Data Scientist - Farm Heroes Saga

Last updated 4 days ago
Location:Greater London
Job Type:Full Time

We are looking for a talented and creative DataScientist interested in building, defining and pushing the boundaries of games analytics within the Portfolio Live Games organisation. You’ll have a proven ability to apply your skills, be it technical, behavioural or economic, in order to generate value for the mobile games you’ll be working on.

Your role within our Kingdom

You’ll help us to further understand, model, predict, segment and retain our players. You will be part of a cross-functional team of other data scientists, product managers, game designers and developers, and you’ll be tasked to drive the analytical side of the game, collaborating with the broader group.

Specifically, you’ll:

  • Identify potential business opportunities and scope/design approaches to capture those opportunities

  • Translate business needs to technical requirements and AB-tests, then work with development teams to ensure correct implementation and tracking

  • Develop an analysis strategy and perform analysis of complex scenarios and AB-tests, both systematically and on a one-off basis.

  • Carefully check, debug, and problem solve issues to ensure you deliver accurate and clear analysis and reports, even when confronted by subtle data complications

  • Provide an analytics perspective to discussions and helping to drive the priorities within your team

  • Champion data within the team, and share your knowledge with the wider Data Science community

Required Skills

You have a passion for quantitative analysis, understanding player behaviour and will have the ability to draw business insights which will add real value to King. You will need to demonstrate the ability to learn quickly and will have worked in a fast-paced and collaborative environment. This role will involve working with teams and individuals across King - such as Game Developers, Producers and Game Artists, so broad communication skills are essential. You will also need:

  • Product insight: You will need to combine an understanding of player behaviour based on the data with the ability to understand the problems in our game and business, in order to provide the best recommendations and decisions.

  • Technical skills: We make intensive usage of SQL, cloud services, and the Python analytical stack, so having prior experience in at least two of these domains is definitely a plus. A good grasp of applied statistics (especially to time series) might also be very helpful.

  • Communication: Designing good ways of communicating, visualising or reporting your results/analysis so they are clear and unambiguous. Your insights will need to be digested by people with diverse degrees of numerical proficiency, so getting the right message across to different audiences is a very interesting challenge.

There is plenty of scope at King for you to learn from your colleagues in the areas where you have less experience, and to share your own skills where you are stronger.

Specific prior experience that might be helpful, but is not required, includes:

  • Experience in the games industry or similarly sophisticated customer-facing digital businesses

  • Cloud-based big data solutions such as Redshift, BigQuery;

  • Behavioural psychology/economics

  • Robust understanding of more advanced statistical techniques suitable for analysis of highly skewed populations

  • Experience in predictive analytics, segmentation, and related areas

  • Experience in experimental design

  • Software engineering skills in languages beyond R and Python which we use most frequently

  • Standard reporting tools such as Looker/Tableau/etc.

About King

King is a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, with people all around the world playing one or more of our games, including franchises such as Candy Crush, Farm Heroes, Pet Rescue and Bubble Witch.
We have 249 million monthly active users as of fourth quarter 2019 across web, social and mobile platforms. King was acquired by Activision Blizzard Inc. (Nasdaq ATVI) in February 2016 and operates as an independent unit of the
company.

A Great Saga Needs All Sorts of Heroes

Making games is fun. Especially when you do it with people who share the same idea of what makes a good workplace great. We design games for everyone, no matter where they are or who they are, and we employ all sorts of people from all kinds of backgrounds to bring them to life. Truth is, we simply cannot expect diversity in our players and originality in our games without first nurturing it in our people. A great saga needs all sorts of heroes.

Making the World Playful

Making the World Playful is what inspires us to create new experiences and raise the bar. It’s what makes King a place where we can all dream bigger, continue to add innovation to our games, broadening the portfolio and exploring new territories in mid-core and casual. We take the art and science of gaming to the next level through our curiosity for the unexplored, passion for games, respect for each other and love for our players – and we’re not afraid to have fun along the way. In fact, together with our parent company Activision Blizzard and experts around the world, we believe having fun is good for you. There has never been a better time to join us. We're dreaming bigger and see a world of possibilities ahead. If you share our passion, our values, and our hunger to shape the future, join us in Making the World Playful!

Applications needs to be in English.