance. This role is unlike any other at DLG - or we believe any other Insurance company for that matter - as it is more akin to one at a start-up.

Key to us will be your desire to learn. This coupled with your Data Science background, agile way of thinking and dynamic personality will make you successful here. If you already have some insurance industry experience that’s great, but you will be working alongside some of the best in the business who will share their knowledge and skills with you. We are looking for someone to make a real contribution in shaping the evolving business (and in turn the wider DLG) in its journey to provide easier and better value insurance.

You will be working with the very cutting edge of technology, and unlike some start-ups this is a well-funded, agile environment utilising opensource, emerging technologies and machine learning. The most advanced tech on the market will be available to you, and where what is available already isn’t enough, we will build our own.  

We want you to join us to:

  • Contribute positively to the team and the process to continuously improve our solutions to business challenges
  • Strive continuously to improve the impact and efficiency of all our modelling and prediction processes and techniques – new data, new techniques, new use-cases
  • Be part of a process of continual skills and knowledge development for you and the team, mentoring others and developing yourself

    Skills & qualities you’ll need:

  • Creative thinker with great communication skills
  • Delivery and business focussed
  • Team player
  • Educated to at least degree level (or equivalent) in mathematics, stats, OR, data science – likely with an MSc
  • Scientific Python/Pandas skills a strong plus (or evidence of ability and desire to learn them fast)
  • Knowledge and understanding of statistical and predictive modelling approaches, ideally with experience of applying them in a business context
  • Experience of having worked in an insurance start-up or related field already would be strong plus, but isn’t essential – as long as the desire to do so is there.

Life at Direct Line Group

Let our colleagues answer your questions and tell you what it’s really like to work at DLG. Visit our discussion hub (https://directlinegroupcareers.career-inspiration.com/app/home/) to find out why Direct Line Group is a special place to work.

Career benefits and rewards

Rewarding you is really important to us, as well as offering a competitive salary and generous holiday entitlement; you can take advantage of a wide range of benefits. The best part is you can pick and choose the benefits to suit your own lifestyle, but also pass on some of the savings to family and friends. Here are just a few we have on offer:

  • A competitive salary, benchmarked against our competitors, which will grow as you do.
  • Pension 9% of your base salary, you can choose to contribute less or more than this, and anything you don’t wish to put in to your pension you can take as cash instead!
  • Private medical insurance (anyone can choose this through our flexible benefits scheme, and managers receive this as standard)
  • Attractive holiday entitlement
  • 50% off our Home, Motor and Pet insurance
  • Free Travel insurance
  • Free Green Flag breakdown cover
  • Flexible rewards including Life insurance, income protection, critical illness insurance, personal accident insurance
  • Retail card, with discounts at big name retailers
  • My Discounts - a discounts website for all our employees, with great discounts, cash back savings and offers across hundreds of brilliant  high street brands, travel, tickets, gym memberships and much more.

Who we are
Direct Line Group is an organisation with a clear mission: to make insurance much easier and better value for customers. We are one of the leading motor, home and small business insurers in the UK. We are home to some of the nation's best-known brands, including Direct Line, Churchill, Privilege, Green Flag and NIG.