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Careers Panel
Join us for an interactive careers panel, with three top tech speakers. The event will cover how to move from individual contributor to manager. Lightening talk topics will cover: managing data teams, getting the best out of your data teams, and stepping into or out of management roles.

Lightning talk 1:
Niclas Thomas, Gousto
Functional Management in a Cross-Functional World
Cross-functional delivery offers a great way to build data products, but makes the management of a functional discipline more difficult. In this talk, I'll focus on how to get the best out of a data science team as a functional leader, when your data scientists are embedded in cross-functional squads.

Lightning talk 2:
Katie Johnson, MVF
Why management isn't for everyone
After a year of leading a Data & Analytics function, I decided to leave management and become a Data Scientist again. In this talk, I’ll share the reasons behind my decision, and three questions every Data Scientist should ask themselves before stepping into management.

Lightning talk 3:
Tim Park, AO
Learning to Let Go
When moving into a team lead role one of the biggest surprises for me was how quickly I lost the time to be hands on with technical work. In this talk I’ll give the short version of how I came to terms with this by reassessing my priorities and realising that Data Scientists aren’t that different from toddlers.

Sep 29, 2021 01:00 PM in London

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Speakers

Niclas Thomas
Head of Data Science @Gousto
Niclas holds a PhD in machine learning, and worked as a Research Scientist building predictive models of patient disease before joining Tesco's Commercial Science team. He continued to work on retail data science problems when he left Tesco to join Sainsbury's, before moving to Gousto in July 2020 where he is currently Head of Data Science. In addition to this role, he has an honorary contract at UCL, consulting on various research papers, and wrote a book called "Data Science for Immunologists" aimed at developing the skills of medical researchers based on his experiences of working closely with them during his time in academia.
Tim Park
Senior Data Scientist @AO
Tim Park is currently a Senior Data Scientist at AO.com and is currently building a team capable of delivering Data Science projects across all areas of the business. Before AO, Tim completed a PhD in Statistics at Lancaster University before spending 6 years in Shell as part of their Statistics and Data Science team.
Katie Johnson
Head of Data & Analytics @MVF
Katie has worked in analytics for 9 years, in a variety of industries including travel, retail, grocery and gifting. After studying Economics, Katie became interested in coding, and subsequently worked as an individual contributor in data science before stepping into team management around three years ago. She is currently the Head of Data & Analytics at MVF.