Principal Data Scientist - Datalab

Location: London W12

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Job Introduction

The BBC aims to stimulate and delight audiences across the UK with distinctive, creative content. To support this aim, BBC is entering a new charter period of significant and exciting change, developing new capabilities in order to define a BBC fit for the next generation.

OUR MISSION: To inform, educate and entertain all audiences, to deliver our public purposes

OUR AIM: To reinvent the BBC for a new generation

We’ll do this through... OUR AMBITIONS: Making sure everyone gets value from the BBC, world-class creativity, global reach, financial stability and making the BBC an even greater place to work.

Main Responsibilities

This is a hands-on role, where you are expected to use your technical skills to deliver value to the BBC’s audience.

A Principal Data Scientist is T-Shaped, mixing a breadth and depth of knowledge. Along with helping to put ML into production at BBC scale, the Principal Data Scientist will be expected to make the data science team around them better, by being a coach, a mentor, and a communicator.

You are expected to have impact beyond your immediate team, throughout the Datalab, and the wider BBC. You will be responsible for the results of algorithms that get put into production.

We expect you to have experience in deploying machine learning into production (ideally on a cloud platform) for millions of users, and also in coaching and mentoring more junior team members. You should have had a wide exposure to different machine learning algorithms and should be experts in data science best practice (making sure we deploy the simplest possible algorithms first and that there is proper evaluation in place).

Experience with model management / algorithmic lifecycle management / MLOps, as well as involvement in the data science community, would be strong positives.

Are you the right candidate?

Technical skills and analytical thinking:
Strong understanding of analysis, machine learning and data science techniques, including recent advances and their applications for implementation in a production environment

Expert in data science best practice

Ability to work with a big data framework and knowledge of the main challenges involved

Understanding of how to evaluate algorithms and of model lifecycle management

Good general programming skills

Knowledge of code management and deployment

Teamwork and stakeholder management :
Proven track record of delivering value in production

A structured approach, clarity of thought and an ability to bring others on the journey

Ability to mentor others and elevate a team

Ability to clearly communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences

Ability to listen to others’ ideas and build on them

Ability to put themselves in the shoes of the audience

Ability to prioritise

A candidate who is excited about personal development and learning

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

Package Description

Band: D

Contract type: Continuing

Location: London / Glasgow / Remote

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application . There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.

Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.

Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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