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Data Scientist

Picnic /  Amsterdam (NL)

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At Picnic, we’re revolutionizing the way people buy groceries with our affordable and sustainable app-only service. We do almost everything in-house, developing cutting-edge technologies and processes to ensure we continue to grow rapidly without missing a beat. If you’re a passionate Data Scientist, we’re offering you the opportunity to join the diverse team at our Amsterdam HQ and make a real difference in our data-driven, scale-up environment. 

 In a nutshell 

As a Data Scientist at Picnic, you’ll work on creating intelligent, automated systems to solve our company’s biggest challenges, at scale. You won’t stop at building a model—you’ll productionize it alongside the wide variety of models we already have running in production.

Working closely with business leads, you’ll identify and solve problems leveraging machine learning. You’ll work with the Growth team to build a model that tells us how many orders we can expect in a day, a week, or a month, so that our operations can grow accordingly. With our Inbound team, you’ll work on improving our model that predicts demand on the article level—a direct input for our ordering system. You’re more than a model builder: you’re a blend of internal consultant, software engineer, and applied mathematician.

You might think, ‘Sounds good, but 80% of my job is going to be cleaning data.’ Not here. Our data is registered, logged, consistent, and immaculate. We’re a mature team with the infrastructure, tools, and expertise to get models into production.

Check out some of our previous machine learning projects here: https://blog.picnic.nl/tagged/machine-learning

 What you’ll do

Various forecast-oriented projects, such as:

  • Forecasting article demand: let’s further improve our state-of-the-art deep learning-based model
  • Forecasting order volumes used Picnic-wide: can we go even further and try to “clean” our historic demand data from operational capacity constraints?
  • Promotion forecasting: always a challenge, with very sparse data sets
  • Forecasting the number of trips
  • Forecasting capacity in warehouses and distribution

You might also work on:

  • Recommendation systems: generating useful in-app grocery suggestions for our customers
  • Search and suggest
  • Fraud and outlier detection
  • Predicting delivery drop-off times for our distribution
  • Natural Language Processing: create automated systems to categorize and label Customer Success tickets
  • Improving operational efficiency in our automated fulfillment center

You will definitely: 

  • Work closely with business leads to identify opportunities, define business cases, and scope out the requirements
  • Own your own project from inception to production
  • Develop tools and enhancements for our cloud-based data science platform

 Technologies we use

  • Python (Scikit-learn, PyTorch, Tensorflow, FastAPI - or we build our own packages)
  • SQL (Snowflake, Postgres)
  • Git
  • Kubernetes
  • Docker
  • Tableau

 About you

  • Master’s degree or higher in AI, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related field
  • At least two years of experience in data science
  • Experience with maintaining a model in a production environment 
  • Strong Python and SQL skills
  • Superb communication skills and ability to transfer knowledge to business stakeholders and the rest of the data science team
  • Comfortable with taking responsibility, showing initiative, and working independently
  • Ability to think outside the box and an anything-is-possible mindset
  • Quality control: commitment to excellence, performance, and efficiency

For bonus points

  • Experience with Docker, Kubernetes, and CI is a plus
  • Demonstrable experience in the domain of time series forecasting, and the willingness to commit to time series projects for at least one year 

 Picnic Perks

Every expert was once a beginner! 

  • You’ll get plenty of opportunities to challenge yourself and grow, including the Picnic Tech Academy, Lunch & Learn sessions, and tailored soft skills training. We also offer free professional weekly language courses.

Make a difference

  • You’ll work in an awesome scale-up environment with the freedom to drive your own projects and create a visible impact. 
  • Our fully electric vehicles and sustainable business model mean you’ll also be contributing to making the world a better place! 

Teamwork makes the dream work

  • With more than 80 nationalities across 3 countries, you’ll be part of a diverse company with plenty of cool stuff to get involved with, from board game evenings to after-work drinks to our company ski trip and more!

You are what you eat

  • You’ll get freshly prepared, healthy lunches and snacks (with plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and halal options). Coffee snob? Don’t worry, our amazing Picnic barista has you covered.

Stay healthy 

  • Mental health is important. As well as having the option to speak with Picnic colleagues who act as confidential advisors, our collaboration with OpenUp gives you easy access to professional psychologists, along with workshops and materials. 
  • There are plenty of sports communities and events to get involved with, from tennis to yoga to climbing! 

Attractive package

  • We offer competitive compensation and a pension plan that looks out for your future self as well as 25 vacation days per year, so you can recharge your batteries 

Work-life balance

  • Where possible, we like to enable people to work in ways that suit their working styles, which is why we have a hybrid-working model. Our teams generally like to have at least one team day per week at the office (the tasty lunch and Barista-made coffee may be a factor), but besides that, it’s up to you and your team.

Benefits for expats 

It can be daunting starting a new job AND moving to a new country. That’s why we offer lots of support for our many expat colleagues, including: 

  • Relocation package: If you join Picnic from abroad, we’ll cover your trip to Amsterdam, sponsor your Visa, and offer you a month of accommodation while you settle in (as long as regulations allow).
  • In the Netherlands, we offer support with your first tax report as well as arranging the 30% ruling.
  • From health insurance to living arrangements to pet passports, there are always colleagues who’ve faced the same challenges and are more than happy to help! 
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