Data Scientist

  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Leeds, UK
  • 19/04/2022
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Artificial Intelligence Statistics

Job Description

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£40,175 - £47,243
£40,175 - £43,708 (National), £43,432 - £47,243 (London).


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

HMRC - CDIO - CIO Customer Compliance Group & SOLS

Type of role


Working pattern

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

Number of posts




Leeds, Manchester, Stratford

About the job


At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.
We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.
Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.
Are you inquisitive, do you like solving problems, do you want to really enjoy what you do, and do you want your work to make a difference? If so, then joining HMRC's Data Science team could be the job you are looking for.
We operate at the cutting edge of data science and technology, using a wide range of data and analytics approaches and tools to support the strategic objectives of the department and to help solve some of the key challenges, whether that's ensuring HMRC collects the right taxes; pays out the right financial support; making it easier for our customers to get their taxes right; or supporting wider government economic aims.
We are a mixture of analytical and IT professionals and data scientists, working very closely with data architects, engineers and other IT professionals to ensure that when data science products are developed they are able to be deployed and made available to the people who need them, so that actions can be taken as a result of the insight and analysis delivered.
Projects, which are undertaken using Agile ways of working, can result in a range of data science products, including tailored interactive dashboards, machine learning models or impactful analysis and insight, all driving increased understanding of our customers and processes, as well as real change within the organisation.
We primarily utilise a scalable cloud platform, with access to a range of ever-developing analytical tools (including R, Python, SAS, Power BI) and version control software (Git, GitLab).
This role is within the Data Studios team, an overarching team that works closely with the three Data Science teams within the group to support the development and deployment of data science products, and capturing the benefits of the various projects.

Job description

The primary responsibility of this role is to work closely with our data science teams to ensure best use of the data analytics platform.
You will have the opportunity to work closely with the data scientists to support development of data, as well as helping with the development of our data science platform.
You will also be given ample opportunity and support for personal and professional development, including upskilling on tools, approaches and techniques, with the expectation of cross team development and mentoring: if you learn something cool, share it! A lot of the development opportunities will be driven by your interests and ideas, as well as by the skills needed for particular projects. Overall you will be given a lot of freedom to decide the best way for you to work and also what and how you'd like to grow.


This role will involve coordinating data management activities across the platform:
  • Controlling and facilitating access to datasets.
  • Schedule and monitor jobs for common data processing tasks.
  • Setup & management of SAS Via Caslibs.
  • Setup & management of project SQL databases.
  • Engagement with CDIO SAS Team and SAS Experts.
  • Oversight of analysis, R/Python applications & APIs deployed on the platform.
  • Monitoring data use to ensure information security.
  • Identifying opportunities to use existing data.
  • Co-ordinate GDPR compliance.
  • Collaborating with Data Scientists and Engineers to deploy and utilise new platform capabilities and data sources.

You will already have knowledge, experience or understanding of;
  • Coding or programming.
  • How analysts and data scientists use large datasets.
  • Data platforms and data management.
  • Experience with SAS, SQL and Python or R.
  • Understanding of fundamentals of data protection regulations.
  • Experience using Linux servers.
  • Understanding of cloud architecture.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Programming and Build (Data Science).
  • Delivering Business Impact.

We only ask for evidence of these technical skills on your application form:

  • Programming and Build (Data Science).


  • Learning and development tailored to your role.
  • An environment with flexible working options.
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity.
  • A Civil Service pension.
Team members that are moving offices as a result of the Locations Programme will be entitled to a Moves Adjustment Payment for three years where they incur additional costs. This is calculated based on the difference between the costs of travelling to and from the new and old office, over a weekly period. You will get more detail on this as part of targeted locations move communications.
Find more about HMRC benefits in 'Your little extras booklet' for further information or visit Thinking of joining the Civil Service

