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Modeller & Data Scientist – 62970
£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.

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service 

Directorate: HMCTS Finance, Governance and Performance, Analysis & Performance Team
Job Title:  Modeller and Data Scientist

Depending on location, experience and professional membership

Number of Jobs:1

Detail of Reserve List:12 Months 

Pay Band: Higher Executive Officer HEO

Post Type:Permanent 

Working Pattern:Full Time, Flexible 

Location:  National (London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds) and other major HMCTS locations will be considered.

Overview 

Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is an agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) supporting the Judiciary across England and Wales. It aims to ensure access to justice for all.  The Finance, Governance and Performance (FGP) directorate supports the organisation’s overall strategy and empowers senior leaders to make strategic data driven business decisions. 

The Analysis and Performance team provides HMCTS, the MoJ and the Judiciary with the analysis that underpins strategic and operational decisions. Working closely with our stakeholders in the Judiciary, we develop a set of forecast models for Courts and Tribunals across England and Wales, driving business decisions for the next decade while also responding to short term, unexpected disruptions. Another priority project is focused on improving our understanding of the volume and nature of outstanding cases in the Crown court using machine learning approaches. We also assess the impact of disruptions during the Covid 19 pandemic to inform recovery planning.

Job Description

This is an opportunity to further develop your analytical skills with innovative projects in a large organisation working across multiple services that will help deliver better services for millions of citizens. You should already be confident at manipulating and analysing datasets and in communicating the results.

Key responsibilities

  • Modelling: develop and interpret data models using agile methodology and modern tools and platforms, such as R, Python, SQL, Power BI, GitHub, or cloud data services.
  • Data visualisation: Reporting and visualising different types of quantitative information in an accessible way tailored to a target audience of senior decision makers.
  • Stakeholder engagement:  clearly communicating, verbally and in writing, the key messages of complex ideas and concepts to a variety of audiences.
  • Embed new best practice: Find and share best practices to support the development of the team.

Key Skills 

  • Data analysis skills: Knowledge and experience of data preparation, exploration analysis; application of statistical and/or modelling methodologies; presentation of results using good visualisations.
  • Developing data analysis solutions: Experience with a modern analytical tool, for example R, Python or SQL.
  • Achieving impact with analysis. A problem-solving approach with curiosity and proactivity to engage and understand both the strategic business goals and our customer’s needs. 
  • Interpersonal skills: Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with business partners and stakeholders.

Your Development

  • You will have access to a wide range of professional analytical development, such as online training, taught courses, one-to-one coaching and a large peer-support network. 

Essential criteria 

  • Experience in quantitative data analysis in a data driven role.
  • Eligibility to join, or membership in an Analytical Profession (for example Government Operational Research Service (GORS), Government Statistical Service (GSS), Government Economic Service (GES), or Digital, Data and Technology (DDAT)).Membership – Government Analysis Function – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  • Posts are available on level transfer or on promotion.

Behaviours 

We’ll assess you against these behaviours (Civil Service Behaviours), during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Technical (see below)

If we receive high volumes of applications, we will sift only on the lead behaviour of “Working Together”. 

Technical skills 

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

  • Please provide up to 250 words on how you meet the analytical skills in the Key Skills section of this job description, for example in a recent project.

Application 
 
We will assess on behaviours and technical skills as listed in the advertisement, so in the application you are asked to provide four short paragraphs, three on the behaviours and one on the technical skills.  If we receive high volumes of applications, we will sift only on the technical skills aspects of the application. 

Interview 
 
The interview will involve a discussion around the strengths, behaviours & technical skills required for this role. Candidates will also need to prepare a 5-minute verbal presentation (no handouts). This will be followed by short follow-up questions. 
The presentation topic will be sent to the candidate before the interview. 

Please note, subject to demand, we anticipate the need for more analysts at this grade. Successful candidates who are not appointed may be contacted within 12 months for consideration.

Flexible working options 

HMCTS offers a flexible working system in many of its offices. 

Job Sharing and Reduced Hours 

All applications for job sharing or reduced hours will be treated fairly and, on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the MoJ’s flexible working policy and equality policy. 

Excess Fares and Relocation Allowances 

This job is not eligible for relocation allowances, but excess fares may be considered in accordance with MoJ’s excess fares allowance policy. 

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 UKor 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.