Data scientist

About us

71point4 is a Cape Town-based strategic research consultancy specialising in consumer-focused, data-driven research. Our work focuses on bringing the life and experience of consumers into the decision-making processes of policy makers, think tanks and executives. We work across a range of sectors with a primary focus on those that potentially transform the lives of consumers for the better. Our team comprises data scientists, economists and marketers.

About the role

We are looking for a data scientist to join the team and expand the analytical capacity of our organisation. Your primary job will be to turn raw data into information and information into insights. A large part of this entails feature engineering and data transformations. With this in mind, you must have strong analytical skills and a proven ability to manipulate large data sets with accuracy and attention to detail.

Your job is not only to answer questions, but to ask better questions. This role will suit someone who is highly inquisitive and willing to explore datasets to test hypotheses and search for patterns in the data that provide valuable insights for clients. Beyond analysing the data, the suitable candidate will also be willing to engage and interact directly with the clients to understand their key questions and analytical needs.

Important skills

  • Degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Economics, Engineering or any other relevant quantitative fields
  • Experience in data mining, statistics, machine learning techniques and/or econometrics
  • Understanding of standard ML models (supervised and unsupervised) and how to apply them
  • Some experience using R and/or Python for analytics
  • Knowledge of relational databases such as MySQL
  • Ability to manage and manipulate data sets, including: variables definition, performing calculations and summarisations, and creating solutions to address client needs
  • Happy to work independently and take initiative on projects to see them to completion

What we offer

  • Flexible and supportive work environment with a commitment to continuous learning
  • Be a part of a dynamic, highly engaged team that thrives on open communication
  • Interaction with purpose-driven clients
  • The opportunity to join a growing team
  • Healthy lunch on us. Every day

Application requirements

We like to get to know potential candidates on a slightly more practical level. So to apply for this position, send your CV together with your answers to the questions in the downloadable pdf below to:

The questions and data are available here.