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Data Science At Sportsbet

Hear at Sportsbet we love data and we certainly have the machine learning chops. With over 2 million active customers and 100+ price changes per second, there is lots of awesome challenge to get your head around in our Data Science (DS) space.

Our DS team have a real passion for the maths of sports, Safer Gambling, risk, marketing and personalised customer journeys – in short, we dig trying to find ways to link data science know-how to great experiences for Sportsbet customers.

In our DS team we love nothing better than working through interesting problems and utisling our teams awesome data science knowledge coupled with our market leading tech stack to find awesome solutions. Here at Sportsbet in the DS space we have a pretty great tech stack! We build many of our models in Databricks using Spark, with data sourced from our growing Data Lake (parquet and delta format) and from our massive AWS Redshift warehouse. We also build highly custom solutions combining simulation and  Machine Learning (ML) where necessary. 

But we don't want to stop there. We're investing heavily in people, process and tech to lift our game further in ML, with a state-of-the-art platform to empower our data scientists as we head toward true MLOps.

We’ve always got our eyes on the future.

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Get To Know The Data Science Team

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Andrea Easom

Head of Data Science

Andre is Head of Data Science at Sportsbet. He brings with him decades of experience in research and statistics, supporting and leading teams that solve interesting problems and build leading products. 

If you could go to any sporting event in the world, what would it be? 

I can’t narrow it down! There are no words more magical in sport than "Game 7" - especially in the NBA Finals. But the Olympic 100m sprinting final would be up there too - 4 years of preparation for the world's top athletes all coming down to 10 seconds of execution.               

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John Hanneberry

Junior Data Scientist

Sportsbet Data Scientist John Hannebury brings his background in machine learning research to some of our biggest initiatives. A key passion of his is the Safer Gambling program, where he hopes to make a positive impact on our customers.

Sportsbet is a fantastic place to work and the Data Science team itself is excellent. The culture is truly people first.

If you could go to any sporting event in the world, what would it be? 

The US Masters at Augusta, I love golf and this would be the premier event to attend! 

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Kaushik Lakshman

Head of Data Science 

Head of Data Science Kaushik isn’t content to stick with the same old skill set. Kaushik is passionate about learning more in the data science field and also sharing those learnings with his team and others. His latest talk about building a Sports Betting model at the AI Upskill Conference can be found on Youtube. 

If you could go to any sporting event in the world, what would it be? 

The answer to this question has changed so much through time. Honourable mentions are Wimbledon, NBA Playoffs and several Olympics events. However, soccer was my original true love as a sport to watch. My dream event is now probably a high stakes World Cup match, preferably in a South American country. Something like Brazil v Argentina at the Monumental would be the experience of a lifetime. 

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Mia O’Dell 

GM Data Science
Mia is GM of Data Science at Sportsbet. Her interests span a diverse range, and she's dipped into finance, accounting, psychology, sales, marketing, systems, strategy, communications, and design - to name a few! 

If you could go to any sporting event in the world, what would it be? 

So I'm Canadian. And that of course means that I'm an avid ice hockey fan, right? WRONG :) 

The ultimate sporting event for me would be to watch my beloved Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. I was 11 years old the last time they won the World Series - if I could watch them win a World Series at home in Toronto, I’d be over the moon.  

A Sneak Peek Inside Our Data Science Space

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With access to the best tech stack in the data science, machine learning and data engineering space, we’re always coming up with something new and exciting.

Lets Talk Tech Stack

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Innovation is a big deal for the Data Science team. After all, we’re an insights-driven business that lives to explore the possibilities of technology.

Stand Out Projects

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Sportsbet is fostering teams where every member gets the chance to work with great leaders and be a great leader themselves.

Data Leadership at Sportsbet

The Perks

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Five Weeks Annual Leave

Who doesn’t love holidays? With five weeks leave you’ll have plenty of opportunity to recharge the batteries!

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Volunteer Leave

It's not all about us. We have paid volunteer leave, matched charity donations and regular on-site fundraising opportunities. We also give practical support to charities close to our hearts leveraging our resources for their benefit.

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Parental Leave

Don't miss those important moments with your new family. We'll cover six months paid parental leave for the primary carer and 2 weeks paid PLUS one day a week off for three months for the secondary carer.

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Physical Health

Your health is important to us. We have free flu jabs, discounted health insurance, gym discounts and lots of initiatives throughout the year to support your health and well-being.

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Flexible Working Arrangements

We don't do 9-5 and don’t clock watch. Let us know what arrangements you need to support you and your family, and we'll work with you to make it happen. We also support study leave.

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SB Hack

If you've got a great idea then this is the place for it! A hackathon open to the whole company. You can down tools and work on something that inspires and excites you (apart from your day job!) and adds value to our customers or challenges the way we think about our products.

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Fun 

There's only one place to be on Melbourne Cup Day – the office! We love to celebrate success and our team members are always coming up with great party ideas and activities to keep us happy and cheering. 

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Showtime 

Fancy watching the footy in the corporate box at the ‘G?! Perhaps a day at the races?  We've got tickets to lots of events up for grabs.

Why It’s A Great Time To Join

We’re a data-driven business that lives to explore the possibilities of technology, so we’re creative, take risks and use what we know about our customers to develop the experiences that engage and delight them. Our data experts gather rich insights from our wide customer base and use those to inspire industry-leading features within our apps.

We build many of our models in Databricks using Spark, with data sourced from our growing Data Lake (parquet and delta format) and from our massive AWS Redshift warehouse. We also build highly custom solutions combining simulation and ML where necessary. But we don’t want to stop there. We’re investing heavily in people, process and tech to lift our game further in ML, with a state-of-the-art platform to empower our data scientists as we head toward true MLOps. We’ve always got our eyes on the future.

So what does that mean for our teams? Go time! With access to the best tech stack in the data science, machine learning and data engineering space, they’re always coming up with something new and exciting – it’s all in a day’s work here!

 

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