Collective Intelligence - Data Science to Support Forecasting, Pricing and Trade Optimization - ON-543

Genre de projet: Recherche
Discipline(s) souhaitée: Génie - informatique / électrique, Génie, Informatique, Sciences mathématiques, Finance, Mathématiques, Statistiques / études actuarielles
Entreprise: Unilever Canada
Durée du projet: Longer than 1 year
Preferred start date: As soon as possible.
Langue exigée: English
Emplacement(s): Toronto, ON, Canada; Canada
Nombre de postes: Multiple (5 to 10)
Niveau de scolarité désiré: Maîtrise
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Au sujet de l’entreprise: 

Unilever is a British multinational consumer goods company headquartered in London, England. Unilever products include food, condiments, ice cream, wellbeing vitamins, minerals and supplements, tea, coffee, breakfast cereal, cleaning agents, water and air purifiers, pet food, toothpaste, beauty products, and personal care. 

Unilever is a community of 149,000 people across the world, over 400 brand names in over 190 countries and, a global company with a global purpose. 2.5 billion people use Unilever products every day. Unilever's turnover in 2020 was €51 billion with 58% in emerging markets. A 25 million-strong global network of retailers.

We have over 400 household name brands.13 turned over more than €1 billion in 2020.81% of our brands are top two in their market. In Kantar’s top 50, 14 are Unilever brands

Veuillez décrire le projet.: 


For Unilever to remain competitive in the future, the business needs to continue on the path to becoming data intelligent. The Collective Intelligence (CI) team will persevere to make Unilever Data Intelligent, powering key decisions with data, insights, advanced analytics, and AI. Our ambition is to enable the democratization of data, information, and insights as a completely agile organization that builds fantastic careers for our people and is accountable for delivering great work that maximizes impact and delivers growth.


Our vision is to make Unilever data intelligent, partnering with the business to power key decisions with data, advanced analytics, and AI to accelerate growth. Our 5 strategies to achieve this are: Accelerate & simplify access to relevant data, information and insights. Build in-house, leading-edge data, information, insights & analytics capability. Lead the data & insights culture and careers to empower employees across Unilever, rapidly embed analytics products, solutions, and services to drive growth and advance information automation at scale.


To achieve this we are seeking Data Science researchers to join our team in the areas of Forecasting, Pricing, and Trade Optimization.  

​​These Data Scientist roles sit within the Collective Intelligence group and are part of Unilever Canada Customer Development. CI is responsible for building state-of-the-art advanced analytics products in collaboration with internal and external partners. Typical initiatives include optimizing trade promotion investments, accurately forecasting customer demand, using machine learning to glean insight on consumer trends, providing recommendations on pricing, cannibalization, and product assortment The role will work closely with cross-functional teams, global and NA Data And Analytics function and external partners.

Key responsibilities include:

  • With guidance from the Data Science Product Manager, understand business challenges and the planned data science solutions for forecasting
  • Contribute refinements to the plan through your own data science knowledge
  • Prototype experimental solutions, particularly machine learning models
  • Where required, support the build of scaled solutions
  • Facilitate industrialization and ongoing operation of solutions through well-organized code, clear documentation, and collaboration with ML Ops resources
  • Interact with stakeholder teams, clearly communicating relevant data science issues
  • Support your data science peers with technical advice in your areas of expertise
  • Support the growth of CI’s data science capability by contributing to activities such as tool and vendor selection, best practice definition, recruitment, and creation of training materials
  • Build the reputation of CI’s data science capability within Unilever and externally, through activities such as community engagement (e.g. Yammer) and presenting at team meetings

Expertise ou compétences exigées: 

Professional Skills

  • Machine learning                                                                                
  • Forecasting
  • MLOPs                                                                                          
  • Python coding                                                                                    
  • Data science platform tools e.g. MS Azure, Databricks              
  • Deep learning (and applications to NLP & Computer Vision)    
  • Collaborative development using Git repos                                 
  • Automated Machine Learning platforms
  • Statistical modeling (for Trade Optimization)
  • Experience in CNN, DNN and similar neural network algorithms
  • Econometrics (for Pricing)                

General Skills

  • Change Management                                                                 
  • Project Management                                                                 
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to influence laterally and vertically