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People Analytics Data Scientist – 47794
£24,002 - £38,373
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.

MoJ People Group

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is one of the largest government departments and serves the public by upholding the rule of law and by delivering an efficient, fair, timely and effective justice system in which the public has confidence.

MoJ People Group is an exciting place to work, as we support the organisation through striving to make a positive contribution to people’s work experience from the time they join the organisation, to the point at which they leave. We want everyone who works for the Ministry of Justice to feel confident in their skills, ambitious for the future and fulfilled by their work and relationships with their colleagues.  This is even more important within the current Covid context as we strive to identify and create the optimal working environment and experience for employees, in which they can be as effective and productive as possible.

We are committed to:

  • Getting the basics right;
  • Focusing on the outcome we want to achieve and less on process;
  • Putting the needs of the customer at the centre of what we do;
  • Innovating wherever the opportunity presents;
  • And demonstrating efficiency and value for money.

Workforce Planning, Insight and Research Team

The Workforce Planning, Insight and Research Team within MoJ People Group, is a dynamic team which provides data-based evidence and insight across business and People Group regarding long-term future workforce trends, medium and short-term workforce plans and the experience and dynamics of our workforce today. These outputs ensure our people plans, policies and processes are data driven and evidence based, employing horizon scanning, expert forecasting, workforce planning, and people analytics using qualitative and quantitative research techniques. This is an exciting time to join a team that works to build confidence in the quality of our evidence base and the capability of our clients’ when using it, and seeks to provide future focused insight that drives improvements in the employment experience MoJ creates for its employees.

We are looking for a motivated Data Scientist to work in a challenging and exciting environment within the team. We are looking for candidates with a track record of delivering innovative solutions that have a real impact, whilst working collaboratively with others to ensure the right analytical/statistical solution is delivered in an effective and efficient way. You will have the opportunity to further embed an evidence-based approach within the MoJ and influence people and business-related decision making, covering all aspects of an employees’ experience with us. The role will include ensuring analytical methods transform findings to insightful actions and drive improvements in all people related experiences, and in doing so help to ensure the delivery of MoJ business objectives and the Civil Service workforce agenda.  This could include, but is not limited to, the areas of recruitment, leadership, employee engagement, employee wellbeing, retention, talent and development. The roles will make a pivotal contribution to what we do in the future, conducting predictive analysis about the culture and experience we need to create for employees. You will lead projects independently and work as part of larger teams consisting of data scientists and analysts.

Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities will be tailored to reflect your strengths and development needs, but you will also contribute to:

  • The vision for data science and analytics, recommending ways to improve the quality of our outputs
  • The team’s awareness of the wider data science landscape and emerging technologies
  • Drive up knowledge and build capability in the team and more widely, employing a broad range of analytical methods, techniques and approaches to enhance the maturity of analytical findings produced
  • Building best practices such as version control, unit testing, code review, and well documented applications
  • Conducting statistical analysis on bespoke questions to provide deeper understanding from experiences across the employee lifecycle
  • Working with analytical colleagues, you will bridge the gap between analysis and insights, finding effective ways to explain findings with context, to drive action and deliver business outcomes
  • Supporting the delivery of effective practices in partnership with the other People Group functions for example, drive informed recruitment practices by working with the Resourcing function or delivering predictive workforce planning analysis to support business areas achieve the required future workforce

We’re looking for a highly motivated person who meets the essential criteria:

  • A first or second class degree in behavioural science, mathematics, statistics or another relevant STEM discipline; or equivalent experience.
  • Strong analysis skills, including the ability to derive insight from multiple data sources, use of data to support debate, and problem solve.
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis techniques and an aptitude for interpreting and disseminating analytical findings.
  • Experience of coding in at least one statistical/mathematical package or programme.
  • An adaptable team player, with experience of working collaboratively and confidently with others yet is comfortable using initiative when working alone.
  • Experience of R programming.
  • Experience of using innovative visualisation techniques such as Tableau and R Shiny.

 Desirableskills:

  • Experience of conducting statistical analysis on people related data to deliver insights.
  • A willingness to work towards achieving professional badging within the Government analytical disciplines.
  • Experience of working within a People related or HR environment with knowledge of the nuances across people behavior, characteristics and traits.
  • Experience of communicating insights with a range of executive and non-executive stakeholders to influence people and policy decision making and drive positive action.

Civil Service Recruitment Process

You will be assessed against Civil service success profiles framework and be asked to provide the following information as part of the application process.

Experience

You will be asked during the application to submit:

  • An anonymised CV (Please keep the CV to no more than 2 sides of A4, remove all personal information and do not save the file with your name); and
  • A 1000-word Statement of Suitability, in which you should explain why you are the right candidate for these roles based on the technical data science skills and behaviours outlined below (note that the technical analytical competency will only be assessed at the interview stage). You may wish to provide 2 or 3 examples that cover off multiple requirements, or to address each in turn. You should include evidence on ‘how’ you demonstrated the requirements as well as ‘what’ you did. 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

Applicants Invited for Interview

If you successfully reach the interview stage, we will assess you against the following:

Behaviours

We will assess you against the Civil Service recruits using Success Profiles. Success profiles are made up of 5 elements. 

This vacancy will be assessed against the following success profile:

  • Experience
  • Strengths
  • Behaviours
  • Technical

Civil Service Success Profiles:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/success-profiles

You will be assessed against the following behaviours:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving

Technical:

  • As well as a ten-minute presentation (details of this will be sent to candidates before interview); you will be asked to provide examples of analytical evidence during the interview. This will include evidence that you can:
  • Apply quantitative analytical/data science methods effectively to drive insights that influence decision making, add value and has had impact
  • Identify, gather and bring a range of often large data sets together, identifying and resolving quality issues
  • Apply appropriate data science techniques through the use of programs such as Python and R
  • Produce robust and reproducible analysis, including using quality assurance, and automated testing
  • Use appropriate techniques to analyse the data to gain insight and evidence that solves problems or questions
  • Develop your own capability and the capability of others
  • Present findings and insights persuasively so customers engage and understand the evidence and use it to influence decisions
  • Anticipate potential further uses of data wider than solving initial problem, and can raise awareness and engagement in value of quantitative approaches

Additional information

We are an agile, smarter working team and are encouraging applications from all staff wherever they are based.

We promote and support flexible working.  Our digitally enabled team are encouraged (subject to business needs) to work remotely at least twice a week.

We will consider all applications for alternative working patterns, including reduced hours, job share, annualised hours.

For the sift we will focus on the lead competence of Making Effective Decisions.  A reserve list will be held for a period up to 6 months from which further appointments may be made. 

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Generous allowances for paid holiday starting at 25 days per year, and rising as your service increases. 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.

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as salary sacrifice arrangements for childcare vouchers, and voluntary benefits such as retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

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.

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 equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the role.

Additional Information

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

1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com);

2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (resourcing-services@justice.gov.uk);

3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

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.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

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:

The pay structure is being consulted upon and therefore the pay advertised/offered may change depending on the outcome of the consultation.  If you have any concerns, please check what the situation is before accepting any offer. 

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.

Grading Structure Review

The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.

Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.