Data Scientist

Location UK-Newcastle upon Tyne | UK-Manchester | UK-London
Job ID
Product Delivery
Position Type


Sage has access to the largest dataset on SMBs globally and is aiming to turn this data into benchmarks and recommendations to help SMBs unleash their true potential. This is early stage execution/incubation of the Sage strategy: development of collective intelligence solutions to be delivered to Sage customers.


Our Data Scientists perform a vital and critical role to make this a reality: expanding Sage’s ecommerce focussed peer benchmark solutions into the operational financial domain. Intrinsically motivated to build something ambitious and innovative, driving for performing outside of their comfort zone. Together with a small group of multi-disciplinary people, working in an unconventional way with the objective of fast developing solutions that are radically different and innovative.


As part a newly formed team, the Data Scientist will be responsible for delivering data based insights & KPI’s most relevant to our SMB customers. Not by leading from theory but by actually analysing the data, designing the outcome and engineer/develop the relevant metrics and insights.


Using the knowledge of a broad range of analytical techniques combined with domain expertise of what makes companies successful, you will identify the key metrics that are relevant to businesses, based on individual and group of customers’ data. Apply collective insights gained from the aggregate of the total customer base will give you the insights needed to be translated in production grade analytics solutions and dashboards to support both accountants and end user customers.


As Sage develops it proposition it’s likely you’ll be able to work across many aspects of the collective Insights portfolio & the broader business, supporting strategic “experiments” and delivering on initiatives that will provide insights that unlock the value of the data customers hold, delivered via customer focussed propositions.


  • Drive the exploration & definition of what a financial metrics focusses “peer bench mark” solution should contain and deliver on the analytics to actually deliver these.
  • Determine & define and most relevant metrics relating to the financial health of our customers
  • Use available customer data to analyse the importance of metrics and how they relate. Based on this create working calculations, segmentations and insights.
  • Work in close co-operation with the Compass product engineering teams to productize the analytics into dashboards and insights.
  • Support the development of associated roadmaps and product business cases when relevant with clearly defined outcome/expected results
  • Working collaboratively with product owners across the organisation to deliver the insights to market facing products and segments of our customer base.


Essential - 

  • Analytics, modelling or diligence experience gained in consulting or finance related sector, preferably in the SMB space
  • Significant experience of applying big data, machine learning, and broad analytics technologies to solve business focussed problems
  • Strong demonstrated capability to translate data into relevant business insights
  • Expert knowledge of a scientific computing language such as R or Python including the key numerical, analytical and machine learning libraries
  • A curious mind & intrinsic motivation to explore, define and deliver


Desirable - 


  • Background with accounting & benchmarking
  • Apache Spark, Hadoop and other available ML services like AWS, Azure, Google big data solutions
  • Good working knowledge of SQL, data warehousing & NoSQL databases


Technical / professional qualifications - 


  • A Masters level degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, mathematics, computer science, data science or engineering.

Company Information

Our Story

Sage is the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world’s entrepreneurs.


Like many of the businesses we serve, Sage began as a small business and has grown beyond what seemed imaginable. Today over 13000 colleagues now support millions of entrepreneurs across 23 countries as they power the global economy.

It is these entrepreneurs who are the drivers of prosperity and it’s our privilege and honour to serve them. We take real pride from how many of our customers have flourished and, that our products have grown with them as they moved from start-up to successful, international businesses.

In a world where only the voices of the biggest are heard, we will always fight to hear the voice of the entrepreneur.


An innovator today and tomorrow     

Our smart people use the smartest technology to reinvent and simplify business accounting - working with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners and developers. 

We enable our customers to focus on their business and help them to leapfrog to the future.


Inventing the future 

We are changing the way that millions of businesses track the movement of money through their business. We are also changing the way we do business. And as a FTSE 100 business we believe in a socially-responsible world and we are active in supporting our local communities and invest in making a real difference through the philanthropy of the Sage Foundation. Our Sage Foundation is based on the 2+2+2 model - 2% of free cash flow, 2% of colleagues' time and up to 2 free products each year to charitable organizations. Colleagues are empowered to give to the causes that matter to them.

Our customers make life-sacrifices. They take risks to follow their dreams and pursue their passions and, on this, global prosperity is built. They deserve a bigger voice and we will always work hard to champion this noble cause.


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