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Data Scientist in big data At BelairDirect

Location: Montréal, Quebec

Job Description

We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that inspires each of us to be the best we can be. Join our team and make a difference!

Your Job

We are
How do you imagine life at an insurance company - its people, its culture, its offices? We bet that if you swing by DataLab, you'll be in for quite the surprise!

Located in the heart of downtown Montreal with a second location in Toronto, the DataLab is an innovation hub where actuaries, Big data scientist, machine learning expert, geomatician, meteorologist and software engineers work together to propose and implement next generation solutions to complex problems that we face.

The Lab merges the best of two worlds: the speed and culture of a start-up, with the resources and means of a large enterprise (you'll have access to all the tools you've ever dreamed of!). With a dynamic team, exciting challenges, beautiful offices, inspiring colleagues and a great work culture (we rank as one of Canada's top 100 places to work), DataLab offers an amazing environment to develop your skills and grow your career.

You are
Are you passionate about advanced analytics and Big Data? You are an expert in programming, machine learning and you believe we are just starting to scratch artificial intelligence? Do you keep on top of the latest trends in analytics and love experimenting with new tools and methodologies? We've got the perfect opportunity for you!

Your role

  • Transformation of complex data sets into meaningful conclusions and recommendation
  • Develop novel and innovative solutions for pattern recognition using machine learning and statistical approaches
  • Stay current on new approaches or opportunities, and bring them to the solutions you design
  • Help maintain the expanding set of Data Mining tools and frameworks, including all prerequisite components and the add-ons
  • Make actionable recommendations based on insights
  • Communicate the Model Results and Performance to Management
  • Work with other departments to drive adoption of analytical principles in the organization
  • Quality assurance on the analytical approach and project output for other members of the team

Your Skills

Essential requirements:

  • PHD or Master degree in a relevant subject (ie. Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Operational Research, Statistics , AI, Computer Science)
  • 3 years of experience on a Hadoop platform for data wrangling and data analysis
  • Understanding of algorithmic complexity and scaling of run time and memory usage with larger datasets
  • Experience tackling large data sets or familiarity with tools such as Hortonworks suite of tools
  • Cross-platform production experience with the following commercial and open-source Data Mining frameworks:
    • Hadoop platform: HPD, Ambari, Hive, Hbase, Yarn, Zeppelin
    • Open-source frameworks: R, Python, Spark, Scala, TensorFlow or equivalent
    • Expert-level understanding of the underlying Machine Learning theory
    • Expert-level understanding of the Predictive Modeling Lifecycle
  • Fluency in applied analytical techniques including regression analysis, clustering, decision trees, neural networks, SVM (support vector machines), collaborative filtering, k-nearest neighbors, association rules and other Machine Learning techniques
  • Ability to concentrate on loosely defined problems which require application of creative approaches
  • Strong communication, time-management, organization, and prioritization skills


  • Experience in Java development is a plus
  • Understanding of Data science approaches in consumer research domains a plus
  • Relevant P&C Insurance Industry Knowledge and Hands on Experience in these fields would be an asset
  • Cooperative team player

Closing Statement

This opportunity interests you? We look forward to meeting you!

As part of Intact’s selection process, candidates may be requested to consent to background checks relevant to the role under consideration for, prior to receiving a job offer. These could include: work references, education and credential confirmation, employment verification, identity check, credit report, criminal offence and driver’s license record.

You can apply for a posted position if you have been in your current position for at least 12 months and are performing at a satisfactory level.Please note we may have identified other internal candidates through our Employee Development Program, and that the selection process may also be opened to external applicants.

Excellent benefits are offered: competitive salary, flexible benefits, flexible work arrangements, flexible leave, pension plan defined benefit, etc..

Eligibility to work in Canada

Applicants must be permanently eligible to work in Canada upon hire. Proof of eligibility for permanent roles may come in the form of a Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, Canadian citizenship certificate, permanent residence card or confirmation.


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