Lead - Data Scientist

Pune, Maharashtra, India | Data | Full-time


AgroStar is India’s foremost AgTech start-up with a mission of #HelpingFarmersWin through right advisory and solutions, powered by data and technology. It was started with a  vision to solve two of the biggest problems in Indian agriculture - Lack of guidance for healthy and sustainable farming AND limited access to quality farm inputs for consistent and qualitative farming. 

 With technology at its core, we have built an innovative & sustainable ecosystem that includes products such as a customized enterprise sales solutions that maps data of farmers' crop life cycles, India's first online farmer community, online agri-advisory with online shopping for inputs and an incomparable logistics solution for last mile rural connectivity. 

We have procured and partnered with leading national and international brands for major agri-inputs like seeds, crop nutrition, crop protection and farm implements, that are needed for farming and we deliver them at the doorstep of farmers. Thus, our efforts at AgroStar are focused to become the driving force to equip our farmers with the power of knowledge to farm better and smarter, through technology and up to date expert advice.  

The company is funded by prominent VCs like Chiratae Venture Partners, Aavishkaar Ventures, Bertelsmann and Accel Partners. AgroStar also takes pride to have Snapdeal’s Kunal Behl and Rohit Bansal as its early investors and mentors. AgroStar is the winner of Economic Times' Best Startup Award 2016, under the 'Social Enterprise' category. 

In The Media

| Fortune | Economic Times | Agribusiness Global | Yourstory | Entreprenuer | Tech Crunch

Our Team

We are a team of highly motivated individuals, who are willing to push beyond the ceiling, initiate new ideas and take challenges head on. Apart from coffee, working in an extremely fast-paced, dynamic work culture is what we passionate souls thrive on. We ride against the tide as time is never enough and there’s always more to do.

Our mission of ‘Helping Farmers Win’ is a tall task as we try to bring change and development to the grassroots of India. We need heroes who are dedicated to the mission, live the dream and drive it with passion. If that sounds like you, here’s more about the role:

About the Role

The lead data scientist at AgroStar will be modeling complex problems, discovering insights and identifying opportunities through the use of statistical, algorithmic,mining and visualization techniques. The ideal candidate will work closely with business partners to drive understanding and impactful decision making through rigorous use of data and end-to-end machine learning solutions. Our lead will be driving  the data metrics, leading the data team with a focus on business , analytics , problem-solving and programming knowledge. 

Job description: 

  • Analyze and mash-up massive amounts of data to mine useful business insights.
  • Build scalable backend solutions for automation of data processing.
  • Apply advanced statistical and predictive modeling techniques to build, maintain, and improve on multiple real-time decision systems.
  • Leads discovery processes with Institute stakeholders to identify the business requirements and the expected outcome.  
  • Utilizes patterns and variations in the volume, speed and other characteristics of data supporting the initiative, the type of data (e.g., images, text, voice, clickstream or metering data) in predictive analysis
  • Provide business metrics for the overall project to show improvements (contribution to the improvement should be monitored initially and over multiple iterations).  Demonstrates the following scientist qualities: clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, significance, and fairness.

As an ideal Lead - Data Scientist candidate, you will need:

  • Bachelor degree in mathematics, statistics or computer science or a related field; Master degree preferred
  • Programming skills with Python and R
  •  6-10 years of industry experiences in with data mining, machine learning, econometric analysis or equivalent
  • Experience in tools like BigQuery, Keras, Tensorflow, MySql
  • Preferred experience in Tableau, Elasticsearch, Kafka, MongoDB, SciKitLearn
  • Experience with Unix/Linux environment for automating processes with shell scripting.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.  Knowledge of one or more business/functional areas.

We are looking for enthusiastic intrapreneurs who want to work at the ‘grass root’ level and want to make a difference to India’s biggest sector. We hope this excites you as much as us and looking forward to the next few conversations.