Data Science Lead - Risk (Remote but Reachable)

Cape Town

Full Time Mid-level / Intermediate
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Available in over 40 countries including the US. Luno is a secure cryptocurrency platform that lets you buy, sell, store and trade BTC and ETH.

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About the team: 

The Data Science team at Luno unlocks value hidden in the huge volumes of data we collect to provide fast and deep insights to help inform our product development and business strategy. The team is part of the broader Product team at Luno, which includes Product Management, Product Design and Customer Research. 


The role in a nutshell:

As we accelerate on our mission to put crypto in everyone’s hands, we will need to understand how customers are using our product and improve the decisions we make through better insight. You’ll be focussed on this critical step of creating business value through the use of data to guide our decision making and help us build better products and improve our processes.

This role will be part of the Data Science team that is headed up by Gorden, Luno’s Head of Data Science. Meet him here.


Your mission will be:

  • Lead the end-to-end lifecycle of Luno’s customer risk scoring capabilities from development through to deployment and iteration
  • Collaborate with Engineers, Product Managers, Product Designers, Compliance and Financial Crime teams to optimise product performance
  • Design metrics to accurately evaluate product performance and business health
  • Hack through complex business problems using statistics and advanced analytics to provide insights towards making better decisions and building better products 
  • Influence the product roadmap by identifying opportunities for Data Science to add business value
  • Implement systems and processes to help scale our insights
  • Formulate business requirements into analytical objectives
  • Design and run experiments to validate hypotheses
  • Use data to learn about our customers and how they are using our product 
  • Coach and mentor Data Scientists and Associate Data Scientists
  • Set new standards, share best practice and introduce improved ways of working


A little about you:

  • You have a Bachelors or higher in a Data Science related field 
  • You are passionate about Data Science and related disciplines
  • You have experience as a Lead Data Scientist (or similar) in a product-driven organisation
  • You have a solid understanding of the Financial Crime domain and the opportunities Data Science presents
  • You have a detailed understanding of applying statistical techniques to solve business problems
  • You have built and productionised machine learning models at scale
  • You have experience with cloud-based analytics platforms and big data technologies e.g. Databricks, PySpark or similar
  • You are proficient in Python and have experience using Data Science libraries
  • You have experience with visualisation and reporting tools e.g. Looker, Tableau or similar
  • You have strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to navigate a complex stakeholder landscape
  • You are intellectually curious and have the persistence to find answers to difficult questions 
  • You communicate technical concepts to non-experts in simple and understandable terms
  • You are a team player, enthusiastic about growing and developing others
  • You can handle uncertain and ambiguous scenarios
  • You keep abreast of developments and emerging trends in Data Science


Life at Luno:

  • Forward-thinking and ambitious team that values diversity, hard work, and the continuous quest for excellence.
  • Remote but reachable work policy gives you the freedom to choose between working from home or the office.
  • Improve body and mind, with excellent private medical insurance. 
  • Free training courses on Udemy and CodeAcademy.
  • Generous maternity / paternity and even paw-ternity for your furry friend.
  • Annual Inspiration Day.
  • A collaborative, friendly work community, with regular social events and virtual cooking, dancing, drawing and house planting classes hosted by our Lunauts. 
  • Free lunch and snacks.
  • Free access to Headspace – a full library of guided meditations, sleep stories, and music.
  • 0 fees with Luno from the day you start.*

*Offer only available on Luno Instant Buy, not Luno Exchange


About us:

Luno makes it simple to buy, store and explore crypto. More than 10 million people have chosen to invest in crypto with Luno using our platform, which is available on Apple, Android and as a desktop experience. We’ve enabled over $52bn of transactions and we securely store over $1bn for our customers around the world.

Our mission is to put the power of crypto in everyone's hands because we believe that giving people access to a robust and fair financial system is a basic human right. We are with customers at every step of their investment journey with clear, jargon-free information and an easy-to-use app experience that helps people get started from as little as $10.

In order to make crypto accessible to everyone, everywhere, we’re on the ground in more than 40 markets across North America, Africa, Asia and Europe. We are registered with all local financial intelligence authorities and proud of our strong Anti Money Laundry measures and world-leading compliance teams. All the crypto we store for our customers is regularly verified by independent auditors.  Luno is the trusted guide that will bring crypto to over 1 billion people by 2030.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not negatively discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Tags: Analytics Android Big Data Business strategy Cloud Compliance Databricks Data Science Looker Machine Learning Mentor Product design Product management Python Research Statistics Tableau Training

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