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About the role
An exciting opportunity has become available for an enthusiastic and self-motivated Mathematics or Computer Science graduate to work on a new innovative project using complex dynamic pricing algorithms, machine learning & AI techniques to enable independent retailers to optimise their pricing and profit strategies.

This position is a key role within a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) - a collaborative R&D project between The Retail Data Partnership Ltd and the University of Leicester.
What can you expect from this job?
  • You will be responsible for leading and delivering a challenging commercial project that directly impacts the business, with the opportunity to be a champion of real change.

  • You will receive input and support from a multi-disciplinary academic team (with experts from the University of Leicester’s School of Business and Informatics Department) with specialist knowledge and experience relevant to the project.

  • We will provide a £4k training budget that is tailored to your personal development needs, along with two free residential management training courses at the beginning of the project.

  • You will have the opportunity to deliver high impact outcomes within a business, whilst learning at the same time - a significant contribution to your long-term career progression.

About you
A degree qualification in Mathematics or Computer Science or a related discipline with a focus on data science, machine learning, data analysis, algorithm development, data mining.

Degree level: MSc (minimum), PhD (preferred).

Knowledge of machine learning techniques, supervised, and unsupervised learning techniques, dimensionality reduction etc. (e.g. classification techniques such as decision trees, random forest, gradient boosting; clustering techniques such as k-means, hierarchical clustering).

Experience using one or more of the following software packages: Python, R, Matlab, Java, SQL.


Strong self-motivation and interest in the subject area.

Excellent team-working skills and the ability to liaise and collaborate with a wide range of people.

Excellent problem solving skills.

Ability to communicate precisely and engagingly to different audiences both in writing and verbally.

Ability to work within a diverse development team comprising of academics and industrial partners.

Project management and business acumen.

Ability to work to a deadline.

Willingness to take ownership of the project in all respects, including financial management, staff training, development of the commercial business case and full project leadership, encompassing management of resources and timing.

Experience of dealing with senior staff in academia and industry.
Additional information

This appointment is for a period of 2 years on a fixed term contract basis with a possibility of conversion into a permanent role at The Retail Data Partnership Ltd subject to performance and suitable role availability.

Company information
Based in Stamford, Lincolnshire, The Retail Data Partnership Ltd (www.retaildata.co.uk) sell electronic point of sale (EpoS) systems to independent convenience retailers. They believe that if retailers are to manage their businesses effectively, they need accurate and relevant data about their sales, profits, stock, etc.

Stamford, Lincolnshire with regular travel to the University of Leicester

KTP supports partnerships between business and universities or research organisations, placing graduates (KTP Associates), to work on challenging, high profile projects.

• Accelerate your career
• Gain valuable experience and marketable, highly transferable skills
• Earn a competitive salary
• Receive practical and formal management training and development
• Opportunity for a professional qualification
• Enjoy an excellent chance of a permanent post with the company

Further information about KTP and the advantages of being a KTP Associate can be found at http://ktp.innovateuk.org

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance and an online portal that offers a range of lifestyle benefits and discounts. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.