About the job
The ownership and regulation of data “may well be the most important political question of our era”
Yuval Noah Hariri, academic and acclaimed author of Sapiens
How should we regulate data and technology markets, if at all? Which machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques do competition and consumer protection regulators need to use and to understand, to promote innovation and to protect our society?
The CMA is a world leading Competition Authority at the forefront of tackling these pressing public policy questions. Our mission is to make markets work well in the interests of consumers. We undertake objective, evidence-based analysis that can have a direct and substantial impact on the economy and economic prosperity.
Due to an exciting phase of growth we are seeking a Director of Data Science to join the recently formed Data, Technology and Analytics (DaTA) unit, and this newly created position provides substantial opportunity to make a difference to the CMA. You can help shape how the CMA and others such as - academics, other regulators domestically and internationally, consumer organisations, the OECD – think about the regulation of data and technology markets. You will also have an effect on the issues the CMA addresses and the outcomes in these cases, protecting consumers and society.
The DaTA unit helps the CMA understand how firms are using data, what their algorithms do, and how algorithms are interacting to form the markets we see. It also helps the CMA engineer complex data and deploy advanced machine learning techniques. For example, we are developing algorithms to search among and prioritise the 100,000s of files, cookies, video and emails that make up the evidence to support each one of our cases.
As Director of Data Science, leading the Innovation and Intelligence team, you will have a prominent, thought-leading role in a pioneering team that have been widely trailed globally. Your responsibilities will include:
• Building a toolkit to analyse firms’ algorithms
• Market intelligence and insight
• Research and leading analytical projects using novel datasets to deliver reports and papers with actionable conclusions.
You will represent the DaTA unit internally at the CMA and externally, building relationships with senior academics and, especially, key figures in industry to make sure the CMA is plugged in and up-to-date on the latest thinking.
We are looking for the successful candidate to have a Masters degree in a relevant subject such as computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, physics or economics and significant, relevant work experience with a broad range of practical experience of the application of machine learning and algorithmic methods. Alternatively, you might have a PhD and a little less work experience.
You will have experience of providing strong and inspirational management, leadership and development to a team of data scientists in a high pace environment, including strong experience of overseeing coding, in R and Python, and some experience of setting coding standards and creating processes to quality assure coding.
The successful candidate must have an excellent ability to shape analytical projects – including learning new analytical techniques as needed and a proven track record of ensuring high standards and project delivery.
You must also have excellent stakeholder management with the ability and confidence to network and build relationships with leading technologists in industry and other senior decision-makers and excellent communication skills with the ability to write reports and articles, and to deliver presentations to non-technical audiences.
All CMA staff enjoy generous benefits, including an excellent pension scheme, at least 25 days leave (increasing to 30 over five years), and generous maternity/paternity leave provision. You can also take advantage of interest-free season ticket loans, a cycle to work scheme, our employee assistance programme and favourable consideration of flexible working.
For full details about this role and the benefits of working at the CMA, please click on the apply button below.
The CMA is an accredited Disability Confident Employer and are Stonewall Diversity Champions. Disabled applicants meeting the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds and recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Working Together
- Changing and Improving
- Communicating and Influencing
- Making Effective Decisions
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- • Knowledge and experience of working with cloud services such as AWS, Azure or Google Cloud
All CMA staff enjoy generous benefits, including:
• An excellent pension scheme
• 25 days leave (increasing to 30 days over five years)
• Favourable consideration of flexible working
• Generous maternity/paternity leave provision
• Interest-free season ticket loans
• Cycle to work scheme and our employee wellbeing programme.
We follow the Senior Civil Service Pay Rules for civil servants who secure a SCS role at the CMA, including existing CMA staff. So, successful civil servants will retain their existing SCS salary or move to the advertised salary minimum if appointed to a SCS role on level transfer, whichever is the greater. If promoted to a new SCS role, they will receive a 10% pay increase or move to the advertised salary minimum, whichever is the greater.
Applicants new to the civil service may be considered for appointment at a salary higher than the advertised salary minimum depending on skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications.
Things you need to know
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
This vacancy is using Success Profiles
, and will assess your Behaviours, Ability, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV, personal statement and an online application form. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
The selection process will comprise a sift and interview.
For more information about the Success Profiles framework, please follow the earlier link.
Please note that your personal statement should be aligned to provide evidence that you have the knowledge and recent practical experience of the following essential criteria:
1) A Masters degree in a relevant quantitative subject and significant work experience with a broad range of practical experience of the application of machine learning and algorithmic methods. Alternatively, you might have a PhD and less work experience
2) An excellent ability to shape analytical projects – including learning new analytical techniques as needed
3) A proven track record of ensuring high standards and project delivery
4) Experience of providing strong and inspirational management, leadership and development to a team of data scientists in a high pace environment
5) Strong experience of overseeing coding, in R and Python, and some experience of setting coding standards and creating processes to quality assure coding
6) Knowledge and experience of working with cloud services such as AWS, Azure or Google Cloud
7) Excellent stakeholder management with the ability and confidence to network and build relationships with leading technologists in industry and other senior decision-makers.
8) Excellent communication skills with the ability to write reports and articles, and to deliver presentations to non-technical audiences
If you have any enquiries relating to your application you can email email@example.com
Tel: 020 3738 6808
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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.
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Contact point for applicants
Sift/interview dates and location
The sifting date is 24 June 2019.
Successful candidates at the sifting stage will be asked to participate in an Individual Leadership Assessment (ILA) which is a one-to-one psychological assessment of candidates in recruitment and selection for Senior Civil Service (SCS) roles. Candidates will complete a range of questionnaires on-line, the outputs of which are explored during a structured interview of approximately 1-2 hours with an assessor. The ILA must occur in this order. The ILA will take place between w/c 23 June - w/c 30 June 2019 before progressing to the interview stage. The results of these tests will be considered at interview. (Please note that where an individual has been assessed for an individual leadership assessment and applies for another SCS post at the same pay band within a two year period, it is now policy to automatically re-use the original report).
Interviews are planned to take place w/c 8 July. If you are invited to interview but are not able to attend on the given date, we will do our best to arrange an alternative date but this may not be possible.
Those invited to interview will be asked to prepare a 10 minute presentation for the interview panel and will be advised of the topic ahead of the interview. The second part of the assessment will be a 1 hour competency based interview.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
The Civil Service is committed to providing services and developing policies which embrace diversity, promote equality of opportunity and eliminate unlawful discrimination. We are an equal opportunities employer and treat every application on the basis of merit alone. We also offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet our minimum selection criteria.
The Equality Act 2010 prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of the following protected characteristics: Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Marriage & Civil Partnership, Pregnancy & Maternity and we will not tolerate any discrimination on those grounds.
Pension schemes are available and more information will be provided to successful candidates. For further information on these schemes please refer to the following website www.civilservice.gov.uk/pensions.
Our location is currently Holborn, London (Zone 1). In Autumn 2019 the CMA will be moving to Cabot Square in Canary Wharf (Zone 2). There will be no excess fares compensation for anyone who applies for a role that is advertised by the CMA on or after 1 January 2019.
The CMA’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.
If your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact Recruitment@cma.gov.uk in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk.