Data Scientist (Football)

Ellipse wish to ensure the full story behind every sporting moment can be told and anticipate data will continue to change how sports fans, coaches and athlete all talk about the game. We’re looking for a Data Scientist to join us at the cutting edge of sports analytics where you will have the opportunity to work with the very latest and best data sources in football with a remit to design, prototype and implement new approaches to analysing the game. We want you to come and help us use data to tell the stories behind sports performance that are missing today. You’ll be surrounded by experienced people from across the sports industry in a rapidly growing company.  This role is remote with some travel to London required for team meetings and is starting ASAP. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • You will be working alongside our analysts in other sports to develop new approaches to analysing football and deepen our understanding of the game.

  • Combine your sports knowledge and analytical expertise to analyse football player tracking data and develop new models that help solve complex problems and generate new insights.

  • You will have full autonomy on ideas and approaches to projects in order to meet the needs of our clients from broadcasters and rights holders to professional teams.

  • Play a key role in the communication and roll out of new products and content we produce.

  • Help us continually optimize our process for working with new data sets and ensure we remain at the forefront of the sport data industry.

  • You may also have the opportunity to work on other sports in the business including cricket, tennis and rugby. 

 

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of machine learning and statistical methods, e.g. linear/logistic regression, decision trees, random forest, unsupervised methods, neural networks etc.

  • Experience with the PyData stack (e.g. pandas, numpy, scikit-learn, XGBoost, matplotlib).

  • Experienced with databases both SQL and NoSQL.

  • Preferably you will have a strong interest in football and experience of working with existing tracking or event data sets either in football or other team sports. 

  • A passion for data, comfortable presenting your analysis and building visualisations of it.

  • Ability to manage different responsibilities and adapt to changing priorities in a young business. 

 

About you:

  • Motivated to work in a fast-paced start-up environment where your initiative will make things happen. 

  • Able to own projects and see them through to completion against deadlines.

  • Comfortable learning new technologies with limited support.

  • Have an inquisitive mindset and yearn to learn, grow and improve.

  • Ideally a thorough understanding of the football analytics space, the data sources and established work.

  • Passionate about building things and helping the team operate at its best. 

  • Obsessed about accuracy, correctness and detail.

 

Key challenges:

  • You’ll be working with large data sets and complex problems that no one has yet solved. 

  • We’ll want you to build relationships with cross functional groups both internally and externally across our business, including engineers and analysts, to maintain a flow of new ideas that are aligned with customer needs, our roadmap and mission.

  • Help us in prioritising opportunities against our roadmap and how to scale your work.

  • Anticipate future technological and competitive changes that will impact our plans.

 

Benefits:

  • 25 days holiday

  • Flexible working times

  • Remote working

  • Company pension scheme

  • Access to cricket matches at The Oval, London

 

Why Ellipse?

  • We have amazing people. If you love sports and data, we can promise you will work with some of the most ambitious and intelligent people in a fascinating industry.

  • We’re only just getting started and have all the right ingredients to disrupt the sports industry. Joining us now will take you on an exciting journey that you will play a key role in defining.

  • We encourage our people to have constructive, open and honest communication; to innovate and create smart solutions; establish a collaborative, yet challenging environment to develop.

  • We are challenging ourselves to become a high-performance company. That means we maintain an ambitious mindset in everything we do, and our people are always looking for ways to do things better. 

 

To apply, please send your CV to careers@ellipsedata.com with the subject “Football Data Scientist Vacancy”.  Please also include an example of work demonstrating the above skills (e.g. blog post or GitHub repo) and/or a covering note outlining your relevant experience.

 

We cannot promise to respond to all applicants due to the volume we receive.