Data Scientist

Advertising Standards Authority

Location: flexible working

Salary: c£46,000 - c£58,000

Closing Date: 22.06.2022

Open to flexible working

Salary: c£46,000 - c£58,000 depending on experience plus flexible benefits

Start date: ASAP  

The ASA is the UK regulator of advertising across all media, including online. Our work includes taking proactive action against misleading, harmful, offensive or otherwise irresponsible ads and acting on complaints. In short, we make sure ads are legal, decent, honest and truthful.

UK consumers are now exposed to a huge volume of digital content, and automation and machine learning are increasingly crucial to regulating advertising effectively. As a result we have made a strategic commitment to developing a high quality in-house data science capability. This role is a unique opportunity to join the team at an early stage and help define the way data science is used to regulate advertising in the UK.

Reporting to the Head of Data Science and working directly with stakeholders across the organisation, you will design and develop data science solutions that improve the service the ASA delivers. Some projects will focus on how automation can accelerate the handling of the tens of thousands of complaints the ASA receives from the public each year. Others will explore how we can capture and filter large volumes of content from a range of sources to automatically identify misleading or harmful content. Current projects within the team focus on topics like influencer marketing on social media, monitoring the green claims companies make to consumers, and understanding how cryptocurrency products are advertised. Starting by owning ad-hoc experiments end-to-end you will collaborate with engineers to turn successes into scalable and repeatable tools.

We are looking for a data scientist with strong technical and communication skills. You should have prior experience applying statistical and machine learning modelling techniques to real world problems. You should also be proficient writing code to manipulate data, ideally in Python. You will also need the ability to communicate your technical solutions clearly to non-technical stakeholders.

We think the ASA is a great place to work. We recently moved to a fantastic new office in Shoreditch. We have a culture that’s open, friendly and collaborative, with a real focus on making the right decisions in the right way, and learning while we’re doing it. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and we’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive organisation, both so we can represent everyone in the UK and so our own colleagues feel at home at work. We put our people’s safety and security first during the pandemic and are taking a flexible approach to return to the office considering individual needs.

How to apply: If you’re interested in applying for this role, please visit our website to review the job description and complete the online questions telling us how you meet the requirements of the role and how you can contribute to our success.

Please note that we'll keep the ad open till we fill the post and will be reviewing the applications as they come in.