Lead Data Scientist

  • Leicester City FC
  • Leicester, UK
  • 03 Apr, 2024
Full time Data Science Leadership & Management Premier League Sports Science

Job Description

First Team Lead Data Scientist

About The Role

Leicester City Football Club are recruiting for a First Team Lead Data Scientist to lead the Club in its use of advanced performance data. Reporting into the Director of Football, this role will manage the collection and architecture of multiple sources of raw data, build mathematical models, and provide insight and guidance to coaches, analysts and other relevant stakeholders.

Who We’re Looking For

Qualified to Masters or PhD level within a quantitative discipline (e.g. Statistics, Economics, Applied Mathematics, Engineering etc.) the successful candidate will have extensive experience in statistical modelling techniques with a focus on data sources and formats that are prevalent in analysis of high-level professional football / sport.

Desirable prior experience includes:

-Working within a professional sports organisation

-Knowledge of performance data products (e.g. StatsBomb, Opta, Second Spectrum)

-Managing large data sets

-Proficiency with R/Shiny or Python programming languages (or Tableau) and in database tools such as MySQL

The ideal candidate will excel in developing close working relationships with key stakeholders across the Club, have a proactive and structured approach to problem solving, and be comfortable working to tight deadlines.

The full job description can be accessed via the link at the end of the advert.

About The Club

Knowing some of the history of Leicester City Football Club helps you appreciate the sense of community, spirit and family for which the Foxes are renowned for.

Formed in 1884, the Club was promoted to the Premier League in 2014 when the Foxes returned to the top tier as the Championship title-winners. In 2016, Leicester City became Premier League champions. This remarkable achievement qualified them for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the Club’s history, and they subsequently reached the quarter-finals. The Club continues to build on that success and celebrated lifting the prestigious FA Cup in May 2021.

Under the stewardship of King Power and the Club’s CEO Susan Whelan, Leicester City Football Club is deeply committed to the local community and its supporters and continually strives to ensure that every point of engagement with fans is truly world class including the experience on matchdays. Meanwhile, investment in the Club continues, with the 2021 opening of a new state-of-the-art Training Ground in north Leicestershire.

Benefits Package

Leicester City Football Club offers a competitive salary and pension scheme with life assurance to all its permanent employees. Employees are able to benefit from free onsite parking as well as an onsite subsidised staff restaurant. Employees also benefit from up to 33 days’ annual leave including bank holidays.

Contract Type – Permanent

Hours Per Week – 37.5

One City. One Club. One Leicester.

Leicester City Football Club believes that football is for all and we are committed to Diversity and Inclusion, where valuing the individual is our highest priority. We are working to see equality across all areas of the Club and welcome applications from all areas of the community. We are committed to the wellbeing of our staff and welcome applicants seeking flexible hours.

If you have any requirements in regards to the recruitment process, please let us know. We are happy to support your needs.