Machine Learning & Analytics Lead

Would you like to lead our data science team, working to expand a great data insights product that delivers substantial customer value?

Plaace (/pleɪs/) is a rapidly growing Norwegian tech start-up. We are working towards an awesome vision of creating vibrant streets and cities that people truly love. Plaace uses data insights to help restaurants, shops and services find the best possible place for their first or next location. We have a live product, paying customers in the Norwegian market and plan to go international in 2022.


As our new Machine Learning & Analytics Lead, you will lead our data science team, working to expand a great data insights product that delivers substantial customer value. Read more about our current Data & Analytics offering here.


How you will contribute

  • Drive further development of the Plaace analytics offering, including data visualizations and insights, ML-driven recommendations and optimization functionality
  • Lead a team of 4-8 part and full time data scientists, ensuring efficient processes and team competence development
  • Work with exciting Big Data sets ranging from telecom and location data, transaction data and public data sets, enhancing data structure and quality
  • Provide analysis and data insights for Plaace customers, continuously prioritize, develop and iterate on new analysis functionality for the Plaace platform
  • Drive the Plaace data acquisition strategy, collaborate with existing and potential data partners in Norway and internationally 
  • Develop and execute approach for scale-up analytics, data and ML to support Plaace’s Norwegian and international expansion
  • Contribute with activities in a disruptive innovation project with SINTEF Digital, involving state of the art machine learning and optimization methods


We believe this is for you if...

  • You have 3-6 years of relevant experience working with Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Science and /or Machine Learning in a business environment or as a consultant
  • You hold a Master’s Degree in IT, Computer Science, Industrial Management or Business with excellent academic results from a top-tier university
  • You have experience with hands-on development and analysis in Python or similar, extracting data from big tables using SQL or other relational databases. Experience with Cloud data platforms (AWS/Azure/GCP)
  • You have worked on modern Cloud data platforms and have knowledge of tradeoffs between Cloud providers and architectures. You have used agile project methodologies to run and improve team efficiency in technology development settings. Experience with Dev Ops and/ or ML Ops is an advantage. 
  • You have conducted  end-to-end machine learning projects in a commercial setting, and know what it takes to operationalise models beyond Proof of Concepts and into the real world. 
  • You are business savvy and can contribute to strategic direction in addition to delivering solutions. Experience building a new product, leading projects, or experience from startups is an advantage.
  • You want to be part of shaping a new team. Proven leadership skills with a record of leading teams or projects is an advantage


How we work

  • OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) for company and team goals with 2 week sprints
  • Long term product vision and 3-12 months product roadmap that we iterate on based on learnings along the way
  • Agile development, Design Thinking and Lean Startup as core methods
  • Customer driven, with high frequency touch points through user tests, workshops and customer pilot programs
  • Some of the tools we currently use: Python (pandas, geopandas, scipy, sklearn, LightGBM, shap),  SQL, MLFlow,  Neptune, Google BigQuery, DBT, PostGresSQL Database, GIS queries


What we offer

A unique opportunity to shape your own career and influence the growth of a successful start-up. Key benefits:

  • Get a ton of responsibility and freedom to contribute with your unique talent and experience while you work on truly enjoyable tasks and projects
  • See contributions be instantly implemented and create value
  • Contribute early in defining the next part of the growth journey for a VC-backed tech startup
  • Work closely with some of the biggest real estate companies in Norway, their retail and hospitality tenants, leading brokers, data partners and stars of the startup ecosystem
  • Work in a fun and inspiring culture that puts methods and learning at the center, in a team with experience from digital product development, data science, start-up, and venture capital
  • 5 weeks vacation, social offices at StartupLab in Oslo (new friendships guaranteed), laptop and equipment of your choice, private health insurance, and an invite to the Plaace dinner club


Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

Great Team

Plaace is founded by experts in digital development, tech, retail and growth startups and we are devoted to making vibrant and sustainable cities. We invest in hiring the most motivated and skilled talent in tech, design, data science, business and property, resulting in a team with highly complementary skills, and a passion for creating incredible, digital products.

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