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Data Scientist

Job Introduction

The BBC are looking for a Data Scientist, this is a permanent role to be based from either our London or Salford offices on a hybrid basis (2 days in the office per week).

Imagine if Netflix, The Huffington Post, ESPN, and Spotify were all rolled into one - you’re starting to get close to what the BBC does online!

The BBC’s world-class online products (iPlayer, News, Sport, Music, Radio, and many others) reach millions of audience members every week, and create more than 1 Billion rows of data per day, but our work doesn’t stop there. We’re also working with other, “offline” parts of the BBC to help them gain an even better understanding of their audiences and aid their decision-making.

The Data Science team are responsible for designing and developing data mining tools, modelling complex problems, discovering insights and identifying opportunities through the use of statistical, algorithmic and visualisation techniques.

Role Responsibility

As a Data Scientist you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the BBC’s data management, analytics and data science services are implemented and matured in the area that you support to transform business capabilities and enable the next generation of Broadcast and Digital services.

Within the Data Science team, you will support the design of experiments, test hypotheses, and build models. You will also conduct data analysis and help build moderately complex algorithms. You will have knowledge of SQL and either Python or R for data analysis and model building, with the ability and desire to learn new techniques and keep up with this fast-moving field.

The Ideal Candidate

Ideally you will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics or computer science or related field, OR knowledge gained through relevant experience.
  • Experience with R or Python and SQL.
  • Experience in the use of statistical packages.
  • Familiarity with basic principles of databases.
  • Demonstrable ability to quickly understand new concepts - all the way down to the theorems - and to come out with original solutions to mathematical issues.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Broadcast, production, start-up or media experience.
  • Experience in a commercial or academic data role.
  • Successful academic background in your specialist discipline

Package Description

Band: C
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London or Salford (hybrid)

  • Flexible / hybrid working - opportunities across the business
  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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