Manchester United FC

Manchester United FC

Football Data Scientist


Role Type



Posting Date

Nov 5, 2022

Role description

Location: Manchester

At Manchester United our aim is to Win the United Way – and the quality of our behind-the scenes team sets us apart from the competition.

Our people are as committed to the success of the company as the players are to winning trophies. We offer a unique and exciting working environment, excellent training, with recognition and rewards for the part each individual plays. Sounding good so far?

The Purpose

The Football Data Science department at Manchester United is responsible for ensuring all football data is organised, certified, enhanced and available on demand to help our experts make the best possible decisions in their complex and evolving fields.

We are dedicated to optimising decision-making processes on and off the pitch through the application of modern mathematical, statistical and algorithmic methods. We collaborate with experts across the football function, supporting critical projects ranging from early talent identification to real-time analytics.

The Role

Our Football Data Science department is on a path to develop into one of the best of any sporting team globally, and as part of an expansion we are currently recruiting for a number of Football Data Scientists.

As a Football Data Scientist At MUFC, You Will
Develop solutions using Data Science methods which contribute to solving football-related questions, across all of our teams: Men’s, Women’s and Academy.
Apply a range of Data Science techniques as appropriate including
Machine learning algorithms
Statistical and mathematical methods
Data story-telling
KPI development
Enhance decision-making processes for football experts who operate in information-heavy environments.
Write robust, reliable and reusable codebases for repeatable experimentation and data production.
Work closely with Data Operations to build and deploy well-documented models with automated testing and push-button scalability.

In return you will get to work on a set of high leverage, cutting edge projects which will have a huge influence on the future direction and success of the club, and by extension make millions of people around the world happy. There are not many jobs which can say that, so we are looking for candidates who have the personality, ambition and skills to become the very best.

We are currently recruiting for both Machine Learning Scientists and Decision Scientists. ML Scientists will work primarily on human-out-of-the-loop algorithms applying Data Science techniques to augment or summarise data at scale to solve significant, long-term problems. Decision Scientists will work primarily to improve human-in-the-loop operational processes, collaborating closely with our football experts across the club to integrate Data Science into their daily work. We welcome applications from candidates who have ambition to work in either area.

The Person

While learning is part of a Data Scientist’s day job at Manchester United, we would love you to be able to bring:

Excellent mathematical and statistical knowledge, gained from a degree in a quantitative discipline or equivalent courses, or demonstrable practical equivalent
Excellent Python skills
Excellent general Data Science skills covering development of practical analytics applications to enhance established processes, data story-telling and KPI development
Experience in applying data science techniques to answer sports-related questions
Good understanding of software engineering principles, including test-driven development, CI/CD and version control.

In An Ideal World You Would Also Have

Excellent SQL or similar data manipulation skills
Understanding of Bayesian and causal inference
Knowledge of cloud infrastructure and experience of working with data at scale
Experience of conducting code reviews
Experience collaborating with third parties, including academia, to solve problems collaboratively

If you would like to join the team and be part of our mission, to win the United way, please submit your application by 18th November 2022.

Manchester United endeavour to respond to all job applications, however, please consider that we receive a high volume of applications, and this may not always possible.

We recognise the importance of safeguarding children and adults at risk at Manchester United, as part of this commitment this post is required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the appropriate level, as well as full reference history.

Manchester United is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to background, ethnicity, race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or other legally protected characteristics.

Manchester United is committed to working with and providing reasonable adjustments for applicants and employees. If you require any reasonable adjustments to support your application and perform at your best, please do not hesitate to contact us to make a request; we are here to help.

It is unlawful to employ a person in a UK-based job who does not have permission to live and work in the UK. You should make yourself aware of how immigration laws apply to you before applying for any of our roles.

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