Virgin Media O2 • United Kingdom

Data Scientist

Employment type:  Full time

4 days/week at home

A little flex time

Job Description

We have an amazing opportunity for a Data Scientist to join our amazing team here at Virgin Media O2.

You'll be hands-on role and work across multiple exciting programs of work including personalisation, operations and network data science capabilities. You’ll be building ML models and writing code in real time services powering the virgin media digital products (website and apps), our marketing capabilities, network efficiency and ensuring our operations are running optimally.

A normal week might look like writing prediction models, digging into data to look for opportunities, implementing code for production services, pair coding and modelling with more senior scientists and engineers, feeding back into an established data engineering / ML Ops team to determine platform choices for data scientists to be most efficient and effective.

We’re primarily a Google and Python shop. It’s fine if your background is in Azure, AWS or another cloud technology provider, but some experience with cloud or open source data science tools is expected. Reasonable experience in engineering in Python is required, scientists in this team are working on real time services, paired up with software and data engineers. This isn’t a job where scientists spend all their time in notebooks, some part is actually moving models into production as part of the team. You’ll feed requirements and suggestions into the current state of technologies and help to choose new ones as well, primarily we build in house.

Who we are

The UK’s fastest broadband network. The nation’s best-loved mobile brand. And, one of the UK's biggest companies too.

Diverse, high performing teams - jam packed with serious talent. Together, we offer the UK more choice and better value, through our boundary-pushing, customer-championing values and ambitions.

Together, we are Virgin Media O2, and we can't wait to see what you can do.

Accessible, inclusive and equitable for all

Virgin Media O2 is an equal opportunities employer and we're working hard to remove bias and barriers for our people and candidates. So, we build equity and inclusion into everything we do, from the policies we craft to the relationships we shape. We support and encourage you to be your authentic self throughout your application journey with us.

The must haves

In order to be considered, you must have the following experience;

  • Experience applying knowledge in statistics and machine learning to real world commercial problems
  • Experience bringing live services using machine learning and python to production.
  • Strong knowledge of Python and relevant libraries (numpy, pandas, matplotlib, Scikit-learn, tensorflow, etc…) knowledge in other programming languages is valuable, but this is primarily a Python shop.
  • Experience with things like CI/CD pipelines, Docker or similar, cloud hosting, good software engineering practices – we have an ML Ops team but as a principal you need to be familiar with why these things are good and how to use/do them
  • Experience working in an agile software development environment
  • Strong maths or computer science background gained through MSc/PhD education in scientific field / computer science
  • Ability to translate consumer business problems into data science use cases and requirements

The other stuff we are looking for

  • Good interpersonal skills offering ability to explain complex techniques to non-technical audience
  • Focus on implementation and business impact of modelling through commercial acuity
  • Proactive and creative while considering approaches to use data to solve problems.
  • Advanced data preparation and munging skills with ability to transform data into suitable formats and outputs.
  • Ability to visualise and communicate findings in an understandable manner to non-technical users

What's in it for you

Our goal is to celebrate our people, their lives and everything in-between. We aim to create a culture that empowers everyone to bring the best versions of themselves to work each and every day. We believe the most inclusive and diverse culture makes for a better business and a brighter world.

Working at Virgin Media O2, you get a bumper reward package bursting with benefits, and loads of extras you can add if you’d like to. These are designed to support both you and your loved ones, making sure that you’re covered no matter what life throws your way.

Next steps

If we feel like a place where you can belong, we'd love to learn more about you as a person and your experience to date. Once you've submitted an application the next steps of the process, if successful, are likely to include a two-stage interview process including technical and competency assessments.

When you apply, you'll be asked about any adjustments you might need to support the recruitment process. Let us know, and we'll be sure to discuss it with you. Thanks for your patience in the meantime and for showing an interest in joining the Virgin Media O2 family.


Company benefits

Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks at full pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 14 weeks at full pay
Adoption leave – 26 weeks at full pay
Shared parental leave
25 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay
Pregnancy loss leave
Teambuilding days
Open to part time work for some roles
Mental health platform access
Birthday off
Carer’s leave
Meditation space
Faith rooms
In office catering
Volunteer days
Employee discounts
Open to job sharing
Buy or sell annual leave
Cycle to work scheme
Life assurance
Financial coaching
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Working at Virgin Media O2

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

Flexible; Primary Locations Hammersmith & Reading

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

3rd – Large companies

3rd – Large companies

Flexa100 2024
Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023
2nd – Large companies

2nd – Large companies

Flexa100 2023

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