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Football Data Scientist

Blue Crow Sports

Application Deadline Ended
Apply by Ended 11/12/2022

Football Data Scientist | Blue Crow Sports

Football Data Scientist

Blue Crow Sports

Apply by Ended 11/12/2022

Posted 2 months ago

No Longer Accepting Applications



Madrid, NM, USA

Job Type

 Job Description

Blue Crow Sports Group is hiring a Football Data Scientist to work within our Research & Development department. This role reports directly to our Director of Football R+D and will be based at our office in Madrid, Spain. Working primarily with our partner C.D. Leganes, the successful candidate will develop statistical analysis and apply a wide range of data science techniques to support decision-making in areas such as scouting and recruitment, player development as well as first team and academy tactical and performance aspects. The Football Data Scientist will play a primarily role designing and implementing algorithms to extract actionable insights from large datasets and communicate results through data visualization and interactive tools to help accelerate our understanding of the game.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Partner with various stakeholders to translate broad football problems into specific analytical projects, perform data modeling and conduct quantitative analysis, communicate results effectively and provide recommendations to impact end-user decisions across various functions (scouting, player development, game preparation, etc.).
  • Develop pipelines for data processing and preparation focusing on improving data quality and integrity for later analysis.
  • Implement appropriate statistical methods across complex and disparate datasets to identify causal relationships, patterns, trends, and anomalies according to different football related data and research questions.
  • Perform frequent code debugging and maintenance work to improve the operational performance of current analytical tools.
  • Work with our engineering team to improve data ingestion processes, model deployment and production and support the publication and testing of new versions of our proprietary web platform.
  • Proactively help formulate research questions, test hypothesis and identify analytical methods to continue advancing our understanding of different Football related areas.
  • Stay up-to-date with industry developments, in particular with regards to Football research and new analytical concepts, to better assess opportunities for improving our current information system.
  • Work closely with our technical and coaching staff to provide support with analytical and research requests.
  • Attend frequent operational meetings with our R+D department.

Qualifications RequiredQualifications Required

  • Significant experience working with large, complex and diverse datasets. Familiar with common Football data sources and KPIs.
  • Degree in data science, statistics, mathematics, engineering or other related field.
  • Significant programming experience and familiarity with common statistical/mathematical software such as Python and/or R.
  • Knowledge of database querying (SQL, Postgress SQL).
  • Familiarity with common collaboration and version control tools, such as Git and/or GitHub.
  • Experienced in communication strategies, reporting best-practices, and data visualization. Able to translate complex analytical results into easy-to-understand concepts.
  • The successful candidate will excel at critical-thinking, curiosity, proactivity, problem solver, excellent communication skills and ability to build relationships with colleagues with different backgrounds, amongst others qualities.
  • Fluent in Spanish. Ability to communicate in English is also required for this role.
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