Senior Decisions Scientist

UK Power Networks
15 May 2019
12 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Decisions Scientist
Reporting to
Senior Decision Sciences Manager
Strategy & Regulation
Newington House, 237 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1
Reference Number
Employment Period
Contract Type
CiP Level
Salary Range
GBP55,000 - GBP70,000 - Depending on experience
Closing Date

All applications will be reviewed after the closing date

We also offer :
Annual leave 25 days
Personal Pension Plan - Personal contribution rates of 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 8% or 10%)
Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme
Tax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme
Season ticket loan
Occupational Health support
Switched On - scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.
Supplier discounts, such as O2, EE, Vauxhall cars, Universal tyres
Discounted access to sports and social clubs
Employee Assistance Programme.


To support the Senior Decision Sciences Manager in identifying and developing original methodologies and analyses to provide action oriented insights to the business.

To utilise open innovation frameworks and methods to improve the speed and value of advanced analytics and the development of transformative business projects.


This role will target the optimisation of the following:
  • UK Power Networks RIIO-ED1 Totex: GBP6.4billion
  • Annual base revenue: GBP1.4billion
  • Available annual incentives: GBP72million

Key dimensions
  • Budget: N/A
  • Staff: N/A


This role will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Using the newly emerging field of open innovation to speed up analysis of large datasets and to identify enhanced methods for our analyses
  • Challenging conventional thinking and ways of working, drawing upon pan industry insights to provide best practice examples

  • Use technical skills to process and analyse large amount of data with a desire to learn new packages and technologies
  • Design and develop original methodologies and analyses to provide action oriented insights to support the organisation in driving business performance
  • Applying aspects of behavioural economics, cognitive science, game theory and statistics to the analysis of large, seemingly disparate datasets

Effecting change
  • Supporting the development of key business metrics which do not provide a view of what happened but define why it happened and where effort should be focused
  • Supporting in the identification, definition and quantification of next generation insights to help support future business planning activity
  • Visualising and communicating the insights back to the business in simple, tailored formats

  • Work alongside key stakeholders in the business to quickly build rapport and understand their biggest challenges.
  • Passionate about the upskilling and education of non-data literate colleagues
  • Produce data stories and visualisations to concisely communicate insights to stakeholders

Supporting, shaping and building a culture of high performance
  • Starting with the team ways of working and building out to our interactions across the wider business, constantly driving the conversation of marginal gains performance enhancement
  • Promoting the use of experimentation and randomised control testing across the organisation facilitating their use as an embedded part of the organisational DNA


The analytics team is a new function within the UK's largest electricity district network operator.
Sitting within Safety, Strategy & Support Services Directorate, its remit is wide ranging, covering all teams and departments within a business which compromises customer acquisition, retention and satisfaction, regulatory restrictions and KPIs, asset management, field operations, HR, and all the rest.

Our mandate is to be a supportive, challenging friend to the business, thinking creatively, to bring new approaches, methods and ways of thinking to some of the industry's biggest problems.

We are encouraged to innovate, with the only prescriptions being that we can 1) Quantify the scale of an improvement should the recommended actions be undertaken and 2) Achieve business support for the implementation of those recommendations

Ultimately we are accountable in supporting the business in achieving its vision of becoming an 'employer of choice', 'a respected corporate citizen' and 'sustainably cost efficient'


Roles like this, supported and backed at the highest levels of an organisation with an effective free reign, do not come up very often so we're looking for the right fit for the team - tenacity with a smile, real pride in the quality of work, and an understanding that 'how' you work is just as important as 'what' you're working on.

  • Coming from a non-utilities background with extensive experience of analytical decision sciences from multiple sectors
  • Demonstrable experience in synthesising strategic thinking and analytical experimentation into clearly articulated, simple business actions

  • Degree educated in a numerate discipline
  • Proven track record and experience in the delivery of analytical assignments and open innovation projects

  • Data Science, Big data analysis, Visualisation
  • Python, R, tableau, Neptune

Health & Safety Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.

Employees are responsible for ensuring they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.
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