Data Scientist

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Location: The Bridge

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Together we are Trusted to Serve Scotland.

We are looking for a Data Scientist to join our Business Analytics Team and help us turn data to valuable insights for the business .

We are an ambitious team and make use of a range of techniques including statistics, mathematics, machine learning, data mining and data visualisation to derive value from data. We use digital technology and cloud services to produce solutions that help our colleagues drive improvements in key business areas, such as asset management and leakage . We work closely with our stakeholders, through an agile process, to ensure that we solve the right problems and we deliver useful outcomes. We have a strong pool of talent within Business Analytics and offer excellent learning opportunities.

The role will involve:

  • Manipulat e structured and unstructured data from multiple sources and build algorithms to turn these into meaningful information and insight . This includes tasks like data preparation , data mining and data merging.

  • Use statistical techniques , modelling , machine learni ng tools to provide solutions and drive value with analytics.

  • Propos e and undertak e innovative analysis to evolve the capability of existing analytical products ( e.g. processes, algorithms, predictive models, tools) or look for opportunities to derive new value with ana l ytics .

  • Translat e conclusions and outputs in a way that can be easily understood by others.

  • Work closely with a wide range of colleagues towards co-creating solutions that are tailored to specific data and business needs.

Essential Skills:

  • A proven ability to extract patterns, trends or models from real-world data sets.

  • Ability to work effectively within a team environment.

  • Strong communicat ion skills .

  • Degree in a numerate discipline such as Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science or an equivalent quantitative course .

  • P rogramming languages such as R, Python, MATLAB .

  • 3+ years experience of applying a wide range of analytical techniques in a business setting or in a research-based role within a university or equivalent setting.

Desirable Skills:

  • A proven ability to translate complex analytical outcomes into business intelligence that can be easily understood and used by others who have limited experience of analytical techniques.

  • Experience in parallelised processing, e.g. Spark, Hadoop.

  • Experience with the Microsoft Azure tool suite.

  • Experience of knowledge elicitation techniques and how to combine knowledge from multiple sources.

  • Experience of applying analytical techniques in the water industry.

Salary: £ 33,684 - £46,224 depending on experience

Closing Date: 19th July 2021

Working at Scottish Water

Scottish Water is one of the UK's leading water companies, the quality of drinking water and satisfaction with the service we provide our customers has never been higher - but we want to be even better – and you could help play an important part!


We take employee engagement very seriously and have an inclusive and collaborative work environment where we respect people’s differences. We are committed to creating an engaging environment and a positive experience for our employees and we have an inclusive and collaborative work environment. We were recently recognised by The Times as a Top 50 Employer for Women 2019. In 2017 we won the Diversity in the Public Sector Award 2017 (Herald and GenAnalytics) and the HR Network Award for Talent Management 2017. We also have Carers Positive Exemplary Status. We aim for work to be an energising and fulfilling experience and everyone plays their part to ensure that Scottish Water is trusted to serve our customers and communities.


We are passionate about creating opportunities for young people and are proud to have achieved the Gold standard in the Investors in Young People accreditation, demonstrating our commitment to creating rewarding opportunities for young people.


You will have access to a host of benefits which include 37 days holiday a year, a defined benefit pension scheme, a discounted medical cash plan and cycle to work, plus a variety of agile working arrangements and family-friendly policies designed to support your wellbeing.

Next Steps

Any offer of employment with Scottish Water will be subject to the successful completion of a mandatory pre-employment screening process, including Disclosure Scotland and eligibility to work in the UK. Details can be found on our website.

For more information about this role or if you require any additional support throughout the application process please contact the recruitment team: SWRecruitment@scottishwater.co.uk

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