Lead Data Scientist

Full Time
Job Sector:
Engineering / Technical
Swindon / Wiltshire
Salary description:
£50000 - £60000/ annum
Start Date:
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WRc is one of the UK's most innovative and independent environmental and engineering consultancies. Founded 90 years ago, we have a unique heritage. We are trusted by Government, industry, regulators and the utilities to solve today's most significant and urgent challenges in the fields of waste, water, gas and the natural environment.


WRc is seeking an ambitious Data Scientist to lead and develop our growing team. This role will help shape the future of WRc's analytics offerings, working with our current team of statisticians, data managers, developers and analysts.

You'll provide analytical insights and solutions based on machine learning and linear programming methods to our Asset Management team, and their gas and water sector clients. You'll be responsible for ensuring the best tools and techniques are deployed by you and your team, using R, and any additional toolsets for a given problem. Your skillset will be deployed to ensure your colleagues continue to develop their expertise in machine learning, data management and data visualisation.

We guarantee that you will be intellectually and technically challenged by working simultaneously on a range of diverse projects. You could be solving an optimisation problem for one client on one day, and developing a new algorithm for interrogating timeseries data the next.

Projects will consist of exploratory inference models to investigate the interactions of key factors in ways that have never been investigated before, and deployable predictive models to be used in decisions that will help shape the future of our clients in the UK and beyond.

Main Responsibilities:

As the Lead Data Scientist at WRc you will:

* Lead the development and delivery of analytics solutions for our clients;

* Create powerful visualisations to aid communication;

* Support the business development and exploitation of WRc's analytics offerings;

* Support the mentoring and professional development of colleagues.

* Act as the linchpin between domain experts and the wider WRc data community

Education and Experience:

* Educated to first degree level or higher, in applied mathematics, statistics, or a relevant scientific discipline

* Track record of developing machine learning models and deploying data products with demonstrable effect in a face-paced environment

Knowledge and Skills:

- Essential:

* Strong technical skills in data manipulation and extraction, linear programming, data analysis, model prototyping and model productionalisation

* Well versed in the selection and application of a range of statistical techniques

* Comfortable using R studio software and supporting best practice in code development and control in a team environment.

* Excellent written and verbal communication skills; proven ability to explain complex data solutions at a range of technical levels to the understanding of different audiences.

* A passion for championing best in class data science solutions to our clients and other data professionals.

- Desirable:

* Experience in geospatial techniques

* Existing experience in a regulated utility environment would also be an advantage.

* An active network of likeminded data driven individuals

* Previous experience growing a developing a team

* Experience in a consultancy based business or similar background

The WRc Opportunity

We have embarked on an ambitious plan that aims for significant growth and expansion in the next three years. This provides exciting opportunities for the right people to join us. You will play your part in our future by enabling us to achieve our commercial objectives through the delivery of customer-focused solutions. In return, you will be part of an organisation in which expertise is celebrated; an infectious passion for your specialist skillset is actively welcomed; and drive and performance are rewarded.

Culture & Benefits

In our welcoming and inclusive environment, at WRc we foster a culture where talented and motivated people are nurtured, encouraged and supported to succeed and develop their skills. We know that with the right people, we are able to build on our unrivalled reputation in the fields of innovation and technical excellence. We welcome team members who bring new ways of thinking and fresh approaches to problem solving as well as those who have a genuine passion for their specialist subject or area of research.

In return for your commitment, we offer a wide range of benefits including:

* Full on-the-job training

* Flexible working hours based on a 37-hour week, Monday to Friday

* A contributory pension scheme

* 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays

* Free accident/life insurance

* Cash Health Plan

* Active Sports and Social Club

* Subsidised on-site staff restaurant

* Free Parking

* Office location with easy M4 access / excellent travel links

For more information on the type of work that we do, please visit our 'What we do' page.

WRc is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates

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