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Director of Data Science | Candy Crush Soda

V4P FEB19 029


Data, Analytics & Strategy

Job Description:

Your role within the Kingdom

We are looking for a Director of Data Science to lead a global Data Science team into the next Candy Crush Soda chapter of growth. 

You will lead the craft of Data Science within Candy Crush Soda including Data Scientist team leads, data scientists, business analysts and game operators. You will focus on the quality and delivery of product insights that are actionable and create impact.

You are also a technical expert in multiple domains, which allows you to spot opportunities and risks before anyone else. You work closely with teams across Candy Crush Soda and King to transform information into insights and recommendations.

Key responsibilities

Craft leadership

  • Develop and lead a highly performing Data Science and Analytics team 

  • Drive the professional development of your team and ensure a happy and productive Data Science craft

  • Be the reference people- manager for the data science organization

  • Establish a team structure, processes and vision that ensure your team is set up to deliver value across the organization

  • Lead and improve the hiring process and funnel to keep up with rapid team growth

  • Enhance the collaboration between data science and teams in all other crafts (production, design, UX, QA, Dev,...)

  • Reinforce and lead a data driven culture in the organization

Product & Insights

  • Develop product data and insights that are actionable and impact decision- making, execution and operations for initiatives across the different area of the game

  • You are the leading expert in the team for Product Data Science and are sought out for advice from stakeholders across Candy Crush Soda

  • You become a trusted partner for other crafts (Design, Art, UX, Production) aiding the game’s team biggest decisions based on data and product insights

Delivery & Quality

  • Consistently mature the rigor of analyses, processes, and tools ensuring data science and analytical delivery that is timely, trusted, and reliable

  • Work with the Analytics team and stakeholders to define and manage end- to- end processes: scope projects, build pipelines and datasets, synthesize results, and communicate recommendations

  • You have strong communication skills particularly the ability to explain and discuss Data Science complex concepts with colleagues from other crafts

  • You have the technical competence and leadership abilities to coach team members in the adapted methodologies, communication, and solutions required

Tools & Methodology

  • Ramp up stakeholders self- service to data using a combination of tools, dashboards, platforms and education

  • Keep on top of new and existing data science trends, methodologies and technologies

  • Develop relationships with external other data providers within King

Skills to create thrills

  • An advanced degree in a quantitative field - computer science, engineering, statistics, operations research, economics, etc..

  • 6+ years of experience in Analytics or Data Science both as an individual contributor and leading teams

  • Consistent record of leading and influencing projects using data and working with large scale data and infrastructure

  • Be a subject matter expert and analysis lead for gaming products.

  • Can research, identify and disseminate best practices across teams in terms of tools, systems and processes.

  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with cross- functional audiences (e.g Product, Engineering, Design, Finance,...). 

  • Methodological and practical; able to prioritize and assist with business requests i.e. analyzing A/B tests, strange player behaviour, complex interaction dynamics, etc. 

  • Experience with a broad set of statistical and machine learning methods to solve and optimize critical business problems and metrics

During the summer months, the processing time for new applications is longer than normal. We will start interviewing for this position in August.

About King

King is the game developer behind the world- famous Candy Crush franchise, as well as mobile game hits including Farm Heroes, Bubble Witch and Pet Rescue. Candy Crush is the top- grossing franchise in US app stores, a position it has held for the last two years, and King’s games are being played by 245 million monthly active users as of Q3 2021. King, which is part of the Activision Blizzard group since its acquisition in 2016, employs nearly 2,000 people in game studios in Stockholm, Malmö, London, Barcelona and Berlin, and offices in San Francisco, New York, and Malta.

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!

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