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Data Scientist

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 046
Grade SEO
Salary: £44,676 plus benefits
Location: London or Aberdeen
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Some limited travel within the UK
Appointment Type Permanent
Level of Security clearance Basic
Medical required? No

Unless otherwise stated consideration will be given to requests to work on a part time or job share basis. Flexible working hours can also be considered.

Application details

Closing date for applications: 16 Feb 2018

Brief overview of role

The OGA seeks an experienced data scientist to unlock the value in OGAs structured and unstructured data. The role will be responsible for supporting the creation of, and subsequently maintaining, OGA’s enterprise data by providing data science innovation and domain expertise. The role will need to balance long term strategic vision with short-term improvements to OGA’s information landscape.

The data scientist will work closely with OGA stakeholders to turn data into critical information and knowledge for use in numerous systems to support OGA business priorities. Ultimately the data scientist will apply data science principles and methodologies to improve data quality, reporting and analysis across the OGA and its wider stake holders in government and industry.  

The data scientist is a new role within the OGA’s multi-disciplined corporate directorate reporting to the Head of Digital Services.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

Key responsibilities include:

  • Produce, publish and maintain data dictionaries for use by internal and external customers
  • Synthesize methodology and data into actionable solutions to solve business problems
  • Define, develop and communicate the need for business focused data standards across the OGA
  • Work closely with Business Intelligence and GIS specialists to identify, plan, develop and deliver data services/products for users internal and external
  • Maintain data pipelines for use in OGA analytical tools
  • Assess and improve the quality of definitive OGA reference data (systems of record)
  • Maintain data warehouse(s) ensuring they are robust and fit for purpose for all OGA analytical tools
  • Propagate data science skills across the organisation

Priorities and key challenges

The immediate priorities for the data scientist:

  • Assess and improve data quality and accuracy within the OGA and plan recommendations on short, medium and long-term improvements
  • Ensure data is consistent across Business Intelligence, GIS and other platforms
  • Data mine internal and external data sources

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Changing and Improving - • Open to change and can communicate the need for it.
  • Competence 2: Building Capability for All - • Works and communicates effectively and fluently with managers and staff - able to explain complex technical issues in terms that non-technical managers and staff will understand.
  • Competence 3: Managing a Quality Service - • Considers the diverse needs and requirements of customers.
  • Competence 4: Delivering at Pace - • Able to meet deadlines in an agile manner, prioritise and organise a busy schedule of work;

Specialist Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Licenses, Memberships or Language

Essential Desirable
• Suitable experience in a similar role(s) or MSc in data science
• Strong working knowledge of relational database structures & modelling
• Strong problem solving and analytical skills
• Working knowledge of Data warehousing and ETL techniques
• Data driven focus
• Open minded with strong intellectual curiosity
• Programming skills (Python, SSIS, SQL, HTML, CSS, etc)
• Excellent domain knowledge of oil and gas technical data
• Cloud environments and related tools (MS Azure, AWS, etc)
• Machine learning
• Big Data
• Excellent communicator with proven ability conveying data science concepts to a non-technical audience
• Project Management Skills (PRINCE2, Agile, SCRUM)
• Knowledge of XML databases and RDBMS (Oracle, SQLServer)

Application Process and Further Information

Unfortunately you do not meet minimum nationality and educational requirements of this position.

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online application process below, however, if you do require the application form in a different format please contact us at quoting the recruitment reference number and job title.

You should provide examples in your covering letter that best demonstrate your skills and abilities against the competencies and specialist skills. The maximum word count against each competence example is 250 words. The information you provide will be assessed during the short listing stage and if you are invited to attend an interview, the indicated competence areas will discussed further.

When completing your application, you should use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action and Result) methodology for each competence. All appointments are subject to successful completion of pre-employment checks

For further information please see the Information to Candidates pack (PDF)

Additional information on what you can expect as an Oil and Gas Authority employee

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Equality and diversity statement

The OGA is committed to embedding equality and diversity into all our policies and processes. We will aim to recruit, retain and promote staff on the basis of competence and regardless of characteristics including those listed under the Equality Act 2010. These protected characteristics are; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation