DfT/759/17/DfTc Senior Data Scientist

Department For Transport
41587.00 - 45746.00 GBP Annual
14 Sep 2017
20 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

We are looking for a Senior Data Scientist to join our highly regarded team in Department for Transport dealing with a range of interesting technical challenges. You'll be expected to pioneer new technologies to improve current data related business processes and also providing insight using new and emerging techniques.

You will line manage a number of data scientists, guiding the way in which the team works. You will support and mentor your team by managing their personal development, providing technical leadership and promoting adoption of best practice.

Some of your key responsibilities will include;
• creating, validating and transforming data to liberate and create meaning from raw data, using scientific methods (data science association)
• identifying complex business problems where leveraging data value can support strategic and operational decision making
• exploring and visualising data, presenting the 'story' of the data in a meaningful way to a range of technical and non-technical audiences
• applying machine learning algorithms and statistical techniques to large, complex data sets to explore data and discover new information, create predictive models and construct compelling data narratives
• directly line manage a number of data scientists

Please see the attached Role profile for full details of role responsibilities

About you
You have significant experience in applying data science techniques using a range of software. You have previous experience of working with virtual machines and server-side web development. You have the ability to support and mentor the work of less experienced data scientists by managing their personal development.

About us
Our Data Science Hub is a dedicated area within the department, where our newly created data science team operate digitally, with specialist infrastructure, support, technology, processes and methodologies. We tackle challenges facing both Department for Transport and the transport sector using data science concepts such as machine learning, predictive analytics, big data and data visualisation.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
  • SFIA - Strategy and Architecture - Information Strategy - Analytics INAN - Level 5
  • SFIA - Development and Implementation - Systems Development - Data Analysis DTAN - Level 5
  • Changing and improving
  • Delivering at pace

Civil Service Competency Framework


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Besides the rewarding nature of the job itself, the benefits that come with it are excellent. The package includes generous leave entitlement, attractive pension options, flexible working and other policies to enable a good work/life balance, including beneficial childcare arrangements. You'll also benefit from our commitment to nurturing and developing talent.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks .

Nationality statement
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details
You should use the Civil Service Competency Framework, referring to the relevant competency definitions for the grade advertised. The Indicators listed on the attached document have been identified as most appropriate; please ensure that the evidence in your application meets the requirements of the role.

Applicants should also use the attached additional competency framework and refer to the competency definitions within.

If invited to interview, this may consist of a range of question types. These could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any particular situation as well as specific examples of things you have done.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.