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Data Scientist, Data Science Hub, Data & Analysis, Ministry of Justice (up to 4 roles available) – 66908
£31,265 – £39,000
National

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We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Overview

We have up to 4 permanent roles at Data Scientist (Grade HEO), in our Data Science Hub within the MoJ Data & Analytical Services Directorate, subject to qualifying conditions being met.

We are also recruiting data scientists across the following grades: and Lead Data Scientist (G7) [Vacancy Ref: 66903] and Senior Data Scientist (SEO) [Vacancy Ref: 66905]. Please see the ‘Key Responsibilities’ and ‘Who you are’ sections to see which grade to apply to and if you’re unsure you can submit an application to both grades.

The successful candidate will have the option to be based in London (10 South Colonnade and 102 Petty France) or Leeds (5 Wellington Place) or in satellite offices throughout the UK (for more details see appendix).

What we offer

Your salary will be at least £31,265 and up to £44,256 depending on your skills, expertise and location. You will also receive great benefits including:

  • 26 days leave (plus bank holidays) plus 5 additional days of leave once you have reached 5 years of service
  • up to 5 days paid volunteering leave
  • a generous civil service pension, with employer contributions of 26-30% depending on your salary
  • flexible and home working
  • flexible office locations
  • time off in lieu if at any point you work more than your contracted hours
  • bike loans of up to £2500 through the cycle to work scheme and secure bike parking
  • quarterly reward and recognition scheme
  • wellbeing support, including access to the Headspace app
  • access to subsidised onsite gyms at some office locations
  • season ticket loans, childcare vouchers and eye-care vouchers

The Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice is a major government department, at the heart of the justice system. We work to protect and advance the principles of justice. Our vision is to deliver a world-class justice system that works for everyone in society. We are passionate about improving justice outcomes through innovative research, data and analysis.

The Data Science Hub

We are a multi-disciplinary team of around 70 staff that sits at the heart of the Ministry of Justice providing data science support across a diverse and exciting agenda. We work in a dynamic and fast-paced context and our skills are in heavy demand across the Ministry of Justice. Our collaborations beyond government are seen as ground-breaking.

We create a culture in which people are empowered with the data and information to make excellent decisions using cutting edge tools, techniques and collaboration and putting evidence at the heart of the justice system.

We have a track record of delivering digital services to front line staff using wide ranging data science techniques, including the award-winning safety diagnostic tool, which helps our staff tackle violence in prisons. We regularly deliver insights that directly influences corporate, operational and policy decisions. Our projects span the data science spectrum including machine learning, natural language processing, automation, advanced visualisation and optimisation.

What you’ll do

You will work as part of multi-disciplinary teams to deliver data science products and analysis.

The majority of projects will be conducted using Python, R and SQL on our AWS cloud infrastructure (known as the Analytical Platform) to work with data from across the justice system. You will work closely with other data scientists, the Data Engineering Hub (which builds the tools, services and pipelines that make data available on the Analytical Platform) as well as other data, digital, policy and operational colleagues.

Key responsibilities

  • Work with Senior and Lead Data Scientists on shared codebases to deliver data science products and analysis across the criminal justice system (e.g. within prisons, for the Probation Service)
  • Learn and use best practice approaches in project delivery, such as version control and code review
  • Effectively communicate with a variety of stakeholders
  • Keep up to data with the wider data science landscape and emerging technologies
  • Contribute to making the Data Science Hub an inclusive and vibrant place to work

Who you are

We’re interested in people who have:

  • Experience working with data and completing analysis and a keen interest in applying data science techniques
  • Experience in writing code in one or more programming languages, ideally Python, R or SQL
  • An understanding of the importance of version control, quality assurance and producing robust and reproducible analysis
  • The ability to effectively communicate with diverse stakeholders

How to apply

You’ll need to submit an anonymised CV and Statement of Suitability as part of your application. You will not be considered if you do not provide both.

Your CV should be no more than 2 pages long and should show us your work history and previous experience. It should be well structured, succinct and written in clear language. Try to avoid just listing technology keywords; we are interested in how you have used different tools to solve problems.

Your Statement of Suitability should be no more than 750 words and should give us examples of how your skills and experience match those needed for this role. Consider giving an example for each bullet point in the skills requirements ‘Who you are’ section and use work you have completed to demonstrate how you meet each one.

All these requirements are important for the job, however we do not expect candidates to be expert in all of them. Just give as much evidence as you can for each and make sure you cover ‘how’ you demonstrated the requirements and the impact of your work, as well as ‘what’ you did. Again, if you are interested in applying but are not sure you have all the skills listed, please do apply and give us the opportunity to consider you as a candidate.

