Senior Data Scientist

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West Midlands Police

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Application Deadline
£57,261 - £62,463

Salary: £57,261 - £62,463 plus comprehensive benefits package

Closing Date: 29 July 2021

Interviews: w/c 16 August 2021

West Midlands Police are seeking a Senior Data Scientist to join our Data Analytics Lab based in central Birmingham.

In this pioneering role you will take advantage of data driven analytical techniques to support the development of solutions to the strategic and operational challenges faced by West Midlands Police (WMP).

Here at WMP, we serve almost 2.8 million people – making us the second largest police force in England. We are radically overhauling all aspects of the business and changing the way we operate. With expertise, commitment and dedication, you’ll thrive in this unique environment and help to realise our ambitions.

We have built a class leading data science capability, which is fully integrated into the organisation and provides mathematically and statistically validated insight to all areas of the business. Ultimately this will help WMP achieve our mission to prevent crime, protect the public and help those in need.

About the opportunity

We are looking for a skilled Senior Data Scientist to be part of our Data Analytics Lab to use data science to bring new insights to complex policing challenges. We have undertaken a range of exploratory, explanatory and predictive projects that cut across all areas and methods of data science.

As a Data Scientist your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Devise solutions to WMP business problems that take advantage of data driven analytical techniques.
  • Support the delivery of analytics work with analytical modelling
  • Apply appropriate techniques, e.g. exploratory data analysis, regression (including LASSO, ridge, etc.), bootstrapping, ensemble methods (random forests, GBM, XGBoost), etc.
  • Determine optimal modelling approach for each scenario
  • Develop, test, implement, and maintain analytical models
  • Work with data engineers to integrate data from multiple internal and external sources to be used for analytics models
  • Work closely with data engineers on model building and model assessments
  • Develop and interpret statistical models
  • Gather, analyse, and model data and key performance indicators to develop quantitative and qualitative business insights via statistical models
  • Support the Principal Data Scientist with data discovery and analytical efforts to innovatively use data to discover signals, patterns, and relationships that will guide strategic and operational decisions for the business
  • Parse and manipulate raw, complex data streams; delve into data from systems at different timescales, and in complex formats, to discover hidden relationships and useful information
  • Interpret new insights from predictive statistical models, develop strategic recommendations and communicate implications to the business
  • Communicate Analytics models and results to non-technical audiences, in both verbal and written formats.
  • Support evaluation of model output
  • Contribute to the visualisation of analytical outputs
  • Lead, mentor and coach a data scientist
  • Contribute to understanding of data science outputs by supporting the Intelligence Academy

Your skills, qualifications & experience


  • PhD, Masters or Bachelor’s Degree (depending on career level) in a quantitative field (Econometrics, Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, or Computer Science with emphasis in Statistics)
  • Substantial experience of practical statistical analysis and predictive analytics execution experience
  • A background in using advanced analytics


  • Substantial experience in data and statistics software (e.g. R, Python, use of HDFS, note that at present we principally use R)
  • Substantial experience of leading advanced modelling techniques with the application of statistics/econometrics/machine learning or other modelling techniques to business problems
  • Experience with Big Data technologies such as Hadoop, Cloudera, etc.
  • Experience in visualisation analytics technologies like Tableau, Qlikview.

Further information

Our Force Vision, Values and Strategy can be found here

WMP Data Analytics Lab papers are published by the PCC’s Data Ethics Committee here

This role will require you to undertake a vigorous vetting procedure. You will need to have lived in the UK continuously for the past five years and have no restrictions on your stay in the UK. If you have been abroad during the last five years while serving in the UK Armed Forces or working for the UK government your application will still be considered.

You can be of any nationality to apply, providing you have the status of indefinite leave to remain and work in the UK. If you are a UK citizen or citizen of a member state of the EEA, you will have this status. If you are a citizen of a non-EEA state, you must be able to provide evidence of your passport and residency documentation.

WMP is a large and diverse organisation where you can develop your skills, knowledge and career in an encouraging and flexible environment. We're able to offer you a comprehensive range of rewards and benefits including:

  • 28 days annual leave (plus bank holidays); increasing to 33 days after five years’ service
  • Access to a Corporate Health Cash Plan and Wellbeing website
  • A modern working environment in central Birmingham
  • The opportunity to save on travel costs through a Corporate Travel Scheme
  • The option to join a generous Local Government pension scheme

Are you ready to join us?

If yes, we'd like to hear from you.

If you require further information please contact Samantha Todd from the Data Analytics Lab at

West Midlands Police are currently undertaking a long term review of staff pay and conditions. The grade, pay and other terms of employment are therefore subject to review and may change in the future.

West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader - the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions. As part of our commitment we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme - all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.

It is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practicable or appropriate to interview all disabled people who meet the essential criteria for the job. For example: in certain recruitment situations such as high-volume, seasonal and high-peak times, the employer may wish to limit the overall numbers of interviews offered to both disabled people and non-disabled people. In these circumstances, the employer could select the candidates who best meet the essential criteria for the job, as they would do for non-disabled applicants.

Diversity and Inclusion Vision: Maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a culture of fairness and inclusion to deliver the best service for our communities


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