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Clifford Chance

In office: Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad

  • 🇮🇳 India

Senior Data Scientist

Company Description

Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise.  The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. Alongside world-class legal careers, Clifford Chance offers excellent opportunities in business professional functions that underpin its business operations.

​We are a purpose-driven business with core values at the heart of everything we do, we actively demonstrate what it means to do the right thing both internally and externally. We want to create a space where everyone feels respected, included, valued and listened to and our values are demonstrated through our behaviour. Our Code of Conduct is value based and embodies five Principles – Act with Integrity, Be Inclusive, Embrace Challenge, Speak Up and Act Responsibly.

We have an established presence in India for more than ten years, delivering value and supporting Clifford Chance offices across the globe in the areas of Information Technology, Finance, Business Research, HR Services, Legal Support, Document Production, Project Management and Continuous Improvement. We have been certified as a 'Great Place to Work' in India for implementing people practices that foster collaboration and enable employees to reach their full potential. We are proud of the colleagues who work for us and of the service that together we provide, many of whom are experts in their own sectors. Join us and you will experience, first-hand, the one firm, one team approach that makes working at Clifford Chance so different.

Job Description

Job Purpose Summary

This role is a junior key contributor in the Data Science Lab, where the candidate will receive the appropriate level of supervision until becoming fully proficient:

  • Implement and improve existing scientific papers to reach goals defined by senior colleagues

  • Natural Language processing (NLP) is a key part of the role

  • This role will lead a range of data analytics efforts, including monitoring and improving the performance of our Natural Language Understanding (NLU) models

  • Collaborate with legal technology advisors, business departments, innovation lab, finance team and work in the data science lab

  • Creation of new statistical models, research of new solutions and supporting different stakeholders on machine learning and deep learning efforts.

  • Creation and implementation of any new research projects and evangelisation of the research and the results across the company.

  • Collaboration with research colleagues to develop and maintain software embodying research outputs

Key Responsibilities:

The candidate will be responsible for:

  • Actively contributing to business analysis during project definitions

  • Deep diving into data, doing analysis and discovering patterns and root causes to generate insights that drive our products

  • Analyse and evaluate the quality of data used for model training and testing

  • Present proposals and results in a clear manner, backed by data, with actionable conclusions to drive business decision to different stakeholders

  • Collaborate with scientists and engineers (internal and external) on data collection and feature design effects

  • Handle competing requests for a range of data customers (e.g. from LTDA and innovation lab)

  • Communicate results to a diverse audience through a wide range of methods including presentation to senior stakeholder

  • Evangelise the work done in the Data Science Lab in internal and external speech opportunities

  • Build and maintain Data Science products – e.g. web apps for business consumption

Skills & Experience

  • Willing to learn new skills, programming languages and development processes

  • Previous experience with analysing and quantifying data from public and private repositories

  • Experience with descriptive statistics and visualization tools

  • Experience with Natural Language Processing (NLP)

  • Experience with deep learning models for NLP

  • Experience in neural networks (including recurrent, convolutional, long short memory)

  • Expert in Python, R, Notebook; command line usage (Bash)

  • Expert in debugging and investigative programming techniques

  • Knowledge of statistical modelling and machine learning techniques

  • Experience with data selection methods: identify how to choose which data for which experimental setups

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills with significant attention to detail

  • Experience with big data tools (Spark, Databricks) and familiarity/experience with Azure technology stack (Blob Storage, Data lake, VMs).

  • Experience with parallel data processing

  • Experience with Flask / web development would be beneficial

  • Demonstrable track record dealing well with ambiguity, prioritizing needs, and delivering results in an agile, dynamic environment

  • Desirable fluency in a foreign language due to the multi-language nature of the role.

Professional Expertise

  • 5 +years previous experience

Written and Verbal Communications

  • Highly developed written communication skills and capable of producing global and sensitive communications to a varied audience at all levels in both Practice Areas and Business Services.

  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communications skills – some form of customer-facing interaction or consulting experience is a plus.

Core Competencies

Analytical Thought and Problem Solving

  • Makes decisions that solve the immediate problem and prevent it from occurring again. 

  • Prepares for potential problems and contingencies in case things go wrong. 

  • Takes prompt action to resolve problems quickly. 

  • Uses all relevant sources of information, including the team and other colleagues, to generate solutions.

Communicating and Influencing

  • Uses a range of different influencing techniques.

  • Takes account of different needs and concerns in order to effectively persuade others.

  • Communicates effectively with the team through structured meetings and reviews.

  • Resolves conflict and delivers feedback in an assertive and transparent way.

Commitment and Self-Motivation

  • Makes oneself accessible to clients. 

  • Monitors and reviews the quality of service that is provided in order to ensure that it meets/exceeds client expectations. 

  • Resolves any problems with clients confidentially and professionally. 

  • Remains positive even if progress is slow and solutions are diluted. 

  • Is open to learning new skills. 

  • Demonstrates a drive towards continual personal growth and development.

Working Relationships

  • Is regarded as a 'trusted advisor' by the firm's partners and their senior management. 

  • Is a valued member of networks outside their immediate team. 

  • Demonstrates credibility and influence with senior clients or stakeholders. 

  • Initiates new client relationships. 

  • Takes responsibility for growing the reputation of the team.


  • MSc or greater in Data Science, Computer Science, Math or Statistics

Additional Information

Equal Opportunities

At Clifford Chance we understand that our true asset is our people. We believe that each and every one of us should experience an equality of opportunity and an equality of experience here. We are always working to develop and deliver the best and most innovative approaches to make that happen. Inclusion is good for our team and their families, our firm and society.

We are therefore committed to treating all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. This applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.

The firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits.

We have a number of initiatives and networks that support our aspiration to be the Global Law Firm of choice. These include our LGBT, Gender Parity, Ethnicity and Disability networks.