Things you need to know


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

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
You will be asked to provide a Personal Statement of no more than 500 words giving the reasons for your interest in the role and the skills and approach you would bring to it.
You will also be asked to provide two behaviour statements:
  • Changing and Improving.
  • Making Effective Decisions.
Finally you will be asked to provide one Technical Skills statement:
Data Engineering - Can recognise opportunities to re-use existing data flows, lead the build of data streaming systems, optimise the code to ensure processes perform optimally and lead work on database management.
More information on the DDaT Data Science competencies can be found at a here, or in the Government Analysis Career Framework here - pages 44-46.
Your Personal Statement, Behaviours & Technical Skills Statements will be assessed at sift. In the event of a high number of applications, an initial sift will be carried out on the lead Behaviour which is Changing and Improving.
Those who are successful at sift will progress to interview where you will be asked questions around the Behaviours and also Technical Skills.
Sift and Interview dates to be confirmed.
Please take extra care to tick the correct boxes in the eligibility sections of your application form. We understand mistakes sometimes happen but if you contact us later than two working days (Monday-Friday) before the vacancy closes, we will not be able to reopen your application for you. The inbox to contact is: Use subject line to insert appropriate wording e.g Please re-open my application - 198369 & vacancy closing date 30/04/2022.
Security Update
If you are successful and transferring from another Government Department, we will carry out a check of your identity, nationality, and immigration status (including the right to work in the UK) and a criminal record check before confirming your appointment.
Successful candidates must pass a Disclosure and Barring Security Check. Please note that HMRC have an exemption under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, which enables us to make enquiries about both unspent and spent convictions.
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 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.
Please note: in addition to the standard pre-employment checks for appointment into the Civil Service, all candidates must also obtain National Security Vetting at Security Check (SC) clearance level for this vacancy. You will normally need to meet the minimum UK residency period as determined by the level of vetting being undertaken, which for SC is 5 years UK residency prior to your vetting application. If you have any questions about this residency requirement, please speak to the vacancy holder for this post.
HMRC transformation
HM Revenue and Customs is currently going through an exciting ten-year transformation programme to create a tax authority fit for the future. As part of this, we are committed to providing high-quality jobs and giving employees a great place to work, whichever location you work from.
HM Revenue and Customs has made significant progress with its plans to locate in 13 large, modern, flexible offices, equipped with high-speed digital infrastructure supporting improved customer service and compliance activity. These collaborative workspaces will enable smarter working and great training and development facilities, allowing for the sharing of expertise, local training, promotion, and provide great ongoing career development opportunities.
These offices will be located in central locations in the following towns and cities close to accessible transport links: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Croydon and Stratford.
In addition, there will also be a small number of specialist sites where the work cannot be done anywhere else, in Gartcosh (near Glasgow), Telford, Ipswich, Worthing and Dover, as well as our headquarters in central London. What’s more, our Welsh language service has people located in Porthmadog, as well as Cardiff.
We are letting you know about our future plans because if you are recruited into an office that is not one of these locations, you will be expected, subject to HM Revenue and Customs applicable policies, to move to one of these locations in the future. In some cases, this will be via one of our nine transitional sites.
For more information please contact the vacancy holder.
Terms and Conditions
We really hope you decide to apply for this role. If you’re successful you need to know that in February 2021 members of recognised trade unions (ARC and PCS) voted to approve a pay and contract reform offer. This means that HMRC will adopt new terms and conditions for all colleagues as part of a multi-year pay deal and contract offer, the pay deal period is 01 June 2020 – 31st May 2023 and terms and conditions changes take place from the 01 June 2021 onwards. These terms will apply to colleagues who already work in HMRC and if you join us, it will apply to you too. We’ve put together a summary of the key changes that will be made and you can find this attached to the Job Advert.
If you are currently working for an OGD and would like to consider the impact on your pay when joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Pay on Transfer from OGD" for further information. (Please note the attached document could also be called “Combined T&C and OGD Pay English”)
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
Further Information
Customer facing roles in HMRC require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement this will be tested as part of the selection process.
A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.
Any move to HMRC 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 here
HMRC welcomes applications from those who need to work a more flexible arrangement and will agree to requests where possible, taking into account our operational and customer service needs. We can’t guarantee that we can meet all requests to work flexibly, as agreement will be subject to business ability to accommodate, and any request to work a more flexible arrangement should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.
If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.
Important information for existing HMRC contractual homeworkers:
This role may be suitable for existing HMRC employees who are contractual homeworkers. Occasional attendance to the office will be required where there is a business need, so please take into account the advertised office locations for this role when submitting an application and only select locations from the ‘location preferences’ section that you are able to travel to.
Reasonable adjustment
We want to make sure no one is put at a disadvantage during our recruitment process because of a disability, condition or impairment. To assist you with this, we will reduce or remove any barriers where possible and provide additional support where appropriate. Please see our Disability Matters: How we can support you during our selection process booklet for more details.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
  • Contact Government Recruitment Service via 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.
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.

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