Home Office

DDaT - Data Services and Analytics (DSA) - Lead Da...

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£52,051 - £63,175
National: £52,051 min, £57,254 max London: £57,434 min, £63,175 max - This role also attracts DDaT or analytical RRA between £2,000 - £9,500 depending on professional badging, skills and experience.


Grade 7

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HO - Digital Data and Technology

Type of role

Architecture and Data
Information Technology
Operational Research

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time, Compressed Hours

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Croydon Lunar House / Manchester Soapworks / Sheffield Vulcan House

About the job


The Home Office is a major government department, at the front line of keeping citizens safe and the country secure since 1782. The Home Office leads on immigration and passports, refugee protection, counter-terrorism, policing, fire services, and crime and drugs policy.

The operational data science team sits at the heart of the Home Office’s transformation into a data-driven department, within Data Services and Analytics (DSA), one of the most advanced data analytics centres in government. Our team consists of over 30 data scientists, coming from a range of professions and backgrounds.

You will be responsible for leading on building and delivering business-critical analytical data products used across the Home Office. Our success depends on our ability to exploit the latest technologies to create secure, resilient products and solutions which can drive everyday operations and decision making.

For more details about our ways of working and how our work fits into the Home Office and its digital department please refer to the candidate information pack attached at the end of the job advert.

Job description

Lead Data Scientists are experienced data scientists who oversee several projects of high political exposure, value or complexity. We are looking for data scientists who are curious at heart and enjoy solving problems. You will be a leader and a team player, and take ownership of the projects, features and services your team looks after and above all you will want to support our mission to transform the critical systems we look after.

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary agile team, alongside other digital roles such as data engineers, software developers, testers, user researchers, designers and product managers. You will have access to our fully supported secure development environment, where we typically use Python and other open-source tools, with Git for version control and effective collaboration.


A professional qualification is not required to apply for this role. If interested, candidates will have the option to be badged as analysts for the government operational research or statistical professions (GORS or GSG). Existing civil servants from GORS or GSG will be able to maintain their professional badging if applying on transfer level, or to apply for a higher level if applying on promotion.

If you are interested please contact us for further details, and we can set up appropriate arrangements at interview stage to cover the badging part. GORS or GSG badging can also be obtained following appointment.

Recruitment and Retention Allowance (RRA)

This post is eligible for DDaT RRA. Successful candidates with exceptional skills and experience may apply for a Recruitment Retention Allowance between £2,000 - £9,500. This allowance is subject to an initial review within six months of taking up the post and thereafter an annual review in line with departmental priorities and could be reduced or withdrawn at any time.


Your main day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • Technical leadership within a multi-disciplinary agile product team, working in high-profile operational areas.

  • Providing strategic direction for a capability or product area, alongside other Digital Data & Technology (DDaT) professions.

  • Designing data science pipelines at scale using a range of tools and technologies, including cloud-based technologies, and advising on best practice.

  • Leading ad-hoc data exploration and proof of concept models, helping the department to identify strategic insights and new products.

  • Influencing senior stakeholder decisions by clearly communicating complex messages to technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Identifying future areas of innovation and showing how it can be applied to the organisation and wider government.

  • Developing and applying a strategic approach to ethics, data governance, security, and analytical quality assurance.

  • Line managing, mentoring and training junior data scientists, promoting continuous professional development.

Essential Criteria

You will have demonstrable passion for data science, with the following skills or some experience in:

  • Leading a team and setting best practice to develop programming and analysis skills of self and others.

  • Working with customers and other digital professions to convert business needs into data-driven solutions, meeting stakeholders’ strategic goals.

  • Confidently communicating technical and analytical findings and recommendations that inform wider decisions to senior audiences, using media tailored to the audience.

  • Understanding the benefits of applying data science techniques to analyse data, provide insights and solve problems in a real-world setting and developing strategies for increasing their adoption where relevant.

  • Understanding software and data engineering essentials, including producing repeatable pipelines, version control, testing strategies and performance optimisation.

  • Demonstrating a deep understanding of data privacy, data protection and the ethical implications of data science.

Desirable Criteria

Ideally you will also have the following skills or some experience in:

  • Picking up new technologies relevant to the data manipulation, data analytics and visualisation domain.