Selection process

There will be an initial sift of applicants through comparing submitted evidence against the ‘Who you are’ bullets. This usually takes two weeks, depending on the number of applications.

Applicants invited for interview

Those who make it through the initial sift will be invited to a Civil Service Success Profile interview. In the Civil Service we use Success Profiles to help us find the right person for the job. We will be using a mixture of methods to assess your abilities, strengths, experience, technical skills and behaviours. We highly recommend learning about Success Profiles and using the Situation, Task, Action, Result and Reflection (STARR) framework when structuring your answers.

The highest scoring candidates that pass the interview will be offered the roles. The whole process can take a month. Other candidates that pass the interview will be kept on a merit list for 12 months.

Presentation

At the interview we will be asked to give a five-minute presentation on an analytical or data science project you have delivered. Details of this will be sent to candidates before the interview.

Behaviours

The following behaviours will be tested:

  • Communicating and Influencing – tell us how you work with colleagues to understand their needs and facilitate collaboration
  • Managing a quality service – tell us when and how you have worked with colleagues to set priorities, objectives and timescales under challenging circumstances

In your examples you should include evidence on ‘how’ you demonstrated the requirements and the impact of your work, as well as ‘what’ you did.

Technical – Data science skills

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

  • data science expertise
  • working practices
  • programming and coding skills

Technical – Analytical Competency

For external (non-Civil Service) candidates (and unbadged candidates within the Civil Service), as well as the three civil service behaviours and Data Science skills stated above, you will be assessed on your analytical knowledge, experience and abilities, and the impact of your analytical work. 

For existing Civil Service analysts from all professions, as well as the civil service behaviours and Data Science skills stated above, you will be assessed on two sets of the relevant professional competencies at interview. Please refer to the analytical profession frameworks in the appendix section for more information.

Further Information and Appendix

We welcome applications from candidates based across the UK. Candidates will have the option of being based in the Leeds or London HQ offices (with flexible working arrangements available) or your nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. These are in Liverpool, Leeds, South Tyneside, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham, Cardiff, and Brighton, Stafford, Ipswich, Wolverhampton, Sheffield. Alternative locations may be available and will be discussed and agreed on the completion of background checks.

Interviews are likely to take place in January 2023 and will be held via MS Teams. We will keep a merit list for a year for those who successfully pass the interview board but who are not offered a post.  If you require any additional information about the role, please contact: Data & Analysis Recruitment Team: DataAndAnalysis.Recruitment@justice.gov.uk .

Appendix

Examples of MoJ Data Science Hub work and ways of working:

  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/joined-up-data-in-government-the-future-of-data-linking-methods/splink-mojs-open-source-library-for-probabilistic-record-linkage-at-scale
  • https://mojdigital.blog.gov.uk/2018/04/05/pushing-the-boundaries-of-data-science-with-the-moj-analytical-platform/
  • https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/2058802X.2020.1726654
  • https://towardsdatascience.com/fuzzy-matching-and-deduplicating-hundreds-of-millions-of-records-using-apache-spark-93d0f095001f
  • https://dataingovernment.blog.gov.uk/2019/11/06/fostering-a-data-science-innovation-culture/
  • https://dataingovernment.blog.gov.uk/2019/10/30/engineering-the-data-of-the-future/
  • https://github.com/moj-analytical-services
  • https://criminal-justice-delivery-data-dashboards.justice.gov.uk/

Professional Competencies

Professional Competency (1) Knowledge & Skills

  • GSS – Data Analysis.
  • GORS – Knowledge and application of OR Skills and Techniques.
  • GES – Analysis of Data.
  • GSR – Knowledge and application of GSR technical skills

Professional Competency (2) Influence & Impact

  • GSS – Presenting and disseminating data effectively.
  • GORS – Achieving impact with analysis.
  • GES – Effective communication.
  • GSR – Using and promoting social research

For more information regarding Professional Competency (2) please refer to the analytical profession internet links below. Please note that some aspect of the professional competency may overlap with the MoJ competencies listed above. We therefore recommend that in providing evidence for the professional competency, candidates focus on the technical and methodology aspects of the competencies that are specific to the profession. We will use evidence presented for the MoJ competencies in assessing the wider skills candidates have.

Government Statistician Group (GSG): Further information, including a user guide, can be found within the link below: 

GSS Competency Framework 2021

Government Social Research Service (GSR): Further information can be found within the link below:

GSR Competency Framework 2022

Government Operational Research Service (GORS): Further information can be found within the link below: 

GORS Competencies

Government Economic Service (GES): Further information can be found within the link below:

GES Professional Standards 2022

Salary

The national salary range is £31,265 - £34,446, London salary range is £35,405- £39,000. Your salary will be dependent on your base location

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Pension

The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

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. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.