Summer job in Data Science and Business Intelligence
VR Group Oy

Alkuperäinen julkaisupäivä 19.12.2019

Would you like to have a job that makes a difference? Join our team and help serve 1,8M customers (22M travelers annually) better and save the planet meanwhile! Finland’s second biggest webstore, over thousand trains per year and a multimillion business makes sure that there is enough data to do that.    

Data is a core component of future travel and VR has invested heavily in data and advanced analytics. We use data for enabling a personalized customer experience, optimize business and planning processes in addition to helping product development and service design. Our team consists of Data Scientists, BI Developers, Data Engineer, and Customer Research Specialist. 

Why should you apply? 

In our team you can grow your technical skills as well as gain understanding of the business.  

Our data is flowing real-time to a data warehouse in Snowflake. VR passenger traffic owns tons of data on travelling and tickets (sales, seat reservations, check events, restaurant car sales), customers (CRM, Google Analytics), work shifts, train schedules, and punctuality. 

We have built a data and analytics platform in AWS cloud which will provide you as much computational power as is needed. We already have multiple machine learning models in production, our optimization results are already being used in several cases related to work shift planning and operating trains and several teams use our automatic reporting daily. 

Possible summer job areas 

There's lots of things we need help with! Here are some of the most important areas and the more specific requirements for each of them. Please let us know in your application which one interests you the most. 

Junior Data Scientist 

  • End-to-end process developing a working model, taking it to production, and helping the end users to use it in their work. 

  • You can focus on either a machine learning or optimization project. Our optimization projects aim to develop tools to help our planners do their work better. Machine learning can be used for various use cases, such as customer understanding, predictions to support planning etc. 

  • Background and skills: 

    • Studies in computer science, mathematics, physics, or other relevant fields. 

    • Understanding of analytics and modelling techniques relevant to the selected topic (e.g. regression, classification, time-series forecasting, Mixed Integer Linear Programming). 

    • Experience with Python. Knowing the basics of the key libraries (e.g. pandas, sklearn, matplotlib) is an advantage. 

    • Working with AWS or other cloud platforms is an advantage.

Junior Business Intelligence Developer 

  • Participate in building our data culture. 

  • Offer tools for data-driven decision making by developing analytics applications. 

  • Create data visualizations, define metrics.  

  • Tune our self-service BI environment. 

  • Background and skills: 

    • Studies in economics, industrial management, computer science, user-centered design or other relevant fields. 

    • Experience with Power BI or other business intelligence tools (e.g. Qlik, Tableau). 

    • Understanding of interactive dashboards, dynamic reporting and data storytelling. 

    • Fluent Finnish, business users are Finnish speaking.

Other requirements for both positions 

  • You are studying in a master’s program and are within 2 years of graduating. 

  • Proficient in SQL. 

  • Good communication and data-visualization skills. 

  • Proactive team player. 

  • Business and target-oriented: you like challenges!

Why VR? 

Today, VR is a rapidly changing company which offers its employees many opportunities to develop and offers a wide range of challenges. Using data in business is now shaking up the way we work, and you have a chance to make your mark on how one of Finland’s biggest companies takes advantage of data. In addition to a competitive salary, we can offer a wide range of other benefits and of course unlimited free travelling on trains!

Other info 

The position is in VR’s Passenger Traffic Unit and is based at Iso Paja, Pasila, Helsinki, Finland. The duration of the internship is 3 months and the start date is flexible.

Deadline for applications is 31st January.

Additional information 

Heikki Pulkkinen, Data Scientist, +358 41 437 7542, 

VR Group as a company

VR Group is a diversified, environmentally friendly and responsible service company operating in the field of travel and logistics.

VR Group is owned entirely by the Finnish state. The group primarily operates in Finland, but it also has operations abroad, especially in Russia. Our Group employs 6,000 professionals, with annual net sales of approximately one billion euros. 

The purpose of our operations is to transport people and freight using customer-oriented solutions that are smooth, safe and environmentally friendly. 

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