Lead Data Scientist
Civil Service: Grade 7
Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care providing; strategic leadership, research, advice and support for Government, local authorities and the NHS in protecting and improving the nation’s health
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As Lead Data Scientist you will be part of a dynamic team responsible for delivering an effective data science service supporting public health delivery. You will work to promote data science across the Field Service and PHE and help modernize the Field Service data science programme by identifying and developing opportunities for further automation and reproducible analyses, developing new data products, enabling the service to take advantage of technological advances in PHE like High Performance Computing. You will work with others to identify opportunities and apply modern data analytical techniques including machine learning to Field Service business and public health intelligence problems and issues.
Homeworking initially/any NIS location thereafter
Main duties of the job
We are establishing a small team of Data Scientists, which you will lead, to work across Field Service in delivering an effective data science service supporting public health delivery.
You will advocate data science approaches across Field Service and help develop data science capacity and capability in PHE’s National Infection Service (NIS). This may include training, developing packages and tools.
You will be comfortable in statistical programming, coding and the use of dashboard visualisation tools, such as PowerBI and R Shiny. You will also be familiar with, and support, the implementation of Reproducible Analytical Pipelines (RAP).
The post holder will seek to influence Field Service and NIS at a strategic and operational level. The post requires a high degree of innovation and the need to take initiative. The post requires excellent communication both in writing and orally, and the ability to think critically and strategically.
Working for our organisation
Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care providing; strategic leadership, research, advice and support for Government, local authorities and the NHS in protecting and improving the nations health. We offer a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance, including generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working hours, possibility of working from home and membership of the excellent civil service pension scheme. We are absolutely committed to the development of our staff and offer wide-ranging opportunities for training and professional development
Option 3 – External
Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
- Maintain and develop data product tools in Field Service using R, PHP, Python or other languages
- Work with colleagues from across Field Service to produce innovative data reports based on data feeds.
- Develop automated and reproducible pipelines for analysis
- Develop scalable, innovative approaches to extract, manage, and analyse surveillance and outbreak data.
- Act as lead data scientist for reporting and visualisation tools, liaising with analysts from across the Field Service and National Infection Service to prepare for statistical launches, regular checking and testing of outputs, and bug reporting etc.
- Act as a technical subject matter expert on data science applications within Field Service and across the health sector where you are recognised as having specialist knowledge in that area
- Support the implementation of Reproducible Analytical Pipelines (RAP) within Field Service, promoting reproducible analysis (i.e. analysis with a clear audit trail that explains how and why it was carried out) and the use of the software methods used to make analysis reproducible
- Support the development and use of dashboards (eg PowerBI, R Shiny) to facilitate the visualisation and dissemination of data to key stakeholders and the public.
- Line management of staff
- Postgraduate qualification in a field strongly related to data science, i.e. one that involves applied mathematics/statistics and coding or significant experience of working at a similar level in specialist area
- Strong proficiency in applying analytical and statistical techniques using a variety of software/codebases including expert level knowledge of coding including R and Python or other programming languages relevant to data science.
- Ability to construct and effectively communicate data stories using data visualisation techniques and narrative storytelling.
- Working knowledge of key issues and developments in data science including Reproducible Analytical Pipelines (RAP)
- Understanding of data validity, reliability and confidentiality issues and of disclosure control methods and knowledge of statutory information governance and data confidentiality requirements and others relevant to public health data
- Experience of working in public health or health care information services setting
- Evidence of leading on a challenging portfolio containing a mix of policy, strategy and performance priorities, spanning across organisational boundaries
- Understanding of techniques and applications of public health and healthcare intelligence including surveillance, needs assessment, audit and information support to commissioning.
- Well-developed problem solving skills and a flexible approach to developing solutions.
- Proficient to a high level in organisational skills with evidence of scheduling to meet tight and challenging deadlines, managing complex and multiple pieces of work (verbal and written)
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to influence and negotiate at all levels
- Ability to communicate highly complex or sensitive statistical information to other specialists and non-specialists.
- Experience of managing others
- Takes decisions on difficult and contentious issues where there may be a number of courses of action.
- Strategic thinking – ability to anticipate and resolve problems before they arise
Equality & Diversity
- An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and good working relationships, both in terms of day-to-day working practices, but also in relation to management systems
The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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- Alex Elliot
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- CRF-Consultant Epidemiologist
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