Helping you hire the best data-driven professionals 


A selection of clients we have worked with 

We are a Recruitment/Staffing Agency which works with Employers and Candidates alike, in a variety of industries concerning the process of hiring across the entire spectrum of data-driven professions. Our candidates typically have experience in one or more of the following disciplines/frameworks/tools:  


Accord.NET framework Amazon Web Services (AWS) Apache MXNet Apache Prediction IO AzureML Caffe Eclipse Deeplearning 4J H20 Keras Microsoft CNTK MxNet Neon Sci-kit Learn Spark MLlib TensorFlow Torch/PyTorch 


IBM Cognos MATLAB Microsoft MicroStrategy Oracle QlikView SAP SAS 


MATLAB Python R 




Qlik Sense R Tableau 

Lets talk

We understand. Speaking to Recruiters/Headhunters and hearing the same old story is probably not high up on your list of fun things to do. 

As such, we will keep this brief.

Why should you schedule a call with us today? What's in it for you?

Here goes; 

1: We have a proven track record of helping our clients hire experienced Analytics/Data Science, AI, Deep Learning and Machine Learning Applicants / Candidates across Europe, the US, and Canada. 

2: Our Candidates are not just educated to a minimum of Masters degree level. They also have commercial experience and have worked on solving real-world (not just theoretical) problems.

3: We partner with our clients to share market intelligence about how you are perceived as an employer and also how you can improve your communication and interaction with existing staff and potential new hires.

Would you like to discuss it further with us? Schedule your free consultation call today by clicking the button below. 


Helping you find the type of position you want

Since 2005, Stirling Global have been supporting Applicants/Candidates like you with finding positions on both sides of the Atlantic. 

We can locate Contract as well as Permanent roles at companies which range from PE/VC backed start-ups, all the way up to multinational corporations.

Our fundamental points of difference are as follows;

1: We specialise in supporting typically Masters degree educated AI, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, and Data Science professionals in finding new positions across Europe and the United States. 

2: We are not pushy. 

3: We will listen to what you want to do and the kind of company you want to work for.

4: We are here to partner with you and will work at the pace that you want to. 

Here is what a few people had to say about us 

Mic Farris Data Science, AI, & Analytics Leader  

"Richard is an incredibly knowledeable member of the Data Science and Analytics talent placement community. I came across his service when he reached out to me about potential data science opportunities. Richard is genuinely interested in helping the clients that he represents to fill positions, as well as the candidates being placed. I think Richard cares deeply about making sure the candidates are the right fit for an organization, which is something (both from an employer and an employee) that I highly value."

Christopher McGrath Group SVP & Chief Data Officer at Discovery Inc  

"I was lucky enough to meet Richard via LinkedIn a few years ago. Richard is one of the few recruiters I've met who take the time to understand who each candidate is, and tries to find roles that suit their skill set and abilities. It's a refreshing approach that speaks to Richard's strong character. In addition, his professionalism and consistent follow-ups set him apart in a crowded field. I strongly recommend his services and partnership."

Gregory Ryslik, PhD, FCAS, MAAA Chief Data Officer. Adjunct Professor. AI, Machine Learning And Data Science.  

"I first met Richard during my time at Tesla. He is an extremely dedicated and professional recruiter who goes out of his way to understand both the hiring manager's and the candidate's needs in order to make the best recommendations possible for both ends. I would strongly recommend Richard to anyone either looking to make a switch or fill an open position."

Kyle Wierenga VP of IT & Analytics at Burton Snowboards  

"Richard is a rare talent in the recruiting field. He truly looks at both company needs and prospective employee talents to find an ideal match. Richard contacted me regarding an opportunity that was the next logical step in my career. I'm very happy in my the role he found for me and working with Richard was terrific. I highly recommend Richard if you're looking to fill a position or looking for that next step in your career. His professionalism and follow-through set him apart in a crowded field."


Hello/Hej/Hallo/ Hei


Thank you for stopping by our Website. Being open, trying to articulate who we are and why we are different is no easy feat, but I believe that our personal and professional approach is what truly sets us apart. 

If you get the chance, take a look at my LinkedIn profile (click here) where you will be able to read the 40 or so recommendations that Applicants/Candidates have been kind enough to share. It is the work that I have been able to achieve on their behalf that is the best possible reference point that I can give you concerning the kind the desired result that you are looking for either now or in the future. 

Also, don't forget to check out all of our content as I invest a large part of my time in speaking with industry experts on the subject of careers advice for Data Scientists and AI professionals at all stages of their journey.

If you are interested in speaking further with me, please visit our Candidate/Applicant details form, and we will be in touch in due course.

