Data Scientist

Location: Bristol BS1

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Methods Analytics is currently recruiting for a Data Scientist to join our team on a permanent basis. This role will include some work on client sites and frequent visits to our main offices in Sheffield and/or Bristol.

Please note due to current COVID restrictions this role will be remote working until restrictions have been lifted.
Methods Analytics
Methods Analytics is a citizen-focused data services provider. Founded in 2013 we enable our customers to use data to do good things and solve difficult problems.
We work across Health and Care, Central Government and Lifesciences, undertaking projects and delivering services that span the full data lifecycle from Strategy to Interaction. We combine passionate people, sector specific insight and technical excellence to provide an end-to-end data service. Our approach is collaborative, creative and user centric. Our outputs are transparent, robust and transformative.
We are building a new strategy function, to further accelerate towards our goal of measurably improving society by helping people make better decisions with data. We are looking for a Central Government Lead to build and execute on a strategy that further aligns our team, data services and commercial offers to Central Government policy. You will be empowered by our multi-disciplinary delivery team of data scientists, architects, engineers and designers, and supported to market by our expanding commercial team. Building from our existing Central Government customers and working alongside peers in Health & Care, and Lifesciences, this role will be pivotal in our continued growth. We believe this role is a great opportunity for someone passionate about data and technology, to shape innovative projects that improve the lives of citizens.

The ideal candidate will have an analytical and problem-solving mindset with have several years of experience in data analysis, visualisation and modelling using structured and unstructured data sets. In addition to broad data skills and a deep understanding of the scientific models used, they should have a track record of impacting the business with successful data science projects.
We value discussion and debate as part of our approach. We will question assumptions, ambition, and process – but do so with respect and humility. We relish difficult problems, and overcome them with innovation, creativity, and technical freedom to help us design the optimal solution. We treat data with respect and use it only for the right purpose: ethics, privacy and quality are at the heart of our work and we will not sacrifice these for outcomes. We strive for interactions that are engaging, informative and fun in equal measure, while maintaining a steely focus on outcomes and delivering high-quality products for our customers.
The Data Scientist will be expected to work as part of the Methods Analytics Delivery team and will report to the Lead Data Scientist. The workload will be a blend of client assignments and internal company projects. They will be heavily involved in running analytical projects and experiments in a methodical manner and will regularly evaluate models and approaches to solutions. The ideal candidate will have a good intuition about the inner workings of statistical models and how to implement them. They avoid logical flaws in their models, doubt systems that perform too well, and take pride in preparing data correctly.
We are looking for an individual that can work independently and take initiative to develop innovative solutions while working seamlessly in a team, delivering work to a high standard and meeting deadlines. The candidate will be expected to actively share knowledge and mentor more junior members of the team. Although they will have a portfolio of responsibilities specific to their area of expertise and grade, they will be expected to develop a set of skills, competencies, and knowledge to operate effectively within their role.

  • Promote and apply data science to improve project delivery, assisting other senior members of the Data Science and Delivery team.
  • Apply an analytical mindset to ensure complex information from a range of sources is appropriately analysed and interpreted.
  • Produce high-quality, efficient code for both data preparation and analysis.
  • Research and develop statistical learning models for data analysis.
  • Formulate business problems into hypotheses for analysis, utilising innovative techniques to address these.
  • Share knowledge with other members of the team.
  • Clearly and confidently present complex analytical results in a clear and simple manner to key stakeholders, clients, and other team members.
  • Heavily contribute on development of the company knowledge base and provide feedback on new knowledge artefacts.
  • Provide efficient face-to-face, telephone, and written communications with all levels of management and clients.
Ideal Candidates will demonstrate:
  • Degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics, or similar field, with at least 3 years of experience in data analysis, visualisation, and modelling.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Apply an analytical mindset to ensure complex information from a range of sources is appropriately analysed and interpreted.
  • Advanced knowledge of data management and pre-processing.
  • Experience with machine learning and applied statistical techniques, including error propagation and statistical tests.
  • Deep understanding of different techniques’ strengths, limitations to choose a suitable modelling approach.
  • High proficiency in using coding languages (e.g. Python) together with their data science libraries and packages.
  • Experience with version control and the use of best practices in a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to create impactful visualisations, appropriate to the audience, to draw insight informing business problems.
  • Understanding of data governance principles, including security, privacy, and risk control metrics.
  • Ability to communicate results, techniques, and general issues to a technical and lay audience in a clear manner.
Desirable Skills
  • Working knowledge of object-oriented programming and development of pipelines.
  • Experience with shell scripting language and command line e.g. Bash.
  • Experience of working with deep learning and image recognition.
  • Experience of big data technologies, cloud storage, and analytics engines.
  • Experience with manual and automatic testing.
  • Experience with SQL, NoSQL, and graph databases.
  • Experience with Natural Language Processing (NLP).
  • Experience with stakeholder engagement, technical clients, and people management.
  • Experience of the Healthcare, Defence, or Life-sciences sectors.
Methods Analytics is passionate about its people; we want our colleagues to develop the things they are good at and enjoy.

By joining us you can expect
  • Autonomy to develop and grow your skills and experience
  • Be part of exciting project work that is making a difference in society
  • Strong, inspiring and thought-provoking leadership
  • A supportive and collaborative environment
As well as this, we offer:
Development access to LinkedIn Learning, a management development programme and training
Wellness 24/7 Confidential employee assistance programme
Social - office parties, pizza Friday and commitment to charitable causes
Time off 25 days a year
Pension Salary Exchange Scheme with 4% employer contribution and 5% employee contribution
Discretionary Company Bonus based on company and individual performance
Life Assurance of 4 times base salary
Private Medical Insurance which is non-contributory (spouse and dependants included)
Worldwide Travel Insurance which is non-contributory (spouse and dependants included)

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