Head of Data Science - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
£47,584 - £54,237
13 Jan 2020
24 Jan 2020
Full Time
Contract Type


Southampton, South East, SO15 1EG

About the job Does your job Matter? ..... What we do does

Are you are open minded and demonstrate strong intellectual curiosity?

Are you someone who can explore and visualize the data to present the ‘Story’ of the data in a meaningful way?

If so we would love to hear from you! Job description

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency has started an ambitious IT transformation programme that will deliver improved capability across an expanded IT workforce. We aim to improve all technology services whilst supporting the wider business on its own transformation requirements and ensuring IT aligns to their needs.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Head of Data Science to take up a key role within MCA’s Data capability. Head of Data Science provides leadership and direction across a programme of multidisciplinary data science projects, managing resources to ensure delivery. They are recognised as a strategic authority with technical expertise in cutting-edge techniques, defining the organisation's vision. They communicate with senior stakeholders and convince them of the strategic value of data science.

You will receive support from the Chief Data Architect and have the chance to create positive working relationships across the whole of MCA.


Roles Responsibilities include but not limited to:

• Responsible for designing the data roadmap for the MCA.
• Responsible for designing, architecting and building data science solutions.
• Provide technical leadership across data projects and programmes.
• Identifying and addressing user needs and building relationships across organisations.
• Contributes to creating an agile, fast paced organisation by promoting innovation as we investigate and adopt modern technologies and modernise our approach to policy making, enforcement and customer service.
• Provides leadership and role models I&T by living and breathing the values set out in the Civil Service Leadership statement - remaining positive, engaged, enthusiastic, and committed to the vision of the organisation as all times.
• Provides leadership and inspiration to promote the benefits of the change;
• Works closely with senior colleagues within the Directorate of Information & Technology in the deployment of the Agency’s technical experts and administrators in their technical, educational and regulatory roles.

Based at MCA Headquarters in Southampton the role holder will be expected to participate in ongoing continuous professional development and this may require spending time away from home and the workplace.

About You

Do you have experience in delivering successful and high-value data science initiatives? You need to have experience in delivering data science projects, where you have worked through complex business problems and have had to partner with both internal and external stakeholders. Proven knowledge and experience in data analysis, software architecture and development. You will have strong knowledge of technical design, implementation and security. Proven ability in identifying and addressing user needs and building relationships across organisations. Do you have experience of a different data management processes and technologies?

About us

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) implements the government's maritime safety policy in the United Kingdom and works to prevent the loss of life and occurrence of pollution on the coast and at sea.

Safer lives, Safer ships, Cleaner seas.

Our vision is to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world.

Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department.

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future.


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Technical skills

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

  • DDaT Framework- Head of Data Science - Applied maths, statistics, and scientific practices
  • DDaT Framework- Head of Data Science - Data engineering and manipulation
  • DDaT Framework- Head of Data Science - Data science innovation
  • DDaT Framework- Head of Data Science - Developing data science capability
  • DDaT Framework- Head of Data Science - Domain Expertise
  • DDaT Framework- Head of Data Science - Programming and build (data science)
  • DDaT Framework- Head of Data Science - Understanding analysis across the life cycle (data science)


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

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

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

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

The sift is due to take place Week Commencing 27th January.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held Week Commencing 10th February.

Interviews will likely be held in Southampton.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out.

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

How to Apply

When considering applying please look at how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to reflect the role and the essential requirements described in the role profile.

The Maritime and Coastguard alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

• A Telephone Interview
• An interview
• An interview with one or more exercises
• Multiple days of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises

The interview may consist of a range of question types which could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any given situation, as well as specific examples of things you have done. You may also be asked to sit a written assessment or present on a particular topic.

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:

• What energises and motivates you
• How you would manage situations relevant to the role
• Your previous experience
• Your professional skills and knowledge

Further Information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.

Any requests for part time, job share, flexible working or home working will be considered in line with business need. The MCA are keen to support a good work life balance, therefore there will be opportunities to work flexibility or from home, these must be agreed with your manager and be considerate of business requirements.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-Employment.Checks@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put 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 DFTRecruitment.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.

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.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact

Government Recruitment Services via email: dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission:

Click here to visit Civil Service Commission

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Childcare Vouchers

Any move to the Department for Transport (DfT) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Digital Resourcing Team Email :   Digitalresourcing@dft.gov.uk   Recruitment team : Email :   dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here (https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/) to visit Civil Service Commission

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