Senior Data Scientist (Business Intelligence and Analytics)

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Ordnance Survey
Southampton, United Kingdom
Application Deadline
£52,700 - £58,900

Ordnance Survey (OS) is the national mapping agency for Great Britain, and a world-leading geospatial data and technology organisation. Serving government, business and citizens across Britain and the world, OS helps customers in virtually all sectors improve quality of life and we’re looking for people to join our journey…

Senior Data Scientist (Business Intelligence and Analytics)

As a country and globally, we’re all experiencing challenging times right now, but Ordnance Survey (OS) continue to support the nation with our accurate geospatial data and services. As an organisation we are embarking on an ambitious growth strategy in location data, insight and services. Innovating our products, services and technology to benefit our customers, businesses and people across Great Britain and globally. In order to do this, we want to continue adding new skills and capabilities to our business and even in these tough times, we’re able to use technology to recruit talent to OS.

About Us

Ordnance Survey Limited (OS) is the national mapping agency for Great Britain, and a world-leading geospatial data and technology organisation. As a reliable partner to government, business and citizens across Britain and the world, OS helps its customers in virtually all sectors improve quality of life. OS expertise and data supports efficient public services and infrastructure, new technologies in transport and communications, national security and emergency services and exploring the great outdoors.

Imagine working for an organisation which has been innovating and pushing boundaries for over two centuries – and continues to do so today. A company full of unique expertise and skill, with a host of exciting and innovative opportunities to pursue. A business which is making a real difference to lives, communities and businesses everywhere. Ordnance Survey provides world-renowned data and services which underpin critical activities across government and the commercial sector, while continually expanding its horizons both internationally and into the future.

About the Role

This is an opportunity for a Senior Data Scientist to oversee our Business Intelligence & Analytics activities within our Data Science & Analytics team at Ordnance Survey - to provide data science expertise and leadership across a variety of data science projects.

In this role, you will use your skills and experience to extract new insights, information and evidence from Ordnance Survey’s internal business databases using a full range of techniques, from traditional coding and data processing, to cutting-edge machine learning algorithms and predictive analytics – all approached with an expert scientific mindset. You will also be familiar with cloud-based and distributed analytics environments such as Apache Spark and Databricks and will understand the types of business intelligence that can be gained from successful exploitation of business data, and how it can be used effectively to underpin decision making.

You will be highly customer focused, always considering the business problem in everything you do and working as closely with stakeholders as possible at every stage. You will provide expert advice in applying analysis, analytics, data-mining techniques and data modelling to optimise decisions across the business, and will provide thought-leadership, consultancy and technical expertise to both internal and external clients in data analytics and implementation.

You will also be a natural innovator – always seeking to try out new ideas, and you will regularly undertake rapid proof of concept work for new and innovative propositions involving data. We’ll be looking to our senior data scientists as a rich source of new ideas and inventions – some of which will grow to deliver new products or services for Ordnance Survey.

Finally, you will be a good communicator, with a natural aptitude for collaborating with others to deliver results. Business Intelligence is not a mature function at Ordnance Survey, and your role will include demonstrating the art of the possible, liaising with stakeholders to identify and access sources of data around the business, and working with decision makers to identify the key business questions that require answers and provide data-driven evidence to support business decisions and new proposition development.

About You

You will be able to demonstrate evidence against these key criteria;

  • Degree level qualification in a quantitative discipline or significant experience in a relevant field
  • Prior experience in a data science role
  • Expert in working with data and a passion for solving problems with all kinds of data
  • Track record of working with customers and stakeholders to solve business problems using data
  • Strong database and programming skills (including at least one of: Python, Scala, R)
  • Track record in the application of machine learning and big data technologies
  • Positive and collaborative work ethic
  • Excellent ability to communicate and present complex subject matter in an accessible manner
  • Excellent and confident engagement, presentation and communication skill

In addition, the following are desirable (but not essential) criteria for the role:

  • E xperience of managing people
  • Experience of using predictive or descriptive analytics to inform better business decision-making and/or automating business processes or customer experiences
  • Experience in creating dashboards or other data visualisations for business intelligence
  • Track record in demonstrating business value through applying data science to business problems
  • Expertise in working with geospatial data

About the Rewards

We want you to love what you do. That’s why our benefits package rewards a job well done. We’ll give you

  • Salary – £52,700 - £58,900
  • Performance related bonus
  • Competitive pension
  • 37 hour working week
  • 25 days annual leave - (30 days after five years) bank holidays and an extra 3 over Christmas
  • Training and development – We offer in-house training, a variety of masterclasses, bespoke training, study leave, access to learning resources and professional membership subscriptions
  • A wide range of additional benefits including free parking, paid volunteer day, support with health and wellbeing, sports and social activities, staff discount on over 500 national stores and more


This role will be based at our HQ in Southampton

About Us

Ordnance Survey is committed to making inclusion an everyday reality and promoting a diverse workforce. Each individual at OS brings their own perspectives, work experiences, lifestyles, and cultures with them, and we believe that a more diverse team builds more innovative products, provides a better service to our customers, and helps us all grow and learn as individuals.

Check out our careers video below and hear from OS employees about what life is like to work here!

In light of the recent communication from the World Health Organisation declaring COVID-19 as a pandemic, if you have been in known contact with anyone with the Coronavirus, are recovering from the virus or have relatable symptoms we ask you to notify the OS Resourcing team at immediately prior to attendance of your interview to discuss alternate options during the recruitment process.


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