First Data Director of Advanced Analytics Applied Research (Pipeline Only) in Tipperary, Ireland

In line with First Data’s new Research & Development Centre plans to open by the end of the year in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, we are currently engaging potential candidates for possible upcoming opportunities.



Role Overview

/The Director of the Advanced Analytics Applied Research team will be responsible for the management and direction of R D activities of the PERIMETER project./

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Key Responsibilities

  • Provide guidance, planning and direction to the Advanced Analytics Research Team
  • Supervise highly skilled group of Data Scientists, Systems Architects and Product Analysts that conduct advanced analytics to support state of the art research in the area of cybersecurity, fraud and data management
  • Recommend strategy for financial services and merchant acquiring business lines based on research outcomes
  • Responsible for all aspects of team management - hiring, firing, compensation, evaluation, training, development and growth of subordinates
  • Proactively allocates resources and maintains and controls expenses
  • Work with product and application owners to develop state of the art analytics capabilities
  • Work across business units to gather requirements and promote research findings with the intent of integrating them into products and solutions

Experience * 10 years’ experience, preferably in the financial or academic research context * Proficiency at least one of the following: R, PHP, Python, Java, C , * Proficiency in structured or unstructured database types and query languages, including but not limited to SQL, MongoDB and Cassandra, HBase, Hive and Pig * Proficiency with common data science toolkits, such as R, Python, MatLab * Understanding of machine learning techniques and algorithms, such as k-NN, Naive Bayes, SVM, Decision Forests, Hidden Markov Models * Experience with data visualization tools, such as D3.js, GGplot, Kibana * Excellent applied statistics skills, such as distributions, statistical testing, regression * Excellent scripting and programming skills to integrate solutions into existing enterprise systems * Data-oriented; must have in-depth knowledge of information and data fundamentals. * Prior management and team-building experience. Position will be responsible for building out and managing a team of experts * Strong execution and organizational skills. To be successful in this role, incumbent must be comfortable with executing independently and be able to adapt to problems quickly * Strategic mindset – be comfortable thinking a few steps ahead of the team and working with business units to translate requirements into tractable research problems

Education: * Masters/Ph.D. in computer science, information science, computer engineering, mathematics, or related field

First Data is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology solutions, serving more than six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in 118 countries around the world. Our 23,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,300 transactions per second and $1.9 trillion per year. First Data is committed to staying at the forefront of our industry, and we are innovating a wide range of next-generation commerce technology solutions to help our clients better detect fraud, gain insights into consumer spending patterns and build customer loyalty. There are many exciting opportunities for talented individuals who would like to join our team and play a meaningful role in helping us shape the future of global commerce.

First Data’s Product Development, Client Solutions and Technology functions are responsible for innovation and advancement of our technology solutions across all of our client segments, and make a critical contribution to ensuring that First Data retains its position as a leading technology innovator. Our Product Development teams are responsible for end-to-end ownership of the product life cycle. Our Client Solutions teams deliver global solutions and expertise that make commerce possible. Our Technology teams develop a wide range of applications and solutions that enable next-generation commerce and create the infrastructure of the global commerce ecosystem. They also ensure that our data remains secure through their work in cyber-security.

Job: *IT Leadership

Title: Director of Advanced Analytics Applied Research (Pipeline Only)

Location: Ireland-Tipperary-Nenagh

Requisition ID: 170000AA