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Data Scientist WCC589211

Job Details:

Salary range: £48,402 - £64,314 per annum. Salary is negotiable depending on experience. 

Work location: Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, Westminster, SW1E 6QP

Hours per week: 36

Contract type: Permanent 

Closing date: 21 August 2022

Contact details for an informal discussion: Gurpreet Muctor, Chief Architect and Data Officer via email on gmuctor@westminster.gov.uk
 

How to Apply: Please click on ‘Apply Now’ and upload your CV with a covering letter.
 

About Us:

THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF 809 CONNECTED BUSINESSES
 

Digital and Innovation in Westminster City Council is a world of extraordinary stories, where creative and enterprising people put local residents and businesses first.
 

Today, Westminster is the most connected borough in London. But, when David joined us in the mid-2010s, small businesses were still struggling to get connected to fibre. Without gigabit-capable broadband, some companies even resorted to biking memory sticks around the city, simply to share files with clients.
 

Although still in a junior role, David took the initiative and successfully made the business case for £2.8 million of European funding to support connectivity for small businesses across Westminster. Feedback from businesses has been overwhelmingly positive as the project has enhanced their communications with clients, the new connectivity allows them to make video calls and work remotely. As the pandemic hit and many more people needed to work from home, it became clear just how vital this investment had been. 
 

Fast-forward a few years. Westminster is leading the way for connectivity, as a result of the project businesses are thriving and David is heading up a service of his own responsible for delivery of the smart city strategy.
 

The Role:

As Data Scientist, you can make your own powerful contribution.
 

That means working across our entire Digital and Innovation portfolio to greatly expand our data capabilities, in turn transforming the way we deliver crucial services. 

Leading a small team of data analysts, you’ll use a wide range of data science techniques to create valuable insights and predictions which we can use to inform service delivery. You’ll also help improve our decision-making across key service-specific and council-wide innovation projects. 

As part of these duties, you’ll build and run data products and services which can consistently deliver high-quality insights. While using the best of modern data platforms, you’ll also carry out research into emerging technologies. Ensuring a high-quality user experience for staff and residents who are using data is also an important element of your work.
 

On top of this, you’ll inspire the rest of the Council with the possibilities of being a truly data-driven organisation, shaping our wider culture for the better.
 

Above all, the role is a chance to significantly change the way a high-profile local authority serves its residents. We’re proud of record as a council, and this is an opportunity to build even further on our reputation.
 

Please refer to the Job Description for more information. 

About You:

We’re looking for experience in a range of areas, including modern data practices, data architecture, machine learning techniques, developing algorithms and leading a small team. 
 

You should also have experience leading significant data projects, delivering wider strategies and working with data in the public sector.
 

You’ll have excellent communication skills, especially when it comes to explaining complex ideas to non-technical audiences. You’ll also need proficiency in query languages, databases, programming languages, data visualisation tools and applied statistics.
 

We’re also looking for people with a huge intellectual curiosity and a genuine passion for learning and self-development.
 

The Council and its partners are committed to achieving diverse shortlists for all vacancies at Band 4 or above to support our desire to increase the number of staff from underrepresented groups in our workforce. As part of this ambition, if you are from a Black, Asian and Multiple Ethnic backgrounds (B.A.ME) you can self-declare this to the hiring manager as part of our positive action commitments. 


 

What We Offer:

Westminster is an amazing place. There are 250,000 diverse residents, over 50,000 vibrant and vital businesses and three-quarters-of-a-million people working here every day.  Our mission is to create a fairer city. We’re an organisation that wants the very best for our residents:  a supportive and safe environment, the chance to grow and learn throughout their lives, to build fantastic careers in world-leading industries, to have access to high-quality, affordable housing and to retire into the community with dignity and pride. 

  

We want Westminster to be a place where you can make the most of your talents and thrive as an individual. That’s why we’re proud to have won Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative in the 2020/21 Business Culture Awards. By being the best you can be, you’ll help us adapt to the changing needs of our organisation and communities.   

  

At Westminster City Council, we are passionate about our aim to be an inclusive workplace for all that reflects the communities we serve, and we believe everyone is valued. We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds, including B.A.ME, Black, Asian and Multiple Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and those with hidden or visible disabilities. We’re committed to ensuring all our staff – regardless of gender, age, religion, sexuality, ethnicity or disability – can succeed. We value diversity and appreciate that people work in different ways. So, as a Timewise employer we work to provide flexible working arrangements and an empowering environment that enables you to be your best, that is the Westminster Way. 

 


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