  • Working with ‘big data’ challenges such as high volume, variety or velocity of data, correlation, association and inference.

  • Creating automated reporting solutions or bespoke data visualisations with embedded analytics including User Interface (UI) design best practices.

  • Cloud-based technologies.

  • Demonstrating a strong grasp of Analytical Quality Assurance (AQA).

  • Setting and implementing a strategic vision for a product or service.

  • Working in multidisciplinary agile teams.

Please note: If you are currently an agency member of staff working within the Home Office, you can only apply for roles that are advertised externally, i.e. outside the civil service. If you are eligible to apply for a role, you are required to select yourself as an external applicant and not internal when submitting your application on Civil Service jobs. This will prevent any delays in pre-employment checks should you become successful in being made an offer of employment after the Interview stage.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Achieving Impact with Analysis
  • Analytics


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension

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Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete:

  • a CV detailing job history/skills
  • a statement of suitability (personal statement) (maximum 1000 words)

The statement of suitability should be aligned to demonstrate your skills and experience for the role and how you meet the essential criteria as detailed in the job description.

The sift will be held on the statement of suitability (personal statement) and CV.

If you are successful at sift stage, you will be invited to an interview which will be a blended approach of technical-based questions and behaviour-based questions.

Please see the Candidate Information Pack and Home Office Data Science Competency Framework attached at the end of the job advert for further information on our assessment criteria.

Sift and Interview dates

Sift is expected to take place week commencing 30th May 2022.

Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 13th June 2022. We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert, however on occasions these dates may change.

While COVID-19 remains a risk, interviews will be carried out via video. Candidates will be required to have access to:

  • A laptop (personal or work) with a working webcam
  • Good internet connection
  • Skype for Business/Microsoft Teams

Further information

Please read the essential skills for this position carefully. We will only consider those who meet the listed requirement.

If you have previously made an unsuccessful application for a role with the same essential skills and are not able to demonstrate how you have developed these skills since your last application please reconsider applying as your application is unlikely to be successful.

For meaningful checks to be carried out, individuals need to have lived in the UK for a sufficient period of time to enable appropriate checks to be carried out and produce a result which provides the required level of assurance. You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for the last 3 years if the role requires CTC clearance, 5 years for SC clearance and 10 years for DV. A lack of UK residency in itself is not necessarily a bar to a security clearance and applicants should contact the Vacancy Holder/Recruiting Manager listed in the advert for further advice.

A reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for 12 months. Should another role become available within that period you may be offered this position.

We often have similar roles available at different grades. If a candidate is suitable for a similar role, or a lower grade than they have applied for, we may offer the candidate that role without the need to go through a further selection process providing the role has the same behaviours and essential skills.

Every day, Home Office civil servants do brilliant work to develop and deliver policies and services that affect the lives of people across the country and beyond. To do this effectively and fairly, the Home Office is committed to representing modern Britain in all its diversity, and creating a welcoming, inclusive workplace where all our people are able to bring their whole selves to work and perform at their best.

We are flexible, skilled, professional and diverse. We work to recruit and retain disabled staff and area Disability Confident Leader. We are proud to be one of the most ethnically diverse departments in the civil service. We are Stonewall top 100 Workplace Equality Employer and a Social Mobility Foundation top 75 employer.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant's details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

For further information please see the attached notes for candidates which must be read before making an application.

Existing Civil Servants should note that some of the Home Office terms and conditions of employment have changed. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the Terms and Conditions they will adopt should they be successful in application and should refer to the notes for candidates for further details.

Transfer Terms: Voluntary.

If you are invited to an interview you will be required to bring a range of documentation for the purposes of establishing identity and to aid any pre-employment checks.

Please see the attached list of Home Office acceptable ID documents.

Any move to the Home Office from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at here

Reasonable Adjustments

If a person with disabilities is at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

  • Contact Government Recruitment Service via HOrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs

  • Complete the “Assistance Required” section in the “Additional Requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you're deaf, a language service professional

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the ‘Contact point for applicants’ section.


Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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Contact point for applicants

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  • Email :

Recruitment team :

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Further information

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