Senior Director | Data Science | Strategic Communications

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About the Role

We provide our clients with a comprehensive view of strategic communications that leverages our integrated suite of services, including financial communications, corporate reputation, transaction communications and public affairs in all the major markets around the world.

The Strategic Communications practice of FTI Consulting is one of the world's most highly regarded communications consultancies. We offer a broad base of disciplines across a variety of specialist sectors including financial services, retail and consumer, natural resources, energy, public affairs, real estate, professional services, technology media telecoms (TMT), healthcare and life sciences. We serve as trusted advisors to management teams and Boards of Directors seeking to seize opportunities, manage crises, navigate market disruptions, articulate their brand, stake a competitive position, and preserve their permission to operate.

Our data science and analytics group is seeking an entrepreneurial and creative Senior Director, Data Science. The Senior Director, Data Science will work in close collaboration with the Head of Data and Analytics to develop our data science capabilities in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region. The successful candidate will design, develop, deploy data science solutions for our clients. They will create custom solutions as well as build standardised products. The candidate will also develop and grow the data science team.

What You'll Do
  • Lead our data science efforts in the EMEA region in close collaboration with the Head of Data and Analytics
  • Create custom solutions for projects in the areas of audience and influencer insights, conversation and media analysis, campaign and message performance, event assessment and more
  • Derive and build standardised products from custom solutions
  • Use statistics and machine learning techniques to solve complex challenges for our clients, especially regarding their communication and reputation efforts
  • Detect hidden patterns, identify trends, reveal drivers, predict developments, visualise similarities and differences, and otherwise leverage data to deliver actionable insights
  • Identify and build systematic data pipelines
  • Develop and grow a cross-regional team of data scientists
  • Collaborate with other experts on the research, planning and development of data-driven projects
  • Support new business efforts by delivering data-driven insights to inform our approach
  • Support the development of thought leadership surrounding emerging trends and issues
  • Helps clients identify and escalate risks in order to act and communicate with integrity.
  • Understands and lives by FTI's values, Code of Ethics and the Strategic Communications Rules of Practice, and works with junior staff to embed these concepts within the firm's culture. (Additional information about FTI's values, Code of Ethics and the Strategic Communications Rules of Practice can be accessed here .)

How You'll Grow

FTI Consulting can offers excellent training (internal and external) and career development opportunities, a supportive and friendly environment and the opportunity to achieve your potential.

Qualifications and Experience

Basic Qualifications
  • Relentless intellectual curiosity and exceptional critical thinking
  • Experience with exploratory and predictive analytics as well as custom model/tool building
  • Passion for tackling challenging problems and skilled in handling ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Ability to work with structured and unstructured data
  • Expertise in natural language processing
  • 7 years of experience in data science and advanced analytics
  • Quantitative degree in statistics/computer science/economics/etc. or advanced degree in another subject if quantitative statistical experience comes from elsewhere
  • Strong programming skills in Python, SQL and ideally also R
  • Familiarity with cloud computing platforms, preferably AWS and/or Azure
  • Experience with big data frameworks, preferably Apache Spark and Databricks
  • Expertise with data visualisation tools (preferably Tableau, Gephi)
  • Experience in data custom visualisation
  • Appetite for learning and teaching others
  • Ability to work with a geographically dispersed team
  • Capability to work with other subject matter experts on joint solutions
  • Strong sense of data and artificial intelligence ethics
  • Excellent English
  • This role requires travel to clients and FTI offices

Desirable Qualifications

• Work experience in consulting
• A willingness to venture into data engineering where needed
• Experience with media and conversation analysis
• Proficiency with digital listening tools (e.g. Brandwatch/Talkwalker)
• Expertise in journalism, media, communications, or marketing
• Additional language skillsOur Benefits

Apart from the well-structured career path and excellent team environment, our employees enjoy a variety of perks and benefits.

We offer a competitive benefits and wellbeing programme including private medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, income protection, flex critical illness cover, 5% employer pension contribution, holiday buy, discounted gym membership, interest free travel loans, paid volunteer hours and corporate matching for charitable donations, and much more.

About FTI Consulting

What makes us unique? With more than 6,250 employees located in offices in every corner of the globe, we are the firm our clients call when their most important issues are at stake. Regardless of what level you are, you will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from top experts in your field on high-profile engagements that impact history. Our culture is collaborative, and we value diversity, recognition, development and making a difference in our communities.

FTI Consulting is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange and has been recognized as a Best Firm to Work For by Consulting magazine and one of America's Best Management Consulting Firms by Forbes . For more information, visit and connect with us on Twitter ( @FTIConsulting ), Facebook and LinkedIn .

FTI Consulting is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, protected veteran status, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation.


Job information

Firm: FTI Consulting

Location: London



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