Property Finder is the leading digital real estate platform in the Middle East and North Africa region. A UAE-born startup, Property Finder expanded its operations to Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt over the years. Recently, it acquired a significant stake in Zingat in Turkey. The company is one of the largest technology start-ups in the region and on a journey to becoming a Unicorn. We are aspiring to create a lighthouse technology company which will have a lasting impact in the entire tech ecosystem in our geography.


About This Role

As the Head of Data Science, you will be a hands-on data science leader, you will support the VP of Data & AI in developing and implementing the Data Science and AI strategy for Property Finder. You will work cross-functionally with the Product Development team and other departments to design and deploy Data Products that support our users and customers.


What You’ll Do

  • Build and lead a team of Data Scientists to deliver cutting edge off-line and real time machine learning solutions and data pipelines
  • Build Data Science, ML advanced models and deploy them at scale
  • Partner cross-functionally with Product Leadership and Core Engineering teams to develop and track detailed schedules, dependencies and critical paths
  • Effectively collaborate with all project stakeholders i.e. Product Management, Engineering Team, Marketing and other functions
  • Encourage and drive initiatives which promote innovation and technical excellence
  • Hire, retain, and develop the the engineers on your team
  • Coach and motivate your team to ensure high productivity and teamwork, and help each individual achieve their potential
  • Interface with other internal teams to prioritise features and functionality based on the resources available and business priorities

Skills & Experience

  • Minimum 7 years experience in data science, and/or machine learning
  • Minimum 3 years experience hands-on people management of high performing engineers, scientists, and/or engineering managers
  • Strong experience in data management, including building and scaling data lake management systems and data pipelines
  • Strong experience in data curation and ethical sourcing of data, with knowledge of data privacy regulations
  • Strong experience in product management with a track record of delivering successful products and features in the AI/ML space
  • Strong experience in building AI architectures and deploying scalable AI models
  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Data Science, Computer Science, or a related field, or equivalent industry experience.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to think strategically and make data-driven decisions
  • Experience with agile development methodologies and best practices for software development
  • Experience communicating highly technical concepts to a non-technical audience
  • Experience in the marketplace industry or an interest in the marketplace space

Property Finder Principles

  • Move fast and make things
  • Data beats opinions
  • Don’t confuse motion with progress
  • Failure is success if we learn from it
  • People over pixels

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