Data Scientist

Job title: Data Scientist

Company: BFree

Job description: About

Over 300 million consumers are over-indebted in emerging markets – we are helping over 750,000 of them to B(e)FREE of debt, because it sucks to be in debt.

BFREE was founded in 2020 by digital lending executives that were deeply unsatisfied with existing credit collection infrastructure in emerging markets. Backed by leading African Venture Capital funds we are now reinventing credit collection step by step to make the process more efficient, scalable, and user friendly while giving customers back control over their financial health. 95% of customers in debt rate their experience with BFREE at ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’ – that’s crazy good…

We currently have operations in Nigeria and Kenya, but are aggressively working on going global!

Come and join us – we are fun! 🙂

Job Description

You will be the first hire in our Data Science team and be part of the broader and fast-growing Data department. You are looking to take the next step in your career with increased responsibility and be part of our incredible growth story. To do so, you are senior enough to own projects, work with senior stakeholders and meet tight deadlines. You will support our Operations and Product teams by developing machine learning models across a variety of key topics at BFREE. You’re here to contribute to the optimization of the BFREE products to bring them to the next level.


  • Build ML models for a variety of applications, including credit risk modelling, user behavior modeling, communication channel recommendation, etc.
  • Work hand-in-hand with our Data Engineering team to deploy models at scale
  • Collaborate with teams across the organization such as product, engineering, operations, and marketing to drive data science initiatives from ideation to productionization
  • Work closely with Product, Engineering, and Data leadership to make sound technical decisions across the entire data ecosystem
  • Become the Subject Matter Expert for all data science-related topics
  • Keep track of industry trends, best practices, and technologies to continually improve our technology (and ourselves!)
  • Contribute to the hiring, mentorship, and management of junior data scientists (as the Data team expands)

Preferred Experience

  • 1+ years of experience in data scientist, actuary, or statistician role(s)
  • Extensive experience with OOP (Python)
  • Strong knowledge of major Python packages for data processing (e.g. numpy, pandas), ML (e.g. statsmodels, sklearn, xgboost, keras), and visualization (e.g. seaborn)
  • Ability to develop ML models from scratch and to bring them to production
  • Strong knowledge of best practices for data science
  • Good English communication skills and ability to perform in fast-paced and multicultural environment

Nice to have

  • Working knowledge of cloud data architectures (e.g. AWS)
  • Working knowledge of SQL and RDBMS concepts (e.g. PostgreSQL, MySQL)
  • Experience with credit risk modelling and/or in fintech
  • Experience with A/B & multivariate testing
  • Experience with visualization tools (e.g. Metabase)
  • Experience with NLP
  • Experience working in agile environments (we recently moved from Kanban to Scrum)

Recruitment Process

  • Application review
  • Interview with Head of Data
  • Take-home assignment
  • Take-home assignment review with Head of Data
  • Offer

Expected salary:

Location: Dubai

Job date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 01:45:37 GMT

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