Data Scientist: Discussing the role and dispelling some common misconceptions – Dr Peter Appleby

In this episode, Andy Davis talks to Dr. Peter Appleby, Head of Data Science at AutoTrader UK. On the show, they discuss some of the misconceptions surrounding the role of a Data Scientist. Andy asks Peter about what he looks for in a potential employee. Peter explains to Andy how a company can best leverage a data team to achieve a good ROI.

Show Notes:

1.07 clarifying what data science actually is.

4.11 Is there a hype surrounding Data Scientists?

5.19 What questions should an organisation be asking candidates if its looking to build a data science team?

6.46 Misconceptions around the roles and titles of data professionals.

9.00 Defining the ROI of a project.

10.47 Pathways into data and Peters background.

13.05 Is the opportunity to interact with lots of different people a good selling point for a career in data?       

14.10 What competencies do you emphasis for your team?

15.46 Data from a leadership perspective.

17.13 The direction Peter sees the data space heading.

19.15 Being commercially aware as a data scientist.

20.23 The excitement of working in big data.