Together with its sister company Sportcity, Fit For Free is the second largest sports chain in the Netherlands. In order to shake up the highly competitive fitness industry, the chains are currently working on groundbreaking digital products. It is up to the inquisitive Data Scientist to ensure that these creations are the most sophisticated ones on the market.
About Fit For Free
Unleashing a true online fitness revolution, that’s what Fit For Free and Sportcity have in mind. Olympus Investment, the parent company of both brands, aspires to become a state-of-the-art health and fitness platform. Following the acquisition by Bencis Capital Partners in 2018, a new management team has started to realise this ambition. An important element in all this is the focus on ‘digital fitness’.
The digital transformation is in full swing. Based on a successful pilot, a new app was launched at the end of 2019 to help members achieve their personal health goals. As it turns out, many members lose their motivation to exercise due to a lack of personalisation and the feeling that they don’t have time. The new product therefore offers personalised workouts that you can add to your own online calendar. Furthermore, the app works with a machine-learning-based algorithm. The more someone uses the app, the more personalised it becomes.
This is just the beginning. Olympus Investment is working on an integrated fitness journey that goes beyond the confines of the gym. The year 2020 will therefore have a strong emphasis on doing a lot of research, product development as well as designing and building new features. The focus is on ground-breaking functionalities inside, but especially outside the gym.
“Our main goal is to become the number one health app. In addition to sports and exercise, we are going to focus more on stress, sleep and nutrition. Think of it as a kind of life coach. This app is in line with our mission of ageing in happy & healthy fashion.” – Tim de Jardine, Chief Product Officer
The basis is already there, but there is still a lot of work to be done to reach the level of ‘gym 2.0’. That is why a new team is currently being formed to further expand this digital transition. This is where the Data Scientist comes in. Using all the ‘big data’, this person builds and tweaks the most ideal algorithms and models for the app.
Vacancy: Data Scientist
The Data Scientist is responsible for devising and developing new solutions for the Fit For Free app. The phase in which the company currently finds itself is characterised by discovering and exploring new possibilities. That is why this inquisitive personality is naturally curious and always able to think outside the box. He/she is full of wild ideas, eager to experiment and always strives for the very best data solutions.
The hands-on Data Scientist is young at heart and has gained practical data-science experience in a B2C environment. This person knows the necessary tools and techniques for mobile applications inside and out. From improving the algorithms to building and training ingenious models, this person understands it all. Outsmarting data through functionality-based improvements is what this data-driven Sherlock Holmes is all about.
In addition to a broad range of technical expertise, the Data Scientist has great commercial awareness. With this competency he/she easily understands consumer behaviour in order to focus the system even more on the user. The customer is at the core of all decisions. Within the team, he/she functions as the only Data Scientist and is therefore entrepreneurial, can motivate himself/herself well and works independently.
Thanks to strong communication skills, the Data Scientist is always able to communicate his/her insights to both technically and non-technically versed people. This person reports to the Technology Lead and works from a new office in Amsterdam.