Data Scientist G7

  • Department for Transport
  • London, UK
  • 30/05/2022
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£49,835 a year
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National minimum salary: £49,835 & London minimum salary: £54,535


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

Decarbonisation, Technology and Strategy - Analysis Directorate

Type of role

Operational Research

Working pattern

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

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Birmingham, Hastings, Leeds, London

About the job


We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.
Do you want to use data to bring about the next generation of transport decision making?
Are you an experienced data scientist with a strong track record?
If so, we have a fantastic opportunity for you to apply for our Grade 7 Data Scientist role!

Job description

You will play a key role in growing the use of Data Science in the Department and applying it to high stakes decisions. You will work with data engineers, digital leads, analytics and data science colleagues, and policy leads across the department. You will play an essential role in putting data and data science at the heart of decision making, increasing the impact of data science in DfT.
Our Team
You’ll join a growing, friendly and capable team of data scientists with a range of backgrounds and career stages. The team has access to large amounts of compute and cutting edge tools via Google Cloud Platform, enabling ambitious digital projects. You’ll also have access to support from Google business partners and internal project managers, data engineers and domain specialists.
Our projects cover a range of policy areas and internal organisational needs. We are ambitious about developing our skills, expanding our reach and increasing our impact. We aim to create new opportunities for DfT using the latest technology and tools: looking for projects which will deliver huge amounts of value: hundreds of millions or billions of pounds in savings or improving transport for millions of people.
We take learning and development seriously: giving you set time to learn whatever you think best.
You’ll be part of a wider team which leverages the full spectrum of operational research and data science techniques: from systems thinking, optimisation and simulation modelling to AI & machine learning to solve high profile and technically challenging problems. Your new colleagues are subject matter experts, enabling rapid interdisciplinary sprints. The team is currently split-site between London, Hastings and Leeds.
We are currently advertising for 3 roles in our data science team, at Grade 7 (this advert), Grade 6 (advert reference - 203888 ) and SEO (advert reference - 203953). Each advert sets out the level of skill and experience we are looking for at each grade. This is an excellent opportunity for you to identify the best role for you, suiting your skill level and capability. If you have any questions, want to chat to understand the role or whether you’re a good fit, please don’t hesitate to get in touch
DDaT Allowance
  • The Data Scientist role is part of the DDaT profession and attracts an enhanced pay scale which is mapped to capability levels. The successful candidates starting salary will be determined by performance at interview and assessed capability level. There are two components to DDaT pay - base pay and DDaT allowance.
  • The successful candidate will be required to undergo yearly capability assessments which may result in pay increases or decreases. A drop in capability in any given assessment period results in 12 month pay protection to allow candidates to retain prior capability level.


Key responsibilities include:
  • Engaging with DfT stakeholders to identify high impact data science projects.
  • Planning, lead and deliver high value data science projects, acting as the main customer link.
  • Carrying out technical work: harness statistical techniques, machine learning, automation, big data analysis tools and techniques, and cloud computing.
  • Building data science capability both within the team and across DfT.
You will have the option to be either based in London attracting the London pay scale, or in Leeds, Hastings or Birmingham attracting the national pay scale.
About You
Our Grade 7 role will have a mix of technical work, project management and customer engagement.
You should have experience of:
  • Leading data science projects.
  • Engaging with Stakeholders to understand their needs and identify where data science can improve decision making.
  • Building technical capability in the team and organisation.
  • Leading and Managing Teams.
Data Science knowledge will include:
  • Expert Python or R, with a desire to develop in the other.
  • Strong SQL.
  • Applied maths, statistics and scientific practices. Includes a range of scientific methods through experimental design, exploratory data analysis and hypothesis testing to reach robust conclusions. Confidence using analytical approaches and interpreting data.
  • Experience inferring, predicting or forecasting using a variety of machine learning techniques. Understanding of good practices in model development and deployment.
  • Experience identifying efficient and effective ways to use data science to tackle business and organisational challenges.
  • Experience promoting professional development by expanding data science knowledge and sharing best practice across departments/industry.
  • Experience presenting, communicating and disseminating data science products and findings.
  • Knowledge of data manipulation techniques to produce or improve data products.
  • Use a range of data sources, analytical tools and techniques to develop and deploy robust data science solutions into the business.
  • Understands the ethical considerations of potential data science approaches, and the legislation applicable in this area, i.e. GDPR, DPA etc.
Please note, we will assess you against Data Science Technical Framework, more details can be found further on in this advert, but please refer to the following Framework - pages 45 and 46.
Date Scientist Technical Framework.


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

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

  • DDaT - Data Scientist - currently under Government Analyst Career Framework Programming and build - Page 45
  • DDaT - Data Scientist - currently under Government Analyst Career Framework Data science innovation - Page 45
  • DDaT - Data Scientist - currently under Government Analyst Career Framework Applied maths, statistics and scientific practices - Page 45
  • DDaT - Data Scientist - currently under Government Analyst Career Framework Delivering business impact - Page 45


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.
Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

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Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
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.
We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.
Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.
How to Apply
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Please tailor your CV and personal statement to provide evidence of:
  • Your experience of using data science techniques to solve problems.
  • Your ability to ensure your analysis achieves impact.
Your personal statement will be limited to a maximum of 500 words.
The sift is due to take place from 7th June 2022.
Assessments will likely be held w/c 13th June 2022.
Interviews will likely be held w/c 20th June 2022.
This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.
We’ll try to meet the dates we’ve set out in the advert. But there may be occasions when these dates will change. We’ll give you plenty of notice of any important dates.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment will include:
  • An interview
  • An assessment
  • A presentation.
Please note this will be a two stage interview process. If successful at sift you will be invited to attend an assessment where you will carry out a practical coding test. If successful at assessment you will then be invited to interview, during which the presentation will take place.
You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.
Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.
The Department for Transport recruits using Success Profiles. For each role, we consider what you need to demonstrate to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.
You can read more about Success Profiles here.
If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.
Further Information
For more information about how we hire, and for useful tips on submitting your application for this role, visit the How We Hire page of our DfT Careers website.
Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Recruitment in Detail page of the DfT Careers website. You will find detailed information about the entire recruitment process and what to expect when applying for a role in the Civil Service.
Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.
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

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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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