Lead Data Scientist

Location: London

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Role Summary and Purpose:

At SNC Lavalin Atkins, data is at the heart of how we solve our client's most complex and critical challenges. For example, we’re saving lives and reducing disruption by developing computer vision solutions to pre-emptively identify hazards on the rail network. We’re streamlining passenger experiences by developing biometric airport security solutions. And we’re developing cutting edge machine learning and AI tools to ensure large and complex projects are delivered on time and budget. We are in a unique position as we have access to vast quantities of data, world leading domain specialists on tap and an extremely diverse range of clients with unique challenges.

The Data Intelligence Practice helps our clients organise, analyse and visualise their data to create actionable insight from static and real-time sources using industry leading tools and techniques. Our markets are Aerospace, Defence, Security, Government & Infrastructure (Energy, Water, Transport).

As a Lead Data Scientist in our Data Intelligence Practice you will be able to apply cutting edge data analytics techniques to solve real-world problems. You will be able to see clearly how the work you do impacts society and you will have access to a wealth of un-tapped historic and real-time data. You will be responsible for leading and growing a team of data scientists, nurturing an industry leading capability and ensuring an excellent quality of delivery across a diverse mix of client engagements.

You will join an expanding and diverse team where you will be given the opportunity to gain a wide range of experience, develop your skills and have lots of fun in the process.

Read more about how you can thrive with us.


This is a key role in a rapidly developing part of our business and you will:

  • Engage directly with clients and domain experts to understand their challenges and propose data science solutions.
  • Use data analysis techniques to prove hypothesis by building statistical models using a range of tools including Python, Spark and R.
  • Set up best practice data science capabilities and processes including ML/Ops and Model Lifecycle Management.
  • Use cutting edge visualisation techniques to enable our Clients to better explore the patterns and trends hidden within their data.
  • Evaluate and apply machine learning (including deep learning) algorithms on data to create insights.
  • Work collaboratively with data engineers and software engineers to develop prototypes and deployable solutions.
  • Support the data science team to achieve their potential through active technical leadership and coaching.

What you can bring:

The successful candidate is likely to have the following attributes:

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and lead others, and to work with minimal direction, with the proven ability to coordinate complex activities.
  • Experience in developing and delivering presentations for internal and external stakeholders.
  • A problem-solving mindset and the ability to make conceptual links between real word problems and data analytics solutions.
  • Strong grasp of numbers, statistics, mathematical concepts, and algorithms, degree qualified in a related subject.
  • Experience of implementing Model Cycle Management/ML-Ops for multiple experiments.
  • Experience of managing/mentoring team of data scientists.
  • Knowledge of data structures, relational data, and big data platforms.
  • Experience of handling unstructured data such as images, point cloud, text etc.
  • Understanding of Machine Learning, e.g.: linear/logistic regression, random forest, SVM, neural networks, etc., with demonstrable experience in their application to real-word problems.
  • Experience with NLP and linguistic approaches for retrieval, interpretation, and pushing of insight from scientific literature.
  • Proficiency with machine and deep learning frameworks such as TensorFlow, Keras.
  • Experience with techniques to retrieve actionable feature insight from deep neural networks.
  • Experience with developing and provisioning sustainable solutions within cloud-based ecosystems (e.g. Microsoft Azure, AWS).

Applications will close on 22nd of June and interviews will begin shortly thereafter. Please advise if you have any restrictions on availability.

Why work for Atkins?

Our ADS&T teams provide independent and objective advice in mission-critical sectors. Join us to make a direct difference in helping our country to achieve its security and defence goals. From advisory, conceptual design and acquisition, through transformation, manufacture, certification and in-service support. You'll be working alongside some of the top people in the industry.

We value diversity and believe that everyone deserves to thrive, without exception. So, you'll be part of a culture that wants to see more women in senior roles. We have signed the MoD's Women in Defence and Women in Aviation and Aerospace charters. These pledges include providing opportunities for women to succeed at all levels. We're also committed to being a Military friendly employer and have been recognised with the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Gold Employer Recognition Award.

Meeting your needs:

To help you get the most out of life in and outside of work, we offer employees Total Reward. It's a package that can be tailored to your changing lifestyle, career and personal needs. You'll enjoy benefits such as partner discounts, leadership training, professional, accreditations, and career planning for any stage of your career.

Making sure you're supported is important to us. So if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk through any adjustments you might need.

Read more about 'Total Reward'.

More about us:

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed. Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.


Atkins is committed to developing its people both personally and professionally. Our colleagues have the advantage of access to a high ranging training portfolio and development activities designed to help make the best of individual’s abilities and talents. We also actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Flexible working:

We know that different people have different priorities, which is why we're here to support you. Flexible and remote working is a central part of our culture. So, talk to us about what's ideal for you – from reduced weeks to buying more leave over school holidays. And if you're returning from a career break, ask us how we can help you transition back into work with us.

Diversity & inclusion:

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.


This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.


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