We Are Black Swan Data

In a world turbo-charged by social media, the old world of traditional consumer research no longer enough. Where there’s slow and pre-emptive questionnaires and surveys, now there’s continuous big data, algorithms and machine learning. For some, it’s unknown territory. For Black Swan Data, it’s unprecedented possibilities.

Black Swan Data is revolutionising consumer research through Social Prediction. Using the most sophisticated data science and AI techniques, we unlock the full potential of social data to understand and predict consumer behaviour more accurately and further ahead than anyone else. It’s how we turn game-changing insights into a competitive advantage for global giants like PepsiCo, McDonald’s, Unilever, Mondelez and Danone.

We’re fast movers. Since 2011, we’ve spread our wings across the UK, Hungary, USA and South Africa. Today our team of 260 Swans (and counting) includes data scientists, developers, insights consultants, analysts, designers, engineers and marketeers.

But first, we’re entrepreneurs and champions of change who thrive on moving fast and breaking new ground. And our work is getting us noticed. In 2015 we were awarded the Sunday Times #1 Fastest Growing Start-Up. In 2016 we were named the UK’s Fastest Growing Exporter. And in both 2017 and 2018 we ranked high in the Financial Times 1000 Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies.  

Your role at Black Swan Data... 

You will be joining are team of Data Engineers processing billions of records. Whilst working with data scientists, you will form part of a team of engineers applying data science modelling including NLP. You will be required to integrate to new data providers and add this to our processing pipelines. This could be REST, Steaming or processing of large data files. You should have a broad experience and knowledge of wider technology as we are evolving very quickly and need to embrace newer and more efficient ways of working with technology.

Required Skills:

  • Proven commercial experience as a Software Engineer - working on the development of back-end solutions with AWS, especially on data-driven systems.
  • Expert knowledge of Spring Boot, Spring Data, JPA
  • Proven knowledge of streaming or micro-service driven architecture with Kafka or RabbitMQ or similar brokers
  • Experience with ETL across large data sets
  • Proven experience and understanding of multiple database technologies including SQL & No-SQL
  • Understanding of how to process large amounts of data considering memory usage across the JVM.
  • Knowledge of AWS infrastructure
  • Good working knowledge of containerisation with Docker, Docker Swarm or Kubernetes
  • Understanding of distributed processing
  • Experience with Agile methodologies 
  • Experience in GIT


  • Experience with Spark or Hadoop
  • Knowledge of Core Java
  • Experience working on Data Access Layers to manage queries across multiple DB technologies.
  • Scala 


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent 
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Experience with Java IDEs such as IntelliJ, Eclipse or similar
  • Self-starter with a natural curiosity to learn and develop abilities
  • Displays energy, drive and stamina
  • Open minded, flexible and willing to adapt to changing situations
  • Must be a strong team player

What makes a ‘Swan’?

We want people fanatical about creating innovative solutions inspired by data. We know Black Swan Data's DNA is different, it’s what helps us find new perspectives on our clients’ problems. Working in a fast paced, energized environment, our bar is set high, and an ability to build long lasting partnerships both internally and externally is vital.
•  We believe in long-term partnerships through transparency and honesty
•  We believe in leaving the world in a better place than we found it
•  We believe anyone can achieve great things. We do not put people in boxes
•  We listen more than we talk
•  We think 10% crazy is just about right!
•  Most importantly, and because you spend 60% of your waking time at work, we believe you should enjoy it

What We Offer

Exciting Clients and Projects - Working with Black Swan Data we promise to provide an exciting and ever-changing industry within Data Science and Predictive Analysis innovative and challenging projects with some of the leading brands using the industries latest technologies. 

Talented Teams We hire highly skilled and multi-disciplined teams over the world. We have 8 offices across 4 countries!

Career Development – Regardless of which area of the business you work in you can expect to collaborate on all aspects of Black Swan Data's projects gaining the exposure you need to develop your expertise. No matter what stage you are in your career your development is our priority.

Working environment -  Because you spend 60% of your time at work, we try to make it enjoyable: Daily supply of the all the snacks you can eat in our all- day kitchens, Fridays Wobbly trolley - (check them out on our Instagram page!) , Monthly Breakfast courtesy of Black Swan Data.

We want to positively change the future through technology and the power of prediction. How about you?


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