Vacancies

Senior Game Data Scientist – Star Wars

Data, Analytics & User Research (Brighton-UK)

Our mission at Zynga is to connect the world through games by building games around core social experiences to deliver deep player engagement, organic acquisition and long term retention. Our portfolio of games include – CSR Racing 2, FarmVille, Hit it Rich! Slots, Words With Friends and Zynga Poker. 

Working at our NaturalMotion Games studio, either based in London or Brighton. For the past four years NaturalMotion Studios have been named one of the Best Places to Work in the UK games industry by gamesindustry.biz.

Hiring Update: The safety of our candidates and team members is our top priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our workforce transitioned to working from home, with all interviewing and onboarding being conducted virtually until further notice.

Job Purpose

As Senior Data Scientist, you will collaborate with our diverse team, work with world-class technology and content pipelines, and partner with Zynga's global analytics community. We will invest in your learning and development, and believe strong analytical partnerships fuel phenomenal games.

Our Analytics Team make a huge impact for our players. Exceptional candidates are driven by the alchemy of combining analytical/technical skills, an eye for business value, and a driving focus on delivering outstanding player experiences.

Key Roles & Responsibilities

  • Deliver compelling insights to influence decisions and roadmaps
  • Analytically tackle problems and deliver robust modelling
  • Communicate convincingly through visual storytelling
  • Design and analyse experiments that advise decisions and help us continue to service the needs of our players
  • Work with peers on end to end data pipelines that empower end users
  • Contribute to the innovative thinking culture that drives our craft
  • Shape and manipulate sophisticated datasets to discover opportunities for driving value for the business
  • Apply creative thinking towards designing, testing, verifying, and implementing solutions
  • Champion our games and studio, and collaborate with analytics teams across Zynga

Required Skills & Experience 

  • BSc or BA.: Data Science, Math, Statistics, Comp Sci preferred
  • Confident in manipulating, transforming, and analysing complex data at large scales
  • Experience in SQL and Python; excited to learn new languages where needed
  • Familiar with prominent infrastructures: Vertica, Spark, Databricks, others: Redshift, Snowflake, etc
  • Comfortable building out bespoke visuals/tools using open source technology or BI tools, e.g. Tableau
  • Passionate about the craft, and enjoys working in a dynamic environment
  • Comfortable explaining sophisticated ideas clearly and simply
  • Strong balance of business thinking alongside analytical and technical skills
  • Excellent attention to detail, natural curiosity, and ability to problem-solve creatively
  • Good influencing skills with partners across teams
  • Proven track record in similar roles

Desirable Skills & Experience

  • Experience working in the games industry
  • An interest in games

What do we offer?

  • Competitive salary, discretionary annual bonus scheme, Zynga stock allocation and Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday, plus public holidays and Christmas shutdown
  • Private medical care, dental and healthcare cash plan
  • Life insurance, critical illness insurance and income protection
  • 6 months fully paid maternity leave or 3 months fully paid paternity leave
  • Discounted gym membership and free weekly (virtual) fitness classes
  • Annual season ticket loan and cycle to work scheme
  • Flexible working hours
  • Summer and Christmas parties

We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse and talented workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, colour, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law. We welcome job-seekers, players, employees, and partners from all backgrounds to join us!

We will consider all qualified job-seekers with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities in order to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.  Please contact us at accommodationRequest@zynga.com to request an accommodation associated with your application for an open position.