Data Scientist Farm Management Systems (Maassluis, fulltime)
Maassluis (Zuid-Holland)
Vast contract
a competitive salary package

We are all about making the life of the farmer more pleasant. By listening, we can help farmers meet the challenge of feeding the growing world population sustainably, with respect for both people and animals.

The Lely adventure started with the dream of brothers Arij and Cornelis to automate farm work as much as possible. The invention of the milking robot is still seen as the most important revolution in the agricultural sector. Since then, Lely has introduced various solutions in the field of milking, feeding, and animal health, and taken the first steps in the area of energy.

Lely is still a family business, something that remains tangible despite the large number of international customers and branches in more than 40 countries.

Job description
You have the capability to structure data from 30,000 active data systems, of which 90% are available in real time. Now that’s big data!

To achieve the best results, it is important to gain insight into all facets of the dairy farm. From animal welfare, rations, grazing to reproduction and robotic performance. General business management and daily routines are also important. Our Farm Management Support (FMS) System translates company-specific data into practical improvements on the farm.

You can find correlations in unstructured data and make predictions using machine-learning algorithms and transforming that into usable models for farmers. You know fully well that dairy farmers want to use the data to make their company perform better. We desire to use the data to help them in this and make our robotic products smarter and smarter. You have the ability to determine how we can make an autonomous feeding robot become more sustainable by making it taking routes that are more efficient. For instance, predict the influence of certain types of nutrition on milk quality. You may also know how to better structure and optimize preventive maintenances. The big data of our 30,000 users holds even more secrets, ones you will decipher.

Lely has developed a management application, which was built especially for dairy farmers. Using this application, in tandem with the feed and milking systems, the dairy farm is data driven. The farmer can keep closer watch of the cow’s health and the farm’s performance. It is your responsibility to deliver working and state-of-the-art algorithms to mine data and design applications with business value to help the dairy farmer in taking meaningful decisions.

Right now, there is a growing dedicated data department and we work together closely with teams across the world (Prague & Istanbul). This means you can really help to develop the department and give advice about the latest technologies and applications you would like to try. You will secretly be working at a technical playground.

Job requirements
You are new to the field; yet do already have some familiarity with the techniques and systems that come with the job as a Data Scientist. As the application is built in Python, R and SQL, it would be very convenient if you have experience in programming with these languages.

  • a Master’s degree in fields such as: Physics, Mathematics, Economics, Econometrics, Computer Science or Informatics:
  • a minimum of 2 years of experience;
  • an inexhaustible urge to mine data for secrets;
  • the drive to develop a department together with your colleagues;
  • no distaste for cows 🙂


Please apply via the ‘Apply’ button.

Extra information
You will give shape to a new function at Lely, in which you will help develop and establish the Data Science and Competency Center Data at Lely.

  • One of the most innovative companies in the Netherlands;
  • The possibility to apply the latest technologies on big data like machine learning or other artificial intelligence toolkits to improve our solutions;
  • Flexibility in terms of working times and working location;
  • An occasionally visit to our team in Prague and/or Istanbul;
  • The tastiest coffee you will ever drink, courtesy of our barista;
  • Time for fun: table football, volleyball and a basketball court.
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