Retail Pricing and Data Science at Hastings Direct

Getting the best possible prices to our customers is the goal of the Retail Pricing and Data Science team. The highly individual, competitive, dynamic and data-rich nature of the price comparison website market in which we operate makes it a fascinating and rewarding challenge.

Data forms the lifeblood of our work: we use cutting-edge machine learning, modelling and analytical techniques to understand the market and predict customer behaviour, developing pricing algorithms that drive the commercial performance of the company. 

We’re a diverse team, managing the end-to-end pricing process, so there are plenty of opportunities to develop your strengths and the flexibility to build a successful and rewarding career. We love trying new things so innovative thinking is important but so are pragmatism and an eye for detail, to ensure our prices are delivered accurately. To succeed with us, you’ll need strong coding skills, a customer focus and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
 


Our Retail Pricing and Data Science teams

Pricing & Data Science

Pricing & Data Science

We build predictive models and use sophisticated mathematical optimisation techniques to develop prices that drive growth and profitability. Working with our IT teams we are constantly innovating and enhancing our pricing capability to maintain our competitive edge.

Transformational Pricing

Transformational Pricing

We add value through analysis of pricing outcomes in a market context, explore alternative pricing approaches, identify and assess new data enrichment opportunities, as well as provide data and management information for the wider pricing team

Pricing Execution

Pricing Execution

We implement the pricing algorithms developed by the team, conducting extensive testing to ensure accuracy and compliance. A go-to team for pricing queries and issues, we provide support to the wider business, as well as managing the provision of competitor intelligence.


Meet some of our Retail Pricing and Data Science team

Ed
Head of Pricing

I joined Hastings Direct in 2013 as the first Data Scientist in the Pricing team, attracted by the opportunity to use modelling techniques I’d only read about to set real customer prices. It was a bit of an experiment for both myself and the company but one which showed Hastings’ commitment to the idea of winning on price through the use of data. That commitment continues to this day, as evidenced by the continued growth and support of the team. For me, it is that desire to experiment, to try new ideas, and to find the next edge that makes Hastings such a great place to work.

Yiru
Junior Data Scientist

I had a friend who worked at Hastings Direct and she told me about the strong support network here. I also searched review websites and was impressed with the comments. When I came for the interview, the sea view was also an attraction. While I have been at Hastings Direct, I’ve had great support from my manager, who listens and offers great feedback. For an international student, it’s a welcoming environment and people are happy to answer any questions and share their knowledge and experience. I also enjoy the social aspect of the company’s culture and how it contributes to the local community.

Abhinandan
Data Scientist

My past experience was in marketing econometrics and market research so when I joined Hastings I was looking to further develop my capabilities and for an intellectual challenge. I can certainly say I found it! I like how my work is widely impactful for the business and enjoy its problem solving aspects. I also like how both my team and the wider company have a very open and friendly culture, I’ve never felt anyone is unapproachable. The company is constantly looking for and encouraging new ideas, so I’ve felt encouraged to develop and make contributions here.


Where our Retail Pricing and Data Science teams are based

Not every one of our roles are available in all our Hastings Direct offices. Here are where you can find the roles you are interested in.