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Data science lead

House of Commons
Closing date
15 Oct 2021

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Technology & New Media
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Job Information

Making the best use of data is a priority for the Research & Information team. It is a key part of our strategy to apply data science methods to develop new and better products and services and also to understand how our customers use our services.

In recent years we have developed new research products using mapping and visualisation tools, and used data methods to provide insight and analysis to customers in increasingly sophisticated way. There are many more opportunities for us to use data to improve our services, especially with the development of the parliamentary data platform. The recruitment of this post is a vital next step in building our capability.

The postholder will bring expertise in data science methods and a strong ability to work collaboratively to get results. There are already areas of data expertise across the Research and Information Team - in the statistical research teams and the Indexing and Data Management Section who manage parliamentary information - the postholder will work with these teams and others, bringing the different areas of expertise together to improve services.

An important part of the role will be to work with the Parliamentary Digital Service to put in place the appropriate infrastructure to support our ambitions and to work with the leadership team to develop plans for staffing to further build our capability.

For this role, we are taking a wide interpretation of data science as the bringing together of a range of skills in computer science, data analysis, modelling and statistics to allow our teams to use internal and external data to improve efficiency and collaborate on the development of new products and services.

The Person

The following are skills and experience are needed for this role:

Criterion 1 - Data science experience

* Experience of leading on the development of data science capability in an organisation.
* Evidence of maintaining knowledge of current techniques, and their practical application
* Practical understanding of data science methods including "production-level" programming skills in R and experience of using javascript for web development.
* Practical understanding of statistical methods for analysing both structured and unstructured data.

Criterion 2 - Service development

* Demonstrable experience of improving user centred services through the application of data science techniques.
* Experience of innovating and leading change to services in a complex working environment.
* Interest in how Parliament manages and uses data and information in support of its services.

What's next?

More information and the full criteria can be found within the Job Description.

If you are interested in this role, please submit your CV, and a 500 word covering letter
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