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Canada Region - Data Science Lead

Job Location: Ontario - Toronto, Quebec - Montreal

Regional Description: Canada

Job Number: 00611386


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Canada Region- Data Science Lead 

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From strategy to execution, Analytics professionals will partner up with the rest of Accenture to drive new innovative solutions through advanced statistical analysis.

Role Description:

Reporting to the North America’s Chief Data Science Officer and the Canadian Applied Intelligence Lead, the leadership practitioner will be responsible for establishing a lead in market share in a carefully selected and scoped market. The practitioner will be building our Canadian Applied Intelligence Data Science practice through developing and executing a solution strategy with our clients. The practitioner will also architect, build, and sell innovative and integrated Applied Intelligence (AI) solutions that drive large Analytical Transformations. The individual will be accountable for the effective use of Accenture resources and investment money to grow. In addition, the individual is expected to be a deep expert in data science to provide thought leadership, practice management and support to the sales and delivery of our core offerings across Canada and the globe.


Grow the Business:
•Expand markets for Applied Intelligence practice and offering to drive new revenue streams and increase Accenture's footprint, including traditional and managed service approaches, grow sales pipeline 
•Lead sales campaigns for the Applied Intelligence offering that opens up issue-led client conversations at the Regional (Canada) head level around Applied Intelligence that result in wins with significant business impact in target accounts or prospects 
•Lead sales that require a minor to moderate degree of Applied Intelligence configuration and customization for market and/or client maturity and utilize relatively standard deal shapes 

Develop Key Relationships:
•Pursue and cultivate strong relationships with top level client decision makers and influence client buying behaviors based on our extensive Applied Intelligence capabilities, assets and thought leadership 
•Cultivate relationships with other Regional leadership teams and counterparts in the business, as well as Client Account Leads at our most complex and strategic accounts to ensure we are bringing the best of Accenture’s Applied Intelligence capabilities to our clients 
•Grow Industry/Geography ecosystem through strategic alliances and external relationships to increase visibility of Accenture Applied Intelligence 

Develop and Guide Thought Leadership Goals:
Translate thought leadership to concrete Applied Intelligence Offering proposals and develop materials to support external visibility within Canada (speech writing, input to articles, etc.) 
•Act as internal spokesperson for Canadian Applied Intelligence issues and educate client executives on market direction and Accenture's point of view in area of focus for target accounts and prospects 
•Provide closed loop feedback from Canadian client interaction on Applied Intelligence strategy and priorities to the North American Chief Data Science Officer
Develop our People and our Practice:
•Build a practice around Applied Intelligence by creating a sense of community within Canada
•Grow a pyramid of practitioners who can support the future growth of AI
•Differentiate the offering and the people working on it through the depth and breadth of expert skills 

Build Assets and Capabilities:
•Adapt global offerings, assets, and capabilities across the GU working with other business and industries resulting in a differentiated value proposition that has Canadian market applicability 
•Lead the development of specific thought leadership offerings around data science
•Plan investments, including marketing activities and cross-service group sales and delivery assets to be developed, and capability building plan to be executed 
•Ensure Accenture has comprehensive knowledge capital and intellectual property that is protected, differentiated and strategic for the Canadian market across Accenture Applied Intelligence
Basic Qualifications:

•A minimum of Bachelor's degree in mathematics, statistics, engineering, data science, economics, and information management or related field of study
•Experience in leading and growing a team in a large scale
•A minimum of 5 years researching, designing, implementing, and deploying full-stack scalable data science and machine learning solutions to solve various business issues
•A minimum of 5 years building and maintaining a large-scale analytics infrastructure used across the business including conducted research, design, implementation, and validation of cutting-edge algorithms to analyze diverse data sources
•A minimum of 5 years designing, developing, and implementing data management systems of analytic frameworks for the business’s data by applying advanced statistical capabilities and delivering statistical models
•A minimum of 5 years working and conceptual knowledge in data structures, algorithms, statistics, machine learning, natural language processing and programming in R, Python, or other equivalent languages

Preferred Qualifications:
•Masters or PhD (Statistics or Mathematics or Computer Science or other quantitative disciplines) or MBA 
•First-author publications at peer-reviewed AI conferences (e.g. NIPS, ICLR, CVPR, ICML, ICCV, and ACL)
•Experience with evolving approaches and technologies such as Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cognitive Systems, and other corresponding contributions to advancing analytics maturity for clients
•Experience with conducting data science in production-systems
•Strong working and conceptual knowledge translating business requirements into quick prototypes integration services (from data ingestion to storage to processing/analysis to servicing)
•Specific working and conceptual knowledge of big data and analytical tools such as Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, Apache Cassandra, Apache Solr, MongoDB, Couchbase
•Specific working and conceptual knowledge with cloud (e.g. AWS, Google, Azure, etc.) and devOps (e.g. Git, Jenkins, Docker, etc.) technologies 
•Sales and or Pre-Sales experience
•Leading data science teams, managing technical work quality, recruiting, and retaining key talent
•Overseeing data science projects and implementations
•Strategically formulating new and creative ideas with senior clients
Professional Skills
•Passionate about helping the clients realize the potential of implementation and evolution into an analytical and data-driven culture
•Proven ability to build, manage and foster a team-oriented environment 
•Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment 
•Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills 
•Excellent leadership and management skills

It is currently our objective to assign our people to work near where they live. However, given the nature of our business and our need to serve our clients our employees must be available to travel when needed.


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