Job description

Background

There are few jobs where you can make a real difference to the 40 million consumers of financial products, the 2 million people who work in the UK Financial Services industry, and the stability of our economy as a whole. The FCA has three objectives. It is responsible for:

  • ensuring that markets operate with integrity;

  • promoting effective competition; and

  • protecting consumers of financial services.

The RegTech & Advanced Analytics department is driving digital transformation to enable the FCA to become a more effective and efficient regulator.

Our team of advanced analytics and data science experts combine cutting-edge techniques with the latest tools and technology to help our organisation identify breakthrough insights that deliver results.

Our principal objective is to deliver business value and improve decision-making by generating insights that yield better, faster decisions.

What does this job involve?

As an Associate in our Advanced Analytics Team, you will take our analytics capabilities to the next level, helping us discover the information hidden in our unique datasets, using your skills to unlock insights that we can use to solve problems, improve ways of working and advance our ability to proactively identify harm.

You will be working in close collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of data scientists, business analysts, visualisation specialists, communication professionals and subject matter experts.

In this role, there Is a huge opportunity to grow professionally whilst learning from some brilliant thinkers in how to apply analytics in a business context. Working with various analytics tools and methodologies, the you will get first-hand exposure to financial regulation, our business challenges and acquire useful, transferable skills both in analytics application, and working collaboratively with colleagues to deliver tangible business impact. We also offer a wide range of learning and development opportunities tailored to your career goals and interests.

If you have a passion for data, are naturally curious, and have problem solving in your DNA, this could be the role for you.

Skills and experience profile we are looking for

We appreciate that every candidate has a different combination of skills and experience. Below is an outline of the profile we think would be best suited to the job.

Expected

  • Degree in mathematics, statistics, computer science or related field.

  • Ability to use knowledge of core data science techniques to solve analytical problems, improve operations or advance our ability to proactively identify harm.

  • Good fluency with scripting in Python or R, demonstrating and knowledge of machine learning and visualisation libraries.

  • Familiarity with a handling large data sets and use of a query language (e.g. SQL).

  • Keen problem solver with ability to diagnose problems and suggest solutions with little supervision.

  • Ability to build good relationships, solve problems pragmatically and display strong interpersonal skills.

  • Proven ability to present data analysis in clear and succinct manner that is tailored to relevant audience.

  • Self-starter with ability to prioritise and deliver to a high standard and exercise sound judgement in decision-making, delivering excellent outcomes, with the flexibility to change priorities when required.

  • Ability to conduct research, conduct literature reviews and synthesise relevant research papers.

Desirable

  • Proven experience in developing and deploying a range of Machine Learning techniques (supervised and unsupervised learning).

  • Experience of querying and analysing data from relational databases and understanding of data models, data dictionary and data taxonomies.

  • Hands-on experience of visualisation techniques and dashboarding tools (e.g. Tableau).

  • Ability to summarise results and produce reports to a high standard.

What will I get from the role?

  • You will have the opportunity work in a new and growing team and significantly influence how the FCA builds the use of data science methods into how it operates and evaluates markets. This will help the organisation be more effective in what it does, to the benefit of consumers in the UK.

Useful Information:

This role is graded TS C Associate we are recruiting for multiple roles, and as a result some roles may be aligned to a core business function.

Salary - £35,000 - £45,000 + Competitive Benefits package

Job Post will close on Tuesday 7th December 2021

If you would like to know more about this role or are interested in applying, please contact Daniel Dowling on Daniel.Dowling@fca.org.uk

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