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Senior Data Scientist

Business and Technology Services Support | Chennai, India | Full Time

Job Description

IDP Education Limited is an ASX listed company that is 50% owned by 38 Australian universities and headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.  IDP’s core business lines include student placement to Australia, US, UK, Canada and New Zealand institutions, English-language testing and training. 

We are setting out to be the world's leading platform and connected international student community through building tons of new products to put our customers at the heart of everything we do.

For over 45 years our global network of 93 offices has been helping students to achieve their goals through studying abroad. By pursuing a global education at the beginning of their careers, we help them experience life-changing opportunities.  For more than 2,000 employees in more than 50 countries, IDP Education is a specialist employer of choice in major cities across the globe. 

If you share our passion in helping people to pursue their dreams through education and thrive in an innovative agile digital culture then come and join us as we undergo our digital revolution.


The senior data scientist will help IDP to discover information hidden in vast amounts of data that allows us to take rapid, accurate and smarter decisions about various products and services.

As a Senior Data Scientist you need to work with the cross-functional team members in an open, creative fashion to identify and prioritize actionable high-impact insights to differentiate ourselves from our competitors. You will be a trusted advisor to the senior leaders, stakeholders and product owners whom we service.

This role is part of the Information Services unit within the Business and Technology Support and Services group and will report to Technology Services Manager


  • Out-of-box thinking to convert complex problems in data into cutting edge models and solutions that enable IDP to achieve strategic goals
  • Understand requirements by consulting with end customers on data models, data sources, predictive models required
  • Do hands-on data analysis and model creation and proactively mentor other team members
  • Perform data analysis (with a representative sample data slice) and build/prototype the model(s)
  • Work with business users and/or cross functional teams to define and close on the model design
  • Provide inputs to the data team on input data required by the model, size, format, associations, cleansing required
  • Identify/Provide approach and data to validate the model(s)
  • Collaborate with a technology team to transfer the business understanding, get the model productionized and validate the output along with business users
  • Tune the model(s) to improve results provided over time
  • Understand business challenges and goals of a client to formulate the approach for data analysis and model creation that will support their business decision making
  • Do hands-on data analysis and model creation and proactively mentor other team members
  • Work in highly collaborative teams that strive to build quality systems and provide business value
  • Continually learn, mentor and develop your career.


  • Masters or Ph.D. Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer science or related scientific disciplines
  • Overall 5 – 9 years of work experience in any domain with hands on experience handling data driven decisions
    • Minimum 3+ years' of Data Science experience
    • Proven work examples of turning significant amounts of data into informative/insightful actions through various statistical techniques that turn into explosive business results
    • Expert command of statistical analysis, algorithm development, and state-of-the-art tools and methodologies for data science
    • Experience in various statistical and machine learning models, data mining, unstructured data analytics in corporate or academic research environments
    • Ability to visualize data and present core insights in a clear and compelling way
    • Strong background in mathematics, statistics and programming
    • Expert cmmand of SQL and R or Python as applied to data science with experience with RedShift, Hadoop or other big data platforms
    • Familiar with one or more machine learning or statistical modelling tools
  • Strong analytical and quantitative problem solving ability
  • Self-starter, goal-oriented, striving for perfection engineer.
  • Strong and fluent communication skills in English (verbal and written) and presentation skills to senior leaders, stakeholders and product owners
  • The ability to both take direction and also work independently in a fast paced environment
  • Strong time management and the ability to manage shifting priorities
  • Passionate about delivering exceptional customer service.
  • Exhibit a proactive approach to quickly identify problems and implement solutions.
  • Experienced working under pressure and organising work priorities



IDP Education’s ongoing success comes from our highly committed and caring employees around the globe.  We encourage teamwork in order to leverage our people's diverse talents and expertise through effective collaboration and cooperation throughout our business.
We strive to provide a working environment where people are encouraged to excel, be creative and seek new ways to solve problems, take initiative, generate opportunities and be accountable for their actions.

We believe in developing dynamic, inclusive work places that encourage and celebrate cultural differences and views, and provide opportunities for personal, professional and career development all around the world.  We respect diversity in our people: their ideas, work styles and perspectives as well as offering flexibility to ensure employees enjoy a satisfying balance of work and personal life.