6315 - Head of Data Science, INDEX

12 Months
1
London
Westminster
London
Grade 7
Grade 7
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Loan , Permanent , Secondment
You will be expected to join on a two-year loan/secondment if you are a Civil/Crown Servant. If applying externally you will join permanently once you have passed an initial probation period.
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Part Time Term Time
Analytical
£54,700 - £60,635

Cabinet Office supports the Prime Minister and ensures the smooth running of government - from developing policy, to modernising public services. We welcome talented people from all backgrounds with the skills and the commitment to build a career in the Civil Service.
The Cabinet Office Purpose is:

  • to maintain the integrity of the Union, coordinate the security of the realm and sustain a flourishing democracy;
  • to support the design and implementation of HM Government’s policies and the Prime Minister’s priorities; and
  • to ensure the delivery of the finest public services by attracting and developing the best public servants and improving the efficiency of government.

The work Cabinet Office delivers is vast and therefore presents opportunities to develop your skills and experience in a variety of critical government agendas.
An organisation of approximately 7,000 employees, the Cabinet Office is a vibrant, modern and exciting place to work, attracting a diverse workforce which represents the people we serve. Our main offices are in London, but we have staff based around the UK.
At the heart of this are our Cabinet Office values. To deliver our Purpose and help make Cabinet Office a great place to work, we all commit to:-

  • treating everyone with Respect
  • actively Collaborate, and
  • build Trust

We have an aspiration to become the most inclusive employer across the Civil Service. We have a number of staff benefits, including flexible working, and access to a number of staff support networks to ensure we meet this.

As Head of Data Science in INDEX you will build our specialist capability to extract insight from a wide variety of datasets. You will enhance our ability to innovate user-centred and data driven services that will be at the centre of INDEX. You will lead a small team working to identify, extract, integrate, analyse and share novel sources of open data that can be used by a wide range of users. You will work closely with our developers to ensure that data products are interoperable with other services and applications.

You will use your leadership experience and curiosity to build a specialist technical team that will provide innovative data solutions and tools that serve subject matter experts and analytical staff across the national security community. 

You will use a range of coding practices to build scalable data products for a range of users within a technology context (e.g. big data, unstructured, cloud) and use Agile techniques to work as part of a delivery team 

You will need to define and deliver the strategic vision for data acquisition and integration for INDEX for year one and beyond. You will also need to ensure that the data team delivers cutting-edge techniques, building a data service that is interoperable with other digital services, and communicating with partners to demonstrate the value of using data science.  

This will be a demanding role that will combine your technical, leadership and creative skills to deliver change across the community. 

This role sits under the Professional Head of Intelligence Assessment (PHIA) and you will work closely with PHIA as Senior Responsible Owner for the INDEX project, along with providing regular briefings to the Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee. 

If your application is successful, you will:

  • Lead an ambitious data acquisition and integration programme that will address the data user needs and requirements throughout the INDEX service you are building.
  • Build a network of stakeholders and partnerships to ensure that the data service delivers appropriate information and data to the end user.
  • Work with the relevant Product Manager, Business Analyst and commercial partners to ensure a seamless end-to-end data and information service delivery.  
  • Provide leadership and line management to the INDEX and JIO data teams.   
  • Represent and promote INDEX across government, and work with others in the community to identify opportunities to build the INDEX business model and service. 

Essential experience/skills

You must have experience of delivering data-driven solutions; with particular experience of the following:

Data science innovation. You are a thought leader on data. You can identify future areas of innovation and can show how it can be applied to your organisation. 

Developing data science capability. You can advocate the importance of continuous learning to the data science team. You know how to develop data science capability across the wider organisation and in industry. 

Domain expertise. You can communicate the business benefit of data science products, championing and governing these across the organisation. You can communicate relevant, compelling stories in the most appropriate medium. You know how to ensure that data governance and data ethics are embedded in organisational strategy. You can align data science priorities with wider organisational objectives - for example, budget 

Programming and build (data science). You know how to develop, code, test, correct and document simple programs or scripts under the direction of others as part of a multidisciplinary team. (Relevant skill level: working)

Understanding analysis across the product life cycle (data science). You understand and can help teams apply a range of techniques to analyse data and provide insight. You are proactive and can present compelling findings that inform wider decisions. 

You will need to have experience of communicating and negotiating with seniors (Director and above) both domestically and internationally. In addition, you will be working closely with the users at working level and their managers, you will therefore need to be able to adapt to different audiences, and be persuasive to potential partners for INDEX.

Please note that this role requires SC clearance, which would normally require 5 years’ UK residency in the past 5 years. This is not an absolute requirement but supplementary checks may be required where individuals have not lived in the UK for the required period. This may mean that your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.