The AI, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, and Data Science International Recruitment Specialist 

A selection of clients we have supported with their hiring 

With nearly twenty years of experience, there are few better placed to help you in finding your next data-driven job or your next key hire. 

Permanent Recruitment

Ready to make your next key hire?


Contract Recruitment 

Need an expert to solve a short - mid term competence gap?

Employer Branding 

What is your reputation as an employer?

Hello/Hej/Hallo/ Hei

Thank you for visiting our Website. My name is Richard Downes, and I am a Director of Stirling Global and a specialist Headhunter within the area's of Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, and Data Science. With the considerable number of Recruitment/Staffing Agencies out there whom all claim to be the answer to your prayers, I will do my best to try and articulate why I believe in our service offering and what separates us. Here goes;  

1: We specialise in working with Applicants/Candidates who are typically educated to Masters degree level (as a minimum) within the disciplines of Mathematics, Physics, Statistics or Computer Science and from leading academic institutions. 2: We have a truly international presence. Working with employers across Europe, the United States, and Canada. 3: Through our "Analytics and Data Science Pulse," blog and Podcast, we invest heavily in sharing relevant and engaging content that adds value to the community and those who consume it. 

Please visit our content pages and don't forget to join our mailing list. 

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Your website can make or break your business. You need a beautiful design and engaging images, but most importantly you should have descriptive copy and content. So how do you write website copy that will actually engage your audience and increase conversions? 

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Episode #1: With Tom Davenport

Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College and Fellow of the MIT Initiative for the Digital Economy. 

In this, the very first episode of the Analytics and Data Science Pulse Podcast, I was very fortunate to interview Co-Author of the Harvard Business Review's "Data Scientist: Sexiest job of the 21st Century," Tom Davenport. Our conversation was focused on the subject of Data Science careers.

A few years ago I also did an article with Tom entitled "Hiring Data Scientists and dropping the obsession with Unicorns." and this Podcast was a lead on from that Q&A several years back.

We hope you enjoyed it and if you are not already, don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list to be updated on the next instalment of the Podcast. 


Episode #2: With Bjorn Brinne, Head of Data Science at Peltarion in Stockholm

Episode #3: With Kristian Mørk Puggaard, Managing Partner of DAMVAD Analytics in Copenhagen

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Python v R v SAS

Lately, I have been speaking to a number of people who are convinced that SAS’ days are numbered. Open-source technologies and tools are increasingly being chosen over enterprise solutions; this was highlighted in Alex Woodie’s excellent piece for Datanami which you should check out if you get a moment: Python Eats Into R as SAS Dominance Fades.

Click here for the article!

Pursuing a career as a Data Scientist within the Banking and Finance sector (with Elliot Noma Ph.D.)

One of the most common questions that I am asked as a Recruiter/Headhunter is how to break into certain industries/sectors as an Analytics, Data Science and Machine Learning professional. Banking and Finance are particularly interesting to many people for a whole host of reasons, and as such, I wanted to make this post relevant to this area, and I am delighted to share the insights of the deeply experienced, Elliot Noma Ph.D. 

Addressing the global Data Science talent shortage-with Colleen E Crangle Ph.D

It is well documented that there is a global shortage of Data Science professionals. Especially experienced ones. The problem seems to have its origins in several areas which include;  

The Road to becoming a Chief Data Scientist. With Vince Darley of Deliveroo

I have recently done a few Q&A's with Chief Analytics Officer's about their journey to getting to the height of their profession however as yet, I have not done one with respect to how to become a Chief Data Scientist. This week I got lucky when I had the chance to ask Vince Darley, VP of Growth at Deliveroo a few questions on the subject. For those who are unaware, Deliveroo is a UK tech company focused on delivering your favourite restaurant meals to your door, through a combination of great software, fantastic operations and logistics, and top notch marketing. 

If you want to hire an experienced Data Scientist, be prepared to pay for them

Being a Headhunter within the areas of Analytics, Data Science and Machine Learning, I am experiencing two challenges that employers are having at the moment specifically when it comes down to hiring Data Scientists. The first is that the term Data Scientist is increasingly used as a catch-all for anyone who works with any form of data and because it is the "Sexiest job of the 21st century," according to that famous article, employers are keen to give the title out at the earliest opportunity so as both to stay relevant but also to repackage jobs of existing employees to keep them engaged and enthused.

