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Data Science Team Lead, Research & Innovation

Job ID 11479 United States;

Solvay is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics.

Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 24,100 employees in 64 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay One Planet plan crafted around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering better life. The Group’s innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the world’s top three companies for the vast majority of its activities and delivered net sales of €10.2 billion in 2019. Solvay is listed on Euronext Brussels (SOLB) and Paris and in the United States, where its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a Level I ADR program. The Research & Innovation function (R&I) leads Solvay into new growth territories with breakthrough innovation to generate new products, applications and processes in the field of sustainable chemistry. Partners with the GBUs to deliver more value and leverages the Group’s capabilities to improve competitiveness and create new business opportunities for Solvay and its customers.

In the context of the G.R.O.W. strategy and the Solvay One Planet initiative of the Solvay Group, we are looking for an experienced Artificial Intelligence Team Lead to support our scientific computing acceleration, with a focus on materials science.

Job Overview and Responsibilities:
Solvay Group has established a Virtual R&I Project to enhance our researchers and transform the Group Research & Innovation (R&I) operations. This is a highly strategic, fast moving project, that aims at delivering concrete value for the Group. By joining us, the Data Science Team Lead will be involved in cutting-edge projects to push the limits in material science, formulations or processing, while supporting the Solvay One Planet objectives.

He/she will report to the Digital Champion Group R&I, integrate Virtual R&I’s management team and will directly lead a team of data scientists. Interactions with other team Heads, as well as R&I Directors, Lab Managers and Business teams, will be part of daily activities.

The Data Science Team Lead will have both strategic and execution delivery responsibilities for the AI Lab as well as manage its portfolio of activities and team. He/she will define and execute a comprehensive strategy for leveraging AI technologies (including materials informatics, cheminformatics, bioinformatics, NLP...) to transform the way we operate our research operations and propose new value creation solutions. 

A close collaboration with our IT department, Functions and strategic cross-entity initiatives is expected to successfully progress beyond.

The role includes responsibility for: 

  • Overseeing and managing the portfolio execution of the data science team, recruit, train and mentor them. Responsibilities might include as well indirectly managing other scientists. 
  • Identify and implement a set of AI-based R&I applications, (from MVP to lab-scale deployments) to de-risk R&I projects portfolio and contribute to application development for our clients
  • Provide technical leadership and expertise for Group R&I teams
  • Investigate developing technologies, manage collaborations with academia, external providers, start-ups
  • Deliver presentations, anticipate challenges, unblock issues, provide business sponsor and stakeholder transparency for programs and projects within the Group’s Technology Scouting team 

Education and Experience:
  • PhD in Data and Computer Sciences, Material Sciences, Complex Systems, Mathematics and Physics, Material Informatics, Cheminformatics or equivalent
  • Working experience with Materials Informatics, Cheminformatics, Molecular Modelling & Simulation tools
  • A minimum of 10 years of data science and AI experience, with 5+ years in a technology strategy and managerial position
  • Demonstrated proficiency in managing large-scale, complex programs and projects
  • Training and experience with Agile practices
  • Understanding of the principles of finance and cost benefit analysis (e.g., payback, ROI, ROE, NPV, etc.)
  • Experience leading or being part of a high-growth project team, requiring frequent recruitments, strong agility, frequent changes to plans…  

  • Real capability to exemplify a highly collaborative mindset and escalate issues in a manner that is effective and direct
  • Easiness to build strong relationships with peers and colleagues across the Group R&I organization, and with key business clients
  • Eagerness to serve as a trusted advisor to the Digital Champion Group R&I, Virtual R&I team, clients and stakeholders
  • Understanding of business strategies, values, goal and objectives
  • Communication ability to present status, risks and issues in a direct and timely manner

Additional Information
You must have Authorization to work the U.S. without sponsorship. 

For this position, you can be located anywhere in the U.S., including work from home.  


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