The Cabinet Office is seeking to fill the role of Head of Data Science within the newly-formed Information and Data Exchange (INDEX). INDEX is a new initiative, sponsored by the Joint Intelligence Organisation (JIO), but working across the national security community and beyond to build a cross-government service. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join a small but ambitious team working to develop digital solutions for the better sharing of information (analysis, assessment, reporting) and data (structured and unstructured) across government. 

A role in INDEX also offers a great opportunity to work at the centre of government; and to help improve our evidence and understanding of national security related questions. The team will work within the JIO, a small team led by a Permanent Secretary, which is relied on by No.10, ministers and senior officials to make sense of a complex and ever-changing global picture.

The success of INDEX will be driven by a culture of diversity and inclusion. We want applications from a range of backgrounds and experiences. As one of the first to join INDEX you’ll be instrumental in building INDEX, and steering how the team makes our decisions, grows our ideas, and forms our culture. 

If you are interested in joining INDEX but unsure whether you have the right professional background, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you! If you have any questions please get in touch at info.applications@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

JIO posts are designated ‘reserved’ and are only available to UK Nationals.

Please note that this role requires SC clearance before the applicant starts (which can take around 4-6 weeks to acquire), but they must also be willing to undertake DV clearance once in post. DV normally require 10 years’ UK residency in the past 10 years. This is not an absolute requirement but supplementary checks may be required where individuals have not lived in the UK for the required period. This may mean that your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.

For current civil servants applying for a two-year loan, please ensure that your home department is content to release you on loan before submitting an application.  Applications for fixed-term secondment into the civil service from NDPB are also welcome, subject to approval and agreement with current employers.

For more information about this role, please email info.applications@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the vacancy number and title in the subject line.

How to apply

Complete the application form and include a name blank CV detailing all relevant experience.

In a 750 word statement of suitability, please outline your experience relevant to the role.

In addition, please demonstrate evidence of the Success Profiles Behaviours (Leadership; Changing & Improving; Working Together) with appropriate written examples.

You will be assessed on these as well as Technical skills (‘Developing Data Science Capability’ and ‘Data Science Innovation’) at both the sifting and the interview stage:

  • Developing Data Science Capability: You promote and monitor continuous professional development within your organisation. You know how to develop knowledge of cutting-edge techniques and share this knowledge. You can develop and support data science capability across the organisation. (Relevant skill level: expert)
  • Data Science Innovation: You are a thought leader in your organisation. You can identify future areas of innovation and can show how it can be applied to your organisation and wider government. (Relevant skill level: expert)

If a large number of applications are received, only the lead Behavioural Competency ‘Changing & Improving’ will be used to sift at the application stage.

Due to the high volume of applications received for Cabinet Office vacancies, we regret that feedback is only available - at the discretion of the vacancy manager - following the interview stage. Vacancy managers may sift on one lead behaviour at the application stage.

Terms, Conditions and Benefits

This is a Permanent / Loan / Secondment appointment for the period for two-year loan / secondment if you are a Civil / Crown Servant. If applying externally you will join permanently once you have passed an initial probation period.

This role is based within the Cabinet Office at Grade 7 - £54,700 - £60,635. Annual salary increases will depend upon individual performance and contribution to the organisation’s success. In addition there will be the opportunity to earn performance related bonuses. There is an expectation that successful applicants new to the Civil Service will join on the pay band minimum.

Existing civil servants can take up the post on loan from their parent department for the duration advertised. Those joining on level transfer will retain their current salary. Staff joining on promotion terms will receive up to a 10% increase of their current basic salary or the pay band minimum whichever is the greater. Staff joining on promotion will adopt the modernised terms and conditions of employment which came into force in 2013.

There is a choice of excellent pension schemes. More information about pension provisions can be found at www.civilservice.gov.uk/pensions

Flexible Working

Flexible working including job-share arrangements may be considered for this role.

Leave allowances

25 days' paid leave per annum rising to 30 days after five years service. In addition, full-time staff receive eight public holidays and the Queen’s Birthday privilege day as well as competitive maternity, paternity, parental and adoption leave.

Probation

Staff new to the Civil Service will be required to serve a six month probationary period.

Location

The post will be based in Westminster, London.

Relocation Costs No relocation costs will be available.

Equality and Diversity

The Cabinet Office is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all staff. We will not discriminate on grounds of gender, gender identity, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, those with caring responsibilities, part time workers or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work.

We encourage a diverse workforce and aim to provide a working environment where all staff at all levels are valued and respected, and where discrimination, bullying, promotion of negative stereotyping and harassment are not tolerated.

Assessment for recruitment, selection, appraisal, training and career progression purposes is based both on the individual’s ability and suitability for the work. We are committed to providing all staff with opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their potential, offering flexible working arrangements wherever possible.

As public authorities departments have statutory duties placed on them that require them to promote equality of opportunity and eliminate unlawful discrimination. We expect all staff to assist the department in meeting these obligations. All staff should have due regard for the need to promote good relations between individuals from different groups and work towards achieving equality of opportunity for all.

