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Lead Data Scientist

Lead Data Scientist

Location: Zoeterwoude / Leiden


We are looking for a Lead Data Scientist who is able to help us with the ambition to strengthen data-driven strategic decision-making and the development of smart data solutions for day-to-day operations within HEINEKEN Netherlands Supply. In this digital world HEINEKEN Netherlands Supply does not only deliver Premium Quality Beer but also Premium Quality Data to win with our markets. Complying to standards, legislation and our ambition to realize a circular supply chain, while accelerating the time to market of our products and operational excellence.


Within the Data & Analytics Office team you will be responsible for the Advanced Analytics area in which your expertise in machine-learning, data mining, and information retrieval is required to design, implement prototypes and build next-generation analytics engines and services. In addition you will have to shape the preconditions to effectively build and maintain the most valuable solutions. This implicates you have to set-up and continuously improve the required governance, way of working, training, standards, templates and requirements for tools and technology.

You will be part of an exciting journey. If you like to make an impact then this is your chance.


Note: we hereby have to inform you that one of the key skills for our employees at HEINEKEN Netherlands Supply (HNS) is a good understanding and use of the Dutch language. Both in writing and oral.


What are your responsibilities?

  • Understands business challenges and designs effective Advanced Analytics solutions to tackle these challenges
  • Develops complex models and algorithms that drive innovation throughout the organization. This may include improving brewing processes, introducing predictive maintenance, optimize investment decisions etc.
  • Conducts advanced statistical analysis to provide actionable insights, identify trends, and measure performance.
  • Collaborates with data engineers to implement and deploy scalable solutions


Your environment

Within HEINEKEN Netherlands Supply, you will be a part of the Data & Analytics Office. The D&A Office consists of a growing number of passionate professionals. Our goal is to enable colleagues, suppliers and customers to make informed decisions based on easy accessible and trusted data and insights to win together in a circular economy. The Data & Analytics Office consists of four teams: Data Governance, Reference & Master Data, Business Intelligence and Advanced Analytics.


Are you the Lead Data Scientist we are looking for?

To be successful we’re looking for individuals who are used to work in a dynamic, fast-moving  environment, where timing and quality are key. You are willing to challenge the status-quo to ensure sustainable business value creation. Also the ideal candidate has:

  • A bachelor’s/master’s degree (A degree in Statistics, Machine Learning, Mathematics, Data Science, Computer Science or similar field)
  • At least 3 years’ work experience in a statistical and/or data science role
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in Dutch and English.
  • Knowledge of machine learning, statistics, simulation, optimization or related fields
  • Stakeholder management experience to be able to work with and manage stakeholders from all levels in the organization
  • Experience working with large data sets, on modern data architectures like Hadoop, Greenplum, Spark, CouchDB, Hive, Pig
  • Experience with versioning systems (e.g. Gitf)
  • Professional attitude and service orientation; team player


What to expect from us

Working at HEINEKEN means looking beyond the boundaries of your own job title. Your opinion and talents are important for every change and improvement. This means that you may be involved in a project that falls outside of your specialization.

The salary differs per position within the company. It will be based upon the intensity of the job, the relevant work experience, and your education. Having fun in your work and a good balance between work and private life is equally important. The more you enjoy your job, the better your contribution to our products will be. A career with HEINEKEN offers great challenges combined with exciting opportunities to own and grow your career in line with your aspirations. 

HEINEKEN is the leading international brewer, with more than 250 international and local beer and cider brands in more than 190 countries. Our colleagues come to work every day with pleasure to ensure our consumers can enjoy numerous beer and cider brands, such as HEINEKEN, Amstel, Brand, Desperados, Affligem, and Apple Bandit.

In the Netherlands, HEINEKEN has three breweries in Den Bosch, Wijlre, and Zoeterwoude, the latter being the largest brewery in Europe.


Are you interested in this job and would you like to apply? Then please click on the application button. For additional information about this job or the application process, please contact Remy Rooijackers, Talent Acquisition Lead HNS via We are looking forward to receiving your application.

HEINEKEN Netherlands is working with preferred suppliers. Acquisition will not be appreciated.


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