Responsible to execute the strategic roadmap and create value through delivery of internal and external artificial intelligence solutions and products. Oversight of a portfolio of data science projects, providing strategic and technical guidance on solving a variety of use cases across the client and for its customers. Develop machine learning and deep learning competencies and manage and develop a ‘full-stack’ team of data science specialists. The role’s focus will be on NLP, both text and speech, but projects can span Computer Vision and other domains.


  • Statistical and mathematical foundations
  • Data science and analytics frameworks (NLP and Computer Vision); Programming (Python, R, Git, Linux)
  • Cloud computing (GCP preferable)
  • Big Data (Cloudera, Hadoop, Spark)


  • Strategic thinking
  • Innovative thinking
  • Communication (written and verbal)
  • Stakeholder management
  • Planning & organizing (Miro, Confluence & Jira)
  • Research & development


  • Business Leadership
  • Market Leadership
  • Personal Leadership
  • Problem solver
  • Takes initiative
  • Hard working
  • Can do attitude
  • Innovative thinker
  • Works well in teams
  • Works well under pressure
  • Relishes dynamic/ changing environment
  • Time management


  • Define and implement the AI strategy and product roadmap in relation to the TKG strategy, and provide input into the broader strategic direction of our clients Strategic Insights
  • Cultivate and manage working relationships with a variety of stakeholders to support the design and delivery of data science projects and solutions
  • Develop business cases for new solutions or products, and establish the value for existing projects
  • Determine the most appropriate data science tools/ approaches for specific projects
  • Execute end to end data science projects and product development processes
  • Engage with our data engineering team to ensure any AI products or solutions are managed
  • Identify and manage resource requirements including people and systems
  • Lead and develop a team of data scientists and provide hands on guidance
  • Establish, document and champion data science best practices in the team
  • Help Strategic Insights become thought leaders in the areas of data science and artificial intelligence
  • Stay abreast of new developments and solutions in the market to ensure we don’t fall behind
  • Contribute to our agile way of work and our innovation culture
  • Consistent documentation of all implemented systems and processes


  • Data science and cloud certifications will be advantageous (GCP, Azure, AWS).


  • Post graduate degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, or a related field (NQF level 7)
  • A qualified Actuary with data science experience
  • A Master’s degree (NQF level 9) will be an advantage


  • 7 years of work experience in the field of data science with at least 2 years having been on management/ specialist level
  • Experience in ICT/Telecommunications will be an advantage


  • Experience in Natural Language Processing. Strong statistical & mathematical foundations.
  • Experience with Google Cloud Platform.
  • Expected to stay abreast of new data science developments and to put them into practice.

Desired Skills:

  • Snr Specialist: Lead Data Scientist

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