At a Glance

Us: Fast-growing startup of 100+ people. We are a remote-first team, mainly based in the UK. YC alumni (summer 2019) and Series A funding of 32$m in 2023. Our mission is to revolutionise how the world learns about people, so people can revolutionise the world.

The Role

The VP of Data Science and Analytics will be responsible for driving the data strategy and leveraging data to create value across the organisation. This role will identify key areas of opportunity for data and data science within Prolific, focusing on initiatives that bring the most value to the business. The VP will collaborate with stakeholders to create innovative data products using Prolific unique access to a global pool of verified participants.

What you'll be doing

  • Set and execute the data strategy, both for internal analysis and external products.
  • Identify and prioritise high-impact data science projects, such as ML models to improve data quality / fraud detection, optimising marketplace efficiency, etc. Foster effective collaboration between the data science team and product teams to deliver these. 
  • Develop analytics suites for strategic accounts and embed data models into products to enhance customer-facing capabilities.
  • Improve data literacy across the technology team and establish clear, consistent internal scorecards for company-wide understanding.
  • Manage data privacy and security, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations and best practices.
  • Deliver a 3+-year data strategy that aligns with Prolific's long-term goals and strategic vision.
  • Embed a data-driven mindset across the organisation.
  • Hire, manage, and develop a high-performing data team, including data scientists and data engineers.
  • Implement processes and best practices within the data department.

What you’ll bring

  • Proven experience leading and scaling data science and analytics teams in a high-growth environment
  • Strong strategic thinking skills and the ability to align data initiatives with business goals
  • Deep understanding of data science techniques, machine learning, and statistical analysis
  • Experience building and deploying data products and embedding data-driven decision-making across an organisation
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills, with the ability to translate complex data concepts to non-technical audiences
  • Passion for creating a data-driven culture and improving data literacy
  • Experience with data engineering and modern data stacks is a plus
  • Interest in areas related to Prolific, such as polling, behavioural or survey research, human-computer interaction and AI training, is a nice-to-have

This role will be crucial in driving Prolific's growth and success through data-driven insights and innovation. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of leveraging data to create business value and will be able to effectively lead and inspire a talented data team.


What you’ll get

⚖️  Work Life Balance: We’re all looking to strike the right work life balance, and as a remote first company you’re able to work flexibly from home or our dog-friendly co-working space in Old Street.  We also offer 25 days of holiday, plus bank holidays of course, which you can switch with any day of your choosing. 

🏡 Family Life: We offer generous maternity, paternity and shared parental leave. Need to pick your child up from school? No Problem. Our flexible working gives you the childcare flexibility you need. 

🧘 Wellbeing: We care deeply about our employees well-being, that’s why we offer comprehensive Bupa private health insurance, that disregards medical history. Taxable monthly stipend of £150 in order for you to improve your wellness and remote experience. We want you to have a happy and healthy environment so we offer a £1000 home office budget, along with a MAC laptop when you start, plus a £200 yearly top-up.

📚 Learn & Grow: Development is important to us, and we want to give all our employees the opportunity to learn.  There are many personal growth and career progression opportunities available, as well as mentoring. We also offer a £1000 yearly budget for education, growth and training for you to use at your discretion 

💙 Culture: We’re a friendly bunch here at Prolific; open, transparent and inclusive.  Although we’re a remote first company we still love to hang out with each other! We run collaborative quarterly company-wide meets up and team socials (both virtually and in-person), all paid for.  Alongside this we offer a yearly budget for discretionary meet-ups so you can cover travel, food and accommodation. As a business we’re also committed to carbon offsetting; each month we donate money in your name to plant trees 🌳 and being remote we’re doing our bit to offset travel too 


Our Interview Process

Talent Call - You'll meet with one of our Talent team and have an exploratory call about the role requirements, life at Prolific, as well as your background and aspirations.

Hiring Manager Interview - You'll interview with two members of the team, one of which will be the hiring manager. You'll have the opportunity to ask about the company and the role, and we'll ask you questions about your experiences and goals.

Panel Interview - We'll hold a panel interview that evaluates skills required for the role. You'll meet with more of our team and may be asked to complete a presentation or task.  You'll be compensated with a £50 voucher 💰 for completing the task because we know your time is valuable!

Final Interview - We will deep dive into your past experiences, goals, motivations, and skills all aligned to our Prolific Principles. You'll speak with two to three members of the team and - as always - have an opportunity to ask questions about the role and company. 


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Monitoring

Prolific is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome all applications, and consider them without regard to race, religion, belief, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender reassignment, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, sex or sexual orientation.

We are committed to ensuring a fair recruitment process, it's essential to our success.  Under the Equality Act (2010) we collect information from individuals at the point of application. We anonymously monitor the profiles of individuals that apply to each vacancy to ensure that no individual is unfairly discriminated against or disadvantaged.


Privacy Statement

By submitting your application, you agree that Prolific may collect your personal data for recruiting and global organisation planning. Prolific's Candidate Privacy Notice explains what personal information Prolific may process, where Prolific may process your personal information, its purposes for processing your personal information, and the rights you can exercise over Prolific use of your personal information.

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