Civil Service Code

All civil servants are subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Code (see Annex A) which details Civil Service values, standards of behaviour, rights and responsibilities. Go to http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk for more information.

Childcare

We offer support with childcare and holiday play schemes costs by providing childcare vouchers for staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Current civil servants applying for Cabinet Office vacancies on or after 06 April 2018, may experience implications in continuing to claim childcare vouchers.

HMRC now offer a tax free childcare scheme for new entrants into the Cabinet Office. We also offer a holiday play scheme and the Cabinet Office contribute to the costs for staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Current civil servants applying for Cabinet Office vacancies on or September 2018 who are currently in receipt of childcare vouchers and not transferring on a TUPE or COSOP move will be unable to continue to claim childcare vouchers but may be eligible for the HMRC tax free childcare scheme.

Recruitment and Selection Process

Nationality

You must be a British Citizen, citizen of the British Commonwealth* an EC national or a national of specified Member States of the European Free Trade Area, together with certain members of their families. Certain Turkish nationals are also eligible to apply. In the first instance it is advisable to refer to the Civil Service Nationality Rules which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules If you have any further questions about nationality requirements, please contact the Recruitment Team at: corecruitment@cabinetoffice.gov.uk. (*Commonwealth citizens not yet in the UK, who have no right of abode in the UK and who do not have leave to enter the UK are ineligible to apply.)

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Cabinet Office is committed to the employment and career development of disabled people and will guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

Pre-appointment Checks

The successful candidate’s appointment will be subject to a series of checks including security, nationality, health and references before a formal offer of appointment is made. Subject to satisfactory completion of the pre-appointment checks, you will be invited to take up the post as soon as possible. The National Insurance numbers of successful applicants will be shared with the Ministry of Defence to aid the tracking of Armed Forces Reservist levels across government.

The Selection Process

Assessment at sift and interviews will be based on meeting any defined skill/qualification requirements along with a Success Profile element assessment, as detailed in the job advert. The Success Profile elements to be assessed will be outlined within the job advert. The Civil Service Success Profile Framework is publically available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/success-profiles

We would generally expect answers to follow the STAR or CAR structure and encourage candidates to use this throughout their application.

Application/Interview Scoring System

The Cabinet Office adopts a scoring system of 1-7 for Behaviours, Ability, Technical and Experience.

7- The evidence provided wholly exceeds expectation at this level

6 - Substantial positive evidence; includes some evidence of exceeding expectations at this level

5 - Substantial positive evidence of the competency or behaviour

4 - Adequate positive evidence and any negative evidence would not cause concern

3 - Moderate positive evidence but some negative evidence demonstrated

2 - Limited positive evidence and/or mainly negative evidence demonstrated

1 - No positive evidence and/or substantial negative evidence demonstrated

Strengths will be assessed at interview on a 1-4 scale.

Civil Service Commission

Recruitment into the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission which has two key functions.

● To maintain the principle of selection for appointment to the Civil Service on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

● To promote an understanding of the Civil Service Code which sets out the constitutional framework in which all civil servants work and the values they are expected to uphold, and to hear and determine appeals made under it. More detailed information can be found at on the Civil Service Commission website: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk

Complaints

The Department’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment based on merit, open and fair competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, details of which can be found at http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the Cabinet Office Recruitment Team, Human Resources, 4th Floor, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ or email corecruitment@cabinetoffice.gov.uk, in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can further contact the Civil Service Commission at:

Email: civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk or in writing to:

Civil Service Commission

Room G/8

1 Horse Guards Road

London SW1A 2HQ

15/03/2021, 23:55 hours

To Be Confirmed
Reserved
Security Clearance

Success Profiles

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical / professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. Your can find our more abut Success Profiles here.

Behaviours, Experience, Strengths, Technical
You must have experience of delivering data-driven solutions; with particular experience of the following:

Data science innovation. You are a thought leader on data. You can identify future areas of innovation and can show how it can be applied to your organisation.

Developing data science capability. You can advocate the importance of continuous learning to the data science team. You know how to develop data science capability across the wider organisation and in industry.

Domain expertise. You can communicate the business benefit of data science products, championing and governing these across the organisation. You can communicate relevant, compelling stories in the most appropriate medium. You know how to ensure that data governance and data ethics are embedded in organisational strategy. You can align data science priorities with wider organisational objectives - for example, budget

Programming and build (data science). You know how to develop, code, test, correct and document simple programs or scripts under the direction of others as part of a multidisciplinary team. (Relevant skill level: working)

Understanding analysis across the product life cycle (data science). You understand and can help teams apply a range of techniques to analyse data and provide insight. You are proactive and can present compelling findings that inform wider decisions.

You will need to have experience of communicating and negotiating with seniors (Director and above) both domestically and internationally. In addition, you will be working closely with the users at working level and their managers, you will therefore need to be able to adapt to different audiences, and be persuasive to potential partners for INDEX.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.