Graduate Statistical Programmer 2021
The IT Development team produces and maintains bespoke systems, models and libraries for the company, working closely with our Research and Delivery teams. Successful applicants will work closely with these teams to understand software requirements and produce efficient and reliable code for the handling and modelling of data. Strong communication skills and a mathematical background are key to this work, along with self-motivation and a willingness to learn on the job.
Systems are primarily written in Java while model code is generally written in C++ and R. Applicants should have strong working knowledge of at least one of these languages and be willing and able to learn and become proficient in all three. Data is primarily handled through MySQL, so experience of one of the SQL family of databases is desirable.
Our story began in 1998 when Mark Dixon, a university statistics lecturer, decided to set up a one-man-band consultancy, offering statistical modelling and research services. Featuring near the top of a Yellow Pages listing was a priority at the time and led to Mark opting for 'Advanced Training and Statistical Services,' or ATASS for short. Increasingly, his love of football led him to take on more and more sports-related work, and, by 2001, he and a handful of colleagues were working under the new identity of ATASS Sports.
Fast forward 20 years, and the company now boasts one of the largest commercial statistical research teams in Europe and is a leader in the field of the application of statistical modelling in sports. We have created and continue to develop a collection of statistical and mathematical models that allow sporting outcomes to be predicted with unparalleled accuracy.
About where we work
ATASS Sports is based in Oxygen House; our award-winning offices in Exeter where we have a range of on-site facilities that are available to everyone in the Oxygen House team. There’s an outdoor all-weather pitch for netball, football and tennis, an on-site gym offering regular fitness classes, a pool table, a table tennis table and a café serving delicious, local, and organic food. We’re constantly organising events and activities to support our charities and to socialise. Our work is serious but we’re all about having fun while we do it!
Essential experience and skills
- You’ll have graduated/be in your final year of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or a related subject (e.g. Physics).
- A strong background in programming and data handling
- A strong background in Mathematics
- An interest in statistical modelling/forecasting
- Good inter-personal skills and the ability to communicate ideas to others
Desirable experience and skills
- Experience in at least two of: C++, Java, C#, R, MySQL
- Familiarity with Windows and Linux systems
- Formal programming training