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  • Posted: Sep 13, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Telkom SA SOC Limited is a South African wireline and wireless telecommunications provider, operating in more than 38 countries across the African continent. Telkom is a semi-privatised, 39% state-owned enterprise.

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    Snr Specialist: Lead Data Scientist (AI)

    Core Description    

    • Responsible to execute the strategic roadmap and create value through delivery of internal and external artificial intelligence solutions and products.
    • Oversight of a portfolio of data science projects, providing strategic and technical guidance on solving a variety of use cases across the Telkom Group
    • and for its customers. Develop machine learning and deep learning competencies and manage and develop a 'full-stack' team of data science specialists.

    The role's focus will be on NLP, both text and speech, but projects can span Computer Vision and other domains.

    • Statistical and mathematical foundations; Data science and analytics frameworks (NLP and Computer Vision); Programming (Python, R, Git, Linux); Cloud computing (GCP preferable); Big Data (Cloudera, Hadoop, Spark)


    • Strategic thinking; Innovative thinking; Communication (written and verbal); Stakeholder management; Planning & organizing (Miro, Confluence & Jira); Research & development

    Business Leadership; Market Leadership; Personal Leadership; Problem solver; Takes initiative; Hard working; Can do attitude; Innovative thinker; Works well in teams; Works well under pressure; Relishes dynamic/ changing environment; Time management
    Job Responsibilities    
    - Define and implement the AI strategy and product roadmap in relation to the TKG strategy, and provide input into the broader strategic direction of Telkom Strategic Insights
    - Cultivate and manage working relationships with a variety of stakeholders to support the design and delivery of data science projects and solutions
    - Develop business cases for new solutions or products, and establish the value for existing projects
    - Determine the most appropriate data science tools/ approaches for specific projects
    - Execute end to end data science projects and product development processes
    - Engage with our data engineering team to ensure any AI products or solutions are managed
    - Identify and manage resource requirements including people and systems
    - Lead and develop a team of data scientists and provide hands on guidance
    - Establish, document and champion data science best practices in the team
    - Help Strategic Insights become thought leaders in the areas of data science and artificial intelligence
    - Stay abreast of new developments and solutions in the market to ensure we don't fall behind
    - Contribute to our agile way of work and our innovation culture
    - Consistent documentation of all implemented systems and processes
    Required Certification    

    • Data science and cloud certifications will be advantageous (GCP, Azure, AWS).


    • Post graduate degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, or a related field (NQF level 7);
    • OR a qualified Actuary with data science experience.
    • A Master's degree (NQF level 9) will be an advantage


    • 7 years of work experience in the field of data science with at least 2 years having been on management/ specialist level. Experience in ICT/Telecommunications will be an advantage.

    Special Requirements    

    • Experience in Natural Language Processing.
    • Strong statistical & mathematical foundations.
    • Experience with Google Cloud Platform.
    • Expected to stay abreast of new data science developments and to put them into practice.


    • The Company adopted a hybrid operating model whereby employees will have two registered workplace locations. This job is identified to be performed from home therefor the home-base office location is the primary workplace and the official office-based location is the secondary workplace.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Telkom on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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