Senior Data Scientist (Business Intelligence and Analytics)

Ordnance Survey

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    £52,700 - £58,900

Job Description

Senior Data Scientist (Business Intelligence and Analytics)

As a country and globally, we’re all experiencing challenging times right now, but Ordnance Survey (OS) continue to support the nation with our accurate geospatial data and services. As an organisation we are embarking on an ambitious growth strategy in location data, insight and services.  Innovating our products, services and technology to benefit our customers, businesses and people across Great Britain and globally. In order to do this, we want to continue adding new skills and capabilities to our business and even in these tough times, we’re able to use technology to recruit talent to OS. 

About Us 

Ordnance Survey Limited (OS) is the national mapping agency for Great Britain, and a world-leading geospatial data and technology organisation. As a reliable partner to government, business and citizens across Britain and the world, OS helps its customers in virtually all sectors improve quality of life. OS expertise and data supports efficient public services and infrastructure, new technologies in transport and communications, national security and emergency services and exploring the great outdoors.

Imagine working for an organisation which has been innovating and pushing boundaries for over two centuries – and continues to do so today.  A company full of unique expertise and skill, with a host of exciting and innovative opportunities to pursue.  A business which is making a real difference to lives, communities and businesses everywhere.  Ordnance Survey provides world-renowned data and services which underpin critical activities across government and the commercial sector, while continually expanding its horizons both internationally and into the future.

About the Role  

This is an opportunity for a Senior Data Scientist to oversee our Business Intelligence & Analytics activities within our Data Science & Analytics team at Ordnance Survey - to provide data science expertise and leadership across a variety of data science projects.  

In this role, you will use your skills and experience to extract new insights, information and evidence from Ordnance Survey’s internal business databases using a full range of techniques, from traditional coding and data processing, to cutting-edge machine learning algorithms and predictive analytics – all approached with an expert scientific mindset.  You will also be familiar with cloud-based and distributed analytics environments such as Apache Spark and Databricks and will understand the types of business intelligence that can be gained from successful exploitation of business data, and how it can be used effectively to underpin decision making.

You will be highly customer focused, always considering the business problem in everything you do and working as closely with stakeholders as possible at every stage.  You will provide expert advice in applying analysis, analytics, data-mining techniques and data modelling to optimise decisions across the business, and will provide thought-leadership, consultancy and technical expertise to both internal and external clients in data analytics and implementation.

You will also be a natural innovator – always seeking to try out new ideas, and you will regularly undertake rapid proof of concept work for new and innovative propositions involving data.  We’ll be looking to our senior data scientists as a rich source of new ideas and inventions – some of which will grow to deliver new products or services for Ordnance Survey.

Finally, you will be a good communicator, with a natural aptitude for collaborating with others to deliver results.  Business Intelligence is not a mature function at Ordnance Survey, and your role will include demonstrating the art of the possible, liaising with stakeholders to identify and access sources of data around the business, and working with decision makers to identify the key business questions that require answers and provide data-driven evidence to support business decisions and new proposition development. 

About You   

You will be able to demonstrate evidence against these key criteria; 

Degree level qualification in a quantitative discipline or significant experience in a relevant field
Prior experience in a data science role
Expert in working with data and a passion for solving problems with all kinds of data
Track record of working with customers and stakeholders to solve business problems using data
Strong database and programming skills (including at least one of: Python, Scala, R)
Track record in the application of machine learning and big data technologies
Positive and collaborative work ethic
Excellent ability to communicate and present complex subject matter in an accessible manner
Excellent and confident engagement, presentation and communication skills
In addition, the following are desirable (but not essential) criteria for the role:

Experience of managing people
Experience of using predictive or descriptive analytics to inform better business decision-making and/or automating business processes or customer experiences
Experience in creating dashboards or other data visualisations for business intelligence
Track record in demonstrating business value through applying data science to business problems
Expertise in working with geospatial data
About the Rewards 

We want you to love what you do. That’s why our benefits package rewards a job well done. We’ll give you: 

Salary – £52,700 - £58,900 
Performance related bonus 
Competitive pension 
37 hour working week 
25 days annual leave - (30 days after five years) bank holidays and an extra 3 over Christmas 
Training and development – We offer in-house training, a variety of masterclasses, bespoke training, study leave, access to learning resources and professional membership subscriptions 
A wide range of additional benefits including free parking, paid volunteer day, support with health and wellbeing, sports and social activities, staff discount on over 500 national stores and more 


This role will be based at our HQ in Southampton   

If you have a disability we will try our best to make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to this post in the application / interview process due to a disability.