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Data Science Manager (Pune, India)

ZS is a professional services firm that works side by side with companies to help develop and deliver products that drive customer value and company results. From R&D to portfolio strategy, customer insights, marketing and sales strategy, operations and technology, we leverage our deep industry expertise and leading-edge analytics to create solutions that work in the real world. Our most valuable asset is our people—a fact that’s reflected in our values-driven organization in which new perspectives are integral and new ideas are celebrated. ZSers are passionately committed to helping companies and their customers thrive in industries ranging from healthcare and life sciences, to high-tech, financial services, travel and transportation, and beyond.

ZS’s India Capability & Expertise Center (CEC) houses more than 60% of ZS people across three offices in New Delhi, Pune and Bengaluru. Our teams work with colleagues across North America, Europe and East Asia to create and deliver real world solutions to the clients who drive our business. The CEC maintains standards of analytical, operational and technological excellence across our capability groups. Together, our collective knowledge enables each ZS team to deliver superior results to our clients.

Data Science Manager- Pune, India


ZS's Business Consulting group partners with clients to design and deliver solutions to help them tackle a broad range of business challenges. Our teams work on multiple projects simultaneously, leveraging advanced data analytics and problem-solving techniques. Our recommendations and solutions are based on rigorous research and analysis underpinned by deep expertise and thought leadership.   


Job Description

ZS pioneers in sales force and marketing analytics – applying optimization techniques to sales force and marketing investment problems. We have grown significantly and are now recognized global leaders in sales and marketing consulting.

A key enabler of our services is leveraging data in delivering client solutions. The data available about customers across Healthcare and multiple industries is getting richer and the problems that our customers are trying to answer continue to evolve. In our endeavor to stay ahead of curve in providing solutions to these evolving complex business problems, ZS has set up a Data Scientist track which has following  major focus areas:

  • Research the evolving datasets and newer information sources to understand the possibilities
  • Apply advanced analytical techniques and algorithms to improve current as well as develop cutting edge offerings/solutions
  • Deliver client impact by collaboratively implementing and broad basing these solutions
  • Provide thought leadership by developing the ZS Point of View in the industry


The Manager position is the precursor to the Associate Principal and Principal Positions, and therefore part of the ZS leadership ladder. Every Manager leads one or more ‘Spaces’, i.e. business units focused either on a specific client, or a specific expertise area. Therefore ZS Data Science Managers are responsible for strong analytical expertise, knowledge and experience of various machine learning algorithms, tools & big data technologies, leveraging this knowledge for innovation, thought leadership, stakeholder relationship management, effectively coaching and responsible for people growth and defining-running-refining their space operating models, guided closely by Principals. Managers leverage their experience to take responsibility for providing analytical solutions across projects, deliver quality work for clients and lead client and ZS-leader relationships from beginning of their tenure.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide expertise in architecting and implementing analytical solutions for projects
  • Manage projects and assist in managing stakeholder relationships
  • Direct multiple projects simultaneously, honing analytical and project management skills
  • Motivate, coach and serve as a role model for space team members
  • Provide thought leadership and innovation within projects and across practice areas
  • Partner with onshore colleagues to develop new business with existing and new clients
  • Develop and implement specific frameworks for strategy and programs
  • Contribute to ZS’s capability building and knowledge creation
  • Coach, mentor, and conduct training programs
  • Play an active role in India office growth related initiatives (e.g. recruiting, training, etc.).



Managers have 9 – 12 years’ work experience in industry through consulting work or within an industry leader (a combination of experience is preferred)

  • BE/ BTech / BS (stats) from Tier-1 institute would be required.
  • PhD in Computer Science (OR Statistics) / MTech / MS from a premier institute would be highly preferred
  • Substantial experience in Machine Learning
  • Knowledge of big data/ advanced analytics concepts and algorithms – text mining, social listening, recommender systems, predictive modeling, etc.
  • Knowledge of programming – Java/Python/R
  • Exposure to tools/platforms – Hadoop eco system and DB systems
  • Agile project planning and project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Domain knowledge/expertise (Healthcare/Travel/Hi-tech/Insurance) is preferred though not mandatory


In addition, we seek individuals with the following

  • Desire to make a business impact for our clients
  • Leadership experience
  • Personal initiative and strong work ethic
  • Self-motivation and detail orientation
  • Organization & planning skills
  • Communication skills


    What opportunities exist at ZS?

    ZS project teams are usually composed of three to five people drawn from different levels of the firm. Working with small teams on major consulting assignments encourages a close working relationship with ZS Consultants, Managers, Principals and clients. The exposure to clients encourages an understanding of the critical questions facing sales and marketing executives. At the same time, Managers act as CEOs of their spaces, which can have anywhere from 10 to 100+ members.


    ZS provides organized training, which continues as on-the-job learning. Upon joining, a New Employee Orientation provides information on basic tools, resources and key ZS practice areas. In addition, several training sessions are offered each month, ranging from broad business topics to specific technical instruction. A Professional Development Manager will provide career guidance, and project performance evaluation will help identify areas for innovation and growth. An Integration Manager will guide you on a day-to-day basis during the initial onboarding months. As analytic and technical skills grow, so do project- and space-management opportunities. As your career advances, your active participation in business and strategy development grows. Over time you may choose to specialize in a particular practice area or perhaps focus on managing an on-going client relationship. Based on your growth, you will be considered for election to the Associate Principal level every year.


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ZS is a global consulting firm; fluency in English is required, additional fluency in at least one European or Asian language is desirable. 
Candidates must possess work authorization for their intended country of employment. An on-line application, including a cover letter expressing interest and a full set of transcripts (official or unofficial), is required to be considered.
ZS offers a competitive compensation package with salary and bonus incentives, plus an attractive benefits package.


Connect with ZS in India on social media:

ZS has been recognized globally for its expertise in consulting and its flexible work environment. View ZS’s accolades.