Job description

Data Scientist
Location: UK Flexible - Hybrid working (Home or office based)
Contract type: 12 months Fixed Term Contract
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Salary: £40,000 per annum (plus London Weighting if applicable)

As a Data Scientist, you'll work with colleagues in the Insight and Improvement department to embed data science as a key component of our evidence-based approach to service design, development, and delivery of our UK based services.

A key part of your role will be harnessing the power of complex datasets to understand opportunities and challenges for our UK services; you'll analyse data to identify service user's needs and vulnerabilities, demand for support, as well as the organisation's capacity to respond. You'll use your advanced analytical skills to present data into a language or formats that cam be understood by a diverse range of stakeholders, including those who may not be data savvy, and that are insightful and actionable.

One of the primary focuses of this role will be designing and developing forecasts and other anticipatory analyses of potential need for humanitarian support in the UK. Knowledge of forecasting methods such as time series analysis would be an advantage, but we would encourage applications from people who might lack this skillset but are keen to develop it.

You'll also seek out new and innovative data science techniques that could add value to our insights, such as sentiment analysis of social media, and will measure and champion their impact.

Behind every great cause, there's a great team that makes everything possible.

The role of Data Scientist sits within the Insight and Improvement department; a single 'go' to' place for evidence and insight and support to develop and evaluate services in UK Operations. Insight and Improvement are responsible for supporting the collection of high-quality data about the UK services we deliver and their impact for service users, using this data to provide insight and evidence to drive service improvement.

In this role you will be required to attend occasional events at our London Head offer and other UK sites.

What we're looking for

  • Intermediate to advanced skills in a common data science programming language (ideally R, but Python also acceptable)
  • Advanced data visualisation skills, including geographical mapping
  • Intermediate to advanced statistical analysis skills
  • Intermediate GIS skills
  • Experience of full data pipeline - from cleaning and wrangling to visualisation and modelling
  • The ability to work to work independently and prioritise a varied workload

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Tuesday the 7th of February 2023 with interviews to follow.

Please note that early application is encouraged, as we'll be reviewing applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert in advance of the advertised closing date.


We offer a wide range of staff benefits, including:

  • 36 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays) - pro rata for part time staff
  • Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
  • Up to 6% contributory pension
  • Flexible working policy
  • Discounts from a range of online and high street retailers

A little bit more about us ...

The British Red Cross help anyone, anywhere in the UK; get the support they need if crisis strikes. From hiring a wheelchair or dealing with loneliness, to adjusting to life in a new country - we're there when you need us.

Our organisation was born out of a desire to bring help without discrimination. Impartiality and neutrality have been central values for the Red Cross since we started.

At the British Red Cross, we are looking for the best people to help us provide support to millions of people affected by crisis in the UK. We want our team to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, offering equal opportunities to everyone, regardless of; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Diversity is something we celebrate and we want you to be able to bring your authentic-self to the Red Cross. We want you to feel that you are in an inclusive environment, and a great position to help us spread the power of kindness.

In the British Red Cross we will not tolerate any form of misconduct, including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. We have a code of conduct in place, and are committed to creating a culture of integrity in the organisation where misconduct is not tolerated, situations of abuse are quickly investigated and perpetrators are dealt with effectively.

If you are appointed to a role within BRC you will be subject to the organisation's Code of Conduct, a copy of which you can find on our website.

As part of its recruitment and selection process the British Red Cross undertakes DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checking of all individuals who regularly work with or have access to children and vulnerable adults.

If driving is an essential requirement of the role, appropriate driver checks will be completed in line with current policy.

The British Red Cross, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738).

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