Manager, Data Science - Pune, India / Nairobi, Kenya

KOKO Networks

KOKO Networks

Data Science
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Posted on Friday, November 24, 2023
About KOKO Networks
KOKO Networks is a venture-backed climate-tech company with 1,800+ employees across East Africa, India, and the United Kingdom. Our mission is to imagine and deliver technology that improves life in the world’s fastest growing cities. We offer a fast-paced and highly collaborative work environment with significant opportunities for professional growth. Our core lines of business currently include: (1) KOKO Fuel, an ultra-clean liquid bioethanol cooking fuel solution delivered via a network of smart fuel ATMs and leveraging existing downstream liquid fuels infrastructure; and (2) KOKO Climate, which retails the emissions reductions that occur from switching households from deforestation-based charcoal to KOKO Fuel. In 2021, KOKO was selected as the world’s leading emerging markets climate technology solution by FT/IFC.
Your Role
As Data Science Manager, you will be expected to bring a strong culture of algorithmic problem-solving and statistical modeling into KOKO’s business decisions across all functions and countries.

What You Will Do

  • Responsible for building the roadmap for Data Science projects for KOKO with conceptualization, planning and execution of high impact priorities
  • Responsible for building analytical systems, algorithms and predictive models, as well as experimenting with new models and techniques
  • Ensure that data projects align with organizational goals
  • Teach, lead, and counsel colleagues on new techniques and data-based solutions
  • Collaborate with data and software engineers to enable deployment of sciences and technologies that will scale across the company’s ecosystem
  • Responsible for overseeing teams of data scientists, data specialists and interns with scale-up

What You Will Bring to KOKO

  • Master's degree in Computer Science, Operations Research, Econometrics, Statistics or related technical field
  • 6 to 8 years of experience solving analytical problems using quantitative approaches
  • Experience communicating quantitative analysis results, especially to business stakeholders
  • Experience in managing, mentoring and coaching small teams

Technical skills expected in the role - must have

  • Programming: Python (Preferred) / R
  • Proficiency in relational databases and SQL querying
  • Proficiency in working with Excel / Google Sheets (knowledge of data read & write connectors)
  • Deep understanding and experience with implementing of ML models in at least some of the techniques from each of the following buckets:
  • Regression: Linear, Logistic, Multinomial, Mixed effect
    Classification: Bagging & Boosting (Random Forest), Decision tree, SVM
    Clustering: K-Means, hierarchical, DB-Scan
    Time series: ARIMA, SARIMA, ARIMAX, Holt-Winters, Multi TS (VAR), UCM
    Neural Networks: RNN, CNN, (Deep learning), Naive Bayes
  • Dimensionality Reduction: PCA, SVD, etc.
  • Optimization Techniques: Linear programming, Gradient Descent, Genetic Algorithm
  • Cloud: Understanding of Azure / AWS offerings, Setting up ML pipeline in cloud

Technical skills expected in the role - nice to have

  • Visualization: Domo / Tableau / Power BI / Looker / QlikView
  • Data Management: HDFS, Spark, Advanced Excel
  • Agile Tools: Azure DevOps, JIRA
  • Development experience with PysparkBig Data/Hive Database
  • IDE: Pycharm
KOKO is committed to gender and racial diversity in the workplace. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply!