Data Scientist

Location: London

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Roles based in London will receive an additional London Weighting of £3,424.


Senior Executive Officer
NCA G3/ Police Inspector

Contract type


Type of role

Architecture and Data
Information Technology

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Bristol, London, Warrington

About the job


As a Data Scientist in NDEC you will collate and manipulate large datasets to create analytical products that inform NCA operational delivery. You will demonstrate technical leadership through coaching and mentoring junior members of staff and collaborating and sharing knowledge with other teams.

You will be working at the cutting edge of data exploitation for law enforcement, using your skills in data science to deliver real world impact to safeguard UK citizens.

This role is vital in ensuring our operational staff have the right tools to lead the fight against serious and organised crime threats. NDEC is a fast-paced environment and our teams work collaboratively and creatively to deliver analytical products and data science solutions that solve exciting, unique and challenging operational problems, therefore excellent communication skills are essential to excel at this role.

Job description

Join us and be part of a fast-paced team working together to fight serious and organised crime across the UK. If you like a challenge and enjoy a varied workday, you’ll feel at home here.

At the NCA we put our people first, providing opportunities for you to grow and succeed as individuals and working together as part of a team. Love learning? Great, we’re looking for self-starters who we can support through our professional communities and training to further your knowledge and development.

We’re growing and evolving, and we need people like you to help us achieve our ambition of putting data exploitation at the heart of our fight against serious and organised crime.

To be considered, you will need to successfully complete an SC Enhanced clearance before commencing the role with the ability to obtain a DV clearance within the first 12 months in post.

***All NCA officers must hold SC Enhanced upon entry as a minimum. To meet the National Security Vetting requirements for this role you will need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 3 out of the past 5 years. For more information please see the Candidate information Pack***


What will I be doing?
  • Technical Leadership: Manage and support the workload of other technical staff. Provide technical expertise and knowledge to coach, mentor and develop junior members of the team and help scope
solutions and pursue new ways of working with data and tools.
  • Team-working: Work in a multi-functional team to develop complex data analytical products and data science solutions to operational problems across the NCA.
  • Data Management: Gather data from a variety of sources and manage large datasets in accordance with best practice.
  • Software Analysis: Apply appropriate analytical methods and software tooling to datasets and articulate the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
  • Data Manipulation: Manipulate large datasets to solve analytical challenges and provide support to intelligence-led enforcement activity.
  • Solution Management: Develop scientifically robust and innovative solutions to technical challenges.
  • Data Handling: Develop and implement processes for direct data capture and analysis.
  • Quality Assurance: Ensure the quality, secure handling and dissemination of data and analytical products, whilst ensuring confidentiality and sensitivity in line with NCA policy and enterprise governance standards.
  • Collaboration: Contribute to the sharing and dissemination of knowledge and findings across the broader analytical and NCA community as appropriate.
  • Communication: Build working relationships with colleagues across the NCA’s technical community to develop skills and cross-functional working.


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership

Technical skills

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

  • Experience of programming in either statistics or machine learning (e.g. R or Python) to solve data science problems in a professional context. E.g. NLP, Network Analysis, SciKit Learn / TensorFlow.
  • Experience in employing data visualisation techniques in a meaningful way to non-technical audiences.
  • Experience in the use of data to identify business problems, collaborating with others, both technical and non-technical to build new data exploitation capabilities.
  • Knowledgeable of a breadth of techniques available for manipulating and analysing data over multiple datasets from a wide variety of sources. E.g. NLP, Network Analysis, SciKit Learn / TensorFlow.


If you are an active police pension member immediately prior to joining the NCA, you can continue your membership throughout your employment with us as if you were a serving police officer. If you do remain an active member and subsequently return to a police force, you should be able to continue your membership there too.

All officers in the NCA are members of the UK Civil Service. You will be eligible for:

  • Civil Service pension scheme
  • 26 days annual leave rising to 31 on completion of 5 years continuous service
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Cycle2work scheme

We take the welfare of NCA officers very seriously. All staff have access to Occupational Health services and there are a number of staff representative groups. We also have a range of sporting and other activities on offer.

We can provide flexible working arrangements if the role in question is suitable. These include flexi-time, job sharing and compressed hours (working contracted hours over a shorter period).

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