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Director of Data

Lifesum is a Stockholm-based digital health startup with over 30 million registered users. Featured multiple times by both Apple and Google, the Lifesum app is available today for iOS, Android, Apple Watch and Wear OS. We believe in a highly-personalised, human approach to health, using data and behavioural science to try to help people live happier and healthier lives.

Role & responsibilities

We are looking for a Director of Data to lead our talented team of Data Scientists and Business Analysts.

You will be responsible for:

  • Data lifecycle. Improving the way we capture, transform and leverage customer data in order to improve customer health and reach company goals.
  • Project planning. Selecting, prioritising and leading execution of projects in support of the company's vision, balancing the short and long-term needs of various stakeholders.
  • Personal leadership. Mentoring team members through the skills they need to enjoy work and have a good impact.
  • Technical leadership. Mastering the data tools used in Lifesum today, learning the structure of our dataset, and working actively to improve our technical standards.
  • Data culture. Promoting a statistical and scientific mindset at Lifesum, encouraging curiosity and use of evidence, and quantifying uncertainty.
  • Data product. Work closely with the product and technical teams to ideate and scope data-heavy and ML-based product features that help our customers in reaching their health goals.

Our stack

Today's data tools include Apache Airflow, Google BigQuery, Python, Jupyter notebooks and Tableau. How this toolset evolves will be up to you and the team.

What we expect from you

  • A talent for problem solving with data, shown across 3+ years data analysis experience
  • You have previously led a successful analytics, engineering or research team
  • You have built and maintained data pipelines
  • Masters or PhD in a scientific discipline (or equivalent length business experience)
  • Fluency in Python, SQL, and data carpentry tools such as Jupyter Notebooks and git
  • A good understanding of the main ML paradigms of today
  • Outstanding communication skills in English
  • It's a plus if you have a passion for health and fitness

What you expect from us

There’s a few things about Lifesum that aren’t exactly the norm:

  • Passion. As obesity rates soar, people are left feeling more and more out of control of their bodies and their actions. Lifesummers bring their greatest skills to bear, knowing that we are tackling a serious global problem.
  • Trust. We work with little less formal structure than other companies, leading to more freedom and more responsibility for our staff. It works because we trust each other to work in the company’s best interest.
  • Diversity. Our team comes from over 20 countries, bringing with them a rich mix of backgrounds, world-views and working styles. We rely on these different perspectives to make sure we’re solving the right problems.
  • Balance. We’re normal people just like you. But working here you’ll find it easier to talk about food and health, to exercise with others if that’s your thing, and to share everyday problems. After all, these are the problems of our customers too.

If you think this sounds exciting, we'd love to hear from you. Send us your resume right away and please tell us why you are interested and why Lifesum is the place you want to be.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

Reporting to: VP Technology

Placement: Stockholm, Sweden


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Stockholm location, global culture

We’re a team of some Swedes, some German, some Icelandic, some Aussies, some Brazilians, some Americans…the list goes on. We are team with over 20 different nationalities. Most importantly we’re a team. We work collaboratively; always focused, having fun, and remembering that we need each other in order to create something of real value.

To date the app has 25 million registered users with new people joining daily. It’s important to us that as we grow - both as a company and as a team - our culture and office remains a place of collaboration, fun, creativity and great work.

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