Deputy Director - Data Science - Chief Digital and Information Office

HM Revenue & Customs
15 May 2019
12 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The leader of this team, working with the Chief Data Officer will lead a team developing a robust data science capability, building a data studio approach to data-led innovation and driving value from data across HMRC.

Key responsibilities
You will:
  • Lead and set the direction for a team of around 60 analysts/data scientists across a number of sites
  • Develop HMRC's data science capability and solve real business challenges through innovative use of analytics and data science to deliver a high impact work programme
  • Work with CIOs to meet data and analytical priorities of HMRC, driving
    transformation and unlocking business value
  • You're passionate about embedding a data studio approach to solving
    business problems through data exploitation
  • Work with other government departments to find opportunity for collaboration and influence
  • Be a creative and innovative leader identifying opportunity for deploying data and analytics to meet business need
  • Ensure that the data science and analytics teams are joined up and benefit from synergies and knowledge sharing from across HMRC teams providing an overall direction and clarity of purpose
  • Engage with a range of senior partners across HMRC to ensure that we deliver analysis that shapes their decision-making
  • Engage with data management specialists to jointly promote HMRC's data strategy
  • Prioritise and manage the work programme, ensuring that the limited resources are deployed effectively to ensure maximum impact within HMRC
  • Provide analytical leadership of the team's work, ensuring that the right combination of skills and analytical or technical methods are being used, that quality assurance is carried out appropriately
  • Play an active role as a senior leader in the Chief Data Office and across HMRC, setting strategic direction, driving innovation, generating influence, leading capability-building and taking specific responsibility for a leadership area
  • Champion the use of data science within and outside the Department so that it has maximum influence

    Person Specification
    As a senior leader in CDIO, you will play a key role in leadership, facilitating change and shape HMRC's approach to data and its value.

    You will also be able to demonstrate:

  • We are looking for someone who has a strong track record of innovation and creativity, building effective partnerships across boundaries, and strong communication and influencing skills.
  • Demonstrable technical skills to embed a data-led culture and build strong data science teams that deliver value.
  • The ability to influence the strategic direction of the organisation, bringing data and analysis to support transformation.
  • A dedicated approach in bringing together and influencing senior stakeholders up to board level so that meaningful analytical work / change is implemented and embedded within business groups.
  • The ability to communicate complex analysis for complex change programmes into simple language.
  • You're passionate and confident in both people and thought leadership evidenced by improving team capability and operational performance within a professional analytical setting and across geographical boundaries.
  • Act as an advocate for data science across government and HMRC with real drive and motivation to continuous improvement.
  • Skilled and proven in organising and delegating work effectively through a team so that work lands on time.
  • Experience of working in the data science and analytics is highly desirable, those with strong strategic capability and an understanding of analysis are also encouraged to apply.



    Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

    Things you need to know


    Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

    Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check .

    Nationality statement

    Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .

    If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

    Selection process details

    To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process which includes completing the application form as outline below.

    This should be completed no later than 23:59 on 9th June 2019.

    1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years
    2. A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification

    Failure to submit both (CV and Statement of Suitability) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

    Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

    Nationality requirements

    Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .


    Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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    We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

    The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.