Carnival UK

Lead Data Scientist

Job ID 6963 Date posted 18/09/2023 City SOUTHAMPTON State HAMPSHIRE Country United Kingdom Job Type Full Time

Job Description

We recognise the value in having people with a variety of backgrounds, experience, and skills in our business. That means the role requirements here should be seen as a guide, not a checklist. If you have more, less, or different experiences, but really relevant skills, we’d love to hear from you.

We work flexibly and will help you to find a healthy balance of remote working and time in our fantastic Southampton office, collaborating, taking part in events, and getting to know people that makes working with us so rewarding. We welcome the opportunity to discuss reduced hours and job share arrangements.

The Team

Insight and Data Science is a central team guiding stakeholders to the right value-driving decisions across all areas of P&O Cruises and Cunard holidays.  This includes areas such as ship deployment, entertainment, food & beverage, retail, fuel/ decarbonisation, branding, media and marketing, consumer messaging, customer experience and sales channels.  We pride ourselves on proactively understanding the business need with strong stakeholder partnerships, creating compelling outputs and technical expertise to ensure we are building insights and assets with the latest thinking.  We value collaboration, innovation and team development.  Carnival UK host and sponsor PyData Southampton events and provide access to Data Science specific courses and conferences. 

The Role

Carnival UK are looking for a Lead Data Scientist to join the Insight and Data Science team to lead a team of talented Data Scientists, specifically focused on setting high technical standards, driving commercial value, developing data science programmes, and influencing stakeholders to maximise business value from data science capability and assets.

You will:

  • Lead model conception, design and analytic approach to support strategic objectives across different projects whilst establishing collaborative approaches to ways of working with different teams in the business
  • Be the lead for the data science delivery on a range of projects from demand prediction, marketing mix modelling and revenue optimisation, empowering the business to leverage data science assets
  • Be recognised as an expert data science consultant, who can understand business needs, identify where value lies and translate these into data science projects.
  • Be able to create and explain compelling data science outputs and convey complex ideas to non-technical business stakeholders in a way they understand and can realise their value
  • Be the expert voice of opinion for Data Science with the Executive leadership team forums on a regular basis

Our role categories range from CUK15 (entry level) to CUK1 (Brand President) so you can clearly see internal development opportunities. This role is a CUK6 and is offered on a full-time permanent basis, with at least two days based in our Southampton office per week.

About You

Fresh ideas and different perspectives are what excite us most and help us to succeed. Alongside bringing these to the role, you’ll also need:

  • Master’s Degree in a quantitative discipline such as Operations Research, Applied Statistics, Applied Math, or a related field 
  • 5+ years’ experience in data science from concept to implementation 
  • Strong leadership skills, with the technical knowledge to lead Data Scientists delivering several concurrent projects, whilst nurturing their knowledge and career development 
  • Strong stakeholder management and communication skills, using data science to partner with the business towards commercial success

Being part of our team has its advantages…

We’re a holiday company so we know there’s more to life than work. Our comprehensive range of benefits are designed to help your personal and financial health and wellbeing

  • A friendly welcome with help settling in
  • Home and office-based hybrid working (minimum two office days)
  • Regular office events including live entertainment, lifestyle events and charity partner fundraisers 
  • Extensive learning and development opportunities 
  • Annual bonus 
  • Minimum 25 days leave, bank holiday allowance and holiday trading scheme
  • Employee-led networks
  • Employee Assistance and Wellbeing programmes
  • Recognition scheme with prizes and awards
  • Employee Discounted Cruising plus Friends and Family offers
  • Contributory Defined Contribution Pension scheme
  • Company paid private medical and dental insurance and health assessment
  • In-house Occupational Health help and access to digital GP
  • Life Assurance
  • Parental and adoption leave
  • Employee Shares Plan 
  • Electric Car and Cycle to Work schemes
  • Onsite restaurant offering range of healthy cooked and grab and go meals
  • Discounted retail and leisure via discounts portal

Please note: Being able to create unforgettable holiday happiness is a brilliant opportunity so we often receive high volumes of applications for our roles. In these cases, we may close our job adverts early and aren’t able to consider applications once this happens.


#Job Functions:  Research; Strategy / Planning; Finance


About Us

Holidays are one of life’s greatest pleasures. Having the chance to relax, escape and explore is a magical thing. And there is no better holiday than a cruise.

No one knows cruising like Carnival UK, where talented people from across the globe come together to create unforgettable holiday happiness. As part of the world’s largest holiday travel and leisure company, we take enormous pride in bringing to life two of the most iconic brands from Britain’s rich seafaring heritage, P&O Cruises and Cunard. Collectively they have been delivering unbridled joy, boundless adventure and lifelong memories to millions of people for over 350 years. And in a multi-million pound global holiday market, where cruising has barely scratched the surface, we have the opportunity to do that for many, many more people.

Our diverse yet tight knit teams share high standards, heartfelt values and passion for our purpose. Our Culture Essentials describe the expectations we have for ourselves and of each other, in building a culture that supports safe, sustainable, compliant operations and celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion.

It’s through the successful delivery of these extraordinary travel experiences for our target markets and our distinctive culture, that we hope to become Travel’s Employer of Choice.

To keep everyone on board fit and well, colleagues who visit or work on our ships must be fully vaccinated, including boosters. We’re reviewing this requirement regularly.

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