Applied

Data Scientist

Applied is a company on a mission - we're passionate about hiring the best person for the job regardless of race, gender or whether you come from the wrong part of town, whether you're not what they're used to, or whether your dad plays golf with the CEO on weekends.

So far we've helped hundreds of teams hire 1000s of awesome, diverse people by removing the biases inherent in hiring and helping people focus on what matters - but, as you'd hope, our sights are set much higher. Maybe you can help... We’re looking for a data scientist to help us stay on the forefront of applied research and product design. We're a research-led platform, and we oversee phenomenal data that helps us to drive insights into how best to improve people decisions.

We're looking for someone who loves straddling research and the cut and thrust of the real world: someone interested in the intersection between behavioural and data science, and keen to use their skills to inform product design and impact. Full of opportunity and purpose, this is a role we’re certain you won’t find elsewhere. Come and do your best work with us.

About Applied

Applied is a hiring platform created to help organisations radically rethink how they select talent, so the best person gets the job every time, irrespective of their background. We’re the first spin out of the Behavioural Insights Team, and we’re passionate about using behavioural and data science to make exceptional products that scale, commercially and socially. We’ve just closed our second round of seed investment raise. More than 50,000 candidates have applied through our platform (compared 3,629 applicants in January 2017!). And our data shows that over half of the candidates that got the job would have been overlooked in a normal CV sift. Every month we are on-boarding exceptional new customers, ranging from large enterprises to non-profit organisations, and entrepreneurial startups. All of these achievements rely on a team that truly stands for what we believe in: talent from diverse backgrounds, impatient to deliver and keen to get stuck in – full of ideas, energy, and an ability to inspire and support the growth of others around them. A team who thrives on learning, empathy and grit.

The job opportunity

We're looking for someone curious, analytical and compassionate to take the reins and focus on the team's ever-growing data needs and research programme. From helping our customers see the value of our product more clearly, to partnering with researchers from top universities and organisations, the opportunities at Applied are vast. From designing and running randomised controlled trials, to running simulation analyses, to analysing observational data, to helping a customer understand what is and isn't working in their hiring campaigns, this is a varied role and has a lot of scope to craft the future research programme for the team. More than just analytics, we're searching for someone passionate about leaving the world just a little better than they found it. You'll be responsible for working across functions in the team to implement new and exciting data projects that could make hiring more intelligent, exciting and interesting for everyone. You will own the data pipeline and conducting analytics for internal metrics and measurements of success (measure our performance), alongside the goals mentioned above. This exciting role will provide you with a rare chance to be a key member of a fast-growing, high energy start up right at the point of acceleration. Full of opportunity and purpose, this is a role we’re certain you won’t find elsewhere. Come and do your best work with us.

You'll enjoy this job if you are:

  • comfortable with common data science toolkits in Python or JavaScript

  • passionate about experimental design and evidence-based approaches

  • eager to keep learning and adapting to new technical developments in data science

  • excited about sharing statistics and insights from data in a visual manner

  • the sort of person that sees that impact comes from research that helps real people in the real world - you like applying research to product design

  • familiar with database access methods (we use Postgres) - or willing to train up on this quickly

  • compassionate about collaborating with others to get things done

  • comfortable dealing with and balancing both uncertainty and detail

In your first 6 months you'll:

  • work with the team to highlight how our platform has specifically improved their hiring processes, or for candidates, their job application experience

  • actively support research on product design and innovation

  • drive the formalisation or shaping of our data pipeline

  • meet our customers. We build features and products for real people and so we love going to chat to them, it's the best way to understand what they want.

Like the rest of the Applied team members you'll benefit from:

  • equity in the business

  • open and fair pay (yep we put all payslips in the shared drive)

  • employee benefits package

  • being involved in other aspects of the business, from strategy, management and training, to shaping team culture

What are the next steps?

One of the benefits of applying to work at a hiring platform is that you get to experience a bit of the job just through the application process (yes, it gets meta)!

To get started, pop your email in the top right of this page.

Instead of submitting a CV, you’ll answer some questions that are related to your day-to-day job. After the job advert closes, your answers will go through our sift process: randomising and anonymising answers for taking out individual information that biases hiring decisions and facilitating organisations to review each answer by more than one person so you can benefit from the wisdom of the crowds. If you are shortlisted, we’ll invite you to 2-3 rounds of interviews, which will also be managed through our platform. Also, we love giving feedback, so you'll be able to see how well you performed at each stage of the application process. We hope you enjoy the Applied experience!

Expected duration of this application process: 2 months.

Want to know more about the platform?

What's the thinking behind the platform?

Hiring (and being hired) is one of the most important things we do, but humans are frankly terrible at it. We look for the wrong things, we’re biased, and we don’t follow the data.

Applied is here to fix that.

We help our customers hire with less bias, and greater precision. That makes them happy, but at the same time reduces social inequality... it’s a win-win.

Our approach combines behavioural science with product design to radically rethink how teams select talent, so that the best person gets the job every time, irrespective of their background... and we don’t even need to break out the AI to do it.

Who uses it?

We’re just getting started, but so far we’ve helped fill 2,000 roles on 5 continents, from CIOs and lawyers to refugees and disaster response workers, for great companies like Penguin and Hilton, great charities like Wellcome Trust and ActionAid, as well as government departments in the UK and around the world. You can read about us in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch and New Scientist.

Other job opportunities at Applied

We are building the best team for next year, so in addition to this role, we are also looking for a Product Lead, a Customer Success Lead, a Software Developer, and a Senior Growth Marketer. If you know anyone who you think might be interested, please pop them the link!

Role posted - 2018-10-01T18:03:45Z 7:03pm, 1st Oct 2018 BST