Data Science Community and Project Lead 

London , Birmingham , Hastings , Leeds
(National) £49,835 - £52,440 / (London) £54,535 - £58,167
18 Jun 2021
05 Jul 2021
Contract Type

About the job Summary

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

Data Science Community and Project Lead 

Salary: (National) £49,835 - £52,440 / (London) £54,535 - £58,167 + a DDaT allowance of depending on location, experience and capability

Location: London, Hastings, Leeds or Birmingham

Reporting to: Deputy Director, Advanced Analytics 

Are you passionate about building relationships to achieve your goals?

Does the idea of working on a diverse range of high-profile projects within the public domain appeal to you?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

Job description

We are currently recruiting for a Data Science Community and Project Lead to play a crucial part in leading and growing the use of Data Science across the Department for Transport. Working with data professionals, digital leads, analytics and data science colleagues, you will play an essential role in putting data and data science at the heart of decision making.

This opportunity will allow you to work on a wide range of projects across DfT, including the supporting of DfT’s agencies to ensure decisions are underpinned by robust analysis.

This role is responsible for leading our external engagement such as the popular Data Science in Transport events .

Roles Responsibilities include (but not limited to):

• Delivering and leading data science projects (such as big data analysis and machine learning).
• Engaging with DfT stakeholders to identify high impact projects.
• Leading and managing innovative data science analysts and projects.
• Running our data science in transport public events and building the wider community through conferences and hacks.
• Building data science capability across DfT.
• Building and running the DS Centre of Excellence.
• Building a network of data scientists across the DfT family.

Please see the attached Role Profile for an in-depth view of the post.


About You 

To thrive in this role, you will be adept at working collaboratively as part of a senior leadership team. You will be experienced in managing and leading large, diverse teams with a focus on leading and working on key data science projects. We would love to hear from applicants who hold a track record in engaging with stakeholders to identify where data science can improve decision making. This skill set will be coupled with the capacity to expand on and build data science capability across the Department for Transport.

We are committed to encouraging and enabling our staff to develop in and above their role and will support you through further development opportunities/qualifications.

We are different people, one team

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.


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

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others

Technical skills

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

  • We use both python and R in the team and expect you to be Expert in at least one of these with a desire to develop in the other. This role falls in scope of the Digital, Data and Technology framework. The role level is Lead Data Scientist.


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

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.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

How to Apply

When considering applying please look at how your experience relates to the role, and within your CV and Personal Statement please provide detailed evidence of your experience of the following:
- Leading and Managing Teams
- Leading and working on data science projects.
- Engaging with Stakeholders to identify where data science can improve decision making
- Building capability

Sift & Interview Dates

The sift is due to take place from 06/07/21.

Interviews are due to take place w/c 19/07/21.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

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.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview
• an interview and a technical exercise (eg presentation, written, or coding exercise etc)
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises

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

The Department for Transport 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 visit our Careers website

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

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

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 (or eligible for) status under 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.

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