Mr D Food - Data Science Engineer

Cape Town

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Posted 1 month ago

MR D Food, a 100% subsidiary of, is looking for a talented, motivated and results-oriented Data Science Engineer.

We are a young, dynamic, hyper growth company looking for smart, creative, hard-working people with integrity to join us. We offer a market related, Total Remuneration Package which allows full flexibility according to your needs, a great work environment and a promise that you won’t be bored as long as you are prepared for a challenge and want to build something great.

This position reports to the Head of Operations of Mr D Food.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Compiling technical specifications around data science requirements for the Mr D Food development team
  • Developing automated daily & hourly order forecasting models
  • Developing dynamic delivery times estimators
  • Building customer segmentation and Recency/Frequency models to automate CRM journeys
  • Automated marketing push based on RFM model
  • Restaurant food preparation time prediction per restaurant 
  • Restaurant list personalisation & restaurant scoring model
  • Developing a recommendations engine to be implemented on the Mr D Food app
  • Recommended menu items based on previous purchase history and business rules
  • ATL attribution of ad airing times vs app sessions measurement
  • Operationalizing prediction models into Mr D Food's products using Python

Your Team:

You will report to the Head of Operations of Mr D Food. Your regular points of contact are the wider Mr D Food Operation team as well as Engineering, Product and Marketing

Skills & Attributes required:

  • Experience in Python and Linux
  • Knowledge of and experience with mainstream machine learning (ML) tools
  • Ability to code and implement recommendations / automations into Mr D Food’s systems
  • Attention to detail in a high-pressure environment
  • Advanced analytical ability
  • Ability to align theoretical data science skills with real world business problems
  • Willingness to buy into the requirements of a fast-paced start-up environment
  • Ability to verbalize as well as visualize findings and results
  • Enterprising spirit and ability to take ownership of tasks


  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in Statistics, Mathematics and/or Computer Science
  • 3 years or more work experience as a data scientist
  • Data science exposure in a retail or e-commerce environment is beneficial

The Environment:

  • Employees are entrepreneurial and dynamic, smart, customer-centric, fun and have the shared ambition of being the leading food delivery player in South Africa
  • We have fun, work hard, take ownership, work in teams to create solutions, and are always open to direct feedback/new ideas on where we can improve
  • We are short on ego and high on output
  • We are doers and not only thinkers, it is all in the execution after all
  • We love what we do and what we are creating
  • We seek to Employ an Extraordinary Mind who:
    • is respectful but forthright
    • is an expert at doing, who can not only design but also execute
    • is analytical, able to use data to make decisions
    • is competitive, self-directed and strive to be the BEST (GREAT requires a lot of work and does not only happen during business hours)
  • is passionate about delivering a world-class customer experience
  • is entrepreneurial, thrives under change and accepts it is a constant and always looks for solutions to do something better and faster
  • is business SMART. Able to think about problems from a business perspective using technical and product input;
  • is curious and challenge the status quo
  • is innovative and enjoys iteration
  • is collaborative
  • will be at the cutting edge of developing new concepts for Mr D Food 
  • thinks like an owner of the business

If you meet the above you are an Extraordinary Mind so come and join us!

Mr D Food is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants from previously disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities will be given preference

Job tags: Engineering Linux Machine Learning Marketing ML Python
Job region(s): Africa
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