How NOT to hire Data Scientists​​

A while back I was having a conversation with a senior Data Science professional, and he asked me why I thought his company were not able to attract and hire the best people in that particular market. My response, in summary, was along these lines;  

The road to becoming a Chief Analytics Officer (with Doug Hague of Bank of America Merchant Services)

For those who are unaware, I am a recruiter/staffing specialist within the areas of Analytics, Data Science and Machine Learning. Over the course of the past few years, I have had countless conversations regarding what the next step and ultimate goal career wise will be for professionals working within these spheres. Many of these people have cited the job title of Chief Analytics Officer as one of the several desirable positions to have, and I have recently become intrigued as to how the current crop of CAO's have ended up in their present roles and also how the job itself is evolving.

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If you are an Employer and wish to discuss your hiring needs, enter your details below and we will be in touch to schedule a call at a convenient day and time. 

You are also welcome to call us; 

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Additional information about Data collection and processing  

Legal action The User’s Personal Data may be used for legal purposes by the Owner in Court or in the stages leading to possible legal action arising from improper use of or the related Services. The User declares to be aware that the Owner may be required to reveal personal data upon request of public authorities.  

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Should the changes affect processing activities performed on the basis of the User’s consent, the Owner shall collect new consent from the User, where required.  

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Usage Data Information collected automatically through (or third-party services employed in, which can include: the IP addresses or domain names of the computers utilized by the Users who use, the URI addresses (Uniform Resource Identifier), the time of the request, the method utilized to submit the request to the server, the size of the file received in response, the numerical code indicating the status of the server’s answer (successful outcome, error, etc.), the country of origin, the features of the browser and the operating system utilized by the User, the various time details per visit (e.g., the time spent on each page within the Application) and the details about the path followed within the Application with special reference to the sequence of pages visited, and other parameters about the device operating system and/or the User’s IT environment.  

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Users may be subject to different protection standards and broader standards may therefore apply to some. In order to learn more about the protection criteria, Users can refer to the applicability section.  

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Owner contact email:  

Types of Data collected  

Among the types of Personal Data that collects, by itself or through third parties, there are: Cookies, Usage Data, first name, last name, profession, country, email address, various types of Data, city, phone number and company name.  

Complete details on each type of Personal Data collected are provided in the dedicated sections of this privacy policy or by specific explanation texts displayed prior to the Data collection. Personal Data may be freely provided by the User, or, in case of Usage Data, collected automatically when using Unless specified otherwise, all Data requested by is mandatory and failure to provide this Data may make it impossible for to provide its services. In cases where specifically states that some Data is not mandatory, Users are free not to communicate this Data without consequences to the availability or the functioning of the Service. Users who are uncertain about which Personal Data is mandatory are welcome to contact the Owner. Any use of Cookies – or of other tracking tools – by or by the owners of third-party services used by serves the purpose of providing the Service required by the User, in addition to any other purposes described in the present document and in the Cookie Policy, if available.  

Users are responsible for any third-party Personal Data obtained, published or shared through and confirm that they have the third party’s consent to provide the Data to the Owner.  

Mode and place of processing the Data

Methods of processing The Owner takes appropriate security measures to prevent unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, or unauthorized destruction of the Data. The Data processing is carried out using computers and/or IT enabled tools, following organizational procedures and modes strictly related to the purposes indicated. In addition to the Owner, in some cases, the Data may be accessible to certain types of persons in charge, involved with the operation of (administration, sales, marketing, legal, system administration) or external parties (such as third-party technical service providers, mail carriers, hosting providers, IT companies, communications agencies) appointed, if necessary, as Data Processors by the Owner. The updated list of these parties may be requested from the Owner at any time.  

Legal basis of processing The Owner may process Personal Data relating to Users if one of the following applies:  

  • Users have given their consent for one or more specific purposes. Note: Under some legislations the Owner may be allowed to process Personal Data until the User objects to such processing (“opt-out”), without having to rely on consent or any other of the following legal bases. This, however, does not apply, whenever the processing of Personal Data is subject to European data protection law;
  • provision of Data is necessary for the performance of an agreement with the User and/or for any pre-contractual obligations thereof;
  • processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the Owner is subject;
  • processing is related to a task that is carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Owner;
  • processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the Owner or by a third party.  

In any case, the Owner will gladly help to clarify the specific legal basis that applies to the processing, and in particular whether the provision of Personal Data is a statutory or contractual requirement, or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract.  

Place The Data is processed at the Owner’s operating offices and in any other places where the parties involved in the processing are located.  

Depending on the User’s location, data transfers may involve transferring the User’s Data to a country other than their own. To find out more about the place of processing of such transferred Data, Users can check the section containing details about the processing of Personal Data.  

