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Senior Data Scientist

At our core, we stand for delegated company spending. To many, this may not sound thrilling, yet it's a fundamental shift for ourselves and our customers. We're challenging the outdated norms by trusting employees to make purchases on the company's behalf - no more expense reports or out-of-pocket spending. This puts trust in employees so that they can buy what they need when they need it. Future of work stuff, you know?

But let us introduce you to the domain this role will be part of:

So What's Data & Analytics At Pleo Like?

  • We are a community of 45+ talented data & analytics professionals working from more than 10 different locations worldwide with backgrounds in data analytics, analytics engineering, data engineering, and data science.
  • We use SQL (BigQuery), Python, and Jupyter for ML model development and orchestration, model data with DBT, store it in BigQuery, present insights through Looker, and incorporate data from diverse sources such as internal systems and platforms like Segment.
  • We are united by a shared vision to stop the guessing game and unlock growth for Pleo.
  • We deeply care about data culture, strategy, and empowerment of our stakeholders.
  • We deal with a huge variety of data and insights spanning the entire business, from the detailed inner workings of the Pleo platform to web & app metrics, CRM details, financial and banking records, human resource information, and everything else needed to fuel Pleo’s strategy in a data-inspired manner.

What Great Looks Like In This Role

  • Be part of the team that provides company-wide trusted insights on our products and features, focusing on predictive and prescriptive insights
  • Pave the way for Data Science at Pleo; establish methodologies for building machine learning (ML) models that help us deliver exceptional experiences to our customers and drive our revenue and user growth
  • You autonomously tackle complex problems with a solution-driven and pragmatic approach.
  • You translate business problems into technical challenges and take ownership of designing and executing the solutions
  • You effectively collaborate with product & engineering teams, and enable these stakeholders to develop data-inspired products and solutions
  • Demonstrate innovative thinking by exploring diverse data sources (internal and external) to improve the predictive power of your models
  • You are an ambassador for excellence within the Data & Analytics community, you lead by example, share your knowledge, and inspire others.

Your Responsibilities

  • Collaborate closely with stakeholders, including product managers and business leaders, to understand their objectives and requirements. Lead the scoping, design, and development phases to create tailored, data-inspired solutions.
  • Conduct quantitative research to inform product strategy and identify opportunities for improvement. Devise learning methods, including experiments, to test hypotheses and enhance our understanding of user behavior.
  • Understand, identify, and leverage data sources across Pleo, encompassing both internal data and external data that can be utilized for building models
  • Monitor and optimize the performance of ML models, focusing on a long-term strategy to continuously improve user experiences.
  • Translate complex data into actionable insights and effectively communicate technical work and findings to diverse audiences, ranging from product managers to leadership teams.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to other data & analytics team members, fostering a collaborative and learning-oriented environment within the data & analytics team.
  • Stay abreast of advancements in ML and artificial intelligence, exploring opportunities to implement cutting-edge technologies in product development.

Your Colleagues Say You:

  • Are self-sufficient, solution-driven, and love to see the impact of your work and team
  • Have excellent hands-on knowledge of SQL + Python/R and experience with more advanced analytics topics such as cohort and regression analysis
  • Expertise in applying data science within product teams to optimize features and user experiences. Demonstrate a track record of designing automated solutions with ML, particularly in the context of in-product decisions that align with business goals, ideally within the financial services industry.
  • You have experience and comprehensive knowledge in machine learning (ML), covering a range of algorithms and techniques, including but not limited to the selection of appropriate models, tuning of hyperparameters, and rigorous evaluation of model performance. Are familiar with at least one cloud platform (GCP/AWS/Azure) and acquainted with ML Ops practices
  • Take proactive ownership, exhibit adaptability in problem-solving, and demonstrate authentic leadership with a commitment to radical candor.

Show me the benefits!

  • Your own Pleo card (no more out-of-pocket spending!)
  • Lunch is on us - with catering in our Lisbon, Copenhagen and London offices or a monthly lunch allowance paid directly together with  your salary in other markets 🍜
  • Private health insurance to ensure you’re fit in body and mind to do your best work
  • We offer 25 days of holiday + your public holidays
  • Flexibility/remote working options
  • Wellbeing days - fully paid days off designed for a slower pace, allowing you to take time to recharge and prioritise self-care
  • Option to purchase 5 additional days of holiday through a salary sacrifice
  • We’re trialling MyndUp to give our employees access to free mental health and wellbeing support with great success so far  ❤️‍🩹
  • Access to LinkedIn Learning - acquire new skills, stay abreast of industry trends and fuel your personal and professional development continuously 
  • Paid parental leave - we want to make sure that we're supportive of families and help you feel that you don't have to compromise your family due to work 👶


Why join us?

Working at Pleo means you're working on something very exciting: the future of work. Our mission is to help every company go beyond the books. Pleo itself means ‘more than you’d expect’, and it’s been the secret to our success over the last 8 years. So it’s only fitting that we’d pass this philosophy onto our customers to help them make the most of their finances.

We think company spending should be delegated to all employees and teams, that it should be as automated as possible, and that it should drive a culture of responsible spending. Finance teams shouldn’t be siloed from the rest of the organisation – they should work in unity with marketing, sales, IT and everyone else.

Speaking of working in unity, our values tell the story of how we work at Pleo. We have four core values, the first of which is ‘champion the customer’, which means we address real pain points that businesses face. Next up is ‘succeed as a team’, which highlights how our strength lies in our diversity and trust in each other. We also ‘make it happen’ by taking bold decisions and following through to deliver results. Last but not least, we ‘build to scale’, creating lasting solutions that address today’s challenges and anticipate tomorrow’s needs.

So, in a nutshell, that's Pleo. Today we are a 850+ team, from over 100 nations, sitting in our Copenhagen HQ, London, Stockholm, Berlin, Madrid, Montreal and Lisbon offices —and quite a few full-time remotes in 35 other countries! Being HQ'd out of Copenhagen means we're inspired by things like a good work-life balance. If you don't work in the office with us, we'll help you set up the best remote setup possible and make sure you still have time to connect with your team.

About your application

  • Please submit your application in English; it’s our company language so you’ll be speaking lots of it if you join 💕
  • We treat all candidates equally: If you are interested please apply through our application system - any correspondence should come from there! Our lovely support isn't able to pass on any calls/ emails our way - and this makes sure that the candidate experience is smooth and fair to everyone 😊
  • We’re on a mission to make everyone feel valued at work. That’s only achievable if our team reflects the diversity of the world around us - and that starts with you, hitting apply, even if you are worried you might not tick all the boxes! We embrace and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply - regardless of race/ethnicity, colour, religion, nationality, gender, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, neurodiversity, socio-economic status, culture or beliefs.
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