Process Optimisation Data Scientist

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Permanent full-time

Salary Not disclosed

Updated 6 days ago

Reference 1422317

 Job Description

Excellent opportunity for a Process Optimisation Data Scientist based in Belfast or Londonderry

Title: Process Optimisation Data Scientist

Ref: 6/14/PODS

Think Technology- Think Allstate

We build solutions that touch 16 million customers on a daily basis.

You will work alongside people as passionate as you, focused on delivering the best possible user experiences.

You will work in a highly collaborative environment primed to adapt to an ever-changing landscape and which places technology solutions at its core.

You will thrive, you will think differently, you will challenge convention and have the freedom to act with integrity, intention and speed; you will be at the forefront of developing capabilities in support of Allstate’s global business model; you will deliver results and you will leave things better than you found them.


Belfast or Londonderry

Research at Allstate

Allstate is one of the largest car and home insurers in the US, serving more than 16 million households and earning over $35 billion in revenue annually. We’re also widely recognised as one of the best places to work in Northern Ireland. At Allstate we’re on a mission to use data, math and machine learning to directly shape every aspect of how we operate. Of course, when working with hundreds of millions of data points, computer science and programming also play an essential role. The research group has over 100 exceptional data engineers and scientists based in Belfast, Chicago, Seattle and Silicon Valley. It’s a great place to be if you’re interested in solving business problems, actually using the math you’ve learnt (like linear algebra, calculus, stats and probability), and programming.

The Environment

We are a research group: we work on long-term projects; we read scientific papers and textbooks; we talk about ideas; we explore new programming languages; we huddle around whiteboards; we try out the latest machine learning algorithms; we think about what the company should look like next year and in five years. And we get things done: we develop the next generation of products; we crank out code; we do scrum and agile; GitHub and Jenkins; code reviews and sprint reviews. We invest heavily in cutting-edge software and hardware and encourage experimentation: we count CPU cores by the hundred and RAM by the terabyte. We use and contribute to open source software and work mainly on linux.


A Process Optimisation Scientist is an expert in process review and design.  The role may act as or support activities with Allstate leadership, and has responsibility for driving business results from process review engagements through execution. They will be responsible for leading and participating on cross functional teams with the role of full integration across business areas and being the driving force to fully engage these business areas and integrate change.  The overall goal will be to increase efficiency and reduce costs through the application of models in the context of balancing objectives in a comprehensive fashion.  Building predictive models from large sets of structured and unstructured data is a crucial first step.  By moving the predictive models into an optimisation context, you will help Allstate to improve the speed and ease with which we underwrite a policy, estimate a claim, or service a customer. This is a highly collaborative role, working closely with leadership to set and achieve goals while positioning the team to meet the growing and changing needs of the enterprise.

Responsibilities include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Works on data and business problems to drive improved business results through designing, building, and partnering to implement models
  • Conducts state-of-the-art research in modeling on structured and unstructured data and the use of these models within an optimisation context
  • Collaborates the with team to improve the effectiveness of business decisions using data and process flow
  • Leverages research and applies state-of-the-art deep learning and optimisation techniques to inform recommendations and decisions
  • Understands the business’ processes to identify the optimal modeling approach
  • Advises Data Scientists and business partners on applying prescriptive analytics in their work
  • Communicates to team members, leadership and stakeholders on findings to ensure models are well understood and incorporated into business processes
  • Utilises effective project planning techniques to break down moderately complex projects into tasks and ensure deadlines are kept
  • Works with leaders to ensure the project will meet their needs
  • Supports the development and execution of a communication strategy, with appropriate coaching, that keeps all relevant stakeholders informed and provides an opportunity to influence the direction of the work
  • Drives results. Pushes through barriers to identify financial and operational benefits and influences the implementation of recommendations to achieve results
  • Expands perspective of teams to consider system impacts and enables individuals to articulate the value process engineering
  • Creates strong relationships with mid-level to senior leaders to gather detailed requirements and ensure projects are feasible, valuable, and will result in practical implementation. Uses relationship capital to resiliently challenge the status quo, gain buy-in, and increase the impact of the team.
  • Establishes themselves as a thought leader articulating points clearly regardless of audience
  • Leads the team in leveraging methodologies and emerging technologies to help Allstate transform

Essential Criteria

  • Must be an EU citizen or possess a current UK Tier 1 Visa or Tier 2 visa and eligible to take up full time, permanent employment. EU candidates must also demonstrate they are eligible to take up UK employment post-Brexit.
  • 5 years’ industry experience in process engineering
  • 1+ years’ experience in Data Science/advanced Data and Analytics (industry or academia)

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience developing machine learning solutions to solve business problems
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilise strategic, conceptual, analytical, and design thinking
  • Advanced time management skills including ability to handle multiple projects, prioritise and organise
  • Firm understanding of the Insurance market place; economics and regulation preferred
  • Ability to analyse and interpret moderate to complex concepts
  • Ability to provide written and oral interpretation of highly specialised terms and data, and ability to present this data to others with different levels of expertise
  • Demonstrated analytic agility

To apply please click on the APPLY NOW button below to be directed to the company website

Closing Date:  Friday 28th June 2019 

Statement on Fair Employment and Equal Opportunities:

Allstate NI wishes to ensure equal opportunity is given to all job applicants.  This company will not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender (including gender reassignment status), sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, marital status, age or disability. 

We are an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as women are currently under-represented in our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from women. All appointments will be made on merit.

Applicants should note Allstate NI complete AccessNI background checks on all candidates offered a position.