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Data Scientist

Type: Contract
Location: Belfast
Salary: See description

On behalf of our client, a public sector body within education, we have a new opportunity for a Data Scientist to join their team on a fixed term contract basis until 31stMarch 2022.

As a Senior Administrative Officer- Data Scientist you will be responsible for carrying out a range of key activities required to enable the organisation to interpret and manage data to solve complex challenges relating to standards and operations in qualifications and assessments.

Duties will include:

1.Evaluating and understanding new business challenges for qualifications (A level, GCSE and Vocational) and curriculum assessments, exploring new data science techniques to find solutions.

2.Working across the organisation and outside bodies to enable pollination of ideas to help to establish the organisation as a leader in the field of standards, qualifications and assessment.

3.Working in partnership with Education Directorate teams to develop suitable terms of reference for data science and analytics projects to address specific awarding organisation and curriculum issues, taking account of affordability.

4.Designing solutions to complex data challenges and applying deep learning techniques.

5.Leading in the design, delivery and quality of data modelling and analysis across the Education Directorate.

6.Researching and developing statistical learning models for data analysis relating to qualifications and assessments.

7.Implementing new statistical and/or other mathematical methodologies as needed for specific models or analysis.

8.Evaluating existing processes and data flows to develop proposals for improved operational efficiencies.

9.Presenting complex data to non-technical audiences using a variety of mediums.

10. Ensure skills and knowledge are kept up to date with the latest technology trends.


You will need:

•A BSc or equivalent in either Mathematics, Computing or Data Science. Or a Post graduate qualification with significant statistical content.

•An excellent level of knowledge and understanding in linear algebra, probability and statistics.

•An excellent understanding of query languages, scripting and programming.


•From your studies, university projects, placements, or employment you will have experience of:


·using common data science toolkits, and associated knowledge.

·using data visualisation tools.


•Great communication skills.

•Data-oriented personality.

•Ability to use your initiative.

•Problem solving.


The Data Scientist can expect a salary of £34,728 and £38,890. P.A. This is based on a 37 hour week.

Due to business needs, the organisation would like the successful applicant to start almost immediately. The organisation are currently operating remote working however this you can expect to be stationed in their Belfast based offices.

Please note that successful applicants will be expected to work on Saturdays and on evenings during key operational periods which tend to be in June and July.

Due to key operational activities, there will be some restrictions on annual leave applied, particularly in February, May, June and July.

Further details are available to applicants. To express an interest please send your CV to Patricia in by clicking on the link. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

Apple Recruitment Services is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy. Apple Recruitment Services is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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