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Data Scientist - Digital Sensitivity Review Team

At FCDO Services, we provide secure construction, digital and logistics services to all sorts of government-level customers, including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Our projects are both vital and wide-ranging: everything from making earthquake repairs at an embassy to delivering secure communications technology.

Now it’s your chance to join our fascinating world in the Digital Sensitivity Review team, where we review digital records before their transfer to The National Archives, in accordance with the Public Records Act. We’re talking about government documents, so they need thoroughly checking for any sensitivities ahead of being made available to the public. It makes our work unique and intricate – and you’ll play an important role as our Citizen Data Scientist.

Analyse data to protect the nation’s interests

Your work will be key to the day-to-day operational management of sensitivity-reviewed digital material before it’s all transferred to The National Archives. What’s involved, exactly? You’ll use algorithms, methods and systems to extract knowledge and insight from both structured and unstructured data. After that, you’ll curate and analyse this digital data to find any unpredicted sensitivities, helping the whole team to make informed decisions.
Looking ahead, you’ll explore what the team and wider business needs, running data experiments and finding the very best tools and techniques so that we’re always improving our services for government-level customers.

Use your digital know-how and have exceptional impact

As you’d expect, this kind of work requires excellent analytical, problem-solving and trend-spotting skills, as well as an eye for detail. You need to be thorough, methodical and constantly switched-on. You’ll also have a knack for presenting the story of data – along with your findings – in a way that anyone can benefit and understand.
Alongside great communication skills, you’ll bring technical expertise and proven experience of successful data science projects. Not only that, you’ll have practical experience of software packages, programming languages and data mining techniques, as well as methods used in data science and visualisation, such as R, SQL, Python, NumPy, MatLab and scripting development. Plus, all of this will be complemented by a degree (or equivalent) in a subject such as computer science, data science, engineering, mathematics or statistics.

Collaborate with a team that’s preserving national security

As the only Citizen Data Scientist on the team, you’ll have full ownership of your responsibilities. We’ll call upon your technical expertise to help set priorities and create spot-on solutions, so you’ll collaborate closely with the team every day. We also always uphold our customer promise: to be reliable, responsive and build relationships. You’ll help us to achieve this, in everything you do.

In return, there’s plenty to look forward to. First, there’s the excellent benefits, including a Civil Service pension. Then just think of the variety day-to-day, because our work will provide you with some unique and complex challenges. Finally, there’s that sense of purpose: using your skills to maintain a business that helps protect people, information and assets all around the world.

All our employees have to be security cleared before being appointed, so you will need to undergo a vetting process as part of your application. This role requires you to go through Developed Vetting (DV). You can find out more about vetting on our website.

Hanslope Park based posts attract a Location Allowance of £1,750 per annum.

FCDO Services are regulated by the Civil Service Commission.

It takes a diverse team to protect a diverse world

The vital work we do takes an incredible community of colleagues, with different skills, backgrounds, cultures and identities. We support every individual, so that you always know you’re welcome and valued. It’s what makes us a Disability Confident employer. And a Stonewall Diversity Champion. And Employers for Carers. And it’s how you know you’re joining an inspiring, inclusive organisation.

Job summary

£31,638.00 plus £1,750 Location Allowance and Excellent Benefits
Hanslope Park
Closing Date
28 September 2021 at midnight

Further information

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  • 1.  Role Profile
  • 2.  Extra Information
  • 3.  Civil Service Recruitment Principles
  • 4.  Civil Service Code