If broader protection standards are applicable, Users are also entitled to learn about the legal basis of Data transfers to a country outside the European Union or to any international organization governed by public international law or set up by two or more countries, such as the UN, and about the security measures taken by the Owner to safeguard their Data.

If any such transfer takes place, Users can find out more by checking the relevant sections of this document or inquire with the Owner using the information provided in the contact section.

Retention time Personal Data shall be processed and stored for as long as required by the purpose they have been collected for.  


Personal Data collected for purposes related to the performance of a contract between the Owner and the User shall be retained until such contract has been fully performed. Personal Data collected for the purposes of the Owner’s legitimate interests shall be retained as long as needed to fulfill such purposes. Users may find specific information regarding the legitimate interests pursued by the Owner within the relevant sections of this document or by contacting the Owner. The Owner may be allowed to retain Personal Data for a longer period whenever the User has given consent to such processing, as long as such consent is not withdrawn. Furthermore, the Owner may be obliged to retain Personal Data for a longer period whenever required to do so for the performance of a legal obligation or upon order of an authority.  

Once the retention period expires, Personal Data shall be deleted. Therefore, the right to access, the right to erasure, the right to rectification and the right to data portability cannot be enforced after expiration of the retention period.

The purposes of processing

The Data concerning the User is collected to allow the Owner to provide its Services, as well as for the following purposes: Analytics, Backup saving and management, Contacting the User, Managing contacts and sending messages, Managing support and contact requests, Platform services and hosting, Registration and authentication, Remarketing and behavioral targeting, Data transfer outside the EU and Interaction with external social networks and platforms.  

Users can find further detailed information about such purposes of processing and about the specific Personal Data used for each purpose in the respective sections of this document.

Detailed information on the processing of Personal Data

Personal Data is collected for the following purposes and using the following services:  

  • Analytics
  • Backup saving and management
  •  Contacting the User
  •  Data transfer outside the EU
  •  Interaction with external social networks and platforms
  • Managing contacts and sending messages
  • Managing support and contact request
  •  Platform services and hosting
  •  Registration and authentication
  •  Remarketing and behavioral targeting

The rights of Users Users may exercise certain rights regarding their Data processed by the Owner.  

Users entitled to broader protection standards may exercise any of the rights described below. In all other cases, Users may inquire with the Owner to find out which rights apply to them.  

In particular, Users have the right to do the following:  

  • Withdraw their consent at any time. Users have the right to withdraw consent where they have previously given their consent to the processing of their Personal Data.
  • Object to processing of their Data. Users have the right to object to the processing of their Data if the processing is carried out on a legal basis other than consent. Further details are provided in the dedicated section below.
  • Access their Data. Users have the right to learn if Data is being processed by the Owner, obtain disclosure regarding certain aspects of the processing and obtain a copy of the Data undergoing processing.
  • Verify and seek rectification. Users have the right to verify the accuracy of their Data and ask for it to be updated or corrected.
  • Restrict the processing of their Data. Users have the right, under certain circumstances, to restrict the processing of their Data. In this case, the Owner will not process their Data for any purpose other than storing it.
  • Have their Personal Data deleted or otherwise removed. Users have the right, under certain circumstances, to obtain the erasure of their Data from the Owner.
  • Receive their Data and have it transferred to another controller. Users have the right to receive their Data in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format and, if technically feasible, to have it transmitted to another controller without any hindrance. This provision is applicable provided that the Data is processed by automated means and that the processing is based on the User’s consent, on a contract which the User is part of or on pre-contractual obligations thereof.
  • Lodge a complaint. Users have the right to bring a claim before their competent data protection authority.

Details about the right to object to processing

Where Personal Data is processed for a public interest, in the exercise of an official authority vested in the Owner or for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the Owner, Users may object to such processing by providing a ground related to their particular situation to justify the objection.  

Users must know that, however, should their Personal Data be processed for direct marketing purposes, they can object to that processing at any time without providing any justification. To learn, whether the Owner is processing Personal Data for direct marketing purposes, Users may refer to the relevant sections of this document.

How to exercise these rights

Any requests to exercise User rights can be directed to the Owner through the contact details provided in this document. These requests can be exercised free of charge and will be addressed by the Owner as early as possible and always within one month.

Applicability of broader protection standards

While most provisions of this document concern all Users, some provisions expressly only apply if the processing of Personal Data is subject to broader protection standards.  

Such broader protection standards apply when the processing:  

  • is performed by an Owner based within the EU;
  • concerns the Personal Data of Users who are in the EU and is related to the offering of paid or unpaid goods or services, to such Users;
  • concerns the Personal Data of Users who are in the EU and allows the Owner to monitor such Users’ behavior taking place in the EU.

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