About the job
Visa is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating more than 215 billion payments transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions and government entities across more than 200 countries and territories each year. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable and secure payments network, enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive.
When you join Visa, you join a culture of purpose and belonging where your growth is priority, your identity is embraced, and the work you do matters. We believe that economies that include everyone everywhere, uplift everyone everywhere. Your work will have a direct impact on billions of people around the world helping unlock financial access to enable the future of money movement.
Join Visa: A Network Working for Everyone.
For Senior Manager of Data Science role in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Data Science team, we are seeking an innovative and analytical thinker to champion our data-driven strategies within the region. As a Data Science Senior Manager, you will participate in business development, build predictive and prescriptive models, and develop context-based prototypes and high-impact storyboards that promote data-driven strategies and solutions for Visa clients. This role is dedicated exclusively to working for on a key client account based in the UAE market.
Identify innovation opportunities around data and data-related processes that will help our clients implement fact-based decisioning processes within their cards and payments program
Work entails heavy focus on transaction data modelling and analytics for cards and payments products Work with a broader team that consists of Business Managers, Consultants and Data Scientists from both Visa and client organisations to strategise, co-create, deploy, and reap the benefits of data-driven solutions
Work with regional and global Data Science teams to develop high-quality analytic products and solutions that promote Visas growth in the region
Keep Visa at the forefront of technological advancement in Data Science by introducing cutting-edge tools and techniques for generating business insights
Develop next-generation analytic methods where existing tools and techniques are inadequate to address business challenges
Review, direct, guide, and inspire the analytical work of junior members in the team
Collaborate with internal Technology partners and Data Engineering function to best leverage Visas internal technology platforms, data, and the broader Visa ecosystem to support our clients technical data needs
Manage workload for self and any direct reports, providing prioritisation guidance for project flow to improve process efficiency
Manage and grow talent within the team
Develop, share, and build global best practices and knowledge management within the team
Socialize innovative ideas and approaches that are scalable and have market demand
Champion internal requirements around Model Risk Management, Visa Analytics Rules, and Global Privacy standards around client delivery to ensure that Visas highly regarded market standing is maintained
Minimum of 10+ years of expertise in applying Machine Learning solutions to business problems model development and production experience required
Post-graduate degree (Masters or PhD) in a quantitative field such as Statistics, Mathematics, Data Science, Operational Research, Computer Science, Informatics, Economics, or Engineering
Experience working in one or more of the Card & Payments markets around the globe; with specific responsibilities in payments, retail banking, or retail merchant industries
Good understanding of Payments and the Banking industry, including card verticals such as consumer credit, consumer debit, prepaid, small business, commercial and co-branded product
Expert knowledge of data, market intelligence, business intelligence, and AI-driven tools and technologies, with demonstrated ability to incorporate new techniques to solve business problems
Experience planning, organizing, and managing multiple large projects with diverse cross-functional teams, including resource planning and delivery implementation Experience in presenting ideas and analysis to stakeholders whilst tailoring data-driven results to various audience levels
Proven ability to deliver results within committed scope, timeline, and budget
Very strong people/project management skills and experience
Ability to travel within MENA on short notice
Expertise in distributed computing environments / big data platforms (Hadoop, Elasticsearch, etc.) as well as common database systems and value stores (SQL, Hive, HBase, etc.)
Familiarity with both common computing environments (e.g., Linux, Shell Scripting) and commonly used IDEs (Jupyter Notebooks); proficiency in SAS technologies and techniques
Strong programming ability in different programming languages such as Python, Pyspark Scala, and SQL
Experience in drafting solution architecture frameworks that rely on APIs and micro-services
Proficient in some or all of the following techniques: Linear & Logistic Regression, Decision Trees, Random Forests, K-Nearest Neighbors, Markov Chain Monte Carlo, Gibbs Sampling, Evolutionary Algorithms (e.g. Genetic Algorithms, Genetic Programming), Support Vector Machines, Neural Networks, etc.
Expert knowledge of advanced data mining and statistical modeling techniques, including Predictive modeling (e.g., binomial, and multinomial regression, ANOVA); Classification techniques (e.g., Clustering, Principal Component Analysis, factor analysis); Decision Tree techniques (e.g., CART, CHAID)
Hands-on experience on Azure Machine Learning platform starting from feature engineering, development, validation, and deployment of the models.
Demonstrates integrity, maturity, and a constructive approach to business challenges
Serves as a role model for the organization by implementing core Visa Values
Shows respect for individuals at all levels in the workplace
Strives for excellence and extraordinary results
Uses sound insights and judgments to make informed decisions in line with business strategy and needs
Able to allocate tasks and resources across multiple lines of businesses and geographies
Able to influence senior management both within and outside Data Science
Successfully persuading internal stakeholders to commit to best-in-class solutions, when required
Leverages change management leadership as required
Visa is an EEO Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Visa will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with EEOC guidelines and applicable local law.