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AVP Data Sciences - Enterprise Analytics At Aviva

Location: Markham, Ontario

Job Description

What you will do


Join an exciting team of actuaries, data scientists and engineers at the forefront of leveraging data to drive decisions at every level of our organization. The insurance industry is undergoing a transformation and you get to be in the driver’s seat of this data-driven, technology revolution.


You will work on impactful projects that range from predicting customer life-time values and optimizing customer journeys to incorporating novel data sources for building cutting-edge pricing algorithms. You will leverage machine-learning algorithms to automate and predict claim outcomes and find new and innovative ways to impact our customers.


As an AVP, you will lead a dynamic small team with exposure to different business stakeholders and direct influence on future products and innovative solutions. As a hands-on leader, you will have the technical acumen to both propose solutions and build algorithms and at the same time provide strategic leadership and manage projects. You will propose machine-learning and statistical models for practical applications that impacts millions of customers. The team has already developed algorithms used in production systems and you will lead the team that expands the scope of these algorithms. This is your chance to join the InsureTech revolution!


What you need to succeed


As a data-scientist, you will need the following skills and experience to succeed in the role:

  • An educational background in computer-science or engineering, math, statistics, physics or related field. A minimum of MSc is required and Phd preferred.
  • 3+ years of experience in managing highly technical teams and leading large projects.
  • 5+ years of experience with model development and working with large datasets. This can include experience from any industry or academia (post-doc experience).
  • 5+ programming experience in Python or R with good grasp of software engineering best practices such as code-reusability, modularity, use of repos, etc.

What sets you apart

  • A growth mindset with versatile skills and able to work through problems from first-principles.
  • A portfolio of projects that demonstrate your ability to draw inferences from data. This includes participation within the broader data science community including Kaggle competitions or any personal projects with open data.
  • A can-do team player who is willing to roll-up the sleeves and do whatever is needed to move projects forward. That means at times you will wear multiple hats and be a project manager, developer, modeler and chief communicator of solutions.
  • Amazing people skills and able to translate and communicate complex algorithms to non-technical experts. Someone who understands that it is not enough to just have a great algorithm but important to create a buy-in for the solution from different stakeholders.
  • The best problems in the industry are yet to be articulated. We need someone who is creative, self-motivated and can lead projects independently.

Additional Information


Aviva Canada is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities during all phases of the hiring process including the application process. If you require an accommodation because of a disability, we will work with you to meet your needs. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance. If you are selected for an interview and require an accommodation, you are encouraged to advise the Talent Acquisition Partner who will consult with you to determine an appropriate accommodation.