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Data Scientist – Sports Trading 407 views

About Smarkets

Smarkets has revolutionised peer-to-peer trading on sporting and political events. They’ve built a platform that operates like a stock exchange, yet is easy to use and has handled over £13 billion worth of trades since 2010. They’ve only been able to achieve this success by hiring bright, curious engineering talent, and are looking for more creative problem solvers to join them. You’ll be tackling interesting technical problems from day one, surrounded by amazing colleagues who are genuinely passionate about great engineering culture.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Design, implementation and analysis of trading strategies
  • Exploratory analysis of large datasets, drawing insights and value from complex Big Data
  • Provide prototypes of data handling algorithms and assist with their implementation
  • Development of data loading/ETL processes
  • Build streaming and data analytics pipelines

Engineering at Smarkets:

Smarkets was founded by two software engineers who were interested in applying financial trading techniques to the world of online betting. Engineering remains at the core of their business, and this is reflected in the fact that almost 70% of the company work in engineering or data related roles.

They rely heavily on the following tools and technologies:

  • Data manipulation through Numpy/Pandas
  • Build pipelines of batch jobs with the help of Luigi
  • Matplotlib/Bokeh/Plotly for data visualisation
  • BigQuery/Postgres for data persistence
  • Implementing machine learning models with Scikit-learn (and friends)
  • Docker for containerisation and also running our jobs in production

About you:

  • You’ll have a relevant educational background and/or equivalent experience in a quantitative field (statistics, maths, physics etc.)
  • You’re comfortable with database querying
  • Confident with coding, you’ll have good proficiency with at least one modern programming language and experience in data analysis/machine learning libraries
  • You’ve got familiarity with Linux/Unix shell and a version control system (preferably Git)
  • Interest in sports betting/trading

Bonus points:

  • Knowledge of visualisation tools
  • Knowledge of Apache Spark or other Hadoop data processing tools

They offer:

  • Share options for all employees
  • Company performance related bonuses
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Three freshly prepared meals each day in their fantastic rooftop kitchen
  • A lovely, tranquil office to work in – right in the heart of Saint Katharine Docks (Tower Hill)
  • And yes, they also have the industry standard perks such as a foosball table and massive screens for gaming with your colleagues, team activities and monthly get-togethers – known as “the Expiration party”

The fine print:

They transfer and store the information you submit to help them process your application and to make their hiring process better. They also make use of third-party hiring tools to help them process applications. As they are based in both Europe and the United States, your data may leave the European Economic Area when they process it. Please only submit your application if you are happy for them to use your information in this way.

Please note that they are unable to sponsor visas for this position. 

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