Lead Data Scientist

Department for Work and Pensions

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 31st May 2022

 

Details

Reference number

206331

Salary

£60,740 - £89,995

Grade

Grade 6

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

DWP - Digital

Type of role

Digital
Information Technology

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts

1

Contents

This role will be based in Leeds, London or Newcastle. Please find further information on the Corporate hub locations here.

Summary

Are you looking for a uniquely inspiring and fulfilling career opportunity where your work will be making a genuine difference to society?

Are you someone who is skilled in harnessing the power of data and using advanced analytics to improve outcomes?

Would you love the opportunity to use data and technology at scale and in innovative ways to solve problems?

SOUNDS LIKE YOU? We'd love to hear from you!


DWP Digital offers uniquely inspiring and fulfilling career opportunities for people passionate about making a genuine difference to society.

As the Lead Data Scientist for Universal Credit you will be responsible for steering a high performing team that supports the Programme to improve outcomes for claimants and agents by using data science to support the design, delivery and evaluation of Universal Credit's digital service.

In addition, you will act as the Data Practice Lead for Universal Credit, working closely with the cross-disciplinary development teams in the Universal Credit digital service to understand their data needs, ensuring these are met through close engagement with the platform team within Data and Analytics and through the management of a new and innovative Data Ops capability.

Job description

As a Lead Data Scientist you will:

• Lead and develop a data science team that uses the latest tools and techniques to provide the everyday analytics, insights and evidence needed to help the development of the Universal Credit digital service.

• Take responsibility for the quality of analytics processes, evaluation methods, reporting frameworks and machine learning capabilities that deliver critical business insights and improve outcomes for citizens and DWP staff.

• Lead and develop a multi-disciplinary DataOps capability, working with stakeholders to maximise the value obtained from multi £m investment in AWS cloud technologies within a wider analytics ecosystem.

• Nurture strong relationships with senior stakeholders and digital teams to influence the measurement frameworks, data quality and performance culture in the Universal Credit service.

• Provide the appropriate safeguards to ensure all work adheres to key privacy, security and data protection regulations and also set procedures for ethical considerations such as unintended biases.

• Play a key role in an inclusive and diverse community, defining recruitment strategies and career progression as well as contributing to Digital Practices in DWP overall.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities are outlined in the job description above.

If you would like to learn more about the role, please contact clare.hennessy@dwp.gov.uk

This job role may be suitable for hybrid working, which is where an employee works part of the week in their DWP office and part of the week from home. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and your office will be your contractual place of work. The number of days that anyone will be able to work at home will be determined primarily by business need but personal circumstances and other relevant circumstances will also be taken into account. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working, including whether a hybrid working arrangement is suitable for you, will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• An employer pension contribution of up to 27%
• A generous annual leave allowance

Salary Information

National salary for this role is from £60,740 (Band min) to £72,933 (Band max). Where the maximum salary of £72,933 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £15,000 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.

London salary for this role is from £66,252 (Band min) to £78,765 (Band max). Where the maximum salary of £78,765 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £11,230 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.

Our offer to successful candidates will be based on an assessment of your skills and experience as demonstrated at interview.

Existing Civil Servants who secure a new role on lateral transfer should maintain their current salary.

Existing Civil Servants who gain promotion may move to the bottom of the next grade pay scale or 10% increase in salary whichever would be the greater.

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Stage 1: Application

Your application will consist of three parts:

1. A Personal Details application form.

2. Your employment history detailing your responsibilities, skills, accomplishments, plus your qualifications and relevant training. Please copy this information into the box field provided.

3. Personal statement up to 1250 words.

When giving details in your employment history and personal statement you should highlight your experience in line with essential criteria below:

• Leading a high performing multi-disciplinary team that delivers analytics and insights at pace which best supports project, programme or business outcomes.
• Understanding a wide range of data science techniques and when they are appropriate to use; keeping up to date with the latest industry trends and how to apply them to practical situations.
• Able to build trusted peer and senior stakeholder relationships including with digital, operations and policy colleagues in order to understand their needs and how best to add value.
• Taking responsibility for the direction of and continuously improving cloud-based analytics capabilities (including data, tooling and processes).
• Setting the standards and best practices for teams including the appropriate safeguards to ensure all work adheres to key privacy, security and data protection principles as well as ethical considerations such as unintended biases.
• Playing a key role in leadership in the community, defining recruitment strategies and career progression as well as contributing to Digital Practices in DWP overall.
• Create a diverse and inclusive environment where people feel safe to challenge and know their voice will be heard. Give people space to take initiative and to develop themselves.

The sift panel will use the information in your employment history and personal statement to assess your experience, skills and knowledge against the essential criteria above.

For Hints and Tips on completing your application visit our blog Getting Hired at DWP Digital .

Applications will be sifted at regular intervals from the date the posts are advertised. Please apply as soon as you can, do not wait until the end of the campaign.

Important Information

• You will be asked to complete your employment history any information that you would customarily share on a CV should therefore be entered onto the application form.
• Personal details that could be used to identify you including your name, contact details and address must be removed for your application to be considered.
If your employment history/personal statement contains any personal details your application will be withdrawn.

Stage 2: Interview

If you’re successful at sift stage you will be invited to a video interview via Microsoft Teams. There, you will be assessed against the following experiences:

• Leading a high performing multi-disciplinary team that delivers analytics and insights at pace which best supports project, programme or business outcomes.
• Understanding a wide range of data science techniques and when they are appropriate to use; keeping up to date with the latest industry trends and how to apply them to practical situations.
• Able to build trusted peer and senior stakeholder relationships including with digital, operations and policy colleagues in order to understand their needs and how best to add value.
• Taking responsibility for the direction of and continuously improving cloud based analytics capabilities (including data, tooling and processes).
• Setting the standards and best practices for teams including the appropriate safeguards to ensure all work adheres to key privacy, security and data protection principles as well as ethical considerations such as unintended biases.
• Playing a key role in leadership in the community, defining recruitment strategies and career progression as well as contributing to Digital Practices in DWP overall.
• Create a diverse and inclusive environment where people feel safe to challenge and know their voice will be heard. Give people space to take initiative and to develop themselves.

You will be asked to do a short (5 -10 minutes) presentation on a specific case study. Further details will be provided to candidates invited to interview.

Interviews will take place from early June.

Sift and Interview dates to be confirmed.

Other information:

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

Reserve list candidates will be posted in merit order by location.

You must meet the security requirements before you can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

For meaningful checks to be carried out individuals you will need to have lived in the UK for a sufficient period of time, to enable appropriate checks to be carried out and produce a result which provides the required level of assurance. Whilst a lack of UK residency in itself is not necessarily a bar to a security clearance, and expectation of UK residency may range from 3 to 5 years. Failure to meet the residency requirements needed for the role may result in the withdrawal of provisional jobs offers.

Any move to DWP from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at here

Reasonable Adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via Digitalrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-EmploymentChecks.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Before applying for this vacancy, current employees of DWP should check whether a successful application would result in changes to their terms & conditions of employment, e.g. mobility, pay, allowances. Civil Servants that would transfer into DWP from other government organisations, following successful application, will assume DWP's terms & conditions of employment current on the day they are posted, unless DWP has stated otherwise in writing.

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Clare Hennessy
  • Email : clare.hennessy@dwp.gov.uk

Recruitment team :

  • Email : digitalrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact DWP by email: HR.BUSINESSASSURANCE@DWP.GOV.UK. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission here to visit Civil Service Commission.

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